• Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets Hit Hard, Irwin Drawing Some Attention

    Jeff Locke had a bit of a rough outing today at McKechnie Field. The left-hander was hit hard, with eight hits in 3.1 innings, although he managed to limit the damage with only two runs allowed. Part of the low run count was due to Phil Irwin stranding two in the fourth,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Pitchers Buying Into The Pickoff; Burnett Has His Best Outing

    A.J. Burnett picked off a runner in the first inning today. It's starting to become a familiar sight this Spring to see a Pirates pitcher picking off a runner at first. On Thursday, James McDonald started the game by allowing a single, then erased the runner with a pickoff to first. Today,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Believes Marte Could Be a Dynamic Leadoff Hitter

    The Pirates could use a lot of nights like tonight from Starling Marte during the 2013 season. The outfielder led off the game with a single, after working the count in a long at-bat. He then went on to steal second, and moved to third when the throw from the catcher went...

  • Pirates Notebook: Gerrit Cole Dominates, But Don’t Expect Him To Make the Team

    Gerrit Cole struck out six in three shutout innings today. Gerrit Cole didn't have much trouble taking on Spain. The right-hander threw three shutout innings in his second Spring Training appearance, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out six. He was sitting 94-97 MPH, and throwing mostly fastballs. He didn't need...

  • Pirates Notebook: Clichés Are True in the Short Term, Useless in the Long Term

    A.J. Burnett "got his work in" today. It's very cliché. You hear it all the time during Spring Training right after a starter had a bad outing. "This is one of those outings in Spring Training, you walk away, you say he got his work in, you move on," Clint Hurdle said...

  • Pirates Notebook: A Comeback For Jose Tabata, Or A Small Sample Size?

    Jose Tabata has three doubles and a homer so far in Spring Training. Spring Training usually means two things. One is that you'll hear a lot of stories about how a player is reviving their career. This comes in many forms. There's the "best shape of his life" talk. Sometimes it has...

  • Pirates Notebook: Gaby Sanchez Plays Third; Sands Talks Power

    In the second half of Thursday’s blow-out loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Pittsburgh Pirates sent Gaby Sanchez out to play third base. The infielder has played third base in the past, with his last appearance at the position coming in 2009 in Triple-A. The playing time didn’t start today. The...

  • Pirates Notebook: Leroux Getting His Strength Back; Burnett’s Spring Prep

    Chris Leroux lost some velocity and relied on his slider more in 2012 due to his strained pectoral injury. When I was looking over Chris Leroux's stats for the 2013 Annual, I noticed two red flags in his pitch selection. First, I noticed that he was leaning more on his slider in...

  • Pirates Notebook: Burnett and McCutchen Finish With Ovations

    A.J. Burnett didn’t have his best stuff in the final game of the 2012 season on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the home crowd from giving him a standing ovation when he walked off the mound in the two-run sixth inning. The frame was highlighted with a pinch-hit single to leadoff the inning from...

  • Pirates Notebook: Correia’s Final Start as a Bucco?

    Kevin Correia walked off the mound with two-outs in the seventh inning to a warm applause from the home crowd at PNC Park. The right-hander held the postseason bound Atlanta Braves to just one run in what is likely his final start as a Pittsburgh Pirate. “I don’t think about any contract...

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