• Pirates Pregame: Lineups, Pitchers and Beanballs (oh my)

    Just a few quick things before we get started at PNC Park (since I planned poorly for traffic and arrived later than I would have liked): First, tonight's lineups -- Cincinnati (5-4, tied for 1st National League Central) 1. Choo cf 2. Heisey lf 3. Votto 1b 4. Phillips 2b 5. Bruce...

  • The Tricky Rules Surrounding the Morris and Leroux Transactions

    Chris Leroux can refuse an outright assignment and become a free agent. Earlier today the Pirates called up Bryan Morris and designated Chris Leroux for assignment. It seems like a simple process for each player. Usually when a player is DFAd, he is placed on waivers and outrighted to Triple-A. With Morris,...

  • An Early Look at Alen Hanson’s Defense

    Alen Hanson has five errors in six games so far this year. The biggest question surrounding Alen Hanson's future is whether he can stick at shortstop for the long-term. He has all of the tools to be a shortstop in the majors, but is still a little raw at the position. There...

  • Martin’s Role Could Be A Key to Success

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin after the 2012 season it was not for his bat -- and with good reason. Russell Martin has been a part of four playoff teams -- two each with the Dodgers and Yankees. Photo credit: David Hague Martin, who turned 30 in February, owns a...

  • The Book on Justin Wilson

    Justin Wilson threw three shutout innings last night. Last night Justin Wilson came on in relief and pitched three perfect innings, striking out two. Wilson's stuff looked great, with a fastball that was touching 97, and consistently in the mid-90s. He also was flashing a great curveball with a big break that...

  • Can James McDonald Be More Like the First Half Pitcher From 2012?

    Can James McDonald be more like the first half pitcher from 2012? (Photo by Mark Olson) Last night James McDonald got off to a great start for the 2013 season. The right-hander pitched seven innings, giving up one run on two hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. McDonald didn't always look...

  • Pirates Pregame: McCutchen Making Moves on the Base Paths

    Last season the Pittsburgh Pirates finished last in the National League with 73 stolen bases. Andrew McCutchen led the club with 20 stolen bases, but that was down from 23 in 2011. So far this season, McCutchen has two stolen bases in as many games and said being more aggressive while on...

  • Minor League Results: Dodson, Bell, Mathisen, Herrera

    Zack Dodson Zack Dodson Zack Dodson started off looking a little shaky Wednesday against the Phillies. But he quickly shifted to dominance. In a 3-2 win, very much a group effort, with Dodson the star of the show. His wildness got him into trouble in the early innings, but he mixed in...

  • Can Zack Dodson Bounce Back From His 2012 Season?

    Can Zack Dodson bounce back from his 2012 season? Zack Dodson has had two years worth of set backs in low-A. In 2011 he missed half the season with a broken hand. He did have good numbers when healthy, but only made 13 starts at the level. Dodson returned to West Virginia...

  • How Did Vic Black Get His Unusual Delivery?

    Vic Black The majority of Pirates fans haven't had many chances to see Vic Black pitch. They've probably seen the numbers, highlighted by a 1.65 ERA and an 85:29 K/BB ratio in 60 innings in Altoona last year. They might have heard of his fastball, which usually sits in the 96-98 MPH...

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