Pirates Debating DH Decision; Clement an Option?

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Starting on Tuesday, the Pirates will kick off a six game series of Interleague play away from PNC Park. They travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles and Cleveland to face the Indians before returning to Pittsburgh on June 19 for a six game set. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle and General Manager Neal Huntington are said to be using the day off today to discuss whether they will call up a bat from Triple-A...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 6/10

Except for a rough series this week against Pawtucket, Indianapolis has mostly been playing well for a while now and has had some players on good stretches.  Things have been more problematic for the other affiliates.  Altoona has been missing a good portion of its lineup (Tony Sanchez was promoted; Matt Curry, Adalberto Santos and Andrew Lambo are hurt; and Robbie Grossman has been out on a lengthy suspension for undisclosed...

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Alex Presley Making a Strong Return to the Majors

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Since rejoining the Pirates on Tuesday, Alex Presley has been showing some improvement at the plate. Over four games with Pittsburgh, the outfielder has gone 5-for-18 (.278 avg) with a double, triple, home run and has added a much needed spark at the top of the lineup. “Better ownership with his at-bats,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “Not as much chase. Swinging at strikes. Made some...

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Resop Trying to Find Momentum After Thursday’s Outing

PITTSBURGH — On Thursday night in Cincinnati, we caught a glimpse of the Chris Resop who was really good for the Pirates on the mound in high-leverage situations last season. “We had 25 guys battle for 10 innings [Thursday] night,” Resop said. “Obviously it’s a huge confidence booster for the club. It’s a huge confidence booster for myself. I threw the ball the way I know I’m capable of doing. Just trying to...

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Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Royals’ Probable Starting Pitchers

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each series, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitchers expected to oppose the Pirates. The charts below show the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. These charts are from the catcher’s point of view. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam...

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Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Reds’ Probable Starting Pitchers

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each series, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitchers expected to oppose the Pirates. The charts below show the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2011. These charts are from the catcher’s point of view. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam...

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