If you’re reading the live blog after the fact, you’ll want to start from the bottom and work your way to the top. Bucs lose, box here. 3:30: David Murphy grounds to Brower to end the inning (and this live blog). The Sox are up 7-2. I’ll be watching the rest of the game, but no more updates. Thanks for the comments. 3:27: Alex Ochoa “throws lasers” from the outfield. Apparently when he played in Japan, he...
Ten days left until the opener, and here (as far as I can tell) is the depth chart of players still remaining in major-league camp. The position players: C Paulino Doumit Cota Diaz 1B LaRoche Eldred 2B Sanchez Kelly 3B Castillo Bautista DeCaster SS Wilson Hernandez OF Bay Nady Ryan McLouth CF Duffy Matos McCutchen The pitchers: Starters Relievers Duke Torres Snell Marte Maholm...
Jim Leyland, Andy Van Slyke and a handful of former Pirates made their returns to Bradenton today for a Grapefruit League matchup between Detroit and Pittsburgh. Sean Burnett threw 4.1 shutout innings, and Adam LaRoche went deep for our Bucs. You can find the box score here. The black and gold won, 3-1. Left-handed pitcher Shane Youman made his second relief appearance of the spring, throwing one scoreless inning. He allowed two...
A look at a pitcher who was in Indianapolis for part of last year…
born: 7/17/1982�� in Dallas, Texas
Ht: 6′ 3″����� Wt:� 190 lb
B: Right����� T: Right
Brian Rogers was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2003, out of Georgia Southern University.� He began his professional career that same year, with Oneonta (Low A ) and as in college, he was a starting pitcher.� He finished the season with a 3 – 2 record, 3.34 ERA, and 66 strikeouts in 56.2 innings.��He spent the entire 2004 season with West Michigan (A ) also as a starting pitcher, where he pitched 142.1 innings, earning 120 strikeouts though his record was 6 – 8, with a 4.55 ERA.� In 2005, he pitched in Lakeland (A+ ), where he switched to relief.� He finished with 4 wins and one loss and 2 saves.� In 65.2 innings, he struck out 65 batters, and opposing batters were able to hit only .212 against him.
Rogers continued to climb up the Tigers’ minor league system, starting the 2006 season with Erie (AA ).� He appeared in 37 games for the Sea Wolves, pitching 64 innings, with a 2.39 ERA and 69 strikeouts.� On July 31st, he was traded to the Pirates for Sean Casey, and he was assigned to Altoona.� He pitched in only two games with the Curve.� In 2 innings in each game, he gave up no runs and recorded 5 strikeouts.� Rogers was advanced to the Indy Indians on August 12th.� He pitched a total of 8.1 innings in 7 appearances with the Indians, for one win, one loss, and one save.� He gave up only 2 hits, including a home run for his only earned run, and struck out 8 batters.� That earned him a promotion to the Pirates on August 28th, and he made his MLB debut on Sept 1st, when he pitched one scoreless inning.� Rogers made 10 relief appearances for the Pirates over the month of September, with mixed results.� He finished the season with a 8.31 ERA, 8 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts in 8.2 innings.
�As a member of the 40-man roster, Rogers reported to the Pirates’ major league spring training camp.� He pitched 3.1 innings in 4 Grapefruit League games, earning one save and giving up 5 hits and two earned runs, with 6 strikeouts.� Yesterday he was assigned to the Indianapolis Indians in the minor league camp, where he will join the bullpen crew.�� A strong showing will earn him a return trip to Pittsburgh this season.�
The Pawtucket Red Sox beat the Indy Indians in yesterday’s spring training game, by a score of 4 to 2.� Pawtucket scored three runs in the first inning, sparked by a 2-run double by DJ Eric Crozier, and scored again in the 7th inning.� The Indians scored on two solo home runs, one by C Carlos Maldonado in the 7th, and one by 1B Carlos Ruiz in the 9th.� Starting pitcher John Van Benschoten pitched 3 innings and took the loss, giving up 6 hits, 3 earned runs, walking 2 and striking out six.� The Tribe meets the Rochester Red Wings tomorrow, in an afternoon game in Ft. Myers.�
In the Pirates’ Grapefruit League game, Don Kelly went 2 for 3, with a triple, one RBI, and a stolen base.� Brian Bixler also had a stolen base and scored a run.
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The Pirates signed RHP Alay Soler, from Cuba.� Soler was released a few days ago by the New�York Mets.� He will be joining the Pirates’ minor league camp, and might be starting the season in Altoona.�
IF Brian Bixler and C/3B Neil Walker were reassigned to minor league camp today.
First came the argument, posed by the Post-Gazette’s “Stats Geek,” Brian O’Neill, that the Pirates have a chance—however slim—of winning a weak NL Central Division in 2007. Charlie from Bucs Dugout didn’t agree, and he made his opinion known. So known, in fact, that Stats Geek found out and published a re-rebuttal, if such a concept exists. (And, for what it’s worth, Charlie fired back...
The Pirates trimmed the Spring Training roster by five yesterday. Brian Rogers, a member of the 40 man roster, was sent to AAA. He had whiffed seven in less than four innings of spring work, but had an ERA approaching five. Reassigned to the minor league camp were Jesse Chavez (2.25 ERA in four innings), injured infielder Nick Green, outfielder Chris Aguila (5 for 26 with no XBH) and utility guy Mike Edwards. My money says that...