Toronto Likes Wilson, But May Wait to Strike a Deal

The Toronto Blue Jays may consider Jack Wilson to be a viable long-term solution at shortstop, but general manager J.P. Ricciardi doesn’t seem to be in a rush to acquire the Pirates’ latest whipping boy. Dejan Kovacevic writes about trade possibilities surrounding both Wilson and Jose Castillo in this morning’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Toronto currently employs Royce Clayton at short, with John McDonald serving as a...

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40-man Roster

This 40-man roster will be updated as the Pirates make transactions throughout the year. Links provided are to Pittsburgh Lumber Co.’s player-specific category pages; Wilbur Miller’s Pirate Player Profiles; ESPN.com’s player cards; and MLB.com’s player cards. * 15-day disabled list ** 60-day disabled list + not currently on the active roster. Last updated 9/15/2008. Catchers Pos. B/T        ...

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Game #96 vs. Astros

PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Wandy Rodriguez | Box I’m in love with Paul Maholm. It seems like every time his turn comes up in the rotation, Paul gives us six innings or more.  They might not always be pretty—he allows his share of baserunners—but they’re always effective.  Maholm’s not the Ferrari of the Pirates’ staff, but he’s built Ford tough and is dependable as Chevy. In front of 32,068...

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Boeve’s Blast Lifts Indians to Win

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The Indianapolis Indians snapped their losing streak with a 5-4 walk-off win over the Durham Bulls tonight at Victory Field. RF Adam Boeve blasted a 9th inning homer over the right-center field wall, breaking the 4-4 tie and giving the Indians good reason to celebrate with post-game fireworks.
Solo home runs accounted for the first run for each team. CF Jason Pridie hit his third homer of the season for the Bulls in the first inning, and Indians’ DH Yurendell de Caster hit his 7th of the season in the 2nd inning.
Both teams added a run in the 3rd inning. Bulls’ SS Ben Zobrist singled, and scored on Jason Pridie’s triple. Then, the Indians came back with three consecutive singles by RF Adam Boeve, SS Brian Bixler, and LF Michael Ryan. Boeve scored on Ryan’s hit.
The Indians took the lead in the 4th inning. 1B Brad Eldred led off with a walk, and moved to second on Yurendell de Caster’s single. C Humberto Cota bunted for a sacrifice, moving Eldred to third base and de Caster to second base. CF Luis Matos singled, scoring Eldred. De Caster also attempted to score, but was thrown out at home.
The Bulls came back in the 6th inning with another run, on a walk by Ben Zobrist, a double by Jason Pridie, and a ground out by RF Justin Ruggiano. The Indians matched them in the bottom of the inning, with a run on a walk by Yurendell de Caster, two singles by Humberto Cota and Luis Matos, and a ground out by 2B Luis Ordaz.
Adam Boeve -- photo by NancyZ
In the 8th, the Bulls tied it up again at 4-4. Jason Pridie walked, Justin Ruggiano singled, and former Indianapolis Indian 1B Chris Richard hit a sacrifice fly to score the run.
Adam Boeve (photo by NancyZ) led off the bottom of the 9th against Bulls’ reliever Seth McClung, and he took a 2-1 pitch into the grassy berm above right-center field to clinch the win for the Indians.
McClung took the loss for the Bulls, pushing his record to 1-5. Jeff Niemann started the game for the Bulls, and gave up 4 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings. Jeff Ridgway took over for Nieman in the 7th inning, and gave up one hit while striking out three Tribe batters. McClung pitched a scoreless 8th inning before giving up the homer to Boeve in the 9th inning.
John Wasdin pitched 6 innings in his first start for the Indians since returning to the team. He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, and he struck out 7 Bulls’ batters. Juan Perez pitched 1.1 innings in relief, giving up one run on one hit. Jonah Bayliss finished the game for the Tribe, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings to get his second win of the season.
NOTES:
Sorry about the abbreviated report tonight. I’ll be away for the next week or so, and Cory will be filling in while I’m gone. Thanks, Cory!

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Pirates Fall into Last; More Importantly, Where Did the Red Jerseys Go?

Friday night’s game against Houston had a calming effect of sorts. It returned us to normalcy, I suppose. The Pirates’ seventh consecutive loss left the team with a 40-55 record, finally propelling our black and gold into a statistical dead heat with the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central’s basement. The Reds, at 41-56, are also 13.5 games behind first-place Milwaukee entering play Saturday. At 41-55, the Astros are...

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Boeve’s Blast Lifts Indians to Win

boxscore
The Indianapolis Indians snapped their losing streak with a 5-4 walk-off win over the Durham Bulls tonight at Victory Field. RF Adam Boeve blasted a 9th inning homer over the right-center field wall, breaking the 4-4 tie and giving the Indians good reason to celebrate with post-game fireworks.
Solo home runs accounted for the first run for each team. CF Jason Pridie hit his third homer of the season for the Bulls in the first inning, and Indians’ DH Yurendell de Caster hit his 7th of the season in the 2nd inning.
Both teams added a run in the 3rd inning. Bulls’ SS Ben Zobrist singled, and scored on Jason Pridie’s triple. Then, the Indians came back with three consecutive singles by RF Adam Boeve, SS Brian Bixler, and LF Michael Ryan. Boeve scored on Ryan’s hit.
The Indians took the lead in the 4th inning. 1B Brad Eldred led off with a walk, and moved to second on Yurendell de Caster’s single. C Humberto Cota bunted for a sacrifice, moving Eldred to third base and de Caster to second base. CF Luis Matos singled, scoring Eldred. De Caster also attempted to score, but was thrown out at home.
The Bulls came back in the 6th inning with another run, on a walk by Ben Zobrist, a double by Jason Pridie, and a ground out by RF Justin Ruggiano. The Indians matched them in the bottom of the inning, with a run on a walk by Yurendell de Caster, two singles by Humberto Cota and Luis Matos, and a ground out by 2B Luis Ordaz.
Adam Boeve -- photo by NancyZ
In the 8th, the Bulls tied it up again at 4-4. Jason Pridie walked, Justin Ruggiano singled, and former Indianapolis Indian 1B Chris Richard hit a sacrifice fly to score the run.
Adam Boeve (photo by NancyZ) led off the bottom of the 9th against Bulls’ reliever Seth McClung, and he took a 2-1 pitch into the grassy berm above right-center field to clinch the win for the Indians.
McClung took the loss for the Bulls, pushing his record to 1-5. Jeff Niemann started the game for the Bulls, and gave up 4 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings. Jeff Ridgway took over for Nieman in the 7th inning, and gave up one hit while striking out three Tribe batters. McClung pitched a scoreless 8th inning before giving up the homer to Boeve in the 9th inning.
John Wasdin pitched 6 innings in his first start for the Indians since returning to the team. He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, and he struck out 7 Bulls’ batters. Juan Perez pitched 1.1 innings in relief, giving up one run on one hit. Jonah Bayliss finished the game for the Tribe, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings to get his second win of the season.
NOTES:
Sorry about the abbreviated report tonight. I’ll be away for the next week or so, and Cory will be filling in while I’m gone. Thanks, Cory!

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