Pirates DSL Infielder Suspended For PED Use
Sep22

Pirates DSL Infielder Suspended For PED Use

The Pittsburgh Pirates found out today that Dominican Summer League infielder Johan De Jesus was suspended for 72 games, which is the entire DSL season next year. The cause of the suspension was Nandrolone according to Bill Brink. De Jesus is the second Pirates player suspended this year under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Back in August, pitcher Michael Clemens was suspended for 68 games(the length of the...

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Vance Worley Sensational in 1-0 Victory
Sep21

Vance Worley Sensational in 1-0 Victory

Whether or not Charlie Morton will be able to pitch again this season remains to be seen. Even if he is, Vance Worley might have just made the decision easy for Clint Hurdle on who to put in the rotation. Worley was sensational, throwing eight scoreless, four hit, five strikeout, and zero walk innings. Worley threw a mere 82 pitches, 63 for strikes, and was taken out solely for the purpose to pad the lead.  Russell Martin drove in the...

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Andrew McCutchen hit twice in loss against Brewers
Sep21

Andrew McCutchen hit twice in loss against Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers won today 1-0 by a 9th inning sacrifice fly from Logan Schafer, and Edinson Volquez pitched seven scoreless, but both storylines were out shined by Andrew McCutchen getting hit by pitches twice from Matt Garza. The first came in the 3rd inning and the 2nd came in the 5th, resulting in Garza being tossed from the game. Clint Hurdle wasn’t sure of the intent, though he found it an anomaly for Garza to be...

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The Benefits of Tony Sanchez Playing Winter Ball
Sep20

The Benefits of Tony Sanchez Playing Winter Ball

Tony Sanchez will play in the Dominicans this upcoming winter, as Pete Ellis reported. Sanchez played 81 games in Triple-A this year, hitting .235 with a .758 OPS. He’s also played 25 games for the Pirates, amounting a .275 average and .669 OPS. In all, it was an inconsistent year for Sanchez at the plate, and the Pirates would like to see him make improvements in his approach. “He’s going to see spin [in the Dominicans], he’s...

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Pirates Win a Game of Trends
Sep19

Pirates Win a Game of Trends

In baseball, it’s often the trends and history against teams and players that can make or break a team. Tonight, it was a bit of both, as the Pirates ultimately came out on top 4-2, via an 8th inning three run homer from Russell Martin. On the bad side of trends, the Pirates continued their struggles against Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo took a 2.67 career ERA against the Pirates into the game, and he lowered that a bit with his outing....

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Morton to see Specialist, Gallardo’s Success against the Pirates
Sep19

Morton to see Specialist, Gallardo’s Success against the Pirates

Morton’s Season Dependent on Doctor’s Visit Before today’s game, the Pirates announced that Vance Worley will start Sunday in place of Charlie Morton. Morton pitched Tuesday against the Red Sox, throwing five scoreless, four hit innings. Morton ran up his pitch count to 92 on the game, and was taken out early as a result. Some late pain might have factored in, as well. “Actually felt some discomfort at the end of the...

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