Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough
Jul14

Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough

The future for top Pirates hitting prospect Gregory Polanco has grown brighter and brighter for the last three years. The center fielder comes to the 2013 Futures Game as one of baseball’s most exciting minor-league outfielders. Showing up in New York City for All-Star Week represents a coming-out party for Polanco. He was neither a highly-touted draft choice nor a Dominican bonus baby, receiving just $75,000 from the Pittsburgh...

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Mark Melancon Named to All-Star Game
Jul14

Mark Melancon Named to All-Star Game

Pirates reliever Mark Melancon was named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement, chosen by National League manager Bruce Bochy. “I’m very humbled and excited to go,” Melancon said. “This is just a really cool moment. It takes your teammates to get to this game.” Melancon owns an NL-reliever-best 0.81 ERA during his first season in Pittsburgh. Jason Grilli’s setup man is second in the...

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DSL Prospect Watch: One De La Cruz Homers, The Other Collects Three Hits
Jul14

DSL Prospect Watch: One De La Cruz Homers, The Other Collects Three Hits

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Pirates 2, Angels 1 Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, LHP (1-1, 2.57) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Julio de la Cruz, DH (.202) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI...

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Jeff Locke Will Not Pitch in All-Star Game, Gerrit Cole Starts Sunday
Jul13

Jeff Locke Will Not Pitch in All-Star Game, Gerrit Cole Starts Sunday

Pirates left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke suffered lower back tightness and will not pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game or make his scheduled start Sunday. Locke felt back soreness in his last start and threw a bullpen session Friday. Gerrit Cole will be pushed up to start against the New York Mets on Sunday. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said there have been conversations about Cole’s innings jump in 2013, but...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Both Pirates Teams Win As De La Cruz Stretches Streak To Three Games
Jul13

DSL Prospect Watch: Both Pirates Teams Win As De La Cruz Stretches Streak To Three Games

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Pirates 3, Marlins 1 Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (2.27) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Reggie Cerda, C (.238) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI Other Notable...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Drop Mets, De La Cruz Reaches Base Four Times Again
Jul12

DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Drop Mets, De La Cruz Reaches Base Four Times Again

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Marlins 4, Pirates 2 Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (4.50) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Tito Polo, CF (.320) – 2-for-4, 3B, SB Other Notable...

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