Video: Hurdle Talks Locke, Bullpen; Strasburg More Efficient

Three videos today from the after the Nationals’ 5-4 win against the Pirates at PNC Park. Clint Hurdle’s interview is broken up into two parts and I was even able to snag some of Stephen Strasburg’s clubhouse interview. I’ll have a recap of today’s game up this evening but for now enjoy the...

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Pirates Pregame: Mercer’s Role and Hurdle on Strasburg

Jordy Mercer will start at second base again today when the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Washington Nationals. Mercer, as many of you probably know by now, was called up Friday afternoon when Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list and hit what proved to be the game-winning home run in the fifth inning of the Pirates 3-1 win. Mercer had been playing extremely well for Triple-A Indianapolis but almost exclusively as a shortstop. The...

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Video: Hurdle talks Mercer, Burnett After Pirates Beat Nats

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talks about Jordy Mercer’s big night in his return to Pittsburgh from Triple A Indianapolis and about A.J. Burnett’s nine-strikeout performance in the Pirates’ 3-1 win against the Washington Nationals.  

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Jason Grilli Named MLB Delivery Man of the Month for April

Remember when there was talk that Jason Grilli couldn’t be a closer? Today he was named MLB’s Delivery Man of the Month for the month of April. The award recognizes the best reliever each month. Grilli had an 0.82 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 11 innings of work in April, and went 10-for-10 in save opportunities. He’s currently tied with Mariano Rivera and Sergio Romo for the most saves in the majors, and has more...

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Prospect Trends: Some Turnarounds and Some Struggling Altoona Hitters

A month into the minor league season, things are starting to take shape with the Pirates’ full-season affiliates.  With a deep roster and very talented pitching staff, Indianapolis is dominating the International League with a 20-7 record.  By contrast, Altoona is increasingly struggling despite a good rotation led by Jameson Taillon, Casey Sadler and a red-hot Stolmy Pimentel.  The Curve is being undone by an extremely weak...

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Stolmy Pimentel’s Season, In His Own Words

Through three weeks in Altoona, the biggest story coming out of the AA affiliate is Stolmy Pimentel’s remarkable success.  While some of us predicted he would be effective in AA this season, the results so far are beyond all expectations: 2 W, 0 L, 1 ER, 19 H, 14 BB, 28 K in 30.1 innings pitched As Tim Williams reported last week, Pirates Director of Minor League Operations Larry Broadway has been impressed with the 23-year old’s...

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