• Don Kelly, Tiger Transplant

    A new face to the Pirates' system: �. DON KELLY shortstop born: 2/15/80�� Butler, Pennsylvania Ht: 6' 4"���� Wt: 190 lb��������� B: Left��� T:� Right �. Kelly is a Pittsburgh area native who attended Mount Lebanon High School and Point Park College (in downtown Pittsburgh).� He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2001, and progressed steadily up through...

  • Spring Training Game 13: Bucs/Reds Recap

    Pirates.com recap here; nothing available at the P-G yet. Cincinnati 9, Pirates 8. Tom Gorzelanny, Marty McLeary, Josh Shortslef and John Grabow threw for the Bucs, and all struggled. No walks for Tom this time out, but he did allow six hits in three innings. To his credit, he also struck out...

  • Shane Youman — one taste is not enough

    A pitcher who�had a short taste of the Pirates' at the end of last season.... SHANE YOUMAN pitcher� born: 10/11/1979� in New Iberia, Louisiana ht: 6' 4"���� wt: 220 lb B: Left���� T: Left Shane Youman (pronounced YOU-min) was first selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1997 draft, but elected not to sign.� Instead, he went...

  • Spring Training Game 12: Bucs/Yanks Recap

    Bucs lost to the Evil Empire today, 5-3, at McKechnie Field. Pirates.com has a recap here. Dejan's on vacation from the P-G for a couple of weeks, so their coverage is lagging behind a bit. Paul Maholm got the start and went three innings. Not brilliant work, but acceptable for his first...

  • Update: Ten Things I Need to Know About the Pirates

    Entering Spring Training, I thought these issues were important. Let's get a status report after ten official games (and one slaughtering of the Manatee Lancers). 1. Can Adam LaRoche hit left-handed pitching? Like it or not, a manager bound for Cooperstown thought it best to sit Adam down against southpaws for the...

  • Brian Bixler

    A look at a possible middle infielder for the Indianapolis Indians....

    BRIAN BIXLER

    shortstop

    born: 10/22/82��� in Sandusky, Ohio

    Ht: 6' 1"�� Wt: 190 lb

    B: Right���� T: Right

    Bixler was drafted by the Pirates in the second round of the 2004 draft.� He got off to a slower start than expected in Williamsport in 2004 and in...

  • Spring Games 10-11 Live: Bucs vs. Braves/Tribe

    I'll be here throughout the day, off and on, providing updates of the black and gold baseball. Feel free to leave a few comments with your insight and/or questions, and I'll do my best to address everything in a timely fashion. Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:05 p.m. EST Zach Duke (and...

  • Stat Rat Answers

    Could you remember those stats from last season? For each of the Pirates' minor league affiliates in 2006: Which player�had the most home runs? AAA Indianapolis Indians -- Chris Richards, 17 AA Altoona Curve -- Ray Sadler, 15 A Lynchburg Hillcats -- Steven Pearce, 14 A Hickory Crawdads-- Brad Corley, 16 A/SS Williamsport Crosscutters (last year's affiliate) -- Alexander...

  • Spring Training Game 9: Bucs/Rays Recap

    No coverage for this one, so we'll go by the recaps:  Dejan here and Pirates.com (including a box score) here. Shane Youman has, as Dejan put it, quietly been making a bid for meaningful innings in 2007.  Three scoreless today.  The Pirates' pitchers you should care about (Youman, Torres, Chavez, Rogers) shut...

  • Stat Rat Trivia

    More trivia questions, this time not just for the Indians.� No cheating! For each of the Pirates' minor league affiliates in 2006: 1. Which player had the most home runs? 2. Which player had the most RBI? 3. Which pitcher gave up the most home runs? Answers later today, or maybe tomorrow. Go Tribe!

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