• Stetson Allie and Brett Carroll Win Player of the Week Honors

    Brett Carroll was named the IL Batter of the Week. Earlier today I reviewed the top hitting performers from the past week, with Stetson Allie and Brett Carroll finishing as the top two hitters. They also each took home Player of the Week honors in their respective leagues. Brett Carroll was named...

  • Pirates Pregame: McDonald Still Searching for Consistency

    James McDonald makes his third start of the 2013 season tonight with the St. Louis Cardinals visiting PNC Park, and one has to wonder which McDonald will be on the mound tonight for the Pirates. James McDonald will make his third start of the season tonight. Photo Credit: David Hague Will it...

  • Analysis: Teams Should Shift Their Infield More Against Garrett Jones

    Garrett Jones is one of the biggest pull hitters in baseball. (Photo credit: David Hague) The Pirates did not need much help to hit into outs over the first week of the season, they were doing a good job all by themselves. Cubs manager Dale Sveum decided to make life a little...

  • Pirates Pregame: Irwin’s Debut, Inge Update, Phillips Returns for Reds

    Phil Irwin will make his major league debut today for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the club announced this morning. Irwin won 29 games in five seasons of minor league competition, and while wins and losses are not necessarily a good barometer for the developmental process in the minors, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Irwin's presence...

  • The Book on Phil Irwin

    Phil Irwin will make his major league debut today. Phil Irwin is set to make his major league debut today, getting the spot start in place of Wandy Rodriguez. Irwin hasn't been talked about as much as top guys like Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, mostly because he was a 21st round...

  • Pirates Pregame: Lineups, Pitchers and Beanballs (oh my)

    Just a few quick things before we get started at PNC Park (since I planned poorly for traffic and arrived later than I would have liked): First, tonight's lineups -- Cincinnati (5-4, tied for 1st National League Central) 1. Choo cf 2. Heisey lf 3. Votto 1b 4. Phillips 2b 5. Bruce...

  • The Tricky Rules Surrounding the Morris and Leroux Transactions

    Chris Leroux can refuse an outright assignment and become a free agent. Earlier today the Pirates called up Bryan Morris and designated Chris Leroux for assignment. It seems like a simple process for each player. Usually when a player is DFAd, he is placed on waivers and outrighted to Triple-A. With Morris,...

  • An Early Look at Alen Hanson’s Defense

    Alen Hanson has five errors in six games so far this year. The biggest question surrounding Alen Hanson's future is whether he can stick at shortstop for the long-term. He has all of the tools to be a shortstop in the majors, but is still a little raw at the position. There...

  • Martin’s Role Could Be A Key to Success

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin after the 2012 season it was not for his bat -- and with good reason. Russell Martin has been a part of four playoff teams -- two each with the Dodgers and Yankees. Photo credit: David Hague Martin, who turned 30 in February, owns a...

  • The Book on Justin Wilson

    Justin Wilson threw three shutout innings last night. Last night Justin Wilson came on in relief and pitched three perfect innings, striking out two. Wilson's stuff looked great, with a fastball that was touching 97, and consistently in the mid-90s. He also was flashing a great curveball with a big break that...

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