• Spring Training Game 14: Bucs/Indians Recap

    If there was any doubt left in your mind that Tony Armas was going to be the Pirates' fifth starter, it had to be relieved yesterday.  Armas threw four innings of one-hit ball, allowing only a solo home run to Ryan Garko.  The Pirates won 6-1. As soon as he signed his...

  • Brad Eldred, Adam Dunn: 'Burgh Loves the Big Men

    Let me start with a quote from the archives of the Pirates' blogosphere's granddaddy, Honest Wagner: I do not understand the hang-up, if genuine, about Adam Dunn's strikeouts. He has a career OBP of .380. He gets on base, so there's little reason to be concerned about the low batting average or...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #22

    Question #1: Most estimates have the Pirates' payroll at about $10-12 million under their self-imposed $50 million cap. It has been suggested that difference could be used on an in-season trade. If the Pirates could rent one player (with an eye on possibly re-signing him for 2008 and beyond), who would you...

  • Bucs Make More Cuts

    The Trib-Review is reporting that the Pirates have cut 11 players. Rajai Davis was sent to AAA. He was batting less than .150. Altoona will be receiving pitchers Dave Davidson, Romulo Sanchez and Josh Shortslef and position players Nyjer Morgan and Javier Guzman. Several non-roster invitees were also reassigned. They include Allan...

  • 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...

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