Spring Training Notes: Liriano Focused on the Sinker; Sanchez Does it Again
Feb26

Spring Training Notes: Liriano Focused on the Sinker; Sanchez Does it Again

The Pittsburgh Pirates came back to beat the New York Yankees 6-5 today, recovering from some early game struggles by Francisco Liriano and Edinson Volquez. Both pitchers gave up two runs in one inning of work, although the Pirates were able to rebound late with a four run seventh inning to take the lead and their first victory of the Grapefruit League season. Liriano All About the Sinker Francisco Liriano only went one inning in...

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Taiwan is a Baseball Hotbed, and the Pirates are Getting a Strong Presence There
Feb25

Taiwan is a Baseball Hotbed, and the Pirates are Getting a Strong Presence There

“We’re working very hard to be global. Not just in the Dominican, but as we spread out, there’s ballplayers everywhere, and our challenge is to go find them, as it is for the other 29 teams.” That was Clint Hurdle when I talked to him last week about the talent that is coming to the Pirates out of Latin America. Hurdle probably didn’t have to point that out. The track record for the Pirates speaks for...

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Spring Training Notes: Stolmy Pimentel and Tony Sanchez Impress
Feb25

Spring Training Notes: Stolmy Pimentel and Tony Sanchez Impress

  It was during the Black and Gold game last year that I first saw Stolmy Pimentel. The right-hander was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in December 2012, and pitched in relief in the intrasquad game to kick off the Spring Training schedule. I was impressed with Pimentel at the time, and I wasn’t the only one. Last week I wrote about Pimentel, and included Ray Searage’s reaction to that game, when he first noticed...

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Lineups For Today’s Black & Gold Game
Feb25

Lineups For Today’s Black & Gold Game

On Saturday afternoon, Clint Hurdle announced the pitchers for the Black & Gold exhibition game at McKechnie Field on Tuesday. The game is scheduled for seven innings and for those unfamiliar, it’s the Pirates vs the Pirates. The pitchers for the Black team are: ¬†Stolmy Pimentel, who will start and is scheduled to go two innings. He will be followed by Zack Thornton, Andy Oliver, Jay Jackson, Brandon Mann and Matt Benedict....

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Neil Walker Taking Batting Practice (Video)
Feb24
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Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte
Feb24

Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte

At the end of last week I posted a video of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco taking batting practice together. It was a nice sight to see those three rotating in the batting cages together, since they could eventually make up the best outfield trio in the majors. McCutchen is already an MVP, Marte posted a 4.6 WAR in his first full season, and Polanco looks like an impact talent who should arrive by mid-season...

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