Pirates fall to Curve 8-6 in final spring tune-up

It was an exciting day in Curve, PA as the Double-A Altoona Curve hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of a record crowd of 10,116. The Curve won the game 8-6, but as an exhibition, the score can be a bit deceiving, since pitchers for both clubs switched teams to create more competitive match-ups. Pirate starter James McDonald struggled on the day, only lasting two innings, and former Curve all-star Starling Marte hit a towering...

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Pirate City Results: Holmes, Kingham, Oliver, Escobar

Today was a camp day at Pirate City. They held intra-squad games, with Indianapolis taking on Bradenton and West Virginia taking on the extended Spring Training group. The matchups were more even than it seems. The pitchers from each level threw for the other team, taking on their level. For example, rather than having Andy Oliver throwing for Indianapolis against an A-ball team, Oliver pitched for Bradenton and threw against the...

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Minor League Results: Dodson, Bell, Mathisen, Herrera

Zack Dodson Zack Dodson started off looking a little shaky Wednesday against the Phillies. But he quickly shifted to dominance. In a 3-2 win, very much a group effort, with Dodson the star of the show. His wildness got him into trouble in the early innings, but he mixed in a consistent fastball that topped out at 91 mph, throwing it 86-90 through four innings. 61 pitches later, he’d allowed just one run on four hits, with three...

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Pirate City Results: All The Home Runs

This time of year the pitching rotations in the Spring Training games get kind of crazy. Minor league rotations aren’t like big league rotations. There are no Opening Day starters or number two starters. You pitch when you pitch. Pitchers are currently on a schedule in Spring Training, and that schedule carries over to the regular season. Whoever is slated to start on Opening Day is the Opening Day starter. In a lot of cases,...

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The Depth At Triple-A Forces Some Position Changes and Returns in Altoona

The cuts from major league camp left the Pittsburgh Pirates with a lot of options at the Triple-A level. Those options ended up holding a few players back in Altoona for the 2013 season. Early in minor league camp, the Pirates were playing Matt Curry, Adalberto Santos, and Andrew Lambo with the Triple-A squad. After the late cuts, all three were pushed back to Altoona. That created a roster jam in a few cases, as the Pirates had guys...

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Pirate City Results: Pimentel Continues to Impress, Cole Gets Work Bunting

If there’s one player who has surprised me this Spring, it’s been Stolmy Pimentel. When he came over from the Red Sox in the Joel Hanrahan trade, Pimentel looked like a fading prospect. He used to be one of the top arms in the Boston farm system. He’s still regarded as a prospect, but after struggling at the Double-A level the last two years, his hype has faded. From what I’ve seen this Spring out of Pimentel,...

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