Bucs Tie and Lose in Split Squad Action

The Pittsburgh Pirates played two games this afternoon in part of a split squad day. And both games had very different results. Lefty Erik Bedard started against the Baltimore Orioles at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Saturday in the Bucs 6-6 tie. Bedard, who will get the Pirates Opening Day nod at PNC Park on Thursday, allowed four runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out two. All four runs scored off Bedard came via the long...

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All-Star Version of Evan Meek Starting to Emerge

BRADENTON, Fla. — When Clint Hurdle became Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, he had only seen from a far, heard, and watched Evan Meek’s solid 2010 season. The Evan Meek that Hurdle saw in person during the 2011 season was nothing like the All-Star prior. The reliever he once was during 2010 hit 95-97 with his fastball regularly on the gun, while posting a 2.14 ERA over a career-high 70 appearances (80.0 innings). During...

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Pirates Notebook: Hague Continues Strong Case to Break Camp with Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. — He’s been told that he doesn’t have enough home run power to play first base in the Majors, but so far this spring, Matt Hague has been hitting balls over the fences. The 26-year-old, who is in his first big league spring training camp, went 2-for-4 against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, taking lefty Matt Moore deep for a two-run shot in his third at-bat. The homer tied the game at 3, giving him five...

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Prospect Notebook: Strickland Very Efficient, Kingham Hits 95 Again

Hunter Strickland made a start today at Pirate City, continuing his recovery from an arm injury which caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. Strickland went five innings, and threw 55 pitches, with 43 for strikes. He was very efficient, which was the cause for the low pitch count. In his five innings, Strickland gave up two runs on five hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. He was pounding the strike zone, throwing 43 of his 55...

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Hague Hits Team-Leading Fifth Homer in Bucs Tie to Rays

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays ended in a 3-3 tie at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Friday afternoon. Left-hander Tony Watson got the “start” for the Pirates against the Rays on Friday at McKechnie Field. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle elected to go with all bullpen arms to get their regular work in while the starters are starting to pitch deeper into games. It marked Watson’s eighth...

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Pirates Notebook: With Morton on DL, Roster Decisions Loom

BRADENTON, Fla. – After placing right-hander Charlie Morton on the disabled list to start the 2012 season, Huntington said the decision to carry an extra bench player, rather than an arm, is still in discussion. Instead of carrying 12 pitchers, the Pirates could decide to use 11 arms (four starters and seven relievers) and 14 position players to help the club during their tough month of April. “That is an option,” Huntington...

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