Pirates Option Lincoln, McCutchen to Triple-A

Prior to the Pirates final spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin during Grapefruit League action in Florida, the club optioned right-handers Brad Lincoln and Daniel McCutchen to Triple-A Indianapolis. Lincoln, 26, made one start (four appearances) this spring. He allowed 10 runs on 12 hits over 8.0 innings with five walks, five strikeouts and three home runs allowed. After his final Grapefruit League...

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Pirates Notebook: Leroux Losing Changeup

PITTSBURGH, PA. — After striking out two batters over a perfect inning of relief against the Baltimore Orioles at McKechnie Field on Saturday, Chris Leroux said after the game that he is dropping the change-up. Leroux was told to lose the change, and will look to going back to being a power pitcher.  “It’s kind of one less thing to worry about,” Leroux said. “I’m kind of just going at hitters and here’s...

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Prospect Notebook: Starters Getting Ready For the Season

Just like major league camp, the Pirates slowly build their minor league starters up to the point where they’re ready for the season by the time they break camp. Typically a minor league start will go around 75 pitches in the Pirates’ system. In the last few days several pitchers have hit that mark in their Spring Training outings. Nick Kingham threw 75 pitches on Friday in his final start of the Spring. Gerrit Cole threw...

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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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