• Bucs Tie and Lose in Split Squad Action

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Prospect Notebook: Strickland Very Efficient, Kingham Hits 95 Again

    Hunter Strickland gave up two runs in five innings today. 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Prospect Notebook: Cole Goes Five Innings, Hafner’s Spring Debut

    Right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole pitched five innings today at Pirate City, going up against the Philadelphia Phillies' A-ball team. Cole gave up just one run on five hits, with the run coming in the first inning. The top prospect didn't issue a walk and struck out three. Cole threw 65 pitches,...

  • Reviewing the Progress of the 2009 Prep Pitchers

    My process for evaluating players out of high school is simple. I don't really start grading players heavily until what would have been their junior year of college. There are exceptions to this rule, such as the obvious highly touted Jameson Taillon and Josh Bell type players. But for the most part,...

  • McDonald Struggles with Command in Loss to Twins

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald's last trip to the mound on Saturday against the Houston Astros was impressive. McDonald tossed 5.1 of hitless ball, and overall allowed just one run on two hits over 7.0 innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three while throwing 75 pitches. McDonald fared much...

  • Morton to Start the Season on the DL

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Charlie Morton has been working hard progressing back from offseason left hip surgery this spring. The right-hander however, despite taking huge steps forward, will start the 2012 season on the disabled list. The decision to place Morton on the 15-day D.L. came the day after giving up six runs...

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