• Moskos Working on Consistency and Improved Breaking Ball

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Over the offseason, left-hander Daniel Moskos said he focused on consistency and working on improving his breaking ball. And so far during Grapefruit League action, his hard work has been paying off. Moskos entered Tuesday's game action with scoreless streak on the line. Over seven appearances, Moskos has tossed...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bullpen Battles

    Righty Chris Leroux, who is out of options, is battling for a spot in the Pirates 'pen this spring BRADENTON, Fla. -- With just a week remaining until the Pirates head north for the exhibition series in Philadelphia, and as they get ready to kick off Opening Day in 10 days, the bullpen...

  • Bedard Sharp in Bucs Loss to O’s

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 4-1 to the Baltimore Orioles in Bradenton, Fla., on Monday night. Left-hander Erik Bedard made his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring on Monday night at McKechnie Field. Over six-plus innings, Bedard allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits....

  • Prospect Notebook: Andrew Lambo’s 2011 Struggles

    Once considered one of the top 50 prospects in all of baseball, Andrew Lambo's value has been on the decline. The outfielder was the top prospect in the Dodgers' system and the 49th best prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America, prior to the 2009 season. After struggling at the plate, and...

  • Utility Battle Heating Up During Final Week

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The battle for the backup utility/bench job looks to be a tough competition during the final week of spring training. Other than the starting nine, the club has five spots for bench roles. Nate McLouth is a lock for the fourth outfielder, Michael McKenry will back up Rod Barajas...

  • Pirates Notebook: Alvarez to Start Season in Majors

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Despite struggling at the plate during Grapefruit League action this spring, third baseman Pedro Alvarez will start the season in the Majors. Rumors swirled that Alvarez might start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis to get back on track, but Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington insisted on Sunday, prior to...

  • Prospect Notebook: Baker’s Fastball Command, Welker’s Control

    Nathan Baker was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. He spent the last two years in A-ball, playing in high-A during the 2011 season. This year Baker will be making the jump to the Double-A level, starting in the Altoona rotation. The Pirates sent Baker...

  • Pirates Collect 20 Hits in Win Over Astros

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates won 9-7 to the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium on Sunday. The club combined for 20 hits off the Astros arms. "We were able to go to the plate and really ground out some at-bats well," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said....

  • Chase d’Arnaud Working to Become Fundamentally Sound

    Despite an ongoing competition in major league camp for the backup middle infield spot, the Pittsburgh Pirates made infielder Chase d'Arnaud one of their first cuts. D'Arnaud spent time in the majors last year, taking over as the starting shortstop for part of the year while Ronny Cedeno went down. He didn't...

  • Pirates Notebook: Final Cuts of Spring Training

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- There are just eight days remaining in spring training for the Pirates. The club will play its final game of the Grapefruit League on April 1st against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin before kicking off two exhibition games against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 2nd and 3rd. After optioning Jordy Mercer to...

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