• Bedard Focuses on Pitching Inside In Loss to Yankees

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates TAMPA, Fla. --  Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings in his third Grapefruit League start this spring. He walked three and struck out three in the Pirates 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees in Tampa on Tuesday night. Bedard said he...

  • Prospect Notebook: Mega Prospect Day

    Clayton Holmes threw today at Pirate City. The Pirates had a camp day today, which ended with four intersquad games. Days like this are like mega prospect days. Everywhere you look there's a Pirates pitcher throwing, and a Pirates hitter hitting. The Pirates had games on all four fields, which can make...

  • Tim Alderson Returns to Long Toss, Sees Velocity Return

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates were shopping Freddy Sanchez in 2009, the expectations were low on a return. The second baseman was making $6.1 M, which was a reasonable salary for his production. However, his $8 M option in 2010 was too high, essentially making him a two-month rental to any team that...

  • Tabata Feeling Comfort in Right Field

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- At just five years old, outfielder Jose Tabata's father told him stories of Roberto Clemente. He showed him videos, articles in the paper, everything. But the young Tabata was unaware of who he was. As Tabata got older, his father told him, ‘one day, I want to see you...

  • Pirates Notebook: Meek Continues to Move Forward This Spring

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- After making a rough Grapefruit League debut with the Pirates, right-hander Evan Meek has bounced back this spring by tossing three scoreless frames over his last three appearances. He's allowed one hit with two strikeouts. Meek worked hard over the offseason to get his body in better shape, dropping...

  • Prospect Notebook: Kingham Pounding the Strike Zone

    Nick Kingham made his second start of Spring Training, and his first start of the year at Pirate City today, going up against the Philadelphia A-ball team. Kingham threw four innings, throwing mostly fastballs. His command looked sharp for where he's at in Spring Training right now. "It's been well," Kingham said...

  • It’s Just a Matter of Time for Marte

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Outfielder Starling Marte was impressive this spring. Over 12 games during the Grapefruit League, Marte hit .520 with three homers, four RBI and stole two bases. If fans weren't aware of the young prospect, they took notice. Marte even went deep off former Cy Young Award Winner Cliff Lee,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Wilson to Move Back into Rotation

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After deciding to cut pitcher Justin Wilson from big league spring training camp on Sunday, the Pirates optioned the hard throwing lefty to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he will  start the 2012 season back in the starting rotation. "Justin is going to go down to Triple-A, and he’ll be...

  • Prospect Notebook: Strong Outings for Dodson, Fuesser

    Zack Dodson threw three shutout innings today. The A-ball games at Pirate City today featured two left-handers who put up strong numbers in A-ball last year. Zack Dodson and Zac Fuesser took the mound on opposite fields, taking on the New York Yankees' A-ball teams. Both southpaws threw three innings, and the...

  • Bucs Held to One Hit; Morton Unlucky in Loss to Twins

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The last time the Pirates were in Fort Myers, the club hammered out 10 runs on 15 hits in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins. On Sunday, however, the results were much different. The Pirates were held hitless by the Twins' lefty starter Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota bullpen...

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