Prospect Notebook: 27 Outs

Today was a camp day at Pirate City, and there were no games played. Instead, the team played games called “27 outs”. Two teams would take the field with the goal of being the first team to reach, you guessed it, 27 outs. There would be a batter at the plate and a pitcher on the mound, but no ball. The pitcher would fake a throw, then a coach at home plate would hit the ball in to play. If the team on the field made a bad...

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Correia Very Efficient in Bucs Win Over Phillies

BRADENTON, Fla. — Right-hander Kevin Correia continued his solid spring on Friday at McKechnie Field in the Pirates 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The 31-year-old made his third start, and over four scoreless innings, Correia gave up just one hit with a walk and two strikeouts. He has yet to give up a run over his combined 9.0 innings in the Grapefruit League. “He’s been pretty much been following the glove all...

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Lefty Reyes Changes Arm Slot

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes made his second start (third appearance) of the spring on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins. Reyes allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over 2.1 innings with a pair of walks. After his outing, Reyes said he changed his arm slot over the off-season, and is trying to work through the new adjustment. “I’ve just been working on a lot of stuff this spring training,...

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Pirates Notebook: Hanrahan Using Slider More this Spring

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan is looking to incorporate his slider more for the 2012 season. And so far, his results have been impressive this spring. Over three appearances, Hanrahan has tossed three scoreless, hitless frames with one walk and six strikeouts. The Pirates’ closer relied on his slider a lot during the 2010 season to get guys out, but last year he didn’t use it as much. His fastball,...

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Prospect Notebook: Homer, Double, and an Error for Dickerson

Alex Dickerson had a big day at the plate in today’s A-ball game, collecting two hits, including a home run and a double. The first baseman homered in his first at-bat when the Toronto pitcher left a fastball out over the plate. Dickerson saw the exact same pitch to start the at-bat, and decided to act the second time around. “I was thinking he would come back with another one,” Dickerson said about the pitch....

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Erik Bedard Makes Start at Pirate City

In an effort to get a better look at left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, and still get innings for Erik Bedard, the Pittsburgh Pirates had Bedard make a start at Pirate City this afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays’ A-ball team. “We want to see [Reyes] pitch against the stiffer competition. [Bedard]’s going to make the club,” Clint Hurdle said about why Bedard was pitching at Pirate City today. Bedard threw three innings this afternoon...

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