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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Pirates Cut 10 from Big League Camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Prior to departing to Fort Myers, Fla., for the Bucs game against the Minnesota Twins, the Pittsburgh Pirates cut 10 players from Major League camp. Highlighting the list was lefty Jeff Locke, who made his Major League debut with the Bucs in 2011, and the Pirates first round pick in 2009 catcher Tony Sanchez. Catcher Ramon Cabrera, right-hander Mike Crotta, outfielder Robbie Grossman, infielder Anderson...

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Sanchez Working Hard to Bounce Back

SARASOTA, Fla. — The 2011 season was not what Tony Sanchez expected from himself. The 23-year-old catching prospect worked hard over the offseason in order to bounce back. Sanchez finished last season hitting .241 with 46 runs, 14 doubles, five home runs and 44 RBI in his first season at Double-A Altoona. Sanchez, who was drafted by the Pirates in the first round of the 2009 draft out of Boston College, hadn’t hit below a .300...

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Pirates Cut Ten Players Including Grossman, Locke, and Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first big round of cuts today, sending five players down to minor league camp. The players who received the gray helmets in their lockers were Jeff Locke, Duke Welker, Mike Crotta, Robbie Grossman, and Logan Kensing. Jeff Locke was optioned to AAA. Duke Welker was sent to AA. Mike Crotta, Robbie Grossman and Logan Kensing were all re-assigned to minor league camp. More moves are expected later today....

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