• Pirate City Notes: Curry, Rowland, Rivera, Von Rosenberg, Wang

    Here is a look at today's lineups for the minor league games. The teams will be taking on Toronto's farm system this afternoon. The upper level teams are on the road, which means I'll be watching the lower level guys at Pirate City. I've included the lineups, pitchers, and some notes on...

  • Pirates Notebook: Karstens Has Enough Time to be Ready For the Season

    Jeff Karstens has enough time to be ready for the regular season. Jeff Karstens threw two innings at Pirate City this afternoon, going up against the Triple-A squad. After the start, Karstens mentioned how he's 1-2 outings behind everyone else in camp. The right-hander will extend to three innings the next time...

  • Injury Notes: D’Arnaud, Garrett Jones, Tony Watson

    Here are a few injury updates from major league camp, along with a non-injury update. **Chase d'Arnaud, who is dealing with a sprained thumb, is going to have an appointment for an MRI soon. He has been looked at here in Bradenton, but the Pirates and d'Arnaud wanted to get a second opinion. **Garrett...

  • Prospect Notebook: New Focus on the Running Game Extends to the Minors

    It seems like there have been daily reports out of major league camp about how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are focusing more on controlling the running game this year. After every caught stealing or pick off, the topic is brought up, and the answer usually given is that the importance of keeping...

  • Jeff Karstens Throws Two Easy Innings at Pirate City

    Karstens threw two shutout innings today at Pirate City. Jeff Karstens took the mound today at Pirate City to throw two innings in a minor league game against the Philadelphia Triple-A squad. Karstens threw two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. The only base runner reached on a lead...

  • Pirate City Notes: Karstens, Taillon, Welker, Lineups

    Jeff Karstens will throw two innings in minor league camp today. - Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates The first cuts from major league camp came today, and the first games in minor league camp start this afternoon. I'll be covering the home games at Pirate City, which will include the Triple-A and Double-A...

  • Pirates Cut 11 Players, Including Jameson Taillon

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first cuts of Spring Training. So far they have cut four players today, with those players being Hunter Strickland, Vic Black, Matt Hague, and Clint Robinson. That could be all for now, but no word on that yet. I'll update this when more information becomes available....

  • The Pirates Have a New International Player at Pirate City

    Bealyn Chourio I was over at Pirate City yesterday watching batting practice, when I noticed a left-handed hitter I had never seen before. The hitter was making strong contact, and crushing a few pitches. I had no way of identifying him, since he was wearing a red shirt, meaning he was injured....

  • Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets Hit Hard, Irwin Drawing Some Attention

    Jeff Locke had a bit of a rough outing today at McKechnie Field. The left-hander was hit hard, with eight hits in 3.1 innings, although he managed to limit the damage with only two runs allowed. Part of the low run count was due to Phil Irwin stranding two in the fourth,...

  • How Tony Sanchez Almost Hit A.J. Burnett in the Head With a Throw

    Tony Sanchez is getting more playing time with Russell Martin out. A.J. Burnett pitched a good inning to start today's game, including picking off a runner at first. After the frame he was greeted in the dugout by his catcher, Tony Sanchez. "Good job, good job," Sanchez said to Burnett in the...

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