• 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...

  • Prospect Notebook: Cole Goes Four Strong Against Yankees

    Gerrit Cole took the mound at Pirate City today for a start against the New York Yankees' A-ball team. Cole made his last start against the Yankees' Double-A team earlier in the week. The outing for the 2011 first overall pick was a strong one. Cole went four innings, allowing one run...

  • McDonald Takes No-Hitter into 6th in Bucs 5-4 Loss to Astros

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald took the mound in the 6th inning with one out at McKechnie Field on Saturday. After retiring his first batter, pinch-hitter Travis Buck connected for a single into shallow center field for a hit -- the first that McDonald had given up during his seven inning outing....

  • Burnett Throws Live BP at McKechnie Field

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Today was a day that A. J. Burnett referred to as 'a big step forward' and 'very fun'. On Saturday, the right-hander threw his first live batting practice at McKechnie Field. First baseman Garrett Jones and catcher Michael McKenry stood in the cage as Burnett took the mound in Bradenton for...

  • Pirates Cut Mercer, Reyes, from Big League Camp

    BRADENTON, Fla. - With just eight days remaining until the final Grapefruit League spring training game for the Pirates, the club took a step further to their final 25-man on Saturday. Prior to the their game against the Houston Astros, the Pirates cut five players from big league camp: infielder Jordy Mercer, and...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bedard Looking Forward to Opening Day Start

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- Lefty Erik Bedard has come a long way from the last time he got an Opening Day start -- back in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. During '08, Bedard was placed on the disabled list twice, once for inflammation in his left hip, the other...

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