McKenry, Karstens Show up Big in Pirates Win Over Netherlands

ST. Pete, Fla. –Right-hander Jeff Karstens got the start against the Netherlands in part of the Intentional Baseball Tournament held at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Although the stats don’t count towards Grapefruit League game scores, Karstens tossed four shutout frames on Monday scattering five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. “With everything going on, it was kind of hard to focus because we’re...

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Lincoln, McPherson Scratched from Outings

ST. PETE, Fla. — Right-handers Brad Lincoln and Kyle McPherson were scratched from their outings today against the Philadelphia Phillies at McKechnie Field. Lincoln, 26, has been scratched from his outing today due to right calf tightness.  His status is day to day. Lincoln has made two appearances during Grapefruit League action this spring. In his first outing on March 3, Lincoln tossed a perfect inning of relief with a...

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Prospect Notebook: Situational Pitching

After two weeks of watching bullpen sessions, live batting practice, fielding drills, and every other activity that wasn’t a game, I was looking forward to the start of the schedule in minor league camp. That schedule started today, with the first three days listed as camp days. Usually that means intrasquad games at the end of practice. That was the case today, with two games taking place side by side. I sat down in between the...

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Pirates Notebook: Kyle McPherson Slated to Begin in Triple-A

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. –Right-hander Kyle McPherson had a huge 2011 season in the minor leagues with a list of accomplishments to prove it. The 24 year old right hander was named the Pirates Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year as well as being named the Double-A Altoona Curve Pitcher of the Year. McPherson went a combined 12-6 with a 2.96 ERA with 142 strikeouts in 28 starts between High-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona in 2011. The...

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Pirates Flash Possible Opening Day Lineup Vs. Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The lineup that Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle sent out against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park could look similar to what you might see come Opening Day at PNC Park on April 5. Alex Presley, Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen filled out the top speedy three of the order. Follow that with second baseman Neil Walker batting cleanup, Garrett Jones playing first base, Rod Barajas behind home plate,...

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A 31st Round Draft Pick Turning in to a Prospect

I first saw 2010 31st round pick Jason Townsend in State College at the end of the 2010 season. The right-hander was making one of his final appearances in a year where he would combine for a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings. My recap of Townsend’s performance that night was brief. “Jason Townsend pitched the ninth inning and was wild, throwing 31 pitches in total, and walking the bases loaded.  Townsend got out of the inning...

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