• Long Balls from McLouth, Hague Gives Bucs Win

    The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 in Dunedin, Fla., on Sunday in the Bucs final Spring Training game in Florida. Right-hander Jeff Karstens allowed one run on four hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out one in his fourth start of the spring. Karstens finished with a...

  • A.J. Burnett Pitches Three Innings at Pirate City

    A.J. Burnett threw three innings today at Pirate City. A.J. Burnett threw in an intrasquad game at Pirate City this afternoon, going three innings against the Pirates' Triple-A lineup. The start was Burnett's first outing in a game situation since going down with a fractured orbital bone earlier in Spring Training. The...

  • Pirates Option Lincoln, McCutchen to Triple-A

    Prior to the Pirates final spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin during Grapefruit League action in Florida, the club optioned right-handers Brad Lincoln and Daniel McCutchen to Triple-A Indianapolis. Lincoln, 26, made one start (four appearances) this spring. He allowed 10 runs on 12 hits over 8.0 innings...

  • Pirates Notebook: Leroux Losing Changeup

    PITTSBURGH, PA. -- After striking out two batters over a perfect inning of relief against the Baltimore Orioles at McKechnie Field on Saturday, Chris Leroux said after the game that he is dropping the change-up. Leroux was told to lose the change, and will look to going back to being a power...

  • Prospect Notebook: Starters Getting Ready For the Season

    Just like major league camp, the Pirates slowly build their minor league starters up to the point where they're ready for the season by the time they break camp. Typically a minor league start will go around 75 pitches in the Pirates' system. In the last few days several pitchers have hit...

  • Bucs Tie and Lose in Split Squad Action

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates The Pittsburgh Pirates played two games this afternoon in part of a split squad day. And both games had very different results. Lefty Erik Bedard started against the Baltimore Orioles at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Saturday in the Bucs 6-6 tie. Bedard, who will get the Pirates...

  • All-Star Version of Evan Meek Starting to Emerge

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- When Clint Hurdle became Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, he had only seen from a far, heard, and watched Evan Meek's solid 2010 season. The Evan Meek that Hurdle saw in person during the 2011 season was nothing like the All-Star prior. The reliever he once was during 2010...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hague Continues Strong Case to Break Camp with Pirates

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- He's been told that he doesn't have enough home run power to play first base in the Majors, but so far this spring, Matt Hague has been hitting balls over the fences. The 26-year-old, who is in his first big league spring training camp, went 2-for-4 against the Tampa...

  • Prospect Notebook: Strickland Very Efficient, Kingham Hits 95 Again

    Hunter Strickland gave up two runs in five innings today. Hunter Strickland made a start today at Pirate City, continuing his recovery from an arm injury which caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. Strickland went five innings, and threw 55 pitches, with 43 for strikes. He was very efficient, which...

  • Hague Hits Team-Leading Fifth Homer in Bucs Tie to Rays

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays ended in a 3-3 tie at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Friday afternoon. Left-hander Tony Watson got the "start" for the Pirates against the Rays on Friday at McKechnie Field. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle elected to go with all bullpen arms to get their regular work...

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