Pirates Notebook: Final Roster Moves Remain

Lefty Tony Watson will make the Pirates Opening Day roster for the first time in his professional career. After the club decided to option fellow southpaw Daniel Moskos to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Watson will be the club’s only lefty in the ‘pen. Moskos, 24, had a solid spring with the Pirates. He allowed one earned run on six hits over 9.0 innings with five walks and nine strikeouts over nine appearances. He will...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Starting Lineup

The Pittsburgh Pirates finished with a .244 batting average during the 2011 season — .247 average in the 1st half, .241 in the 2nd half. Over the offseason, the Pirates signed shortstop Clint Barmes to a two-year deal, and catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year contract with an option for 2013. The Pirates entered Grapefruit League action on Sunday with a team .278 batting average this spring. The club has seven active players that...

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Pirates Notebook: Fryer Added Leg Kick Over Offseason

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Catcher Eric Fryer worked on incorporating a leg kick over the offseason. During the Fall Instructional League, which is held at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida, Fryer said it was one of his main focuses. “Mainly I really focused on hitting, trying to work in a slight leg kick, trying to keep more weight back and really stay behind the baseball when I’m swinging,” Fryer said. “It’s kind of...

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Pirates Lose 8-6, to Rays in See-Saw Game

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-6 at McKechnie Field on Thursday. Right-hander Jeff Karstens allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out three in his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring. Karstens threw 89 pitches over his five innings of work. “Obviously you want to take the positives out of it,” Karstens said....

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Pirates Break Out the Lumber in Win over Twins

FORT MYERS, FLA. — You could say it was over quickly after it began. The Minnesota Twins right-hander Terry Doyle lasted just 2/3 of an inning in the Pirates 17-6 win at Hammond Stadium on Thursday. The Bucs hammered out 10 runs on 10 hits with two walks a hit batter and an error in the 35 minute top of the first inning. “We just brought out the lumber today,” All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen said....

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