Doumit Joins Indians For Rehab; Harrison Homers In Loss

Charlotte Knights  5,  Indianapolis Indians  4 ( box ) The Indianapolis Indians began an 8-game road trip with a loss to the Charlotte Knights in Knight Stadium in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC.  2B Josh Harrison’s late-inning home run was not enough for the Indians to catch up to the Knights. Pirates’ C Ryan Doumit (photo), who has been working his way back after an ankle sprain, joined the Indians today to continue his...

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Pirates Call Up Alvarez, Presley to DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up third baseman Pedro Alvarez, and have placed Alex Presley on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced this morning.  Alvarez was on a hot streak in AAA, with a .472/.548/.806 line in 36 at-bats in his last 10 games.  Meanwhile, Presley injured his thumb, and could be out for a week, which called for the trip to the disabled list. Because the Pirates had Alvarez on optional assignment for less...

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Hunter Pence and the 2008 Rays

Remember back before the 2011 season started, when the Pittsburgh Pirates were coming off a 57-105 season, easily making them the worst team in the majors?  Remember when the debate was “will they lose 100 games again in 2011″?  Remember when the only sign of hope was “the 2008 Rays went from worst to first”. Now the Pirates sit in sole possession of first place in the NL Central.  The debate is “who...

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Game 93 Recap: Bucs Lose Late Lead, Win in 11

It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t tidy. But the Pirates came out on top for another road win in Houston. The Pirates let a one run lead slip away in the eighth inning before posting a three-spot in the eleventh. Two seemingly perpetual thorns plagued the Kevin Correia early. Jeff Keppinger doubled and was singled in by Hunter Pence in the first inning. The Pirates got on top in the second. Lyle Overbay doubled and with two gone...

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Game 92 Recap: Astros Rally to Push Bucs Out of First

Pittsburgh rallied for three runs in the sixth inning. But aggressive base running and a costly error helped Houston score three times in the eighth to win it. In the process, the Pirates fell out of first place. The Astros drew first blood against Paul Maholm. Carlos Lee led off the second inning with a double. Jason Michaels singled him to third. A passed ball by Michael McKenry allowed Lee to score the first run of the game....

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