Pirates Notebook: Shaping up to be an interesting draft

I was in Charlottesville tonight, watching Deck McGuire take on the University of Virginia, and by the time I got home, the Pirates were down 8-0.  Since I didn’t watch much of the game after that point, I figured I would dedicate the main topic of the notebook to a subject I did follow tonight. Everyone knows about Bryce Harper in the draft this year.  Sports Illustrated called him “baseball’s LeBron...

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Pirates Notebook: Not so lucky today

Yesterday I talked about the bad things that the Pirates managed to get away with in their extra innings victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Today, the Pirates weren’t so lucky.  For reference, here is what I said, followed by my recap a day later: It wasn’t all good tonight. I mentioned earlier that it was great the Pirates were getting to the Dodgers’ bullpen two days in a row. That should provide the...

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2010 Pirates Preview: The Opening Day Roster

So far in my 2010 preview I’ve looked at ten prospects who could make an impact in the majors this season, potential trades during the 2010 season, and 18 things to watch for in 2010.  Also, be sure to check out the Opening Day Payroll projection for the breakdown of salaries for the 2010 40-man roster.  Today, for opening day, we’ll wrap things up by looking at the expectations for each player on...

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18 Things to Watch For in 2010

I’ve been doing my 2010 preview this week, starting with a look at ten prospects who could make an impact in the majors this season, and following that up with potential trades during the 2010 season.  Today we have 18 things to watch for in 2010.  Last year I did 17 things to watch for besides the losing streak.  This year the theme is 18 things to watch for as the Pirates try to avoid 18 losing years in a...

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McCutchen, Iwamura flip flop in order; pitcher to bat eighth

The Pirates will likely bat Akinori Iwamura first, Andrew McCutchen second, the pitcher eighth and Ronny Cedeno ninth often this season....

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