First Pitch: The Bench Has (Almost) Been Fully Upgraded
Aug07

First Pitch: The Bench Has (Almost) Been Fully Upgraded

One of the big areas of need for the Pirates leading up to the deadline was the bench. For a long stretch the Pirates had a weak hitting bench, with Michael McKenry, Brandon Inge, Clint Barmes, and Travis Snider all struggling to hit. The only other hitter on the bench was either Gaby Sanchez, who can’t hit right-handers, or Garrett Jones, who can’t hit left-handers, depending on who was playing that day in the platoon....

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Grilli Placed on DL, Inge Designated for Assignment, Walker and Black Join Pirates
Jul23

Grilli Placed on DL, Inge Designated for Assignment, Walker and Black Join Pirates

The Pirates placed closer Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list after he left Monday’s game from suffering a right forearm strain. The team recalled Neil Walker (right side soreness) from the DL on Tuesday to start at second base. Brandon Inge was designated for assignment Tuesday. The veteran infielder did not produce for the Pirates after joining the team this offseason, posting only a .204 on-base percentage and .442 OPS,...

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Pirates Notebook: When Will the Bucs Play the Best 25?
Jul09

Pirates Notebook: When Will the Bucs Play the Best 25?

The Pirates look to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid a third straight series loss Tuesday night as they face the Oakland Athletics. Manager Clint Hurdle appears to be fielding his optimal lineup as second baseman Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list right before the game. Brandon Inge is not in the starting lineup after starting two straight games at second base. The veteran infielder has the Major League’s...

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First Pitch: Brandon Inge is a Leader, But the Pirates Have Different Needs
Jul09

First Pitch: Brandon Inge is a Leader, But the Pirates Have Different Needs

Brandon Inge has started the last two games with Neil Walker out. Brandon Inge also had a .190 average and a .464 OPS coming into tonight’s game. It’s not like there’s a lot of upside to be had there either. Inge had a combined .606 OPS in the last two years. He has strong defensive skills on the field, and that’s about the extent of his value. Well, unless you count his leadership skills. At this point the...

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Pirates Notebook: A’s Speak Highly of Inge, Alvarez Not in Derby
Jul08

Pirates Notebook: A’s Speak Highly of Inge, Alvarez Not in Derby

The Oakland Athletics start a three-game series against the Pirates tonight at PNC Park, arriving 9-0 against the Bucs and the only Major League team that is undefeated against one opponent. They swept the Pirates in their only Pittsburgh series in 2002 and also pulled off home sweeps in 2004 and 2010. This interleague series also reunites the A’s with former third baseman Brandon Inge, who hit for a .675 OPS with Oakland last...

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