Pirates Notebook: Alvarez will make a big difference

After a game like today, and a slump like the Pirates have been on, you get the feeling that this team is totally hopeless, and that nothing will help the team improve.  I actually waited several hours before writing my game recap, then went back to look at the box score before I sat down to write this.  I can’t say that I’m optimistic for the team over the next month, but my optimism is still there for when...

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Pirates call up Brian Burres and Brian Bass

UPDATE 12:24 PM: The 2010 40-man roster/payroll page is updated with the moves.UPDATE 12:12 PM: Rob Biertempfel reports that Brandon Jones has been designated for assignment. That clears a spot for Bass on the 40-man roster.UPDATE 12:04 PM: Rocco DeMaro reports that Daniel McCutchen was optioned to AAA, and Chris Jakubauskas was placed on the disabled list to make room for Burres and Bass on the 25-man roster.  No...

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Pirates cut seven, roster almost set

The Pittsburgh Pirates cut seven players today, according to Rob Biertempfel.  Those players were Brian Bass, Vinnie Chulk, Jeff Karstens, Steven Jackson, Jeremy Powell, Anthony Claggett, and Luke Carlin.  The Spring Training tracker is updated with the cuts.  These cuts pretty much mean that the Pirates’ 25-man roster is almost set. There are only seven healthy bullpen options remaining in camp, with Jose Ascanio...

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