Brian Burres Elects Free Agency

Yesterday we heard that 24 players in the Pittsburgh Pirates system had elected minor league free agency.  Baseball America has an update today on their minor league transactions that left handed pitcher Brian Burres has elected for free agency.  Burres was recently outrighted off of the 40-man roster. That leaves the status of outfielder Steve Pearce up in the air.  Pearce would be eligible for minor league free agency this year,...

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Pirates Outright Four Players to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted left handed pitcher Brian Burres, right handed pitcher Kevin Hart, infielder Brandon Wood, and outfielder Steve Pearce to AAA Indianapolis, according to a team press release.  All four players have the option of electing for minor league free agency. Pearce was eligible for Super Two status, but had trouble staying on the field the last two years.  Hart was eligible for a league minimum salary,...

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Game 151 Recap: Bucs Fall to Kuroda

In Jeff Locke’s Major League debut, the Pirates were beaten on a one hit shutout. They got five more hits in his second start. But that wasn’t enough. Locke was lifted after three innings and James Loney poked a three run pinch hit homer as the Dodgers pulled away late. The Pirates threatened against Hiroki Kuroda a couple of times but never put much of an inning together. Neil Walker’s one out double in the first...

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Game 143 Recap: McCutchen Hits Two Homers in Bucs Win

Brian Burres wasn’t all that sharp. J.A. Happ gave up two homers to Andrew McCutchen. It all came down to a wild play in the eighth in which Jason Jaramillo singled in the game winning run and started a double play. Burres gave up two dingers in the first. Carlos Lee homered with J.D. Martinez on board. Matt Downs followed Lee with a blast off the foul poul in left and Houston led 3-0. Pittsburgh got one run back immediately in...

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Nancy Zinni’s 2011 Indianapolis Indians Recap Part Two

Also check out Part One: The Hitters We had high hopes for the Indians’ pitchers in 2011.  This was the group of pitchers who won everything with the Altoona Curve in 2010 — Rudy Owens,  Jared Hughes, Justin Wilson, Tony Watson, Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, plus relievers Michael Dubee and Danny Moskos.  This was supposed to be a great pitching year for the Indians. Unfortunately, that’s not what really happened.  There...

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