Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Starting Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation improved their overall record and ERA during the 2011 season when they put up a 49-61 record and a 4.21 ERA, improving from a 34-84 record with a 5.28 ERA in 2010. Over the offseason, the club upgraded their starting staff by signing lefty Erik Bedard to a one-year deal in December. They also acquired right-hander A.J. Burnett from the New York Yankees in February for a pair of minor league...

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Morton to Start the Season on the DL

BRADENTON, Fla. — Charlie Morton has been working hard progressing back from offseason left hip surgery this spring. The right-hander however, despite taking huge steps forward, will start the 2012 season on the disabled list. The decision to place Morton on the 15-day D.L. came the day after giving up six runs on eight hits over five innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. After his start, Morton said he...

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Morton Progresses in Bucs Loss, Plans to Start Season In Discussion

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 6-4, to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday night. Right-hander Charlie Morton made his fourth official start of the spring during Grapefruit League action. Overall, Morton allowed six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over five innings. Morton threw 75 pitches. “That’s the good side of it. I did throw five innings,” Morton said. “I...

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Pirates Notebook: Bedard Looking Forward to Opening Day Start

BRADENTON, Fla. — Lefty Erik Bedard has come a long way from the last time he got an Opening Day start — back in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. During ’08, Bedard was placed on the disabled list twice, once for inflammation in his left hip, the other was for stiffness in his left shoulder, which ended his season. Two months later, Bedard underwent arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder to remove any non-healthy...

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Morton Solid in Start, Plans to Be Ready for Season

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates (7-12)  lost 7-2 to the Detroit Tigers (14-3) at McKechnie Field on Friday afternoon. Right-hander Charlie Morton tossed four scoreless frames scattering two hits and struck out two in his fourth official Grapefruit League start of the spring. Morton threw 55 pitches over his four inning outing. The two lone hits Morton gave up came in the first and third inning. Andy Dirks led off the 1st frame...

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