Game 4 Recap: Bucs Bunch Runs and Hold On

79 wins and counting to reach a season above .500 for the first time since before I even began dating my wife of 16 years. I don’t blame her for the dry spell. Though sometimes I wonder in secret. Kyle Lohse entered the game with a 5-1 career mark against the Pirates. He was in control through five, having allowed just two hits and one runner to second base. But the sixth inning saw Pittsburgh collect three of their eight hits...

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Early Look at the 2012 Payroll

Earlier this week the 2011 40-man roster and payroll page was updated, giving the estimated payroll for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, based off of the Opening Day roster.  A lot can, and will, change between now and the end of the 2011 regular season, so that payroll figure is far from complete.  Today, I updated the future payroll commitments chart, with the salaries, years of control, and arbitration years for the 2012-2015...

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Update On Players Who Are Out Of Options

 With a handful of players who are both on the bubble and out of options, the Pirates will be facing some tough roster decisions at the end of March. What follows is a quick rundown of players fighting for roster spots who have no options remaining. I’ve omitted players who are locks to make the team, like James McDonald and Joel Hanrahan. Also, as most of you are probably aware, the Pirates secured an extra option for Steve...

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Has Charlie Morton Won the 5th Starter Job?

Coming in to the Spring, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a battle for the 5th starter role between Charlie Morton, Scott Olsen, and Brad Lincoln.  The battle was largely seen to be between Morton and Olsen, with Lincoln destined to return to AAA to work on his changeup. About a month ago, Scott Olsen went down with a hamstring injury, and while he’s currently rehabbing, he has yet to pitch an inning in Spring Training.  Meanwhile,...

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Huntington on Doumit, Olsen, Rodriguez

Rob Biertempfel has some updates from General Manager Neal Huntington: -Trade talks for Ryan Doumit have died down, according to Huntington.  He did mention that things usually pick back up the first few weeks of the season.  I think it’s pretty much a guarantee that Doumit will open the season with the team.  As for his trade value, I don’t think that’s going to increase in a bench role.  Unless we see a ton of...

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