Pirates option Lincoln, DFA Donnelly

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned starting pitcher Brad Lincoln to AAA after today’s start, and have designated Brendan Donnelly for assignment.  Lincoln was called up in the middle of June, but struggled in his debut.  Lincoln posted a 6.29 ERA in 44.1 innings heading in to today’s outing, with an 18:12 K/BB ratio.  Four of his eight starts prior to today were quality starts, although three of those were the three runs...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/22/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Lehigh Valley 3-2.  Charlie Morton pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Brian Bass pitched two shutout innings, allowing a hit, no walks and four strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Kevin Melillo went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run.  Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-4 with a solo homer....

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Why John Russell Shouldn't Be Fired

As you may already know, I don’t believe that a baseball manager has a significant impact on a baseball team.  I feel that the most important thing is talent, and that “good managers” are usually managers who have been blessed with good players.  Too often a manager is fired as a scapegoat.  When the whole team is playing horrible ball over an extended period, it’s easier to fire the manager and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/17/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Rochester 10-7.  Charlie Morton pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on 11 hits, with two walks, two strikeouts, and two homers.  Jeremy Powell pitched 1.2 innings, allowing a run on two hits.  Justin Thomas allowed a run on a walk and a hit in 0.2 innings.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. Brandon...

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The fall of Charlie Morton

Charlie Morton was a polarizing figure among Pirates fans and Pittsburgh media members during the first month of the season. His ERA was in double-digits, but his peripheral stats indicated that he was among the unluckiest pitchers in baseball. Since then, he has simply been mediocre. Right now, he is struggling just to stand out against Triple-A competition.

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