Indy Indians Open 2012 With A Loss

The 2012 Indianapolis Indians began their season with a loss to the Toledo Mud Hens at a packed Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.  Three former Indians, now playing for the Mud Hens, contributed to the Tribe’s downfall.  The Tribe batters were held to just 4 hits by the Toledo pitching staff. Justin Wilson made his return to the starting rotation official, as the Indians’ Opening Day starter, and struggled with command...

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Pirates remove Bautista, Bootcheck, and Hansen from 40-man

The Pittsburgh Pirates removed Chris Bootcheck, Denny Bautista, and Craig Hansen from the 40-man roster today. Bootcheck elected free agency, while there is no word on Bautista and Hansen. The move clears up two spots on the 40-man roster, only because Hansen was on the 60-day DL, and not a member of the 40-man roster. Hansen was acquired in the Jason Bay trade last year, but didn’t see much time with the Pirates due to injury...

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Daniel McCutchen to be called up

According to Dejan Kovacevic at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Daniel McCutchen will be called up tomorrow to start the first game in the double header against Cincinnati. McCutchen was originally scheduled to start today in Indianapolis. He was also slated to pitch for Team USA in the World Cup next month, but the Pirates have removed him from the event. McCutchen struggled to start the year, with a 4.41 ERA, and a 63:23 K/BB ratio in...

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Pirates aren't out of the woods with Veal yet

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed 2009 Rule 5 draft pick Donald Veal on the 15-day DL today with a strained left index finger. To fill Veal’s spot, they purchased the contract of relief pitcher Chris Bootcheck, adding Bootcheck to the 40-man roster, which had an open spot. First, a bit on Bootcheck… Bootcheck was a first round pick in the 2000 MLB draft, taken with the 20th overall pick by the Angels. In his career, Bootcheck...

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Littlefield, Sauveur Sightings Highlight Minor League Games

My job takes me on the road to large cities throughout the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region. For the first time since I’ve had this gig, I’ve been able to take in a couple of minor league games. First stop was the Louisville Bats vs. the Pawtucket Red Sox. I arrived at the game when the gates opened, which allowed me to park a couple blocks away on the street for free (sweet). Tickets were cheap, just $6 for a seat down...

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