Pirates Notebook: Leroux Losing Changeup

PITTSBURGH, PA. — After striking out two batters over a perfect inning of relief against the Baltimore Orioles at McKechnie Field on Saturday, Chris Leroux said after the game that he is dropping the change-up. Leroux was told to lose the change, and will look to going back to being a power pitcher.  “It’s kind of one less thing to worry about,” Leroux said. “I’m kind of just going at hitters and here’s...

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Pirates Notebook: Bullpen Battles

BRADENTON, Fla. — With just a week remaining until the Pirates head north for the exhibition series in Philadelphia, and as they get ready to kick off Opening Day in 10 days, the bullpen seems to have only a few locks. The ultimate goal when the starter is taken out of the game is to get the ball to closer Joel Hanrahan. But who exactly will be the six other men looking to keep the game on the line? Other than Hanrahan, it looks...

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Pirates Go With Unusual Lineup in B Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates played a seven inning B-game against the Minnesota Twins today at Pirate City. As with any B-game, the contest was extremely informal. Innings ended if a pitcher reached his pitch count, regardless of how many outs there were, or how many runners were on base. Players batted out-of-order, and often a player was thrown in to the batting order at random spots. Throughout the game, players who weren’t...

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Leroux Using Offseason Success to Fuel Him for 2012

DUNEDIN — Right-hander Chris Leroux had a very successful offseason pitching for the Toros del Este in the Dominican League. Having altered his arm slot and adding a new pitch during the 2011 season, Leroux saw even better results pitching for the Toros. Leroux, who will try to break camp with the Pirates this spring, went down to the Dominican to focus on throwing inside and using his changeup. “I did that, and it went...

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The Pirates Need Another Starting Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates made one addition to their starting rotation this off-season, adding Erik Bedard to a one year deal. Their rotation heading in to the year looks decent, with Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton, and James McDonald all looking like locks for the rotation. They also have Kevin Correia and Brad Lincoln as the top options for the fifth starter role. That group doesn’t have an ace, but has a few guys who qualify as...

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