Pirates Notebook: Jonathan Sanchez Making Pirates Debut

Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez will be making his first regular season start for the Pirates on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. “Jonathan has made as good a stride as anyone we had in camp, with the command, with the four-pitch mix,” Hurdle said. “He’s excited. He’s in the best place he’s been: physically, self-confidence, all those things packed together.” Catcher Michael McKenry (not in...

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Rodriguez, Bullpen lead Pirates past Cubs

On Opening Day the Pittsburgh Pirates offense could not get anything to go right, spoiling a 10-strikeout performance by starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. Wednesday the team got another stellar performance from its starting pitcher and this time the bats did just enough to push Pittsburgh to their first win of the season. Wandy Rodriguez allowed just two hits and struck out six Chicago Cubs in 6 2/3 innings while Andrew McCutchen, Gaby...

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Injury Updates: Liriano, Karstens, Morton

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle addressed the status of several of the team’s injured pitchers prior to today’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Francisco Liriano threw off a mound yesterday and Charlie Morton threw a simulated game today, Hurdle said. “All our guys are making progress,” he said. Jeff Karstens is still nursing an inflamed right shoulder. Hurdle said he expected Karstens to begin throwing...

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First Pitch: On the Hurdle Extension and the First Day of Minor League Camp

When I looked at my calendar for a potential move to Bradenton, I had two choices. The week of January 20th would get me here a month before Spring Training, and I’d be settled in when pitchers and catchers reported. A month later would get me in after the first week of camp, and right before the games started. Plus I’d save a month of rent in the process. Since nothing usually happens early in camp (stretching, fielding...

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Hurdle Officially Extended Through 2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially confirmed the news we heard yesterday about the contract extension for manager Clint Hurdle. He is now signed through the 2014 season and the club holds an option for the 2015 season. His contract was due to expire at the end of this year. Under Hurdle, the Pirates have gone 151-173 over the last two seasons, with the club winning 79 games last year. No financial terms were released. Hurdle had...

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