Long Balls from McLouth, Hague Gives Bucs Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 in Dunedin, Fla., on Sunday in the Bucs final Spring Training game in Florida. Right-hander Jeff Karstens allowed one run on four hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out one in his fourth start of the spring. Karstens finished with a 2.12 ERA during Grapefruit League action this spring. The long run that Karstens gave up came in the 4th inning. After holding the Blue...

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Moskos Gives Up Walkoff Homer in 5-4 Loss

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Pirates lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 at Bright House Field on Tuesday. Right-hander Chris Resop made his first start of the spring, sixth appearance during Grapefruit League action this spring. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle chose to go with all relievers today against the Phillies in order to get the ‘pen arms work, and allow starter Jeff Karstens to pitch deep into a game in minor league...

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Moskos Working on Consistency and Improved Breaking Ball

BRADENTON, Fla. — Over the offseason, left-hander Daniel Moskos said he focused on consistency and working on improving his breaking ball. And so far during Grapefruit League action, his hard work has been paying off. Moskos entered Tuesday’s game action with scoreless streak on the line. Over seven appearances, Moskos has tossed 7.1 frames without giving up an earned run, and hitters are hitting just .154 off him....

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: The Bullpen

If there’s one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates have had success adding players over the last few years, it’s been the bullpen.  That was seen in 2011 with the makeup of the top performers in the bullpen.  The 2011 pen was made up of mostly outside acquisitions from the past few years, most of those coming from low cost moves. Top closer Joel Hanrahan was acquired in a trade, along with Lastings Milledge, in exchange for...

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Game 159 Recap: Willis Pitches, Hits Reds to Victory

There were a couple of failures in this one. James McDonald was looking for his tenth win on the year. The Pirates were on the cusp of a sweep. Neither happened as Dontrelle Willis pitched well and broke a tie with a two run double in the sxith. Cincinnati was on McDonald from the outset. Brandon Phillips walked to lead off the game. Joey Votto and Jay Bruce each singled to make it 1-0 Reds before the Pirates even batted. More of the...

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