Pirates Break Out the Lumber in Win over Twins

FORT MYERS, FLA. — You could say it was over quickly after it began. The Minnesota Twins right-hander Terry Doyle lasted just 2/3 of an inning in the Pirates 17-6 win at Hammond Stadium on Thursday. The Bucs hammered out 10 runs on 10 hits with two walks a hit batter and an error in the 35 minute top of the first inning. “We just brought out the lumber today,” All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen said....

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Garrett Jones Seeking Consistency

BRADENTON, Fla. — First Baseman Garrett Jones said he is looking for more consistency for the 2012 season. Jones saw his average go up and down every month with Pittsburgh last year, .265 in April, .179 in May, .297 in June, .183 in July, .284 in August and finished with a .235 average in September. “Overall consistency at the plate” Jones said on what he wants to improve this season. “Every aspect of the game....

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Competition At First Can Fuel Guys Forward

BRADENTON — Competition can be a good thing. It can fuel guys forward. Over the offseason, the Pirates acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Jose Veras. The Pirates entered Spring Training with a draw up of Garrett Jones and McGehee platooning at first base. Jones, 30, finished the 2011 season with a .243 average, 16 home runs and 68 RBI. McGehee, 29, finished 2011 with the Brewers hitting .223...

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Jones loses arbitration case to Pirates

PITTSBURGH — First baseman Garrett Jones lost his case to Pittsburgh today and will earn $2.25 million for the 2012 season. This morning the arbitration panel ruled in the favor of the Pirates. The Pirates and Jones each made their cases in front of arbitrators on Wednesday in Florida. Jones, 30, asked for $2.5 million in his first year of arbitration, the Pirates countered with $2.25 million. Jones made $455,500 during the 2011...

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Jones arbitration ruling expected Thursday

PITTSBURGH — First baseman Garrett Jones’ arbitration ruling is expected tomorrow, according to the Associated Press. Jones, 30, asked for $2.5 million in his first year of arbitration, the Pirates countered with $2.25 million. Jones made $455,500 during the 2011 season. The Pirates and Jones both stated their cases today in a salary arbitration hearing. The arbitrators will pick one of the two figures and the ruling is...

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