Ramon Cabrera Promoted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted Ramon Cabrera to Indianapolis. The catcher will move up in time for the final games of the season, plus the playoffs. Last night Tony Sanchez fouled a ball off his foot, so this move could be related to that injury. Cabrera hit for a .276/.342/.367 line in 384 at-bats this year in Altoona. He started off slow in the first half, but was on fire in the second half, with a .346/.417/.468 line in 156...

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State College Player Notes 8/7/12: Holmes, Gaffney, Stallings

Shortstop Chris Diaz hit his first professional home run, starter Clay Holmes pitched five scoreless innings, and the State College Spikes scored two runs on three wild pitches in the top of the 10th inning to escape with a 4-2 win over the Batavia Muckdogs Tuesday night at Batavia’s Dwyer Stadium. “It’s a good win,” State College manager Dave Turgeon said. “We needed it. The worm was kind of turning at home....

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Defense From Jacob Stallings Helping a Young State College Pitching Staff

In the seventh round of the 2012 draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected catcher Jacob Stallings out of UNC. The senior catcher hit for a .297 average with 21 doubles, four home runs and 36 RBI over 55 games. Stallings was surrounded by family and friends when he found out that he would be a Pirate. The moment of hearing he was chosen, after putting in four seasons at UNC where he hit for a .293 average and caught 200 games, was an...

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Luis Heredia Good, Spikes Bats Better in Blowout Victory

Luis Heredia picked up his first win of the season as the Spikes drubbed the Staten Island Yankees 11-2 to finish off a three-game sweep. Heredia was not as sharp as some previous outings, but he still managed only one earned run in five innings. The Spikes offense benefited from two big innings, scoring four in the second and another four in the sixth. Every Spikes starter contributed in some way with either a hit, run scored, or...

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Jake Burnette Cruises After Shaky First Inning

NILES, Oh. — The State College Spikes (7-6) lost 3-1 to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (6-7) on Saturday night. The Spikes had a good start from right-hander Jake Burnette, but the offense only combined for one run on four hits as they were swept in the three game series.   Jake Burnette Jake Burnette made his third start of the season with the State College on Saturday and allowed two runs over five innings in the Spikes...

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