Game 5 Recap: Cards Scratch Out One Run Win

There will be better days for Pedro Alvarez. There will be – and already have been in his short career – stellar days. This was not one of them. Alvarez whiffed three times and hit into a double play as the Pirates offense came up a run short. Everything started out well. Lyle Overbay launched his first homer as a Pirate in the first inning with Jose Tabata aboard. James McDonald allowed no hits through three innings. But...

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Spots Opening Up In The Bullpen

At the start of the off-season, the bullpen looked pretty crowded.  The Pittsburgh Pirates had locks in Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, and Jeff Karstens.  They added Joe Beimel and Jose Veras, and almost immediately proclaimed that each reliever would make the majors, despite their non-roster invitee status.  The final spot was seen as a battle between out-of-options relievers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, and the loser of the...

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Plan B: Jeff Karstens and Brian Burres

Yesterday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates had Jeff Karstens throwing four innings as the starter in a AAA game at Pirate City.  Today, Brian Burres took the mound at McKechnie, throwing five innings.  Manager Clint Hurdle said this afternoon that the Pirates are trying to stretch both pitchers out incase they need a plan B along the line.  That plan B could be needed sooner, rather than later. James McDonald is currently rehabbing...

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Injury Updates: McCutchen, McDonald, Doumit, Bowker

Jenifer Langosch has some injury updates from Spring Training… -Andrew McCutchen, who left yesterday’s game with a sore wrist, is back in the lineup today. -James McDonald, who also left yesterday’s game, isn’t sure when he will be able to do light work.  McDonald left with an injury to his left side, although he talked about the possibility of missing Spring starts, rather than regular season starts, so...

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James McDonald and Andrew McCutchen Both Hurt

James McDonald and Andrew McCutchen both left today’s Spring Training game against the Tampa Bay Rays with injuries. McDonald left the game today in the third inning.  Rob Biertempfel reports that he walked off holding his left side and back, and might have been hurt throwing a pitch.  Biertempfel also reports that McCutchen has a sore left wrist, which is the same report that Musselman gave for McCutchen.  Both are heading to...

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