This Date in Pirates History: January 19

On this date in 2007 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded relief pitcher Mike Gonzalez along with minor leaguer Brett Lillibridge, to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for first baseman Adam LaRoche and minor leaguer Jamie Romak. Gonzalez had pitched out of the Pirates bullpen for four seasons and in 2006 he took over the closer role where he saved 24 games with a 2.17 ERA in 54 innings. During the 2004 season the lefty had a 1.25 ERA in 47...

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Team USA Takes Silver, Canada Wins Gold

Canada 2,  USA  1 Team Canada won the Pan Am tournament Gold Medal this evening with a win over the US.  It was a tight game, with scoring in only two innings.  Canada posted 7 hits, while the US had 6, and neither team committed an error. Team USA scored first, with one run in the bottom of the 1st.  With one out, LF AJ Pollock (Diamondbacks) singled through the right side of the infield.  A passed ball moved him to second base, and...

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Team USA Advances To Pan-Am Gold Medal Game

USA 12,  Cuba 10 Team USA advances to the Gold Medal competition in the Pan Am games tomorrow with a win today over the Cuban team.  That means that Cuba will not go on to play for the Gold Medal — for the first time in over 60 years– and the first time since 1967 that Cuba will not come out of the tournament with the Gold. Team USA jumped out to the early lead with 5 runs in the top of the 2nd game, then added 2 more runs...

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Mercer 3-for-3 In Team USA Win

USA  15,  Taipei  1 SS Jordy Mercer went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, and 3 RBI as Team USA overwhelmed Chinese Taipei in World Cup Tournament play tonight.  The US hitters scored in 5 straight innings, including a huge 7-run 4th inning, and took advantage of 3 Taipei errors. Two quiet innings began the game.  Team USA scored one run in the top of the 3rd when CF Jordan Danks (White Sox) singled, then scored on Mercer’s...

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Pirates Minor League Free Agents

The list of players who have filed for minor league free agency has been released. I’ve updated the full list of Pittsburgh Pirates players who have declared on the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki. Here are some of the notable names: Jorge Julio Ty Taubenheim Ray Chang Eric Hacker Steven Lerud Jamie Romak Virgil Vasquez I wouldn’t mind seeing any of these guys brought back on a minor league deal. I don’t expect any to be a...

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