Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Bullpen

There’s a debate this year about whether the Pittsburgh Pirates have a quality bullpen. Some argue that the bullpen is very talented, with a lot of hard throwers who have put up quality ratios throughout their careers. Others point out the question marks. They believe in the “Proven Closer” theory, which discounts anything Jason Grilli has done. They don’t believe Mark Melancon will bounce back. They want the...

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Pirates fall to Curve 8-6 in final spring tune-up

It was an exciting day in Curve, PA as the Double-A Altoona Curve hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of a record crowd of 10,116. The Curve won the game 8-6, but as an exhibition, the score can be a bit deceiving, since pitchers for both clubs switched teams to create more competitive match-ups. Pirate starter James McDonald struggled on the day, only lasting two innings, and former Curve all-star Starling Marte hit a towering...

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Pirates at Pirate City: Jason Grilli, Charlie Morton (Video)

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was over at Pirate City today, instead of being in Fort Myers for this afternoon’s game. There were also a few major leaguers in camp, with Jason Grilli and Charlie Morton both getting a lot of attention. Notes below. **Grilli pitched an inning against the New York Yankees high-A squad. He didn’t have much trouble, getting two groundouts and a strikeout. The notable thing about today...

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WBC Notes: Rodriguez Starts, USA Wins

Wandy Rodriguez got his first start of the World Baseball Classic and pitched well through 3.1 innings, before being taken out due to his pitch count. Rodriguez battled in the first innings, having seven pitch AB’s against both Angel Pagan and Carlos Beltran. He threw a total of 21 pitches, allowing just an infield single to the Royals Irving Falu.  In the second inning, Rodriguez allowed a single to Mike Aviles to lead off the...

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WBC Notes: Leroux Gets The Start For Canada

Chris Leroux got the start in game two for Canada today. In the bottom of the first inning, with Canada already up 4-0, he threw 27 pitches, sitting 92-93 MPH with his fastball, hitting 94 once. He struck out one, but gave up two singles and a run that scored due to an error on an infielder grounder. Leroux settled down in the second inning, retiring the side in order by picking up two strikeouts and a groundball to second base. He...

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