Pirates Activate Grilli, Locke Back to AAA Rotation

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates activated right-hander Jason Grilli from the Bereavement list today, and optioned left-hander Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis. Grilli will be active for today’s game from the bullpen against the New York Mets. Grilli has posted a 2.25 ERA over 17 appearances (16.0 innings) with 27 strikeouts and nine walks. Locke didn’t make an appearance from the bullpen for...

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The Power of the Pirates Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has already shown their resiliency this season. Twice this year the ‘pen has been called upon to cover 8.0 innings. And they did so very efficiently. They’ve seen several guys come and go, but at the end of the day, the men in the bullpen have been solid for the Pirates. “I’m pleased with the bullpen,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “They’re...

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Pirates Notebook: Another Lefty Could Join the Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — When the Pittsburgh Pirates broke camp from spring training in Florida, skipper Clint Hurdle said he was going to go with the best seven arms in the bullpen, despite only one of them being a left-hander. Most Major League teams have the luxury of having two southpaws in the ‘pen, but the Pirates’ right-handers have been effective against left-handers. “Everybody’s got a perfect bullpen drawn...

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Correia Gives Quality Start In Pirates 2-1 Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates saw yet another pitchers duel in game four of the 2012 season. Right-hander Kevin Correia took the mound at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday against Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. The lefty was the third Cy Young winner that the club faced over their first four games of the season. Correia was solid for the Pirates in his 2012 season debut. After struggling at PNC Park last season, Pirates...

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Grilli Will Be Bucs Eighth Inning Guy

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Once the Pirates starting pitcher is taken out of the game, the role of the bullpen is to get the ball to closer Joel Hanrahan to end the game. After tough competition from the ‘pen during spring training, the bullpen is starting to shape up and roles are starting to become more clear. And one of those roles is Hanrahan’s set up man. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said that guy is right-hander Jason...

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