Pirates Notebook: Breath of Fresh Air

I was getting ready to sit down and watch the game tonight when I got called in to do some work for the Census Bureau.  Luckily I’m just doing courier work, which means while other people are visiting houses where people haven’t filled out the census, I’m just driving from office to office picking up payroll forms.  That allowed me to listen to the game tonight on XM, with Bob Uecker doing the broadcasting,...

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Pirates Notebook: Could Pearce or Walker be on the way?

It seems like every night I’ve got some post talking about upcoming roster moves, the roster moves that were made that day, and any other contingency that could affect the roster moves.  Tonight we’ve got a new batch of updates, leading to some speculation. First, the Pirates designated John Raynor for assignment, and purchased the contract of Jeff Karstens, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Karstens will start...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez will make a big difference

After a game like today, and a slump like the Pirates have been on, you get the feeling that this team is totally hopeless, and that nothing will help the team improve.  I actually waited several hours before writing my game recap, then went back to look at the box score before I sat down to write this.  I can’t say that I’m optimistic for the team over the next month, but my optimism is still there for when...

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Pirates Notebook: Problems go beyond the pitching staff

I’m not calling anyone out with this post.  Over the last few days I’ve seen a similar message repeated by many people, whether it’s in the live blogs, Twitter, or message boards.  The message varies, but it’s usually focused around the need for pitching in the Pirates rotation. It’s obvious that the Pirates have seen pitching struggles.  The 36 runs they allowed in the last three games...

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Notes: Hayden Penn, Ramon Vazquez, Impact Prospects, Links

A few notes from today… -Hayden Penn accepted his outright assignment to AAA.  He will remain with the Pirates.  Penn could have elected to become a free agent, since this was the second time he has been outrighted off a 40-man roster.  Penn can become a minor league free agent at the end of the 2010 season if he’s not on the Pirates 40-man roster.  This will give them some time to evaluate him, and see...

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