Pirates Notebook: How sweep it is

For some reason I like these 7-4 wins much better than the 10-0 versions. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing the Pirates treat opposing teams to a good blowout. However, when the Pirates win in blowout style, you get the feeling that part of that was due to the other team slumping on that particular day. In a game like we saw today, there’s the feeling that the Pirates could be legit, with the ability to hang with teams not...

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Pirates Game 14 Recap: Karstens rebounds

Another game, and another quality start from the Pirates rotation. This time it was Jeff Karstens, who bombed in his last outing by allowing three runs in four innings, with five walks. Karstens rebounded with a great performance, allowing three hits and one run in six innings, with three strikeouts and two walks. Tyler Yates pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but allowed a leadoff homer in the eighth. John Grabow came on to close...

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Karstens Topples Marlins

Tough to argue with the result as the Pirates moved two games over .500 on the year. Jeff Karstens was good over 6 plus. The Pirates put up a single tally in each of the first three innings and the pitching made it hold up. Karstens scattered two singles, a double and two walks in six innings. He yielded just one run. Freddy Sanchez homered and doubled to drive the offense. Cameron Maybin homered in the 8th to narrow the lead to 3-2...

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Pirates demote Cruz, trade Andy Phillips

The Pirates demoted Luis Cruz from the 25-man roster to make room for Delwyn Young. I expected this move a few days ago, and as a result have already made the adjustment on the 25-man roster page. In a move to make room for Cruz, the Pirates traded Andy Phillips to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Michael Dubee. Dubee is a 23 year old right handed pitcher. His highest level is high A, where he posted a 4.37 ERA last year, with...

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Pirates cut eight, roster almost set

The Pirates cut eight players today, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the PPG. Those eight players were Virgil Vasquez, Chris Bootcheck, Denny Bautista, Jason Davis, Jeff Salazar, Garrett Jones, Andy Phillips, and Erik Kratz. The Spring Training roster is currently at 27 players, although Phil Dumatrait will start the season on the DL, which is why the Spring Training tracker shows 26 players remaining. The notables about today’s...

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