Pirates Focus In-House, Rather Than Waiver Claims

With just two days remaining until the August 31 trade waiver claim ends, Manager Clint Hurdle said the focus for the Pittsburgh Pirates down the stretch is internal. “I think right now as we tier things down, our focus starts in house, and then it moves down from there,” Hurdle said. “[Or] if something that would happen that would grab us. There are guys out everyday on trade waivers, and there are guys still out on...

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Brock Holt Has Three Hits as Indians Slip Past Toledo

Indianapolis Indians  4,  Toledo Mud Hens  3 (Box)   A ninth inning rally by the Mud Hens made things a little worrisome for the Indians tonight at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio, but closer Tim Wood held on to the thin lead.  The Indians took the win over the Mud Hens, and Wood earned his 21st Save of the season.  Starter Jeff Locke struck out 7 batters in 4.2 innings, and five Tribe relievers combined for another 10 strike...

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Pirates Weighing Options on Bedard’s Spot in Rotation

With Erik Bedard out of the rotation, the Pirates have several days to figure out how they plan on moving forward. The club has an off day on Thursday before opening up a three-game set in Milwaukee on Friday. Bedard’s spot in the rotation doesn’t come up until Saturday,  which is also September 1st when the Pirates can expand the rosters. “We’re still working through that as we line up our rotation through this...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/29/12

West Virginia was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader tonight. Indianapolis won their division. The DSL and GCL regular seasons are over. The GCL Pirates won game one of a best of three series against the Red Sox.  The DSL Pirates1 advanced to the second round of the playoffs with their win yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (84-54) @ Toledo (58-80) 6:30pm Probable...

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Top Pirates Minor League Pitching Performances: Week Ending 8/26

Below are the top ten pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really was. The formula for...

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