Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Shortstop

The Pittsburgh Pirates came in to the 2011 season looking for a long term option to emerge at the shortstop position.  They had signed Ronny Cedeno to a one year, $1.85 M deal, replacing his final year of arbitration.  The deal also included an option for $3 M in 2012.  Despite the option, the expectation at the start of the year was that Cedeno would be replaced by mid-season, and would be gone in 2012. Cedeno started out slow in...

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Team USA Heads To Round Two

USA  5,  Panama  0 It took a near-miracle, but Team USA is heading to Round Two of the World Cup/Pan Am tournament.  After Team USA’s loss to Canada on Sunday afternoon, two things needed to happen for the US to advance to the second round.  The easier condition was that Team USA was going to have to beat host-team Panama on Monday, a game that had been postponed due to rain earlier in the week.  The tougher condition:  Chinese...

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Team USA On The Edge With A Loss To Canada

Canada 6,   USA  1 Two 3-run innings gave Canada the win over Team USA, and put the US on the edge of being eliminated from the World Cup/Pan Am tournament. Starter and former Pirate farmhand Todd Redmond retired the first three batters he faced in order, but quickly got into trouble in the top of the 2nd.  A lead-off walk, a single, and a 3-run homer gave Canada a 3-0 lead.  Redmond gave up one hit (a double) over the next two...

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Netherlands Stun Team USA

Netherlands  7,  USA  5 Two big inningws gave the Netherlands a 7-run boost and a lead that they would not give up as Team USA lost their second game of the World Cup/Pan Am tournament on Friday.  US starter Matt Shoemaker pitched just 3 innings and was responsible for all 7 runs.  A walk, a single, and a 3-run homer provided the Netherlands with a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning.  Shoemaker hit a batter, but then retired the...

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Team USA Holds Greece To Three Hits

USA 3,  Greece  0 Team USA took advantage of an error by the Greek team while the  US pitching staff combined for a 3-hit shut-out.  Drew Smyly (Tigers) got the start for Team USA.  He struck out 7 of the 19 batters he faced over 6 innings, while only allowing two hits with no walks.  One of the hits, a single in the 2nd inning, still resulted in an out when the batter tried to stretch his hit into a double. The only other hit was a...

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