Game 26 Recap: Correia Tosses Gem in Denver

It was snowing off and on in Colorado last night. That just doesn’t seem right this late in April. It didn’t stop Kevin Correia from pitching well and the Pirates as a team from holding the Stones scoreless. Correia was pulled with two outs in the seventh after allowing a single to Seth Smith. Jose Veras got the last out in the seventh. Chris Resop struck out the side in the eighth and Joel Hanrahan needed four batters to...

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Game 9: Wigginton Haunts Old Team in 8th

Ty Wigginton is the answer to a pretty good trivia question: Who is the player the Pirates acquired for Kris Benson while apparently passing on Ryan Howard? Pittsburgh also got Jose Bautista in that deal. Both players went on to much greater success while wearing other team’s laundry. It was Wigginton who beat up on his old team tonight. With the score knotted at three in the eighth, Wiggy batted with the bases loaded and two...

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Early Look at the 2012 Payroll

Earlier this week the 2011 40-man roster and payroll page was updated, giving the estimated payroll for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, based off of the Opening Day roster.  A lot can, and will, change between now and the end of the 2011 regular season, so that payroll figure is far from complete.  Today, I updated the future payroll commitments chart, with the salaries, years of control, and arbitration years for the 2012-2015...

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Spots Opening Up In The Bullpen

At the start of the off-season, the bullpen looked pretty crowded.  The Pittsburgh Pirates had locks in Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, and Jeff Karstens.  They added Joe Beimel and Jose Veras, and almost immediately proclaimed that each reliever would make the majors, despite their non-roster invitee status.  The final spot was seen as a battle between out-of-options relievers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, and the loser of the...

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Battle of the Bench and Today’s Pitchers

Today’s spring training game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies allowed us to see all of the players battling for bench spots on the Pirates’ roster as well as some interesting pitchers.  As has been reported many times, there are really only 3 bench spots available since RF is a platoon and there will be at least 2 catchers on the team (Snyder & Doumit if both are healthy and still in the Pirate...

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