Harrison’s Walk off Hit Ends Extra Inning Affair

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After playing over three and a half hours in the rain at PNC Park on Sunday, burning through the bench and most of the bullpen, the Pittsburgh Pirates walked off against the Houston Astros in the 12th inning in a 3-2 win. “They never give up,” starter A.J. Burnett said. “That’s the thing about these guys, we couldn’t get a hit for eight innings and they wouldn’t give up. That’s our job, keep...

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Bench Role An Adjustment For Josh Harrison

Infielder Josh Harrison learned a lot from his rookie season in the majors in 2011 with Pittsburgh. The 24-year-old began the season with Triple-A Indianapolis before making his Major League debut at third base on May 31 against the New York Mets. Harrison went on to appear in 65 games with the club. He bounced around with the Pirates playing at third and second, and over the offseason Harrison spent time playing short, a position he...

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Pirates Notebook: Presley, Tabata to Share Leadoff Spot

Throughout Grapefruit League action, Alex Presley got the majority of the starts batting leadoff. Jose Tabata followed in the two spot. The trend continued into the regular season with Presley hitting first for the first three games. But on game four of the season, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle decided to switch the lineup up, inserting Tabata into the leadoff spot, allowing Presley to hit second. Hurdle said he will pick and choose...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Bench

After a series of roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, prior to the club’s workout at PNC Park, the Pirates bench has become clear. The Pirates have decided to carry an extra bat to start the season, rather than an extra arm in the pen. Matt Hague, Josh Harrison and Yamaico Navarro all made the club on the bench. Last seasons bench consisted of players such as Matt Diaz, Jason Jaramillo, Xavier Paul and Brandon Wood. The Pirates...

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Pirates Notebook: With Morton on DL, Roster Decisions Loom

BRADENTON, Fla. – After placing right-hander Charlie Morton on the disabled list to start the 2012 season, Huntington said the decision to carry an extra bench player, rather than an arm, is still in discussion. Instead of carrying 12 pitchers, the Pirates could decide to use 11 arms (four starters and seven relievers) and 14 position players to help the club during their tough month of April. “That is an option,” Huntington...

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