All posts tagged "Juan Cruz"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Leroux Losing Changeup

    PITTSBURGH, PA. -- After striking out two batters over a perfect inning of relief against the Baltimore Orioles at McKechnie Field on Saturday, Chris Leroux said after the game that he is dropping the change-up. Leroux was told to lose the change, and will look to going back to being a power...

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    Pirates Notebook: Hague Continues Strong Case to Break Camp with Pirates

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- He's been told that he doesn't have enough home run power to play first base in the Majors, but so far this spring, Matt Hague has been hitting balls over the fences. The 26-year-old, who is in his first big league spring training camp, went 2-for-4 against the Tampa...

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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...

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    Morton Progresses in Bucs Loss, Plans to Start Season In Discussion

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 6-4, to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday night. Right-hander Charlie Morton made his fourth official start of the spring during Grapefruit League action. Overall, Morton allowed six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over five innings. Morton threw 75 pitches. "That’s the good side...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Notebook: Bullpen Battles

    Righty Chris Leroux, who is out of options, is battling for a spot in the Pirates 'pen this spring BRADENTON, Fla. -- With just a week remaining until the Pirates head north for the exhibition series in Philadelphia, and as they get ready to kick off Opening Day in 10 days, the bullpen...

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    Pirates Notebook: Burnett Throws Third Bullpen

    BRADENTON, Fla. --Right-hander A.J. Burnett continues to make progress back from eye surgery to repair the fractured orbital bone in his right eye while fouling on a bunt attempt at Pirate City. Burnett threw a 52-pitch bullpen session at McKechnie Field on Wednesday morning with pitching coach Ray Searage looking on. It was the...

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    Pirates Notebook: Barajas, Barmes Defense Helping Club

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Over the offseason, the Pirates were looking to upgrade their defense both at shortstop and behind the plate. Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas signed with Pittsburgh, and so far this spring they have made the staff better. Barmes, 33, signed a two-year deal in November. Since 2003, Barmes has...

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    Pirates Sign Juan Cruz

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, per a team press release. Cruz has a strong track record in the majors, with a career 4.13 ERA in 619.1 innings, along with a 9.1 K/9 and a 4.8 BB/9...

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