Pirates Pregame: Arms On the Way

Jeff Locke will start tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park, and if Clint Hurdle’s pregame comments to the media are any indication the Pirates are keeping an eye on the young pitcher with help coming to the starting rotation in the form of Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton. “(Locke) has continued to grow on people as you watch him develop,” Hurdle said. “He’ s even...

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Pirates Notebook: Top of the Lineup Heating Up

Wins are for the most part an antiquated statistic in baseball, but sometimes a win can carry a bit of significance. A.J. Burnett got his first one of the 2013 campaign Wednesday night at PNC Park, but that was not what people will remember about the game. Burnett not only got strikeout No. 2,000 for his career, he flirted with perfection and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a two-out double to Carlos...

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Lincoln and Indians Chopped By Braves

Gwinnett Braves  11,  Indianapolis Indians  5 [ box ] The Gwinnett Braves did not appreciate the Indians scoring 8 runs over the first two innings in Saturday night’s game.  So they began this afternoon’s game at Coolray Field by scoring 10 runs over the first 4 innings, and 9 of them in two frames, sending Tribe starter Brad Lincoln to the showers after just 3 innings. The Indians started the game on a solid note.  With...

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Jim Callis on Jameson Taillon

Jim Callis had his weekly mailbag at Baseball America today, withtwo questions touching on Jameson Taillon.  Here is a summary of the notes: -Callis rated Taillon #2 on his “Pitching prospects under 21 years of age”, behind only Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves.  No other Pirates’ pitcher made the list (which was a top 15). -Callis also mentioned how Taillon could start the 2011 season in West Virginia, which is...

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