Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Arizona Fall League Preview

The 2012 Arizona Fall League begins Tuesday, with the Scottsdale Scorpions playing their first game at 12:35 PM MST (3:35 PM EST).  The Pittsburgh Pirates have seven players on the Scorpions this year.  Matt Curry, Gift Ngoepe, and Adalberto Santos will represent the Pirates on the offensive side of the game, while Vic Black, Brandon Cumpton, Kyle Kaminska, and Tyler Waldron will all join the Scottsdale pitching staff. The AFL is...

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Indians Slug Out 16 Hits As Irwin Takes His 3rd Win

Indianapolis Indians  11,  Louisville Bats  6 (Box)  (rain-shortened, 7.5 innings)   The Indianapolis Indians took the name of the Louisville ball park to heart this evening:  Slugger Field.  They slugged 16 hits for 11 runs to swamp the Louisville Bats.  The Indians scored in each of the first 6 innings, as every member of the lineup reached base at least once.  2B Hector Luna had 4 hits, including a double and a homer, and...

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Six Shut Out Innings For MVP VandenHurk In Indians’ Win

Indianapolis Indians  6,  Toledo Mud Hens  1 (Box)     Starter Rick VandenHurk threw 6 shutout innings to begin the evening, then was awarded the Indians’ Most Valuable Player honors to end the evening.  The Indians defeated the Toledo Mud Hens at Victory Field, giving the Indians a 3 games to 1 lead in this 5-game home-and-home series.  The Indians’ offense backed up VandenHurk with 10 hits, including two each...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Sign Hector Luna, Upper Level Promotions

A few minor league transactions this afternoon: **The Pirates have signed Hector Luna as a minor league free agent and have assigned him to Indianapolis. Luna will obviously be there to help Indianapolis in their playoff run after the September callups. Luna has a career .262/.314/.385 line in 794 major league at-bats. He had 62 at-bats in the majors with the Phillies this year, and hit for a .282/.329/.450 line in 220 at-bats for the...

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Matt Curry Wraps Up a Good Year With a Promotion and the AFL

Matt Curry stepped out of Manager P.J. Forbes’ office after the Curve beat Akron 6-4 on their final home game on Thursday and received hugs and high fives from his teammates. The first baseman was told that he was being promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis. Although the move is not yet official, Curry will join up with the Indy Indians, who are at home today and are gearing up for the playoffs which kick off on September 5....

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