All posts tagged "Matt Hague"

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Utility Battle Heating Up During Final Week

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The battle for the backup utility/bench job looks to be a tough competition during the final week of spring training. Other than the starting nine, the club has five spots for bench roles. Nate McLouth is a lock for the fourth outfielder, Michael McKenry will back up Rod Barajas...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Collect 20 Hits in Win Over Astros

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates won 9-7 to the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium on Sunday. The club combined for 20 hits off the Astros arms. "We were able to go to the plate and really ground out some at-bats well," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said....

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Bedard Looking Forward to Opening Day Start

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- Lefty Erik Bedard has come a long way from the last time he got an Opening Day start -- back in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. During '08, Bedard was placed on the disabled list twice, once for inflammation in his left hip, the other...

  • Game Recaps
    Morton Solid in Start, Plans to Be Ready for Season

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates (7-12)  lost 7-2 to the Detroit Tigers (14-3) at McKechnie Field on Friday afternoon. Right-hander Charlie Morton tossed four scoreless frames scattering two hits and struck out two in his fourth official Grapefruit League start of the spring. Morton threw 55 pitches over his four inning outing....

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Hague Looking to Hit His Way to Pittsburgh

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- All Matt Hague has done in his professional career is hit. Hit, hit, hit. And so far during the Grapefruit League this spring, Hague has continued to swing a hot bat. So much in fact that Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle has a nickname for him, 'the hit collector.' The...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Lose 8-6, to Rays in See-Saw Game

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-6 at McKechnie Field on Thursday. Right-hander Jeff Karstens allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out three in his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring....

  • Game Recaps
    Four Run Rally, Long Balls, Give Pirates Win

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Trailing 1-0 to the Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field on Wednesday afternoon, the Pirates rallied for four runs off lefty Jon Lester in the 3rd inning. Josh Harrison ripped a leadoff double down the left field line to start the frame. Harrison, who finished the day 2-for-3, is hitting...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Seeking Consistency

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Third baseman Pedro Alvarez is looking for consistency this spring. During the 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field on Saturday, Alvarez went 0-for-3 -- all three were strikeouts. Over his past two games he has gone hitless. But just last week, Alvarez connected for two...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: What To Do With Matt Hague

    There have been two trends emerging this Spring with Matt Hague. The first trend is that he can hit. Hague entered the day with a .429 average and two home runs so far this Spring. He's collected hits in five of his nine games, and four of the games where he didn't...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Notebook: Hague Battling for Bench Job

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- The hit collector. That's what Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle's nickname is for infielder Matt Hague. And that's exactly what he's been doing this spring -- collecting hits. Over seven Grapefruit League games this spring, Hague has gone 6-for-18 (.333 avg) with a home run and four RBI. The 26-year-old...

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