Pirates Claim Two, Outright Pagnozzi

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed RHP Jeremy Hefner from San Diego and C Brian Jeroloman from Toronto, the team just announced. Catcher Matt Pagnozzi has been outrighted to Indianapolis.  That leaves four open spots on the 40-man roster for Rule 5 candidates to be protected. Hefner pitched for the Padres’ AAA affiliate in 2011, putting up a 4.98 ERA and a 120:61 K/BB ratio in 157.1 innings.  The right hander turns 26 in March,...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 10

On this date in 1897 the Pittsburgh Pirates made a seven player trade, sending star outfielder Mike Smith and 30-game-winner, Pink Hawley along with cash, to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for five players. Hawley was just shy of his 25th birthday at the time and he had a 71-61 record for the Pirates in three seasons. He had also gone 30-58 for the St Louis Browns(Cardinals) prior to joining the Pirates in 1895. Smith had started his...

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Game 161 Recap: Fielder Hits Three Homers

Prince Fielder hit three homers and drove in five runs. Starters Ross Ohlendorf and Randy Wolf weren’t particularly effective. Each left the game before it was decided and wound up with a no decision. Fielder’s last homer was a two run shot that broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh. The small lead the Pirates built in the second quickly evaporated. The Pirates tally came when Matt Pagnozzi singled in Neil Walker who had doubled....

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Game 152 Recap: Lilly, Loney Topple Pirates

There have been a couple of consistencies in 2011. The offense has struggled. Combine that with the youth and injuries and we’ve seen a number of additions and subtractions to the roster. Matt Pagnozzi’s appearance made him the 52nd player to don the Bucco jersey in 2011. Ted Lilly allowed four hits and a run in seven innings to negate much of the Pirates run scoring chances. So, it was more of the same. James...

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What Will Matt Pagnozzi’s Role Be in 2012?

The last few years any time there has been a September waiver claim, the general thought has been that the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed the player, hoping they could sneak him through waivers during the off-season.  Yesterday, the Pirates claimed catcher Matt Pagnozzi, and not only was the “off-season waivers” theory brought up, but there were questions about whether Pagnozzi would factor in to the catching plans next year....

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