Pirates Apparently Can’t Win Every Game, Lose 6-0 to Reds

Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto pitched eight one-hit innings and Cincinnati smacked two home runs to win the series opener over the Pirates 4-0 on Friday night at PNC Park. “You tip your cap to him. You hate to say those words, but he was really good tonight,” said Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. Jay Bruce broke the scoreless stalemate for the Reds (34-21) in the 4th inning, driving a high fastball from Wandy...

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Pirates Roster Moves: Tabata, Morris Out; Harrison, Zagurski In; Karstens to 60-Day

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several roster moves this morning. Here is the recap: Leaving the Roster **Jose Tabata was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive May 25th, with a left oblique strain. **Bryan Morris was optioned to Triple-A. **Jeff Karstens was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Joining the Roster **Josh Harrison was promoted from Triple-A. **The Pirates purchased the contract of Mike Zagurski. Zagurski is a...

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Prospect Notebook: Jerry Sands Could Be a Good In-Season Addition For the Pirates

A few weeks ago I wrote about how Jerry Sands was struggling all around, and how there were no silver linings to his game. He wasn’t hitting right-handers or left-handers. He wasn’t hitting for power. It wasn’t a home/road split, or a situation where you could point to the most recent games with hope that he was turning things around. Now? There are a few silver linings. In fact, there are outright positive signs. On...

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Prospect Notebook: Pirates Have a Lot of Pitching Depth in Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Indians are off to a 19-7 start this year, which is their best start in 54 years. The last time they started off this well was in 1959, when they went 22-7 to start the year. Minor league wins and losses don’t mean much. The main focus is developing players for the majors. In the Triple-A level, the focus is also on providing depth for the majors. Wins can be nice to see, since they suggest that something is...

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First Pitch: Time to Start Looking at the Bullpen Depth

If there’s one thing the Pirates have been good at, it has been finding relievers. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, and even guys like Jeanmar Gomez and Vin Mazzaro have come cheap for their production. Those bullpen scouting skills look like they will be put to the test this year. Tom Bragg wrote today about how the bullpen has been over-worked, noting that a lot of the current relievers are on pace for career innings totals. If...

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