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 .579 (11-for-19) with a team-leading six doubles this spring. All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen followed by hitting a RBI...

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Pirates Notebook: Wilson to Move Back into Rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. — After deciding to cut pitcher Justin Wilson from big league spring training camp on Sunday, the Pirates optioned the hard throwing lefty to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he will  start the 2012 season back in the starting rotation. “Justin is going to go down to Triple-A, and he’ll be in that rotation down there because the key to his future success is fastball command,” Pirates General Manager Neal...

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Hurdle: It’s on Everybody to be a Better Base Runner

BRADENTON, Fla. — During the Pirates 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins at McKechnie Field on Saturday, speedy outfielder Nate McLouth was caught attempting to swipe two bases. So far this spring McLouth is 0-for-3 in stolen base attempts, but Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle wants his players to continue to be aggressive on the bases. “One time he was safe,” Hurdle said. “That’s two butchered calls on Nate McLouth in...

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40-Man Roster and Payroll Updates

With the signings of Erik Bedard and Nate McLouth being made official, the following updates have been made to the site: -The 2012 40-man roster/payroll page has been updated. The current projected salary is $43.2 M. -The Future Payroll Chart has been updated, adding Bedard and McLouth, and removing Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Jaramillo. -The off-season transaction page has been updated. -A note on Ciriaco and Jaramillo, who were both...

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Pirates Sign Nate McLouth, Pedro Ciriaco DFAd

Earlier today we heard that the Pirates reached an agreement with Nate McLouth. The move was just made official, per a team press release. To clear space for McLouth on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated infielder Pedro Ciriaco for assignment. The Pirates have ten days to waive, trade, or release Ciriaco. If he clears waivers, they can outright him to AAA. McLouth will make $1.75 M on a one year deal.

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