Pirates Notebook: Platooning Alvarez? Hurdle Says “No Way”

It was a great privilege to cover the Pirates this past weekend at Dodger Stadium. The team’s offense still has to make some drastic improvements to consistently score runs, and before I left Chavez Ravine, I asked some of the players and coaches how that will happen. No Platoon for Pedro Any Time Soon It is Clint Hurdle’s decision whether Pedro Alvarez will platoon in the ¬†immediate future, but the manager made it clear...

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Pirates Win 5-3, Wandy Rodriguez Suffers Hamstring Tightness

The Pirates finally got a few runs to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3. Andrew McCutchen and Travis Snider both drove in two runs to break Pittsburgh’s four-game losing skid Monday night. The good news of a victory was mitigated, though, by the third-inning exit of Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez. The left-hander felt tightness in his left hamstring and was removed from the game after doing some stretches and trying to get...

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First Pitch: When Should the Pirates Consider Pedro Alvarez a Platoon Player?

Back in early February, when Brandon Inge was signed, I raised the question of whether Pedro Alvarez should be a platoon player. Not much has happened between that article and now, other than eight regular season at-bats against left-handers. In those at-bats, Alvarez has gone 0-for-8 with four strikeouts, after going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts today against left-handers. I’m not suggesting the Pirates should suddenly platoon...

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Pirates Shut Down by Kershaw, Shut Out 1-0

Carved. Sliced. Diced. Slashed. Controlled. Mastered. Dominated. Dismantled. You can use any verb you would like to describe what Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw did to the Pirates in a 1-0 L.A. victory Saturday night. But one works best. He Kershawed them. “That was the same as I remember him,” Pirates second baseman Neil Walker said. “That guy has been good as anybody over the last four years.” The...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: 21 Questions to Answer

It’s Opening Day, those two sweet words marking an event beloved by fans of all 30 teams. No more frivolous exhibition games or exaggerated position battles. It’s a day indisputably tied to ideas of hope, but also to wondering and questions that will take 162 games to answer. Tom and Tim gave you the facts about the 2013 edition of the Pittsburgh Pirates, from the rotation to the bullpen, from the infield to the outfield...

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