Jason Grilli Has Been a Huge Asset to the Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Back from the bereavement list on Wednesday, Jason Grilli showed no signs of rust after making his first  appearance in relief in three days. Grilli struck out the New York Mets’ heart of the lineup — Kirk Nieuwenhuis, David Wright and Lucas Duda — swinging in the eighth inning. The righty reliever lowered his season ERA to just 2.12 over his 18 appearances. Grilli has been a huge asset to the...

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Pirates Fall, 4-3, to Phillies in Exhibition Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 4-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park on Monday evening in game one of a two game exhibition series. Left-hander Tony Watson got the “start” for the Pirates against Philadelphia. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle elected to go with all bullpen arms against the Phillies. Watson allowed one run on one hit over an inning of work. Juan Pierre hit a line drive to left field to...

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Pirates Sign 25-players for 2012 season

DUNEDIN — The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with 25 pre-arbitration players for one-year contracts for the 2012 season. Highlighted of those players are All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen and second baseman Neil Walker. The 25 players they have agreed to terms with include: Infielders: Chase d’Arnaud, Matt Hague, Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, Yamaico Navarro, Gustavo Nunez, Neil Walker Outfielders: Gorkys...

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Erik Bedard Feeling Healthy and Strong

BRADENTON — Erik Bedard signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates in December, adding a lefty to the rotation, and depth to the pitching staff. Over the off-season, Bedard has been working hard to be healthy and strong heading into the 2012 season. “Just the normal stuff: workout the legs, the upper body, the whole body thing, and get your arm strong,” Bedard said of his workouts. “That’s the basic...

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Pirates Equipment truck headed for Bradenton, Fla

PITTSBURGH — Although spring training isn’t officially underway until the first workout held on February 19th in Bradenton, Fla., there was a sign on Friday that it isn’t too much longer until Pirate City and McKechnie field begin to see the full-squad in action. Scott Bonnett, who has been the Pirates equipment manager for the past 12 years, along with other employees and members of the clubhouse staff, began filling the...

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