All posts tagged "Pittsburgh Pirates News"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Hague’s First Major League Walkoff Comes In Odd Fashion

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Growing up playing baseball, kids always dream of their first walk off hit. For rookie Matt Hague, his was not quite the way he envisioned  it. “No. But I’ll take it,” Hague said with a smile. In the bottom of the ninth inning in a 2-2 tie, the first baseman...

  • Analysis
    Hurdle Impressed By Alvarez’s Hard Work at Third

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- When Pedro Alvarez was coming up through the system, after being drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft (second overall), he was projected to eventually move to first base due to his range and size. But so far in 2012, Alvarez has made some sparkling plays at...

  • Analysis
    Matt Hague Getting Immediate Playing Time After Call-Up

    'The hit collector' got recalled by Pittsburgh on Friday. PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Infielder Matt Hague has had an exciting 12 hours. After connecting for a walkoff single for the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday night in the bottom of the 15th inning, Hague was greeted by his teammates on the field for the...

  • Analysis
    No Ego in the Pirates Bullpen

    Right-hander Brad Lincoln has been solid out of the 'pen - Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- While the Pittsburgh Pirates offense has struggled for the majority of the season to score runs, the Bucco bullpen is a different story. The bullpen's combined 2.47 ERA is ranked No. 3 in all...

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    Pirates Notebook: Options to Spark Offense Could Be Internal

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates entered game action on Wednesday just three games under .500 and four games back in the National League Central Division. What’s kept the club afloat this season has been off the mound. The pitching continues to be solid from the starters to the relievers. However, the...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Activate Grilli, Locke Back to AAA Rotation

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates activated right-hander Jason Grilli from the Bereavement list today, and optioned left-hander Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis. Grilli will be active for today's game from the bullpen against the New York Mets. Grilli has posted a 2.25 ERA over 17 appearances (16.0 innings) with...

  • Analysis
    Josh Harrison Embracing Super Utility Role

    Photo by Mark Olson PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Josh Harrison has had to add several more gloves this season in his locker. Harrison on Monday made his Major League debut in right field. In front of his locker in the clubhouse prior to the game, the 24-year-old had to count because even he...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: James McDonald Having a Breakout Season

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress this 2012 season, posting numbers worthy of arguably a nomination for a breakout player in the National League. Over McDonald’s last six starts, he’s whiffed 52 batters over 41.2 innings since his eight strikeout performance on April 25. During that span, McDonald leads the Majors...

  • Analysis
    Jeff Locke Looking to Bring New Delivery to PNC Park Mound

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- On Monday afternoon rookie Jeff Locke watched alongside Pitching Coach Ray Searage as right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a bullpen at PNC Park. The 24-year-old, who was recalled on Sunday from Triple-A Indianapolis has learned a lot from the 35-year-old vet during his time since joining the club, as well as...

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    Pirates Notebook: Bucs Continue to Battle Through Close Games

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates have been battling through close games for most of the 2012 season. The largest margin they have lost by was in a 12-3 contest against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 2. There have been 19 one-run games this season, which is tied with Washington for the...

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