All posts tagged "Pittsburgh Pirates News"

  • Injury Updates
    Karstens Tosses Three Scoreless in First Rehab Outing

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates Right-hander Jeff Karstens made his first rehab start on Monday for the Double-A Curve in Altoona. Karstens allowed one hit over three scoreless frames. He didn't walk a batter and struck out one while throwing 37 pitches, 25 for strikes. "I felt good," Karstens said afterwards. "I was...

  • Transactions
    Sutton Traded to Tampa Bay

    The Pittsburgh Pirates today traded infielder Drew Sutton to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Sutton was acquired on Sunday from the Atlanta Brave for cash considerations. The 28-year-old was originally expected to report to Triple-A Indianapolis today. Sutton will report straight to the Tampa...

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    Pirates Acquire Drew Sutton from Atlanta

    The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired infielder Drew Sutton from the Atlanta Braves organization on Sunday in exchange for cash considerations. Sutton will be assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Sutton, 28, played in 38 games for Triple-A Gwinnett where he hit .270 with 19 runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 15 RBI. The infielder has spent...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Why are Teams Pitching to McCutchen?

    Center fielder Andrew McCutchen is having a huge month of May. Even after going 0-for-3 on Sunday, McCutchen is hitting for a .396 average (21-for-53) with a double, triple, seven home runs, 13 RBI, 12 runs scored and a .900 slugging percentage in his first 16 games this month. “I don’t know,”...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: McCutchen’s Power is Just Fine

    A month into the 2012 season, all eyes were on Andrew McCutchen and the fact that he had not yet gone deep for a home run. Game after game, McCutchen continued to pick up hits, doubles, swiping bases, but his lack of long ball power started to raise some concern outside the...

  • Analysis
    Duke Welker Lighting Up the Radar Guns in Altoona

    Duke Welker ALTOONA, Pa. -- Standing at 6' 7", 260 pounds, Duke Welker is a big man. But he's got an even bigger arm. The right-hander has seen his fastball light up the radar guns throughout the Eastern League touching 98, 99 and even 100 in relief from the Altoona Bullpen. Welker...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Verlander No Hits Pirates Through Eight

    Right-hander Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Detroit. With one out, Josh Harrison took a 1-2 breaking ball for a single into center field to break up the no-no. Verlander went on to induce two groundouts for the complete game shutout. The only two...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: James McDonald Taking Steps Forward Thanks to Slider

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired James McDonald from the Los Angeles Dodgers (along with prospect outfielder Andrew Lambo) for closer Octavio Dotel in 2010, the club knew that they were getting a talented arm. The righty made 11 starts with Pittsburgh that year after spending most of his Major League career with...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Bedard Makes First Start Since Injury

    Left-hander Erik Bedard made his first start on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals since his scheduled start was bumped back by two days due to back spasms. The lefty allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out seven while throwing 92 pitches, 62 strikes. It...

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    Presley Optioned to Triple-A; Meek Recalled

    The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Triple-A Indianapolis prior to the game on Wednesday and recalled righty reliever Evan Meek. Presley, 26, posted a .220/.246/.551 line over 118 at-bats (34 games) with Pittsburgh this season. The outfielder broke camp with the big league club for the first time in his...

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