Jared Hughes Thriving in Reliever Role

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Jared Hughes started the 2011 season in the Altoona rotation, making 11 starts before being turned into a reliever. He has since thrived in the reliever role. Hughes went on to make 35 relief appearances with Triple-A Indianapolis where he posted a 2.11 ERA, before getting a September callup with Pittsburgh. He made his Major League debut on September 7, where he tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Hughes...

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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 came to the plate to face the Chicago Cubs reliever Rafael Dolis with the bases loaded and two outs. Having just being recalled from Triple-A...

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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 the hot corner. He has even impressed Manager Clint Hurdle. “He works as hard as any third baseman I’ve ever played with or coached,”...

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Matt Hague Getting Immediate Playing Time After Call-Up

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 win. But little did he know a few hours later that he’d get even better news. Hague was told he was being recalled back to Pittsburgh late last night. After jumping on a flight and...

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No Ego in the Pirates Bullpen

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 of baseball — the best in the National League. Right-handers Juan Cruz, Jason Grilli, Joel Hanrahan, Jared Hughes, Brad Lincoln, Chris Resop, and the lone lefty Tony Watson, have whiffed 129 batters over 134.2...

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