Pirates Notebook: Presley, Tabata to Share Leadoff Spot

Throughout Grapefruit League action, Alex Presley got the majority of the starts batting leadoff. Jose Tabata followed in the two spot. The trend continued into the regular season with Presley hitting first for the first three games. But on game four of the season, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle decided to switch the lineup up, inserting Tabata into the leadoff spot, allowing Presley to hit second. Hurdle said he will pick and choose...

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Several Missed Opportunities Hurt Bucs in Third Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates had several opportunities to plate runs off the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in Los Angeles, but fell short. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the lineup on in order of getting the bats going. The club entered game action with a .189 team average — which ranked 28th in the Major Leagues. Several new faces were inserted into the lineup — bench players in Josh Harrison and Yamaico Navarro, who...

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Resop Added New Pitches Over the Offseason

After left-hander Erik Bedard worked himself into a jam in the 6th inning by giving up three straight singles in the Pirates eventual 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Manager Clint Hurdle called upon Chris Resop from the ‘pen. Resop was familiar with that role. The righty ranked ninth among N.L. relief pitchers in innings pitched (69.2). He also allowed just 18 of his 56 inherited runners to score during the 2011...

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Bucs Bats Stay Cold in Second Straight Loss to Dodgers

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles has been a tough ballpark for Pittsburgh over the years. And on Wednesday, the trend continued. The club hasn’t had a winning series in L.A. since 2006, when they won 2-of-3 September 19-21. After the Pirates 4-1 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday evening, the club has lost five straight at Chavez Ravine and seven of their last eight. Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed two runs on eight hits over...

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Morton Likely to Return to Rotation this Weekend

Right-hander Charlie Morton joined the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday in Los Angeles, the day after making his final rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis. The 28-year-old allowed one run on six hits over 7.2 innings on Monday. Morton walked one and struck out eight batters while throwing 98 pitches, 63 for strikes. Morton was placed on the 15-day disabled list to start the 2012 season due to offseason left hip surgery. The move was...

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