Several Possible Platoons This Season for Pirates

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After trading for infielder Casey McGehee over the offseason, the Pirates were expecting to enter the 2012 season with a platoon at first base. McGehee would face the left-handed starters, Garrett Jones would start when a righy was on the mound. But after solid spring training campaigns by several younger players, there might be several more platoons this season. “One of the challenges that I’m looking...

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Pirates Notebook: Finish

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Finish. One word which means so much to the Pittsburgh Pirates. After siting in first place on July 25th last season, and posting a 53-47 record, the Pirates fell hard out of the standings. Having lost to the Atlanta Braves in 19 innings on the 26th with a controversial call at the plate, Pittsburgh never saw first place again after being near the top for the first four months of the season. The team...

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Hague, Hughes Make First Opening Day Roster with Pirates

The Pirates had until 5:00 p.m. ET to set their rosters for Opening Day, and after a series of moves, Pittsburgh’s Opening Day 25-man roster shaped up. Right-hander Chris Leroux was placed on the 60-Day disabled list due to a  strained right pectoral muscle. Leroux sustained the injury during the Pirates 5-2 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday in Philadelphia. He is required to rest for 4-6 weeks. With placing Leroux on DL, a spot...

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Pirates Notebook: Final Roster Moves Remain

Lefty Tony Watson will make the Pirates Opening Day roster for the first time in his professional career. After the club decided to option fellow southpaw Daniel Moskos to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Watson will be the club’s only lefty in the ‘pen. Moskos, 24, had a solid spring with the Pirates. He allowed one earned run on six hits over 9.0 innings with five walks and nine strikeouts over nine appearances. He will...

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Pirates Lose Final Spring Game, 7-2, to Phillies

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost, 7-2, to the Philadelphia Phillies in their final game during Grapefruit League action this spring. Right-hander James McDonald allowed one run on two hits over three innings against the Phillies in his sixth start. He walked one and struck out three in his final start during Grapefruit League action this spring. McDonald finished with a 8.31 ERA. The lone run that McDonald gave up came in the bottom of the...

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