Notes: Jack Taschner returns, Barthmaier, Aguero, Moreno injury updates

A few notes before the game tonight… -The Pirates activated Jack Taschner from the 15-day disabled list last night, and optioned Steven Jackson to AAA. -Jimmy Barthmaier has been moved from Bradenton to Altoona in his rehab assignment.  Barthmaier made two appearances with Bradenton, combining for three innings, one run, one hit, no walks, and one strikeout. -Ramon Aguero started his rehab assignment with Bradenton....

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Pirates Notebook: Not so lucky today

Yesterday I talked about the bad things that the Pirates managed to get away with in their extra innings victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Today, the Pirates weren’t so lucky.  For reference, here is what I said, followed by my recap a day later: It wasn’t all good tonight. I mentioned earlier that it was great the Pirates were getting to the Dodgers’ bullpen two days in a row. That should provide the...

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Pirates cut six players

According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first six cuts of Spring Training.  The cut players were outfielder Brandon Jones, shortstop Argenis Diaz, outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, relievers Ronald Uviedo and Ramon Aguero, and shortstop Brian Friday. Jones and Diaz were sent to AAA.  Hernandez, Uviedo, and Aguero were sent to AA.  Friday was just assigned to minor league camp, so I guess...

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Pirates vs Manatees

Sure, they may be the State College of Florida now, but we all know that today’s game is a revenge matchup against the Hated Manatees, who upset the Pirates a year ago in their annual charity game.  Today’s lineup and pitching rotation, thanks to Rob Biertempfel via the Trib and Twitter: Pitching one inning each: Bryan Morris, Donald Veal, Ronald Uviedo, Justin Thomas, Ramon Aguero, Jeff Sues and Anthony Claggett....

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Going Cheap Pt 3: 2010 Bullpen Options

In part one of this series I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In part two of this series I looked at how you could find cheap bullpen options.  While there are probably many ways to do this, the two trends I am focusing on here are as follows: 1. Relief pitchers with strong K/9, K/BB, and HR/9 ratios in the minors.  Normally I’d look for a 6.0 or better, 2.0 or better, and 1.0 or less...

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