Pirates Release Rick VandenHurk

According to the Pittsburgh Pirates Twitter feed, the Pirates have asked for release waivers on RHP Rick VandenHurk, so he will be allowed to sign with a foreign club. With the move, the 40-man roster now sits at 39 players. That doesn’t include Francisco Liriano, who has yet to officially sign. VandenHurk went 13-5, 2.92 in 21 appearances for Indianapolis last season, 19 as a starter. He also made four appearances for the...

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The Updated 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made some big changes to their bullpen over the last few weeks. They traded Chris Resop, signed Jason Grilli, traded Joel Hanrahan, and acquired Mark Melancon in that same trade. Now that the Hanrahan trade is done, let’s take a look at the makeup of the new bullpen.   Guaranteed Contracts Jason Grilli, RHP - Grilli will make $2.25 M in 2013, along with a $500,000 signing bonus. He’s the...

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Indians Fall To Knights In First Playoff Game

Charlotte Knights  8,   Indianapolis Indians  1 (Box)   A busy first inning was all the Charlotte Knights needed to defeat the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field tonight in the first game of the first round of the International League playoffs.  Knights’ starter Charlie Leesman dominated the Indians’ batters, allowing just one run on 6 hits and one walk, with 6 strikeouts in 8 innings of work.   The Knights...

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Minor League Schedule: 9/5/12

Luis Heredia is on the mound tonight for State College, getting the last regular season start for the entire Pirates minor league system. Indianapolis begins their playoffs tonight against Charlotte. The first two games will be played in Indianapolis, while the third game will be played in Charlotte. If necessary, the fourth and fifth games will also be played in Charlotte. The DSL Pirates won game three of the DSL championships to...

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Six Shut Out Innings For MVP VandenHurk In Indians’ Win

Indianapolis Indians  6,  Toledo Mud Hens  1 (Box)     Starter Rick VandenHurk threw 6 shutout innings to begin the evening, then was awarded the Indians’ Most Valuable Player honors to end the evening.  The Indians defeated the Toledo Mud Hens at Victory Field, giving the Indians a 3 games to 1 lead in this 5-game home-and-home series.  The Indians’ offense backed up VandenHurk with 10 hits, including two each...

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