Pirates Game 14 Recap: Karstens rebounds

Another game, and another quality start from the Pirates rotation. This time it was Jeff Karstens, who bombed in his last outing by allowing three runs in four innings, with five walks. Karstens rebounded with a great performance, allowing three hits and one run in six innings, with three strikeouts and two walks. Tyler Yates pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but allowed a leadoff homer in the eighth. John Grabow came on to close...

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Pirates cut three, Jaramillo and Ohlendorf win jobs

According to DK at the PBC Blog, the Pittsburgh Pirates have cut Steve Pearce, Robinzon Diaz, and Anderson Machado. The Diaz move means that Jason Jaramillo is now a lock for the backup catcher job, something that has been confirmed by Neal Huntington. Check out the Spring Training Tracker and the 25 Man Roster Projection to see how the moves impact the Pirates, and who is left in camp fighting for a job. Huntington also announced...

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Spring Training Battles: Bench

The bulk of Pittsburgh’s free agent activity this winter has been additions to the bench. In fact, the only two major league contracts the Pirates have handed out to free agents thus far have been bench players. For a team that traded two of it’s best players, and struggled mightily in the rotation all season, that may not be the best strategy. That’s not to say the Pirates didn’t make good moves here....

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Spring Training Battles: Backup Catcher

After the breakout season Ryan Doumit had last year, and after Doumit’s extension this off-season, the starting catcher position is locked up for the next three to five years. That still leaves a battle for the backup position, mostly between two players the Pirates have brought in from other organizations in the last year. While the Pirates currently have four catchers remaining in camp, Jason Jaramillo and Robinzon Diaz are...

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