Pirates Notebook: Robbie Grossman Finally Comes To Pittsburgh

Outfielder Robbie Grossman will make his PNC Park debut Friday night in the leadoff spot, five years after the Pirates drafted him in the sixth round. He won’t take the field in black and gold, but rather in blue and orange. Almost four years after he signed with the Pirates out of high school for $1 million, Grossman was traded to Houston (with pitching prospects Colton Cain and Rudy Owens) for left-hander Wandy Rodriguez....

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This Date in Pirates History: February 2

Six former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date starting with a member of the first team in franchise history to win the World Series. Bill Abstein (1883) played three seasons in the minors before he made his major league debut with the 1906 Pirates in late September. Pittsburgh purchased his contract that season after he hit .311 in 127 games for the Shreveport Pirates of the Southern Association. He batted .200 in eight...

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Winter Leagues 12/27 — Valdez Pitches Well But Gets The Loss

Just the Venezuelan and Puerto Rican Leagues in action on Tuesday night, with a few Pirates’ players and friends getting in on the fun.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Cardenales del Lara  4,  Tigres de Aragua  2 Former Pirate Romulo Sanchez earned the win for Los Cardenales, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings.  Sanchez entered the game immediately after Los Tigres scored their 2 runs in the 6th inning, on two singles, a sacrifice fly, and...

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Winter Leagues 12/23 — Cayones Is Running

A few Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league action… the Australian League is taking the holiday weekend off.  They will be back in action next weekend.  The Dominican League is off until their playoffs start in January.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  3,  Leones del Caracas  2 Los Caribes were out-hit 10-4, but they made good use of their hits.  Los Leones scored an unearned run in...

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Winter Leagues 12/20 — Thomas’ First Win, Aussie All-Stars

Looking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Tuesday’s winter league action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Cardenales de Lara  5,  Tigres de Aragua  4 Los Tigres posted 10 hits, out-hitting Los Cardenales (6 hits), but late-inning runs could not get them caught up to Lara.  LF Jonel Pacheco, hitting lead-off, homered and singled for Los Tigres.  SS Ronny Cedeno went 1-for-5 and 1B Hector Gimenez walked twice, and scored in the...

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