Notes: Neil Walker Injury, Steven Jackson, Daniel McCutchen

A few notes before the game tonight… -Neil Walker has a concussion from his collision with Ryan Church yesterday.  Walker will at least miss the rest of the Oakland series, but nothing beyond those two games has been confirmed.  The Pirates are starting Bobby Crosby at second base tonight, with Ronny Cedeno starting at shortstop. -The Pirates have officially called up Daniel McCutchen to make the start tonight, which...

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The Jack Wilson/Ian Snell Trade is a Win

Every time someone mentions all of the trades made by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last two years, the consensus is that the Xavier Nady trade is the only one which stands out as a sure win.  After today, I think it’s safe to say that we can add the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell trade to the win column. It’s not like anything happened today that made the trade suddenly look good.  The trade has looked good for awhile...

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Pirates Notebook: Breath of Fresh Air

I was getting ready to sit down and watch the game tonight when I got called in to do some work for the Census Bureau.  Luckily I’m just doing courier work, which means while other people are visiting houses where people haven’t filled out the census, I’m just driving from office to office picking up payroll forms.  That allowed me to listen to the game tonight on XM, with Bob Uecker doing the broadcasting,...

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Pirates Notebook: How long until we see Kevin Hart?

Earlier today it looked like Kevin Hart would be the starting pitcher tomorrow for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Instead, Hart made his regularly scheduled start for Indianapolis, leaving Chris Jakubauskas as the starter tomorrow.  In that start, Hart was excellent, with one run allowed on five hits in five innings, along with a walk and five strikeouts.  This was against the same Louisville team that Hart pitched three no-hit...

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Pirates Notebook: Problems go beyond the pitching staff

I’m not calling anyone out with this post.  Over the last few days I’ve seen a similar message repeated by many people, whether it’s in the live blogs, Twitter, or message boards.  The message varies, but it’s usually focused around the need for pitching in the Pirates rotation. It’s obvious that the Pirates have seen pitching struggles.  The 36 runs they allowed in the last three games...

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