Pirates Notebook: Is Jones the real deal?

When the Pirates entered the bottom of the first down 2-0, there was this slight feeling of hopelessness, as if the Opening Day optimism wouldn’t even last a full inning.  Then, with one swing of the bat, everything changed. After Garrett Jones crushed his two run river shot off of Vicente Padilla, all of the optimism of the season was restored for me.  I admit to being downright giddy, able to do or say nothing at...

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Church recovering from broken finger

Jen Langosch reports that Ryan Church suffered a minor broken finger on Saturday. He is expected to return sometime this weekend. [Link]

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Vazquez out?

Surprising news from Dejan Kovacevic today: Ramon Vazquez thinks he might be gone from the Pirates once the regular season begins. I think it’s safe to say that most of us assumed Vazquez would make the team due to his $2 M salary this year, and that the only way to avoid Vazquez taking up a bench spot would be if another team traded for him, or in the seemingly unlikely event that the Pirates released him and ate his contract....

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Demoting Jeff Clement to AAA

I want to preface this by saying that I don’t place much value on Spring Training numbers.  There are some stats that can provide encouragement, such as John Raynor’s high batting average, and Garrett Jones hitting two homers in his first 15 at-bats.  There are some stats that cause you to worry, such as Kevin Hart’s four walks in one inning.  I’d classify Jeff Clement’s 1-for-13...

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Spring Training Live Blog: Pirates vs Yankees

The Pirates play the Yankees today in their first real Spring Training game after the 6-1 revenge victory over the Hated Manatees, who are better known now as the State College of Florida.  The game today will be available on MLB.TV, MLB Network, and XM channel 176.  For those of you who don’t have any of those options, you can join the live blog below at game time to follow along with other Pirates bloggers and fans....

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