Correia Gets Nod on Monday Against Rockies

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Kevin Correia, who was scratched from his outing on Saturday due to discomfort in his left side, will start Monday night’s 7:05 game against the Colorado Rockies. Since being sidelined, Correia has progressively gotten better each day. Although he was unsure of when he injured his side, it felt sore a few days ago. The club decided to be extra cautious with Correia, who ended the 2011 season...

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Clippers Shut Out The Indians

Columbus Clippers  4,  Indianapolis Indians  0 (Box)   The Indianapolis Indians played in front of several groups of school kids at Victory Field today, for a “Baseball In Education” game — and they educated the kids on what not to do.  One big lesson to be learned from this game: it isn’t enough to just put runners on base; you have to also get them around to score. Scoring was what the Indians did not do...

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Prospect Notebook: Alderson Touches 93 MPH

I wrote the other day about Tim Alderson going back to an old long toss program, and how his old velocity is back this Spring. Alderson threw an inning today in the Triple-A game, and the results were once again strong. The first pitch out of Alderson’s hand was a fastball. The gun reading? 93 MPH. Alderson followed with three straight 91 MPH fastballs, getting a ground out back to the mound. In the next at-bat he led off with...

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Tim Alderson Returns to Long Toss, Sees Velocity Return

When the Pittsburgh Pirates were shopping Freddy Sanchez in 2009, the expectations were low on a return. The second baseman was making $6.1 M, which was a reasonable salary for his production. However, his $8 M option in 2010 was too high, essentially making him a two-month rental to any team that traded for him. Sanchez went down with an injury right before he was traded, missing three games against the San Francisco Giants, who...

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Prospect Notebook: Heredia’s Spring Debut, Alderson Back to Form?

The Pittsburgh Pirates started their minor league schedule today, playing three games against the Philadelphia Phillies’ farm system, and one game featuring the lower level guys going up against Team Canada. Luis Heredia started the contest against Team Canada, throwing two innings. Heredia only needed 24 pitches to get two shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out one. He ranged anywhere from 88-93 MPH with...

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