Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen was strong for the club during the 2011 season posting a ‘pen 3.76 ERA over 526.0 innings. Only one reliever did not return for the 2012 season, right-hander Jose Veras, who was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Casey McGehee. Like Veras, right-hander Juan Cruz signed a minor league contract and will make the club as a non-roster player this season. Locks in the ‘pen: Juan Cruz,...

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Pirates Fall, 4-3, to Phillies in Exhibition Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 4-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park on Monday evening in game one of a two game exhibition series. Left-hander Tony Watson got the “start” for the Pirates against Philadelphia. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle elected to go with all bullpen arms against the Phillies. Watson allowed one run on one hit over an inning of work. Juan Pierre hit a line drive to left field to...

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Hague Hits Team-Leading Fifth Homer in Bucs Tie to Rays

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays ended in a 3-3 tie at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Friday afternoon. Left-hander Tony Watson got the “start” for the Pirates against the Rays on Friday at McKechnie Field. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle elected to go with all bullpen arms to get their regular work in while the starters are starting to pitch deeper into games. It marked Watson’s eighth...

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Pirates Notebook: Bullpen Battles

BRADENTON, Fla. — With just a week remaining until the Pirates head north for the exhibition series in Philadelphia, and as they get ready to kick off Opening Day in 10 days, the bullpen seems to have only a few locks. The ultimate goal when the starter is taken out of the game is to get the ball to closer Joel Hanrahan. But who exactly will be the six other men looking to keep the game on the line? Other than Hanrahan, it looks...

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Pirates Notebook: Watson Focusing on Consistency

TAMPA, Fla. — Left-hander Tony Watson spent the offseason focused on consistency. After making his Major League debut with the Pirates on June 8 against Arizona last season, Watson finished with a 3.95 ERA over 43 appearances (41.0 innings). But his ERA jumped up and down over his four months in Pittsburgh. Watson worked hard over the offseason in order to improve upon that. “Just consistency,” Watson said of his...

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