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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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: The Bullpen

If there’s one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates have had success adding players over the last few years, it’s been the bullpen.  That was seen in 2011 with the makeup of the top performers in the bullpen.  The 2011 pen was made up of mostly outside acquisitions from the past few years, most of those coming from low cost moves. Top closer Joel Hanrahan was acquired in a trade, along with Lastings Milledge, in exchange for...

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Game 160 Recap: Presley, Alvarez Drive Home Three Each in Win

The Pirates and Brewes engaged in an offensive battle. The pitching was porous and sloppy. Only one of the 17 runs that was scored came on a dinger. The Pirates outlasted the Beer Men in the end as the home team left 13 men on base. The see-saw battle began early on. Alex Presley led off the top of the first with a homer. Morton got into a bunch of trouble in the bottom of the first. He allowed singles to Corey Hart and Nyjer Morgan...

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Game 158 Recap: Bucs Pile On Early, Hold On Late in Win

The Pirates scored four times in the first three innings agaisnt Travis Wood and then held on to the lead the rest of the way. The attack was balanced as eight different players were involved in the scoring. Brad Lincoln and the bullpen danced out of trouble all game. Cincinnati had the lead off man on base in seven of nine innings, but only went 1-10 with runners in scoring position. The Reds jumped out early. Brandon Phillips and...

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