Altoona Notes: Jordy Mercer, Jeff Locke, Questions

I talked briefly with some of the Altoona players last night after the game.  Mostly I was touching base with them, and will be talking more with them prior to the games this weekend.  Two important topics I did discuss: -Jordy Mercer left Wednesday’s game in the second inning after colliding with Anthony Norman on a pop-up to left field.  Jordy said that his back was sore from the collision, but that he will be fine and that it...

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Owens, Curve Catch Some Bad Breaks

You always hear the expression “he only threw one bad pitch” when a pitcher throws an excellent game, with his only blemish being a home run.  The problem with this phrase is that the pitcher probably threw a lot of bad pitches, but he only paid for one of them.  That wasn’t the case with Altoona Curve starter Rudy Owens tonight, as Altoona fell to Richmond 4-1. Owens was spectacular, with excellent control and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/25/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis lost 3-2 to Charlotte.  Daniel McCutchen pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with a walk and no strikeouts, plus two homers allowed.  With Brad Lincoln getting demoted today, McCutchen is expected to rejoin the major league rotation, taking Lincoln’s spot on July 31st.  Brian Bass pitched a shutout inning, allowing two hits and striking out one. Doug Bernier...

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Morris skips start; Watson joins rotation

Pitching prospect Bryan Morris, who had struggled in his previous few appearances, skipped his scheduled start this week to rest his arm. Morris has pitched 103 innings this season, already surpassing his 2009 total of 72.2 innings. In a separate move, Tony Watson will replace Jared Hughes in the Altoona starting rotation.

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Daniel Moskos and Alex Presley Heading to Indianapolis

Daniel Moskos and Alex Presley are heading to Indianapolis, according to this tweet from Moskos, with the move being confirmed by Jennifer Langosch: Headed to Indy! Looking forward to a the new challenge that’s ahead of me. Caravanning with alex Presley Two good promotions for the Pirates, who just cleared two spots on the Indianapolis roster today with the promotions of Steven Jackson and Justin Thomas to the majors.  I...

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