Spring Training 2013 Position Battles: The Bullpen

With pitchers and catchers reporting today, and Spring Training starting up this week, we will be previewing the position battles to follow throughout the Spring. To keep track of the players who are in camp, and the updated status of each position battle, check out the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker. If there’s one area where Neal Huntington has been successful, it’s building a bullpen. Huntington has...

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The Updated 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made some big changes to their bullpen over the last few weeks. They traded Chris Resop, signed Jason Grilli, traded Joel Hanrahan, and acquired Mark Melancon in that same trade. Now that the Hanrahan trade is done, let’s take a look at the makeup of the new bullpen.   Guaranteed Contracts Jason Grilli, RHP - Grilli will make $2.25 M in 2013, along with a $500,000 signing bonus. He’s the...

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Pirates Notebook: Garrett Jones Has Been a Key to the Pirates’ Season

Garrett Jones has been huge for the Pirates all season, but his big swings of the bat on Tuesday night in San Diego gave the team a chance to battle back and win. Jones entered game action having gone 48-for-151 (.318 avg ) with 10 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 35 RBI in his last 43 games. He belted out his first home run of the game in the sixth frame, for his 20th homer of the year. The left-handed hitter came through...

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Pirates Notebook: Did Lincoln Earn Himself Another Start?

PITTSBURGH, PA — Brad Lincoln used his four days off between starts in order to focus on several things — fastball command, keeping his front side closed, and not allowing damage with two outs. “Just don’t try to change anything,” Lincoln said. “Don’t try and be something that you’re not. Don’t try and recreate something out there on the mound that you’ve worked hard on in your bullpens and stuff like...

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Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Gets Another Opportunity to Start on Saturday

PITTSBURGH, PA – Manager Clint Hurdle has been patient with several players throughout the season. He’s shown patience with Pedro Alvarez. Even when he was bumped out of the cleanup spot and benched for a few days for his swing, the club didn’t send him to Triple-A. They showed patience that he would work himself out of his slump. And he’s done just that driving in nine runs over his last four games while...

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