WBC Notes: Welch Homers In Opener

The World Baseball Classic began last night and Pittsburgh Pirates minor league third baseman Stefan Welch provided Australia’s only run with a seventh inning solo homer. Australia was shut down for the first six innings by free agent Chein-Ming Wang. Welch finished the day 1-for-3, as Australia dropped their opener 4-1 to Chinese Taipei. Since the initial rosters were announced, both Ivan De Jesus Jr and Russell Martin have...

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WBC Final Rosters Out: De Jesus Withdraws

According to Rob Biertempfel on Twitter, the final rosters have been released for the 2013 World Baseball Classic and the only change among Pittsburgh Pirates players is Ivan De Jesus Jr withdrawing from Team Puerto Rico. Biertempfel says that De Jesus withdrew to stay in camp to compete for a major league job. The final rosters include Jameson Taillon, Russell Martin  and Chris Leroux for Team Canada. Wandy Rodriguez is scheduled to...

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Pirates Name Burnett Opening Day Starter

Clint Hurdle has announced today that A.J. Burnett will be his Opening Day starter when the Pirates take on the Chicago Cubs on Monday, April 1st at PNC Park. He has also announced that Wandy Rodriguez will get the start in game two on Wednesday night. After that, the rest of the rotation has yet to be decided. In his first season with the team last year, Burnett went 16-10, 3.51 in 31 starts, with 180 strikeouts in 202.1 innings. The...

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First Pitch: The Starting Pitching Depth

With yesterday’s news that the Pirates were adding Jonathan Sanchez, and today’s news that they’re still on track to sign Francisco Liriano, the starting pitching scene is getting crowded. Here is a breakdown of all the options who are either currently on the team, or in the case of Sanchez/Liriano, expected to sign. Guarantees for the Rotation A.J. Burnett - Burnett had a 3.51 ERA in 202.1 innings last year, and his...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Starting Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff was strong for the first four months of the season, but saw a drop off in the months of August and September, as the team fell out of the playoff hunt. During April (combined 2.78 ERA) and May (3.71), the pitching kept the Pirates in games while the offense struggled to click. June (3.97) and July (3.74), the staff remained strong, but saw the regression during the final stretch of the 2012...

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