Pirates Release Xavier Paul

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released Xavier Paul after the outfielder cleared waivers.  The team couldn’t outright him to AAA since Paul has more than three years of major league service time. They also can’t re-sign him as a free agent until May 16th, 2012.  His big strength is his speed and defense.  The Pirates have a similar player in Gorkys Hernandez, who has more upside than Paul, so the loss isn’t a major...

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Pirates Protect Six Players From the Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates added six players to the 40-man roster today, filling out their reserve list to protect those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The Pirates protected Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Rudy Owens, Duke Welker, and Justin Wilson.  To make room the Pirates have designated outfielder Xavier Paul and catcher Eric Fryer for assignment.  Here is a rundown of each player that was added to the roster. Matt...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Corner Outfield

For most of the 2011 season, there wasn’t a specific starter at either corner outfield position for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Jose Tabata began the season as the everyday starter in left field, but finished the year as the everyday starter in right field.  That happened when Alex Presley came up and took over the everyday duties in left field.  Presley didn’t arrive until late June, and missed most of August with an injury....

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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 153 Recap: Lincoln, Bucs Blasted by Dodgers

That was ugly. No question. The Dodgers bombed Pirate pitching for 15 runs and 23 hits. Chad Billingsley cruised through five leisurely innings while Brad Lincoln didn’t get out of the second inning. Lincoln started off with a shaky first. Dee Gordon tripled to lead off. Jamey Carroll’s ground ball out scored him and the hope was that Lincoln would settle in. But Matt Kemp homered to make it 2-0. With two gone, James...

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