Posted March 09, 2012 on AP on Fox
Andrew McCutchen had two RBI doubles and also singled in three at-bats to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 in exhibition play Friday night. McCutchen just missed two homers, doubling off the Green Monster replica in the third and fifth innings. Right-hander Clay Buchholz started for the Red Sox. He went three innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with a strikeout and also hit a batter. Buchholz was charged with the loss. Right-hander Vicente Padilla, competing for the fifth spot in Boston's rotation followed Buchholz. Padilla went two innings, allowing four runs on five hits - all in his first inning. Right-hander Shairon Martis started for the Pirates. He went two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out one en route to the victory. David Ortiz homered for Boston. NOTES: Boston left fielder Carl Crawford, who had a setback in his rehab from mid-January surgery on his left wrist, is progressing, but manager Bobby Valentine said he is...

Trade With Juuust a bit outside: My First Andrew McCutchen Autograph.

I completed my first trade with Kyle of Juuust a bit outside. Kyle was in need of some Trifecta assistance, and posted some bait. A certain young centerfielder's autograph appealed to me, and we had ourselves a trade.My first signature of the Pirates' stud centerfielder, who was just rewarded for his stellar play and significant upside with a long-term deal. McCutchen'...

Presley and Bucs outfield back to the future

With Andrew McCutchen's six-year, $51.5 million extension out of the way, it was signed March 6, the Pirates can reasonably take a look far down the road at what looks like the franchise's most dynamic outfield since Barry Bonds, Andy Van Slyke and Bobby Bonilla.

Andrew McCutchen: Bringing the 30/30 party to your fantasy baseball squad

Andrew McCutchen (credits below) Jay-Z owns a club in New York City called the 40/40 club, named as a nod towards the exclusivity of baseballs’, four member, 40 home run 40 steal, single season. Great name, way to capitalize on that sweet spot of guys who understand wOBA and demand the haughtiest experience in Manhattan. Certainly models are impressed when they learn the name...

Clay Buchholz Feels Better Physically, Shows Sharpness Despite Mixed Results Against Pirates (Video)

Clay Buchholz allowed two runs on three hits in three innings in his second start of the spring on Friday. Those aren't exactly eye-popping numbers for a pitcher, but the start was encouraging, nonetheless. Buchholz featured a solid changeup and curveball, showing increased sharpness on his pitches. Most importantly, however, is that the right-hander felt good physically. His...

Your Morning Dump... Where Clay's back holds up

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. In the midst of a battle of wits and splits with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ $50 million man, Andrew McCutchen, the center fielder stepped out of the batter’s box at the last possible second, leaving as Buchholz...

Pirates Round Table Podcast: Episode 6

Jon from McEffect, Brian from Raise the Jolly Roger, Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog, and myself are back at it with the sixth of our weekly installments of the Pirates Round Table Podcast. This week we discuss Andrew McCutchen‘s extension, Neil Walker, the first week of spring training games, wOBA, and other things going on in the world of Pirates baseball. Click here to listen...

Red Sox Live Blog: Clay Buchholz Looks to Continue Strong Spring Training Against Pittsburgh Pirates

10:30 a.m.:The Boston Red Sox look to rebound from their 9-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight at 7:05 at JetBlue Park. Clay Buchholz takes the mound for his second spring training start of the year. Buchholz was solid in his first outing, pitching two scoreless innings giving up no hits and two walks to go along with two...

Pirates Roundtable Podcast: Episode 6

We’re back…here’s the sixth episode of the Roundtable Podcast with me, Jon from McEffect, Jim from North Side Notch, and Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog. This week we discussed: Andrew McCutchen‘s extension, of course The possibility of a Neil Walker extension Early Spring Training storylines (specifically Starling Marte, Pedro Alvarez, Brad Lincoln, and Josh Harrison...

Red Sox Spring Training News & Notes - 3/10

I think that sometimes we forget that spring training isn't about winning. We always are expecting the Boston Red Sox to win every time they take the field. But that's not what spring training is about. For a good portion of the 25-man roster, it's about getting ready for the season. For some, it's about performing well to try and make the 25-man roster or to even...

Buchholz, Sox take on Pirates at 7:05pm

The Red Sox will take on the Pirates tonight at 7:05 with the game airing on Clay Buchholz will take the mound for the Sox with rotation contender Vicente Padilla coming on in relief.Even though the Red Sox lost yesterday 9-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals - Josh Beckett was able to build off of his first succesfull spring start going three innings and only surrendering two hits...

‘Cutch mashes Red Sox in Pirates win

Final: Pirates 7, Red Sox 4 WP: Shairon Martis (1-1, 0.00 ERA) LP: Clay Buchholz (1-1, 3.60 ERA) SV: Tim Wood (1, 0.00 ERA) Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles off the replica green monster with 2 RBI. Videos of all three hits are here. He tattooed the ball in each at bat. Jose Tabata went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles [video of his first] and 2 RBI. Clint Barmes also went 2 for...

Mediocre, but encouraging

Clay Buchholz started last night for the Red Sox against the Pirates, and the actual performance was about as mediocre as it gets.There were positives, to be sure, but in general it was kind of a mixed bag. He threw 51 pitches, 34 for strikes, in three innings of work. He struck out one batter, allowed two runs, gave up three hits and didn't walk a batter. For an early-March...
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