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Ivan De Jesus
Boston Red Sox
It looked like things were finally going to turn around for the Pirates in 2012. After beating the Cubs on August 1, they were 16 games above .500. Of course, Pittsburgh finished 19-39 and plummeted to fourth in the NL Central ahead of just the rebuilding Cubs and Astros. And that was the end of that, for at least one year.
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2013 Burning Question (1:30 PM)
This Is My Nightmare (3:00 PM)
2013 X-Factor (4:30 PM)
Depth Chart (as of 3/5)
C: Russell Martin
1B: Garrett Jones
2B: Neil Walker
SS: Clint Barmes
3B: Pedro Alvarez
LF: Starling Marte
CF: Andrew McCutchen
RF: Travis Snider
SP: AJ Burnett
SP: Wandy Rodriguez
SP: James McDonald
SP: Jeff Karstens
SP: Kyle McPherson
CL: Jason Grilli
After largely struggling through a season with Rod Barajas primarily behind the dish, the Pirates made a huge ugprade by signing veteran Rus...
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Gerrit Cole struck out six in three shutout innings today.
Gerrit Cole didn’t have much trouble taking on Spain. The right-hander threw three shutout innings in his second Spring Training appearance, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out six. He was sitting 94-97 MPH, and throwing mostly fastballs. He didn’t need anything else.
“He was focused. He went out there...
The Pittsburgh Pirates had their third player drop out of the World Baseball Classic since the provisional rosters were announced. First Ivan De Jesus Jr dropped out so he could concentrate on making the Opening Day roster, then Russell Martin bowed out, saying he wasn’t ready to catch nine innings this early in Spring. Martin came up with right shoulder soreness shortly afterwards...
There are two types of lists that usually come out this time of year. The prospect lists focus on the future and the upside of each player. Then there’s the lists that focus only on the impact prospects can make in the upcoming season. Baseball America released one of those lists today, looking at the top 20 rookies for the 2013 season. The list is ranked based on the impact the...
The Pirates rolled to a 10-0 victory over Spain’s World Baseball Classic team on Tuesday. Spain’s lineup didn’t have any major leaguers in it, but Gerrit Cole‘s performance was still notable. Cole struck out the first six batters he faced and ended up going three strong innings. Gaby Sanchez also homered for the Bucs, continuing his hot spring.
Over in Arizona, Jameson Taillon...
Jameson Taillon is a 6-foot-6, 225-pound right-handed beast of a pitching prospect. Drafted second overall out of high school in 2010, Taillon, 21, isn’t as polished as fellow Pittsburgh pitching prospect Gerrit Cole, but he still offers tremendous upside as a future major-league starter.
Photo credit: Associated Press
Taillon has pitched well at all three stops in his minor-league...
Gaby Sanchez went 3 for 3 with a double, home run and two RBIs on Tuesday, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-0 rout of Spain's World Baseball Classic team.
Rhiner Cruz, a Houston Astros reliever and one of just two players with major league experience on the Spanish roster, allowed three runs in one inning.
The right-handed hitting Sanchez will likely platoon at first...
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
The streak is over, and not only are the Pirates a winning team, they are the champions of baseball. Their championship run was truly a team effort, but if you could point to one player...
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
Nightmares can come in many different forms. For most of the teams that we've been covering in these series...
Last year I noticed something about Pirate City. When the major league camp is there, every writer is there. When the major league camp heads over to McKechnie Field, the writers follow, and people rarely come back to Pirate City. Usually it’s just me in an empty media room, with a cooler stocked full of soda, tempting me to break my ban on drinking soda.
The full roster of players...
I love cities with a grid system. It makes driving simple. Bradenton doesn’t have a true grid system, but it’s to the point where I’ve been here a week, and I’m already to that point where you drive from home to work without really focusing on where to turn or what street to take. There are some strange things about the layout. For example, you can’t just drive down 17th...
When thinking about Charlie Morton the first thing that generally comes to mind is “Electric Stuff”. Either that or his other nickname “Ground Chuck”. Very endearing stuff. What often is overlooked is the fact that Charlie Morton‘s mental toughness has been questioned. Is he strong enough mentally to do this? No one really knows for…
The Pirates pounded the Red Sox 9-3 on Wednesday, although it may have felt kind of like a scrimmage with so many former Bucs on the field for Boston. Brock Holt, Drew Sutton, Pedro Ciriaco and David Ross saw action for the Sox.
Jeff Locke pitched pretty well. He went four innings and allowed one run on three hits and two walks. The lefty struck out two and appears to be inching...
The third weekend of the college baseball season has come to a close and we saw some power from one of the top draft-eligible third basemen on Friday and Sunday. Mark Appel showed why he will likely go well before the Pirates make their first selection with the 9th overall pick, and then select again with the 14th pick. The two third baseman we are following closely, Kris Bryant...
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies
Time: 1:05 pm
McKechnie Field– Bradenton, FL
Weather: 59, Clear
TV: No TV today. Only MLB Radio.
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John Lannan gets the start today for the Phils as they match up with the Bucs.
1. Revere – CF
2. Young – 3B
3. Utley – 2B
4. Howard – 1B
5. Ruf – LF
6. Brown – RF
7. Mayberry – DH