Found June 07, 2012 on North Side Notch:
As Pat over at WHYGAVS mentioned earlier today, it is amazing that we are even discussing Jeff Clement. If you remember correctly, Clement broke camp as the Pirates’ starting first baseman in 2010 after he was acquired from Seattle in 2009 in the trade that sent Jack Wilson and Ian Snell to the Mariners. He didn’t fare too well hitting just .201/.237/.368. He struck out in 24% of his plate appearances and walked in just 3.9% of them. There was one thing that was apparent, though, Clement had some power. He homered once every 20.6 at-bats. Clement was 26 years old in 2010 and essentially had a wasted year last season when he missed almost the entire season with injuries, and when he did get healthy, he didn’t play very well down in the minors. So it’s now 2012 and Jeff Clement is 28 years old in AAA. The thing is, though, he’s absolutely mashing the ball, and if you’ve watched your fair share of Pirates games, you understand that players who can hit the ball are players this team nee...

Kris Watts traded to Nationals for cash

The #Pirates have traded minor league catcher Kris Watts to Washington in exchange for cash considerations. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 8, 2012   A lot of talk was going around about the Indianapolis Indians having four catchers on their roster after Tony Sanchez was promoted earlier this week. That situation seems to have been taken care of as the Bucs are shipping Kris...

Karstens' new injury could pave way for Owens to crack Pirates' rotation

Even if the Pirates' superb pitching begins to sputter -- and it surely didn't through the 5-4 victory Thursday night in Cincinnati -- they have no shortage of solutions. Yes, even with Jeff Karstens getting reinjured in a rehabilitation start Thursday night. Prospect Rudy Owens, a 24-year-old lefty, is banging down the door at Triple-A Indianapolis with a 4-2 record...

Game 55 Live Chat: Pirates at Reds

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Game : Pirates 5 Reds 4

Here is the scoring progression from tonight's Pirates/Reds game:  1-0 Reds 2-1 Pirates 2-2 3-2 Pirates 3-3 4-3 Pirates 4-4 5-4 Pirates win Pirates win  Here are the scoring plays for the Pirates tonight: Neil Walker doubles in Alex Presley Garrett Jones sac fly to score Walker Garrett Jones singles in Alex Presley Mike McKenry sac fly to score Jose Tabata...

Battlin’ Bucs best Reds

Every win is enjoyable, but this one really meant a lot for the Pirates. It was a back-and-forth contest on the road with the division leader, and they ended up pulling it off in improbable fashion to win the series (their fourth in a row) and complete a winning road trip.  Awesome. For some reason, all the Pirates wins on this road trip started off pretty poorly. This game was...

Appel Leads 12 NECBL Alumni Drafted in First Five Rounds

From the NECBL June 5, 2012- With the eighth pick of the 2012 Major League Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Mark Appel. Appel, a 6’4” junior right handed pitcher from Stanford, was a First Team All-American and a First Team All-Pac 12 selection. This spring, Appel helped to lead the No. 13 Cardinal to a Super Regional berth while leading the Pac-12 in strikeouts and...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds – Game 55

Did anyone really see homers from Neil Walker, Casey McGehee, and Alex Presley coming?  I sure didn’t. That said for how bad the offense has been they haven’t been completely inept at hitting the long ball.  I mean tied for 20th is no great shakes but it’s much better than the 28th their SLG ranks. [...]

GAMEDAY: Rubber match – Pirates at Reds

Pirates (28-27) at Reds (31-24) 7:10 PM EST–Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Here is the Gameday TV: ROOT Sports The Pirates and Reds square off in a rubber match tonight, as the Bucs look to take the series and get back to within two of first place. - In case you missed it, I went on a mini-rant about baserunning in yesterday’s recap. If you’re wondering specifically...

Stay hot

The Pirates' figured out one of their long-time Cincinnati nemeses last night when they tagged Homer Bailey for a bunch of runs, tonight they try to get their second win against Johnny Cueto in eight days. They drew some walks off of Cueto last Wednesday, taking four in his seven innings, and eeked out a 2-1 win behind AJ Burnett. Instead of Burnett tonight, the Bucs send Brad...
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