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Jeff Locke Headed to Pittsburgh

According to a source, Jeff Locke is headed to Pittsburgh to join the club. Kevin Correia is slated to spot start on Wednesday for the Pirates. Locke, who was scheduled to start for Triple-A, was promoted likely as insurance arm. The move is not yet official. No word yet on the corresponding roster move.

Prospect Watch: McPherson Shines in Triple-A Debut

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.93) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.91) - DNP 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia...

Justin Wilson moves to the bullpen (and the implications)

Yesterday afternoon, like two hours after I mused on Twitter about a Justin Wilson call-up to be used as a LOOGY down the stretch, the Pirates announced that Wilson would be moved to the bullpen. Given that Wilson throws hard as a reliever and that a lot of his control problems stem from his breaking stuff and that Tony Watson is occasionally homer-happy, having Wilson as an option...

Prospect Watch: Leroux and Irwin Pitch Well, Big Day of Rehab For Lambo

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.93) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.91) - DNP 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia...

Erik Bedard Dominates DBacks in 4-0 Shutout Win

Final: Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 0 WP: Erik Bedard (6-12, 4.53 ERA) LP: Wade Miley (12-7, 2.85 ERA) I only got to see the first four innings of this game, but from what I saw, it was easy to tell that Erik Bedard was on. And he absolutely rolled through Arizona’s lineup with seven scoreless innings. He struck out five, didn’t walk a batter, and allowed only two hits. Miley pitched...

Pirates Notebook: Marte is as Advertised; Correia Adjusting to New Role

It’s only been less than two weeks in the big leagues for Starling Marte, but we’ve already seen flashes of exciting plays from the 23-year-old that makes you see his special potential. He showed off his power in his very first pitch in his very first at-bat launching a home run in his 2-for-4 debut. We’ve seen him show off his cannon arm by nailing a runner trying to stretch...

Pirates Notebook: Correia Adjusts in Spot Start; Presley in Triple-A to Get More At-Bats

It’s been two weeks since the last time Kevin Correia made a start for Pittsburgh. He was moved into the bullpen when the club acquired Wandy Rodriguez a few days before the trade deadline. Correia made one appearance during that span in relief, where he struggled and allowed four earned over two frames, in adjusting to the new role. Not since when he was with the San Francisco...

This Date in Pirates History: August 7 Part Two

Earlier in the day we covered seven former Pirates players born on this date. That article can be read here. In part two we have Hall of Fame manager Bill McKechnie, who also played with the Pirates. There are also five transactions of note, including the signing of a Pirates legend, plus we have a Jolly Roger Rewind from John Fredland, dealing with a scoring outburst during a long...

This is AJ Burnett since the All-Star break

AJ Burnett since the All-Star break:5 games, 39 2/3 innings, 30 strikeouts, 7 walks, 25 hits, 9 runsRate stats: 6.8 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 4.3 K/BB, 2.04 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, .181/.226/.319 againstThe Pirates are 4-1 in Burnett's five starts, including wins his his last four. The Pirates are 13-9 since the All-Star break. You can do the math.  

53-1

The Pirates entered the night 53-0 when leading a game after seven innings. That’s how good the back end of the bullpen has been (plus some luck, since the few times the ‘pen blew a lead the offense managed to bail them out). All good things must come to an end, unfortunately, and that’s what happened on Tuesday. The Pirates were poised to win their third in a row in exciting...

Game 109: Bucs Bullpen blows eighth inning lead for first time this year

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are in a chase for the NL Central as well as the best record in the National League. A big reason for each team’s success have been their bullpens. They are the best two teams in the league in bullpen ERA and it’s not even close. The next best team is almost a full run behind them. The Pirates came into Tuesday night’s game against...

Dugout Digest - clinging to hopes

You know, the Pittsburgh Pirates aren't necessarily playing *bad* lately...the issue is that the Reds just can't be stopped. After losing two straight to being the weekend, the Pirates needed to win yesterday to attempt to salvage a bid at winning the division. Well, they did that with a 6-2 win, but are still 4.5 games out of the division lead. The Pirates are 2...
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