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The San Francisco Giants have claimed minor league pitcher Hunter Strickland off waivers today. He was added to the Pirates 40 man roster this off-season, but he was designated for assignment recently when the Pirates added Jonathan Sanchez and Brandon Inge to the 40 man roster. On Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays claimed Clint Robinson, who was also dropped from the roster to make room for Sanchez and Inge.
The Pirates acquired Strickland in the 2009 Adam LaRoche deal. He missed all of 2011 due to early shoulder problems and rotator cuff surgery that August. The 24-year-old righty split last season between Bradenton and Altoona, where he went a combined 4-4, 3.70 in 33 appearances, nine as a starter. Strickland had a 1.37 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 87.2 innings.
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After yesterday’s lame off day (always built in the day after the opener in case it rains), the Bucs are back in action tonight at 7:05. First, though, some quick notes:
The Trib did an interesting interview with former Pirates minority owner Jay Lustig. Lustig opines that Nutting is “too rational,” saying that he puts as much money as he can in to the team while keeping...
The 2013 minor league season begins on Thursday. In the days leading up to the opener, I will be previewing the full season affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Here is a look at the 2013 Altoona Curve, who will feature top prospect Jameson Taillon on their Opening Day roster.
C – Carlos Paulino
1B – Matt Curry
2B – Jarek Cunningham
SS – Gift Ngoepe
3B – Stefan...
It’s Opening Day, those two sweet words marking an event beloved by fans of all 30 teams. No more frivolous exhibition games or exaggerated position battles. It’s a day indisputably tied to ideas of hope, but also to wondering and questions that will take 162 games to answer.
Tom and Tim gave you the facts about the 2013 edition of the Pittsburgh Pirates, from the rotation to...
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle addressed the status of several of the team’s injured pitchers prior to today’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
Francisco Liriano threw off a mound yesterday and Charlie Morton threw a simulated game today, Hurdle said.
“All our guys are making progress,” he said.
Jeff Karstens is still nursing an inflamed right shoulder. Hurdle said...
USE THE GLASSES
San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence lost a short fly ball in the sun during the sixth inning of Monday's Opening Day game at Dodger Stadium. Although this happens to major leaguers from time to time, Pence had absolutely no excuse because he forgot to put on the sunglasses that were sitting on his cap. L.A. Dodgers second baseman Matt Ellis ended up with a double...
A.J. Burnett of the Pittsburgh Pirates fell victim to a April Fools Day joke after a rosing bag explode on him during Opening Day on Monday against the Chicago Cubs. Get ready for plenty of more weird plays like this, as we have 161 games in the regular season to go.
She looked at him, seeing him again, and the future be damned, since all possible futures ever envisaged are -- rusty sinks, two-week vacations and bombs or collective fraternity or harps and houris-- endlessly, sordidly dreary, all delight being in the present and its past, all truth, too, and all fidelity in the word, the flesh, the present moment: for the future, however you look...
Former Pirate minority owner Jay Lustig gave an interview to the Tribune Review in a story that was published late last night in which he gave some perspective on Bob Nutting's reign as owner of the Pirates. I'd recommend reading the whole thing, but the key passage is this:
“If you are a small-market franchise, if you want to win, you have to be willing to lose...
A.J. gave up 3 runs and struck out 10 as well but the Bucs lost to the Cubs, 3-1. Deadspin bwo Gamedayr
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North Texas Fisticuffs' Hector Sanchez interviews Dallas boxing prospect Ray Ximenez as he prepares for his April 6 fight in Dallas.
The list of things that I don't really understand in baseball is infinite, but somewhere near the top of it is this: the veteran pitcher who's out on the mound and not quite pitching like himself, but still has things so completely under control that you never really doubt him. That was Wandy Rodriguez on Wednesday night against the Cubs. Rodriguez is mostly a ground ball...
The easiest and probably most accurate way to describe the Pirates' 3-1 loss to the Cubs on Opening Day at PNC Park is probably this: it was cold out and when it's cold out, hard-throwing pitchers seem to do well, and as a result AJ Burnett and Jeff Samardzija combined for 19 strikeouts between them in just 13 2/3 innings combined work.
Burnett was particularly awesome...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tim Lincecum walked seven, matching a career worst, yet still managed to get the win when Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence homered to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night in the rubber game of their season-opening series. Lincecum (1-0) threw 91 pitches in five innings, but limited the Dodgers to two...
The San Francisco Giants came into today looking for revenge against the hated rival Los Angeles Dodgers and they got exactly that. After starting off the season being shutout 4-0 by Clayton Kershaw, San Francisco sent 23-year-old Madison Bumgarner to the hill and he delivered in a big way.
Bumgarner (1-0) shutout the Dodgers offense for 8 innings while only allowing 2 base runners...