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After spending two years off the map nursing various injuries, Jeff Clement is killing the ball in Triple-A in 2012. Through 47 games, he's hitting .321/.403/.562 with seven homers, 16 doubles, and a triple. He's drawn 23 walks and struck out 35 times in 186 plate appearances. He's particularly on fire right now; five of those homers and four of those doubles (and the triple!) have all come in the last ten games. The Pirates are locked in a team-wide struggle with the Mendoza line this year, so it's fair to ask: Could Jeff Clement help the Pirates?Let's turn back the clock a bit here. The last time that Clement had a full, healthy season and looked like something of a prospect was 2009, when the Pirates acquired him. He was 25, and had been in Triple-A for a concerning amount of time (since 2006), but he was hitting. He hit .274/.354/.496 with Tacoma and Indianapolis that year and though his production dropped when he went from the hitter-friendly PCL to the Inte...
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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...
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...
The Trib’s Dejan Kovacevik was all over Mark Madden’s radio show yesterday talking about pretty much everything going on in Pittsburgh sports. But DK’s wheelhouse is the Pirates so when Madden said his sources told him the Buccos aren’t looking to trade and DK countered by saying he’s heard the exact opposite, I’m going to side with the guy that actually covers the...
Clint Barmes and Casey McGehee were brought to Pittsburgh to challenge Andrew McCutchen for the Pirates’ lone spot at the All-Star Game, but for some reason their combined .197 batting average has kept them off the ASG votes leaderboard. It’s pretty obvious Barmes and McGehee weren’t happy about the snub so they went out and did something about it last night in Cincinnati...
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AAA Indianapolis | Pawtucket 5 Indianapolis 3 Starling Marte had another quiet day going 0/4, but Jeff Clement didn't follow suit. He hit another double in a 1/4 performance that lowered his batting average to .319. Tony Sanchez had a double and is hitting .286 in his first week with Indy. Chase d'Arnaud had an RBI single and he's hitting the ball well of late. Jeff...
Here is the scoring progression from tonight's Pirates/Reds game:
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...
The Pirates were able to take the series in Cincinnati tonight with a big 5-4 victory. After Joel Hanrahan blew a save in the bottom of the ninth, Clint Barmes and Michael McKenry had two huge hits for the Pirates which helped lead them to a win. Kevin Correia had a mediocre outing for the Pirates. He pitched five innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. Jared Hughes, Juan Cruz...
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...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Clint Barmes had three hits and drove in three runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their home-run tear by hitting three more for an 8-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
Neil Walker hit a two-run homer, and Casey McGehee and Alex Presley had solo shots, giving the Pirates seven homers in their last two games.
A.J. Burnett (5-2) won his...
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. [...]
Pirates (28-27) at Reds (31-24)
7:10 PM EST–Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
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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...
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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...