Found May 21, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
Jose Contreras has activated from the bereavement list. The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-handed pitcher Jose Contreras from the bereavement list. To make room, Jared Hughes has been optioned to Triple-A. The move is the exact opposite of the move from a few days ago, when Contreras was placed on the bereavement list due to a death in the family and Hughes came up to take his place.

Snider’s Grand Slam Explodes Twitter, Or Does It?

I think one of the great things about the way we use technology to follow sports is the ability to take a step back and observe the way the masses react to memorable moments. In the case of Travis Snider’s grand slam in the sixth inning of the Pirates’ 5-4 win against the Cubs on Tuesday, my observation is that there was smoke coming off my Twitter feed in the moments following...

Phillippe Aumont Optioned to Lehigh Valley

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Pirates Notebook: Jeff Karstens Talks Rehab, Role With Team

Pitcher Jeff Karstens threw a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon in his continued rehabilitation back to the Major Leagues. Karstens is scheduled to make another rehab start Thursday or Friday. Jeff Karstens has made one rehab start in Bradenton and one in Altoona. In his last start Saturday for Altoona, Karstens gave up two hits and two walks for two unearned runs in the first innings...

This is your annual reminder that Andrew McCutchen is really good even when you don't notice

In both 2011 and 2012, Andrew McCutchen got off to a bit of a slow start. In his first 25 games of 2011, he only hit .202/.318/.348. In 2012, he got off to a more rounded start, but he didn't hit a home run until his 28th game of the season. In both seasons, I pointed out encouraging signs from McCutchen's start and wrote a post that amounted to, "If he gets hot, he...

Phillies' Ryan Howard to undergo precautionary MRI on knee

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Draft Notes: Jim Callis Draft Chat Recap and News

Jim Callis over at Baseball America held a draft chat today and had an interesting quote about the Pittsburgh Pirates options with their #9 and #14 pick, bringing a new name into the equation. When asked about the possibility of taking one pick with signability in mind to save for later overslot picks, Callis mentioned that he didn’t see the need in doing that. His quote was ...

Cliff Lee tosses shutout against Marlins

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Spit-Gate, Injuries and Other Depressing Phillies News

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Cliff Lee, Kevin Slowey Face-Off In Rubber Match

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