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Michael Sanserino, on why Josh Harrison has looked so good at the plate this spring:
In 10 appearances this spring, Harrison is hitting .600 with five doubles, a triple and five RBIs. Harrison credits his spring success to a patient approach at the plate. His coaches credit it to a mix of experience, confidence and determination.
Harrison has drawn two walks in 15 plate appearances this spring. He had three in 204 with the Pirates last summer and seemed mostly unrepentant about his inability to occasionally get on base via some method other than the base hit. Obviously it's a tiny sample and that makes it meaningless, but it's good that Harrison is at least acknowledging that patience is something that he needs to have at the plate. He is fairly good at putting his bat on the ball and hitting it hard somewhere; if he could just find some modicum of patience at the plate I think he'd be a pretty useful utility player. I'm more intrigued by Yamaico Navarro at the m...
BEST OF MAXIM
Final: Pirates 6, Red Sox 5
WP: Evan Meek
LP: Andrew Bailey
SV: Juan Cruz
Matt “The Hit Collector” Hague went 2 for 3 with a 2-run homer, his 3rd of the spring. Hague survived the last round of cuts and is still in the running for an outside shot at nabbing one of the club’s final bench spots.
Josh Harrison, who is also competing for one of the last bench spots went 2 for 3...
The Pirates cut 1B Jeff Clement, OF Brandon Boggs, P Tim Wood, and P Daniel Cabrera from Major League camp this morning.
There really aren’t any surprises out of this bunch. Boggs and Wood were the two out of the four that had an outside chance at making the club (very outside chance). Boggs was only 2 for 20 this spring. Wood put up a 2.25 ERA over 4 IP and will probably go back...
I was going to do a list of “predictions for this season,” but I figured something like this deserved a post of its own.
Last season, Andrew McCutchen hit .259/.364/.456 with a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of 5.7 at age 24. Statistically, it was the best season by a Pirate since Jason Bay hit .306/.402/.559 with a WAR of 6.1 in 2005. Some may look at those numbers and say...
As the season draws nearer, I'll be running a loosely affiliate series of posts that look at the things that most interest me in the upcoming 2012 season.If you'll forgive the science analogy, Jose Tabata has always reminded me of a stem cell. That's because for a very long time, people have looked at him and projected any number of things onto him, making it seem like...
Pittsburgh Pirates righthander A.J. Burnett is scheduled to throw a simulated game Saturday.
Burnett, who is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured right orbital bone, threw 52 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday.
He was injured when he was struck in the right eye by a ball during a bunting drill on Feb. 29. Burnett underwent surgery March 2, with his recovery time estimated...
It appeared that the girls on the Baldwin (Pa.) High School softball team’s dreams of tournament glory would be snuffed out before they even had the chance to take the field. After raising $10,000 so the team could attend and participate in the Cal Ripken Experience softball tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this coming weekend, [...]
Pirates (6-9) at Yankees (8-9)
7:05 PM EST–Steinbrenner Field, Tampa
TV: YES, MLB.TV, MLB Network (on delay at midnight)
Radio: 93.7 The Fan
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
The Bucs are in Tampa for a prime time contest against the Yanks tonight. You can watch on MLBTV if you have it, or on the MLB Network at midnight.
Today’s lineup could be the Opening Day lineup…
The Bucs defeated Boston today at McKechnie Field.
At the plate:
Matt Hague and Nate McLouth homered.
Hague also had another hit and is up to .429 this spring.
Josh Harrison had two hits, including a double.
On the mound:
Kevin Correia finally had a rocky outing: 5 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 strikeout.
Joel Hanrahan and Juan Cruz pitched scoreless innings.
Evan Meek pitched two...
Last week Southern Sky Air & Tours LLC., the parent company of Myrtle Beach, SC based airline Direct Air, filed for bankruptcy protection. Direct Air stopped service earlier in the week partially due to not being able to pay fuel bills and reportedly will not take to the skies again until the middle of May. The smaller airline [...]
Final: Yankees 10, Pirates 3
WP: Mariano Rivera (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
LP: Erik Bedard (0-1, 6.23 ERA
Andrew McCutchen looks like he’s ready for the season. He went 2 for 3 with a 2-run shot off Michael Pineda in the 1st inning. I am really excited about Cutch’s 2012 season and will have an article up tomorrow morning about just that.
Erik Bedard gave up 4 runs over 3 2/3 innings. He...