Found March 14, 2012 on North Side Notch:
Final: Pirates 11, Orioles 5 WP: Tim Wood (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Jim Johnson (0-1, 27.00 ERA) James McDonald started and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 3 innings. He gave up home runs to both J.J. Hardy and Mark Reynolds. Joel Hanrahan continued his rampage this spring. He pitched a scoreless frame and struck out 2 batters. He has now struck out 6 through 3 innings of hitless ball. Evan Meek, Jason Grilli, and Tim Wood also all pitched a scoreless frame. Jared Hughes finished things up with 2 scoreless innings of his own. Lots of hitting today. Alex Presley was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and a stolen base. Neil Walker went 2 for 3. Andrew McCutchen was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a sac fly. Clint Barmes was 1 for 2 with his 3rd double this spring. The subs also all performed well. Starling Marte was 1 for 2 with a stolen base. Matt Hague went 1 for 2. Josh Harrison continued to tear things up going 2 for 2 with a triple and 2 RBI. His line throug...

Chase d’Arnaud among 10 cuts

The Pirates optioned Chase d’Arnaud, Jeff Locke, Rudy Owens, and Duke Welker. Robbie Grossman, Tony Sanchez, Anderson Hernandez, Ramon Cabrera, Michael Crotta, and Logan Kensing were all assigned to minor league camp, as well. There really aren’t any surprises here other than d’Arnaud. Based on who is in camp, d’Arnaud was definitely a long shot to make the club, but I was...

MLB 2012 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

In 2007 the Pittsburgh Pirates were what the Houston Astros are today. In 2012, they’re in a better place and there’s growing optimism in Pittsburgh. All one has to do is look at the deal they made last week with Andrew McCutchen. At six years, $51 million that may seem like a lot to the ordinary citizen (and you’re not wrong), but in baseball terms this could be as big a...

Pirates 11, Orioles 5

Good win for the Bucs today. At the plate:  Alex Presley, Neil Walker, Garrett Jones, and Josh Harrison had two hits each. One of Harrison’s hits was a triple. He’s hitting .600 (6 for 10) this spring. Pedro Alvarez was 1 for 2 with a walk, strikeout, and sharply hit sacrifice fly. On the mound: James McDonald had a very rough outing, allowing 5 runs in 6 innings. He struggled...

Poll: Which free agent should the Steelers sign?

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. I would like to make it known that I originally posted this poll before the AJ Burnett incident.  Not long after it went up, 3rd was the early leader.  It wasn’t until Burnett broke his face in training that dead last became the predominate choice among the BB&...

Pirates 17, Twins 6

Yep, 17. The Bucs scored TEN in the first inning. At the plate: Alex Presley, Garrett Jones, and Matt Hague had three hits each. They all homered. Josh Harrison and Casey McGehee had two hits each, including a double apiece. The Bucs pounded out 10 hits for 10 runs in the top of the first inning, which lasted 34 minutes. On the mound:  Jo-Jo Reyes got the easy win with the enormous...

Pirates score 10 runs in first, batter Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen was more than glad to share Thursday. McCutchen doubled and scored three times, and the Pittsburgh Pirates used 10-run barrage in the first inning to batter the Minnesota Twins 17-6. Garrett Jones and Alex Presley each homered, doubled and singled. The Pirates finished with 19 hits, 10 for extra bases. "We brought the lumber today...

Pirates crush Twins 17-6

Final: Pirates 17, Twins 6 WP: Jo-Jo Reyes (2-1, 9.00 ERA) LP: Terry Doyle (0-1, 16.88 ERA) Alex Presley went 3 for 4 with a double and a home run. He’s tearing the cover off the ball this spring. Still no walks, though. Garrett Jones also went 3 for 4 with a double and a home run. It was his 2nd homer of the spring. Matt Hague also was 3 for 4 with a home run of his own....

Pirates Roundtable Podcast: Episode 7

We’re back…here’s the seventh episode of the Roundtable Podcast with me, Jon from McEffect, Jim from North Side Notch, and Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog. This week we discussed: Rumor that the Pirates might add a pitcher Who will win the last two bench spots Bullpen predictions March Madness brackets Division winners / World Series predictions Over/under for some Pirates...

Pirates Round Table Podcast: Episode 7

Jon from McEffect, Brian from Raise the Jolly Roger, Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog, and myself are back at it with the seventh of our weekly installments of the Pirates Round Table Podcast. This week we discuss the Pirates bullpen, bench, ISO, and other things going on with the Bucs. Click here to listen/download. Listen on iTunes.

Versatile Harrison hopes to stick with Bucs

Yamaico Navarro and Josh Harrison battling over the backup shortstop spot is the only real position battle going on in Pirates spring training. Harrison has played just one game of shortstop in his professional career, but after a crash course sees the versatility as a big plus.
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