Found March 12, 2012 on North Side Notch:
Final: Phillies 4, Pirates 1 WP: Vance Worley (1-1, 3.00 ERA) LP: Chris Resop (1-1, 3.60 ERA) SV: Michael Schwimmer (1, 0.00 ERA) It was good to see Charlie Morton make his first start in Grapefruit League action today. He pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two batters. He seems to be progressing quite well and may be ready for the start of the season. The Pirates offense was awful today and only recorded two hits. The team combined to strike out 12 times. Rudy Owens and Juan Cruz each pitched a scoreless frame in relief. Cruz hasn’t allowed a hit over 3 innings this spring. Both Chris Resop and Tony Watson gave up home runs today. Watson has now given up 9 hits and 6 runs in 5 innings. Daniel Moskos has yet to give up a run in 4 innings so far this spring. So we may have a little battle brewing for a spot in the bullpen between those guys.

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...

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates vs. Phillies

Phillies (4-5) at Pirates (3-6) 1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton Radio: 93.7 The Fan Here is the Gameday The Bucs take on the Phils today at McKechnie. You can listen to it on the Fan. Charlie Morton will start for the Pirates, which is significant. This will be the first official game action for #ElectricStuff and it will be interesting to see how much he has progressed...

Charlie Morton takes the mound

In what's probably the best news of the spring, Charlie Morton will take the mound against the Phillies today. This means that it's reasonable to think he'll be ready for Opening Day, which is fantastic. Brad Lincoln and Kyle McPherson will both miss their scheduled outings today, due to a calf and dead arm, respectively. "Dead arm" sounds scary, but I think...

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&...

Presley and Bucs outfield back to the future

With Andrew McCutchen's six-year, $51.5 million extension out of the way, it was signed March 6, the Pirates can reasonably take a look far down the road at what looks like the franchise's most dynamic outfield since Barry Bonds, Andy Van Slyke and Bobby Bonilla.

Niemann and Correia sharp for Rays and Pirates

Jeff Niemann and Kevin Correia each breezed through three innings in their second spring training starts Sunday, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Sunday. Niemann was perfect for the Rays, throwing 20 of his 27 pitches for strikes. He is contending for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation. Correia gave up two hit and walked one for Pittsburgh. The 31...

Spring Training: The Phils have no problem handling the Pirates, as they defeat the Bucos, 4-1.

The Phils have an easy day as they put down the Pirates, 4-1. The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the fourth as, with nobody out, Hector Luna hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Pirates cut the Phils’...

Phillies 4, Pirates 1

The Phillies cruised past the Bucs today at McKechnie. At the plate: The Pirates were awful. They had two hits (singles by Gorkys Hernandez and Jordy Mercer). Phillies starter Vance Worley pitched four perfect innings and struck out eight. Yeesh. On the mound: Charlie Morton made his first start, which alone is great news. He allowed four hits, but didn’t allow any runs or walks...

Situation Normal?

Last year the Pirates tried to put an end to my relentless attack of literary low blows. Shortly after the All-Star break they were atop the NL Central and my head was appropriately buried in the sand (not kidding; by the way, it sucks.) But then came Jerry Meals’ blown call and down, down, DOWN came the Pirates, settling into yet another comfortably uncomfortable 90 loss season...
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