Found March 23, 2012 on North Side Notch:
Pedro Alvarez exited yesterday’s game due to inflammation in his left knee, says Dejan Kovacevic. According to reports, the injury does not seem to be very serious and should only sideline Alvarez for a couple games this weekend. Alvarez has been far from spectacular hitting .133/.156/.333 with two home runs in 30 at-bats this spring. This doesn’t change the fact that Alvarez is still the favorite to break camp as the team’s third baseman, but it definitely doesn’t help him in getting his timing down before the start of the season.

Tigers 7, Pirates 2

The Pirates blew a late lead today and fell to Detroit. At the plate: Matt Hauge homered. Again. Jose Tabata had three hits. On the mound:  Charlie Morton had a great outing: 4 innings, 2 hits, 2 K’s, no runs, no walks. Awesome to see. He said after the game that he’ll be ready for the season, and I’m inclined to believe him after today’s start. Joel Hanrahan allowed...

OF McLouth proud to be back with Pirates

After feeling lost the past two seasons, outfielder Nate McLouth is happy to be home again. With the Pittsburgh Pirates. A National League All-Star in 2008 with the Pirates, McLouth struggled after being traded to the Atlanta Braves. Over the past two years, he played in only 166 games and batted .210 with 40 RBIs. McLouth was quick to contact the Pirates last winter, when they...

2012 season preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

For a brief time this past July, the Pirates were in first place in the NL Central. The Pittsburgh Pirates, in first place, after the All-Star Break, in 2012. This is real life. Then, they summarily collapsed and finished in fourth place with 90 losses. This offseason, they took a huge step towards building a solid future by giving Andrew McCutchen a nice contract extension. But...

Morton spectacular in loss vs Detroit

Final: Tigers 7, Pirates 2 WP: Luis Marte (2-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Daniel McCutchen (0-1, 9.45 ERA) Charlie Morton made his 3rd start of the Grapefruit League season and looked very impressive. In four innings, he gave up just two hits, struck out two batters, and didn’t give up a run. As of now, he isn’t slated to start any of the first four games of the season, but it looks like...

Spring training is too long (and other odds and ends)

I really like Charlie's piece today on Matt Hague and Josh Harrison being bit players no matter what they do in camp this spring. I joked yesterday that I wanted to make a Venn Diagram of people that love Matt Hague and people that hated Steve Pearce, because I suspect that they're many of the same people even though Hague and Pearce seem, to me, to be very similar players...

Charlie Morton says he'll be ready

Charlie Morton said after putting up four zeroes today he expects to be ready for first turn in #Pirates rotation: "I want the ball." — Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) March 23, 2012 Awful hard not to be a Charlie Morton fan, I say.

Astros rally to defeat Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- James McDonald held Houston hitless into the sixth inning Saturday, but the Astros scored an unearned run in the 10th inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4. McDonald retired 16 of the first 17 batters he faced -- Juan Castro reached on an error in the third inning -- until Travis Buck sent a broken-bat single into shallow center field with one out in...

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates vs. Rays

Rays (5-11) at Pirates (7-10) 1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton Radio: 93.7 The Fan Here is the Gameday The Bucs are home again today, hosting the Rays. We recorded Episode 8 of the podcast last night - check it out here if you missed it.  The pitching matchup is Jeff Karstens against James Shields. ©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..
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