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.
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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...
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...
The Pirates hit 107 home runs last year. That was good for 27th in the league, worse than everybody except the Twins, Astros, and Padres. Pedro Alvarez didn't have the season anybody was expecting him to, Ryan Doumit played just 77 games, and Garrett Jones went weeks at a time without showing any sign of competence at the plate.This offseason the team brought in Rod Barajas...
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...
The Pirates lost another game on Saturday, this time by the score of 5-4 in ten innings on Saturday afternoon. The story of the day was James McDonald, who pitched a gem. J-Mac went seven innings giving up just two hits and one runs while striking out three. He bounced back quite nicely from his last start in which he didn’t have control of the fastball, not walking a batter in...
After the Pirates lost 8-6 to the Rays yesterday, Clint Hurdle answered the question that every yinzer has been asking since Day 1 of Spring Training. No, not if this is Pedro Alvarez’s last chance. And no, not if Derek Lee has checked his voicemail. He revealed that Erik Bedard will be the Buccos’ Opening Day starter.
That’s right, Bedard is the man that’ll take the...
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...
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...
Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates7:05Lineup1. Jose Tabata, RF2. Nate McLouth, LF3. Andrew McCutchen, CF4. Neil Walker, 2B5. Casey McGehee, 3B6. Matt Hague, 1B7. Rod Barajas, C8. Clint Barmes, SS9. Charlie Morton, SPPitchersCharlie MortonJoel HanrahanDaniel McCutchenChris LerouxRyota IgarashiGame NotesThe Pirates are playing the Detroit Tigers for the first time this spring. The...
Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates7:05Lineup1. Alex Presley, LF2. Josh Harrison SS3. Jose Tabata, RF4. Andrew McCutchen, CF5. Neil Walker, 2B6. Garrett Jones, 1B7. Yamaico Navarro, 3B8. Michael McKenry, C9. James McDonald, SPPitchersJames McDonaldRyota IgarashiChris ResopDaniel MoskosGame NotesThe game will be televised on ROOT Sports.Pedro Alvarez will not be playing this weekend...
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...
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.
The Pirates gave up six runs in the 9th inning and lost 7-2 to the Tigers yesterday. You can check out the recap here.Pedro Alvarez will sit out the weekend games with knee discomfort/inflammation. Doesn't seem serious but something to be noted.Charlie Morton has said that he'll be ready to be in the rotation as soon as the season starts. We'll see what the Pirates choose...
Rays (5-11) at Pirates (7-10)
1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton
Radio: 93.7 The Fan
Here is the MLB.com 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.
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