Found March 25, 2012 on North Side Notch:
#Pirates GM confirms: If healthy, there is NO chance 3B Pedro Alvarez starts season at Triple-A. Yes, even if he’s struggling @ plate. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) March 25, 2012   This topic has been heavily debated now for weeks. However, Huntington stated that there have been no internal discussions about Pedro Alvarez not starting the season in Pittsburgh. I am not going to go into too much detail on this because I have discussed it at length in the podcasts and other posts, but I stand behind this decision. Before March, Alvarez was pencilled in at 3rd base in my book and 30 at bats in spring training does not change my mind on that. Now, it doesn’t mean Alvarez should be given a free pass, but he should be given the opportunity at the Major League level to see if he is the 2010 Pedro or the 2011 Pedro. If he is the 2010 Pedro, then the club will have the pure power hitter they desperately need. If he’s the 2011 Pedro, there are other options. Those options don’t have n...

3B Alvarez will remain with Pirates after camp

Pedro Alvarez will remain the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting third baseman, despite a deep batting slump that began last season and has carried over into spring training. In Grapefruit League play, Alvarez is hitting .133 and has struck out in 13 of 30 at-bats. However, two of his four hits were home runs, and general manager Neal Huntington cast aside the notion that Alvarez...

I have no idea what to make of Pedro Alvarez right now

Part three in the intermittently-timed season preview-type posts as the 2012 season approaches.I've started and abandoned at least three different Pedro Alvarez posts this winter. The problem with all of them was that every single time I get the basic Pedro Alvarez facts laid out, I have no idea where to go with them next. Here are the things about Alvarez that I am sure of on...

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...

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates at Astros

Pirates (7-13) at Astros (11-9) 1:05 PM EST–Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee Radio: 93.7 Here is the Gameday The Bucs face the Astros for the second straight day. This time it’s on the road. Here’s your lineup: tweeted: J.A. Happ will pitch for Houston. ©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..

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 Talk: Pirates

National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere gives Pirates fans something to look forward to in this video. There are some exciting up-and-comers in the organization headlined by Gerrit Cole. Piliere discusses Cole and others in this preview.

GAMEDAY: Pirates vs. Orioles

Orioles (9-9) at Pirates (8-13) 7:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton TV: ROOT Sports Here is the Gameday The Bucs will be trotting out their Opening Day lineup tonight against the Orioles. You can watch on ROOT Sports – the last ROOT broadcast of the spring. tweeted: Tommy Hunter will start for Baltimore. ©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..

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