Found March 14, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Nick Markakis was hitless in three at-bats in his first game since returning from offseason surgery, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-5 on Wednesday. Markakis left the final game of the 2011 season with an injury to his abdomen. He tried to rehabilitate it, but had surgery in January to repair the torn muscle. Manager Buck Showalter started him for the first time as the designated hitter. He struck out, grounded out and walked before leaving the game after five innings. The Pirates scored four runs in the second off Orioles starter Jake Arrieta, who pitched 2 2-3 innings. They added three in the fifth and four in the seventh. Pittsburgh's James McDonald allowed five runs and six hits in three innings.

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...

Where to now, Vladimir Guerrero?

I’ve been spending a fair amount of time lately on Twitter, and the other day, @uniformcritic had an interesting tweet. To any baseball history fan unfamiliar with @uniformcritic, he’s worth a follow, generally providing vintage baseball photos and sometimes-rare film. On Sunday, though, he departed from form to tweet: #bbpBox_178883082122838016 a { text-decoration:none; color...

McDonald rocked in win over O’s

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...

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&...

Baseball America Predicts Orioles to Finish Last in Division

Good morning all out there. Hope everyone is enjoying a warm, wonderful Thursday in the Mid-Atlantic region, specifically around Baltimore. Well, Baseball America recently posted their predictions where all 30 teams should finish in 2012. Sadly, they – much like pretty much every other newspaper, news station, media outlet, blog and whatever else – picked the Baltimore Orioles...

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 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.

The Pitching

As it is every year, to win, you need to have pitching. I am not sure the Orioles have an abundance of it right now -- at least arms that are very good. In fact, I don’t know what to think. One question I have on my mind is this: who in the world starts on Opening Day? If I were a betting man, it would be Tommy Hunter; however, he's been dealing with some issues, but seems...
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