Found June 28, 2012 on North Side Notch:
The #Pirates have claimed INF/OF Oscar Tejeda off waivers from Boston and have assigned him to Double-A Altoona; LHP Doug Slaten DFA. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 27, 2012   It’s pretty amazing that the Pirates have cut ties with two left-handed reliever in two days, but I guess that just shows how much they thought of them. Yesterday, Daniel Moskos was DFA’d to make room on the 40-man roster for Eric Fryer. Now today, Doug Slaten is gone to make way for 22-year old Oscar Tejeda. Tejeda was DFA’d by Boston and has struggled throughout his time in the minors. He was once thought of as a pretty decent prospect when he was younger, and was even given a pretty healthy $525,000 signing bonus out of the Dominican Republic at age 16. He hit pretty well in High-A ball at age 20, but once he hit Double-A, he hasn’t been able to put things together. So far this year for Portland, Boston’s Double-A team, he is hitting .262/.294/.396 with five home runs. He is still just 22 years old, a...

Sutton, Fryer added to active roster; Hague, Slaten optioned

INF Drew Sutton joins team and C Eric Fryer selected from AAA; INF Matt Hague and LHP Doug Slaten optioned to AAA. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 26, 2012   With Eric Fryer joining the active roster, a move to make room for him on the 40-man must also be made. Fryer will be used on an “as needed” bases as Rod Barajas is currently listed as “day-to-day” following...

Pirates activate INF Sutton

The Pirates activated infielder Drew Sutton, who was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Rays on Sunday, and optioned left-handed pitcher Doug Slaten to Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates also optioned infielder Matt Hague to Indianapolis and promoted catcher Eric Fryer from Triple-A. Sutton was batting .271 with six RBIs in 48 at-bats with the Rays before he was designated for...

A.J. Burnett sharp in Pirates win

A new catcher didn't affect A.J. Burnett's groove. Burnett threw 6 2-3 sharp innings to win his eighth straight start, Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Thursday. Pedro Alvarez also went deep for Pittsburgh, which split the four-game set in Philadelphia by winning the last two. The surprising Pirates, seeking...

GAMEDAY: Pirates at Phillies

Pirates (38-34) at Phillies (35-40) 7:05 PM EST–Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Here is the Gameday TV: ROOT Sports After a very disappointing series opener, the Pirates will look to rebound tonight against the hated Phillies. Other than in the Baltimore series, the Bucs have bounced back from defeats very well lately and have stayed away from the big losing streak. That’s...

A Line Drive to the Neck is Not a Good Start for A Pitcher, Just ask Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Gerrit Cole

Pittsburgh Pirates prospect (and last year's #1 pick) Gerrit Cole took a line drive to the face in the Altoona Curve's game against the Harrisburg Senators on Tuesday at Metro Bank Park. He stayed in... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Michael McKenry, Phillie killer

Tonight’s win was crazy, but it was a win nonetheless.  It felt good to take a game in Philly.  James McDonald pitched well; not perfectly, but he got the job done.  Brad Lincoln was tonight’s savior out of the bullpen.  Michael McKenry continued his offensive tear, going 2-4 with 4 RBIs.  Offensively, he has more [...]

Pirates 11, Phillies 7

Chase Utley homered in his first at-bat of the season, but the Pittsburgh Pirates spoiled his return by connecting three times and beating the Philadelphia Phillies 11-7 Wednesday night. Michael McKenry hit a three-run homer and Andrew McCutchen and Casey McGehee also went deep for Pittsburgh. Utley missed the first 76 games this year because of a chronic problem in both knees...

It’s not over yet

The bad news is tonight’s game was rough.  ”They outplayed us again tonight,” Clint Hurdle said after the game.  The Pirates left 17 runners on base, blowing far too many scoring opportunities.  Erik Bedard gave up 4 runs, and Juan Cruz gave up 1.  The Pirates’ first 2 hitters, Jose Tabata and Neil Walker, were [...]

Rebounds and roster moves

Last night's game was terrible, but as of right now It's Only One Game. Lots of teams have one bad game; it's an inevitable reality in a 162 game season. The difference between the good teams and the mediocre teams and the bad teams is what happens after those bad games. Bad games become bad stretches for bad teams. Better teams? They find a way to shake things off....
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