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Jose Tabata has three doubles and a homer so far in Spring Training.
Spring Training usually means two things. One is that you’ll hear a lot of stories about how a player is reviving their career. This comes in many forms. There’s the “best shape of his life” talk. Sometimes it has to do with vision (Player A got contacts, while Player B skipped that all together and got Lasik surgery). Once the Spring Training games start, the talk stems from the second product of Spring Training: small sample sizes.
We’ve got both of these things in full effect with Jose Tabata. People down here are starting to notice his production in the last week. It seems like every time I see him he’s hitting a double, or he’s showing some hustle. There’s probably a good reason for that. I’ve seen him start two games in the last three weeks (plus one on MLB.tv, but we’re not counting that for now), and in each game he had at least one double. So far this Spring he’s hitting for a .308/.357/.769 line…in 13 at-bat
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Jameson Taillon throwing to Tony Sanchez in Thursday’s start.
Jameson Taillon had an up and down year in 2012. He started off the season with seven amazing outings, combining for six earned runs in 36.2 innings, with a 36:7 K/BB ratio. From there, things went steadily down hill for the next two months. The right-hander gave up 45 earned runs in 66.1 innings from May 16th to July...
The Pittsburgh Pirates had their third player drop out of the World Baseball Classic since the provisional rosters were announced. First Ivan De Jesus Jr dropped out so he could concentrate on making the Opening Day roster, then Russell Martin bowed out, saying he wasn’t ready to catch nine innings this early in Spring. Martin came up with right shoulder soreness shortly afterwards...
Jose Tabata made strides toward regaining his starting right fielder's job, keying a five-run second inning Sunday with a two-run double and helping the Pittsburgh Pirates build a big lead before holding on for an 8-6 victory over the Houston Astros.
Tabata lost his starting job last season when he hit just .243 with three home runs in 103 games. He is competing with Travis...
I love cities with a grid system. It makes driving simple. Bradenton doesn’t have a true grid system, but it’s to the point where I’ve been here a week, and I’m already to that point where you drive from home to work without really focusing on where to turn or what street to take. There are some strange things about the layout. For example, you can’t just drive down 17th...
Day two of our NL Central preview week rolls along with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who came tantalizingly close to breaking their streak of losing seasons in 2012..but failed. Where will they end up in 2013? Well...we'll take a look today.
Yesterday was Cubs day on TOC, and here's your recap.
Cubs on TOC
End of Season Postmortem
Hope for the Hopeless
Last year I noticed something about Pirate City. When the major league camp is there, every writer is there. When the major league camp heads over to McKechnie Field, the writers follow, and people rarely come back to Pirate City. Usually it’s just me in an empty media room, with a cooler stocked full of soda, tempting me to break my ban on drinking soda.
The full roster of players...
A.J. Burnett walked in a pair of runs in Philadelphia's four-run second inning Monday as the Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Monday.
Burnett lasted just 1 1-3 inning of a scheduled three because of a high pitch count. The Pirates' opening-day starter allowed four runs, four hits and struck out two.
Phillies fifth starter John Lannan and four relievers combined...
When thinking about Charlie Morton the first thing that generally comes to mind is “Electric Stuff”. Either that or his other nickname “Ground Chuck”. Very endearing stuff. What often is overlooked is the fact that Charlie Morton‘s mental toughness has been questioned. Is he strong enough mentally to do this? No one really knows for…
The third weekend of the college baseball season has come to a close and we saw some power from one of the top draft-eligible third basemen on Friday and Sunday. Mark Appel showed why he will likely go well before the Pirates make their first selection with the 9th overall pick, and then select again with the 14th pick. The two third baseman we are following closely, Kris Bryant...
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies
Time: 1:05 pm
McKechnie Field– Bradenton, FL
Weather: 59, Clear
TV: No TV today. Only MLB Radio.
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John Lannan gets the start today for the Phils as they match up with the Bucs.
1. Revere – CF
2. Young – 3B
3. Utley – 2B
4. Howard – 1B
5. Ruf – LF
6. Brown – RF
7. Mayberry – DH