Found April 07, 2013 on
Jerry Hairston jr.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Toronto Blue Jays
Jeff Locke says he has “gotten much better” over the last two years.
A weekend start at Dodger Stadium presents Jeff Locke a familiar setting for a new kind of outing.
He pitched here in September 2011 for his second career Major League start and first on the road. It was even his first time in California. It was an experience Locke says was “overwhelming,” and he was done after only three innings without even getting a strikeout.
“By the time I came out of the game, I didn’t even feel like I did anything,” Locke said.
But that was a late-season start after his Triple-A season had already ended, and his August recall last year was not that different. This time, Locke comes to Dodger Stadium with a new delivery and a more “comforting” situation as part of the opening 25-man roster.
“They wouldn’t have you here if you didn’t deserve it or if they didn’t have trust and belief in you,” Locke said.
The 25-year-old lefty realizes much of his Big League status is based on just 27.1 inning
BEST OF MAXIM
At the start of the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to have a great situation at the top of their rotation. A.J. Burnett had made 31+ starts each year since 2008. Wandy Rodriguez had made 30+ starts each year since 2009. They looked like guys who could give the Pirates a full seasons worth of starts, while potentially putting up 200 innings each.
Rodriguez left tonight’s...
The Pirates released Jeremy Farrell.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have released third baseman Jeremy Farrell, according to the latest minor league transactions from Baseball America. Farrell didn’t make either of the top level teams out of Spring Training. In two seasons with Altoona he combined for a .241/.330/.346 line in 610 at-bats. Farrell also had problems staying healthy throughout his career.
Charlie Morton is increasing his pitch count after being placed on the 15-day DL.
Greetings from Dodger Stadium, where it should be another beautiful Los Angeles night. Here’s a link to Friday’s recap if you missed it.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle provided updates on some of the team’s injured pitchers:
Charlie Morton (elbow) will throw two innings in an extended game Monday...
Pirates (1-4) at Dodgers (3-2)
4:10 PM–Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
The Pirates look to avoid a series sweep (or at least avoid a series shutout) today against the Dodgers. They’ve dropped eight straight at Dodger Stadium and have obviously been completely dreadful at the plate so far this year. It’s gotta change some time soon..
Three more pitchers make their season debut today, two of them can be considered sleep prospects, though they are on the opposite ends of the chart. Phil Irwin pitched great last year and was added to the 40-man roster this off-season, putting himself on the map for Pirates fans as a possible call-up during this season. On the opposite end is 19-year-old Tyler Glasnow, who pitched...
Starling Marte was called up to the Pirates in July of 2012. The young outfielder finished the remainder of the season in Pittsburgh. Playing in 47 games, Marte hit .257, he smacked five home runs to pair with six triples, three doubles and 12 stolen bases. Marte told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko through an interpreter that he hopes an offseason of hard work pays off this season.
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
The Pittsburgh Pirates jumped out to an early lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday afternoon.
Starling Marte, who was the only Pirate to get a base hit off of Clayton Kershaw in Saturday nights game , led off the game with a single to left field off of MLB rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu got Neil Walker to pop out to shortstop before Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run home run to...
A bittersweet night in Phoenix saw a Pirates win as well as an injury to perhaps the Pirates’ best pitcher. The Arizona heat warmed up the Pirates’ bats as they scored a season-high 5 runs to give them a 5-3 run over the Diamondbacks. Wandy Rodriguez was standing in the on-deck circle before he had…
Through six games, the Pirates have scored eight runs and allowed 16. That puts them dead last in the NL in runs scored and second in runs allowed. They are 1-5. Through six games, the Diamondbacks have scored 37 runs and allowed 27. That puts them third in the NL in runs scored and ninth in runs allowed. They are 5-1.
If we're being honest, right now I'm more concerned...
Pirates (1-3) at Dodgers (2-2)
9:10 PM–Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
The Bucs will look to right the ship tonight out in Los Angeles, but the timing couldn’t be much worse for a matchup against the best pitcher in the NL. The many struggles on offense have been well chronicled so far, but here’s a quick summary:
OK, official offensive slashes: 127/.195...
Swept. It’s embarrassing. Watching these guys bat actually makes me embarrassed. Like I’m out there doing it. That guy knows. Someone else who knows a thing or two is Matt Shoemaker. He is looking for someone to replace Kevin Correia. That should take care of my plugs for this preview. Now it’s on to Arizona.…