Posted March 18, 2012 on
Pirates number one draft pick Gerrit Cole took the mound, and was easily the big draw at minor league camp on Tuesday. As a small crowd viewed the 2.5 inning simulated game, mostly focusing on Cole. The right-hander was topping out at 98 MPH, and flashing a 91 MPH slider.'s George Von Benko caught up with Cole.

Rays 2, Pirates 1

The Bucs (and their modified St. Patrick’s Day lineup complete with green hats)  fell to the Rays this afternoon. At the plate: Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer. Starling Marte picked up yet another hit to bump his average above .500. It was a bunt single. On the mound:  Jeff Karstens pitched well, going five innings and allowing just one run on a solo shot. He walked three...

Pirates SP Burnett back in bullpen after facial surgery

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett took his first bullpen session since suffering a fractured right orbital bone in spring training.Burnett, who need facial surgery on March 2 after getting hit with a foul ball during bunting drills, worked out in the right-field bullpen while his teammates were on the field Saturday. Burnett is expected to miss 8-12 weeks while recovering...

Starling Marte (and others) sent to minor league camp

The Pirates made a few more cuts this morning, including sending the scorching-hot Starling Marte down to minor league camp even though he's 13-for-25 with three homers this spring. Gorkys Hernandez, Kyle McPherson, Bryan Morris, and Justin Wilson all went down with him. There aren't really any surprises in that group; of the quintet that went down today Wilson was really...

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates at Twins

Pirates (6-8) at Twins (9-8) 1:05 PM EST–Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers Audio: Here is the Gameday The Bucs return to Fort Myers–the site of their 17-6 romp a few days ago–today for a rematch with the Twins. Charlie Morton will make his second start for the Bucs. We’ll certainly pay close attention to see how he does. Jared Hughes, Evan Meek, Tony Watson...

Twins 10, Pirates 0

Well, I’d say the Twins got sufficient revenge from the beatdown the other day in Fort Myers. At the plate: The Pirates were hitless until the eighth inning. Brandon Boggs broke up the impending no-no with a single, and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Twins starter Francisco Liriano struck out six in five innings. On the mound: Charlie Morton had a rough day...

Marte continues to shine in win over Lee, Phillies

Final: Pirates 3, Phillies 2 WP: Kevin Correia (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Cliff Lee (1-1, 4.66 ERA) SV: Bryan Morris (1, 0.00 ERA) Starling Marte started in the lead off spot for the Pirates and took Cliff Lee deep in the 1st inning for his 3rd homer of the spring. He added a single off Lee later on in the 3rd inning. Marte has an OPS of 1.417 this spring. Jake Fox homered in his...

2012 Pirates Fantasy Baseball Preview

We at Razzball realize that exporting our views across the country has damaging consequences on the blogosphere. To help make amends, we are reaching out to leading team blogs and featuring their locally blogged answers to pressing 2012 fantasy baseball questions regarding their team. We feel this approach will be fresher, more sustainable, and require less energy consumption (for...

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates vs. Rays

Rays (3-9) at Pirates (6-7) 1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton Audio: Here is the Gameday The Bucs will look to win their third in a row this afternoon. They’ll be taking on the Rays at McKechnie. No TV or radio again today, just the free online audio stream. Jeff Karstens will start for the Bucs, while James Shields will take the mound for Tampa. ©2012 Raise...
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