Found March 20, 2012 on Los That Sports Blog:
  Last week Southern Sky Air & Tours LLC., the parent company of Myrtle Beach, SC based airline Direct Air, filed for bankruptcy protection. Direct Air stopped service earlier in the week partially due to not being able to pay fuel bills and reportedly will not take to the skies again until the middle of May. The smaller airline [...]

Harrison, Hague continue to hit in 6-5 win over BoSox

Final: Pirates 6, Red Sox 5 WP: Evan Meek LP: Andrew Bailey SV: Juan Cruz Matt “The Hit Collector” Hague went 2 for 3 with a 2-run homer, his 3rd of the spring. Hague survived the last round of cuts and is still in the running for an outside shot at nabbing one of the club’s final bench spots. Josh Harrison, who is also competing for one of the last bench spots went 2 for 3...

Andrew McCutchen will compete for NL MVP

I was going to do a list of “predictions for this season,” but I figured something like this deserved a post of its own. Last season, Andrew McCutchen hit .259/.364/.456 with a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of 5.7 at age 24. Statistically, it was the best season by a Pirate since Jason Bay hit .306/.402/.559 with a WAR of 6.1 in 2005. Some may look at those numbers and say...

What is Jose Tabata becoming?

As the season draws nearer, I'll be running a loosely affiliate series of posts that look at the things that most interest me in the upcoming 2012 season.If you'll forgive the science analogy, Jose Tabata has always reminded me of a stem cell. That's because for a very long time, people have looked at him and projected any number of things onto him, making it seem like...

Pirates P Burnett to throw simulated game Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates righthander A.J. Burnett is scheduled to throw a simulated game Saturday. Burnett, who is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured right orbital bone, threw 52 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday. He was injured when he was struck in the right eye by a ball during a bunting drill on Feb. 29. Burnett underwent surgery March 2, with his recovery time estimated...

Pittsburgh Pirates paying for charter bus so softball team can attend tournament

It appeared that the girls on the Baldwin (Pa.) High School softball team’s dreams of tournament glory would be snuffed out before they even had the chance to take the field. After raising $10,000 so the team could attend and participate in the Cal Ripken Experience softball tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this coming weekend, [...]

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates at Yankees

Pirates (6-9) at Yankees (8-9) 7:05 PM EST–Steinbrenner Field, Tampa TV: YES, MLB.TV, MLB Network (on delay at midnight) Radio: 93.7 The Fan Here is the Gameday The Bucs are in Tampa for a prime time contest against the Yanks tonight. You can watch on MLBTV if you have it, or on the MLB Network at midnight. Today’s lineup could be the Opening Day lineup… tweeted: Daniel...

Pirates 6, Red Sox 5

The Bucs defeated Boston today at McKechnie Field. At the plate: Matt Hague and Nate McLouth homered. Hague also had another hit and is up to .429 this spring. Josh Harrison had two hits, including a double. On the mound: Kevin Correia finally had a rocky outing: 5 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 strikeout. Joel Hanrahan and Juan Cruz pitched scoreless innings. Evan Meek pitched two...

Pirates Roundtable Podcast: Episode 8

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: March Madness brackets Thoughts on the last two bench spots Evan Meek‘s struggles Stat of the week: FIP Predictions and projections for the position players  Click here to listen now or download ©2012...

McCutchen homers in loss to Yankees

Final: Yankees 10, Pirates 3 WP: Mariano Rivera (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Erik Bedard (0-1, 6.23 ERA Andrew McCutchen looks like he’s ready for the season. He went 2 for 3 with a 2-run shot off Michael Pineda in the 1st inning. I am really excited about Cutch’s 2012 season and will have an article up tomorrow morning about just that. Erik Bedard gave up 4 runs over 3 2/3 innings. He...
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