Posted March 11, 2012 on
With Andrew McCutchen's six-year, $51.5 million extension out of the way, it was signed March 6, the Pirates can reasonably take a look far down the road at what looks like the franchise's most dynamic outfield since Barry Bonds, Andy Van Slyke and Bobby Bonilla.

Trade With Juuust a bit outside: My First Andrew McCutchen Autograph.

I completed my first trade with Kyle of Juuust a bit outside. Kyle was in need of some Trifecta assistance, and posted some bait. A certain young centerfielder's autograph appealed to me, and we had ourselves a trade.My first signature of the Pirates' stud centerfielder, who was just rewarded for his stellar play and significant upside with a long-term deal. McCutchen'...

Weekend Notes: Burnett, Walker, Marte

A.J. Burnett is back in Bradenton and has started his rehab process after fouling a ball into his eye during a bunting drill. He played catch today for about 50 throws. The timeframe of 8-12 weeks still seems likely, which would put his return to the rotation sometime in May. Neil Walker is cleared to play and will start at second base tomorrow. Walker had been sidelined with a back...

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates vs. Phillies

Phillies (4-5) at Pirates (3-6) 1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton Radio: 93.7 The Fan Here is the Gameday The Bucs take on the Phils today at McKechnie. You can listen to it on the Fan. Charlie Morton will start for the Pirates, which is significant. This will be the first official game action for #ElectricStuff and it will be interesting to see how much he has progressed...

Erik Bedard look good today (and other stray observations

This is a little late, but here are my observations from this afternoon's Pirates/Twins broadcast: As everyone's already said, Erik Bedard looked quite good. He seemed to be locating the ball well and he was changing speeds nicely. The stat line was great, but that's not really all that important early in the spring.  Casey McGehee absolutely pounded a couple of...

Pirates 7, Red Sox 4

Andrew McCutchen had two RBI doubles and also singled in three at-bats to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 in exhibition play Friday night. McCutchen just missed two homers, doubling off the Green Monster replica in the third and fifth innings. Right-hander Clay Buchholz started for the Red Sox. He went three innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with...

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates vs. Twins

Twins (3-5) at Pirates (3-4) 1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton TV: ROOT Sports Here is the Gameday Bucs and Twins in action today at McKechnie. Sorry for the late post – internet was giving me trouble. Erik Bedard is on the mound for the Bucs, and it’s on ROOT today. ©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..

‘Cutch mashes Red Sox in Pirates win

Final: Pirates 7, Red Sox 4 WP: Shairon Martis (1-1, 0.00 ERA) LP: Clay Buchholz (1-1, 3.60 ERA) SV: Tim Wood (1, 0.00 ERA) Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles off the replica green monster with 2 RBI. Videos of all three hits are here. He tattooed the ball in each at bat. Jose Tabata went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles [video of his first] and 2 RBI. Clint Barmes also went 2 for...

Casey McGehee’s big day not enough to beat Twins

Final: Twins 4, Pirates 2 WP: Jared Burton (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Jo-Jo Reyes (1-1, 7.71 ERA) SV: P.J. Walters (1, 0.00 ERA) Casey McGehee went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and an RBI [video of 2nd double]. McGehee was 1 for 8 going into today’s game, so this is a good thing to see. Erik Bedard started and pitched 3 scoreless innings. He struck out 3 and gave up just 1 hit. Jason Grilli...

Niemann and Correia sharp for Rays and Pirates

Jeff Niemann and Kevin Correia each breezed through three innings in their second spring training starts Sunday, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Sunday. Niemann was perfect for the Rays, throwing 20 of his 27 pitches for strikes. He is contending for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation. Correia gave up two hit and walked one for Pittsburgh. The 31...

30-1 MLB countdown #18: Pittsburgh Pirates

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A friendly reminder

The Pirates and Twins play at McKechnie at 1:05 this afternoon and the game will be televised both on and ROOT Sports Pittsburgh. Erik Bedard is pitching for the Bucs, so it should be a chance for everyone to get a look at him. If I get a chance to watch any of the game, I'll try to type up some observations similar to what I did for the Orioles' game from earlier in the week.
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