Found March 28, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Pirates (8-15) at Rays (7-15) 7:05 PM EST–Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte Audio: Here is the Gameday The Bucs and Rays face off in a night contest – the last evening game down in Florida. Charlie Morton is on the mound for the Bucs. He’ll go against David Price. ©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..

Jake Fox among four cut from ML camp

Last night I wrote that I believed Jake Fox should make the club out of Spring Training. Apparently, the Pirates did not agree with me as he was assigned to minor league camp today along with Nick Evans, Eric Fryer, and Ryota Igarashi. The move leaves the Pirates with their two catchers in Rod Barajas and Michael McKenry who will head north with the club. It also means that the final...

2012 burning question: Pittsburgh Pirates

From last Friday's Pirates season preview... Burning QuestionAndrew McCutchen has taken the next step towards superstardom. Will Neil Walker, Jose Tabata, and Pedro Alvarez follow him this season? OK, so everyone knows that Andrew McCutchen is a superstar. The newly-extended superstar posted a career high 5.7 fWAR last year, highlighted by an .820 OPS and a 20/20 season. He...

2012 Top 20 Prospects – Pittsburgh Pirates

It’s prospect season again. I’ve had my rankings listed on team pages, but have been horrible about keeping those up to date. As I mentioned on the pages, I’m looking at other rankings when I make mine (along with scouting reports and my own opinion). The Pirates are next. For the top 20, I’ve listed them according to my ranking. I’ve also listed the rankings of other...

Twins 11, Pirates 6

Rough one for the Bucs today… On the mound: It was a terrible, terrible day for James McDonald. He allowed TEN runs and walked SEVEN in just 3.2 innings. Yikes. Jared Hughes pitched a scoreless inning. Daniel McCutchen allowed one run in 2.1 innings. At the plate: McDonald hit a double, so at least he had that going for him. Pedro Alvarez had two hits. TWO! (He also struck out...

MLB Preview – Pittsburgh Pirates

2011 Review: The biggest surprise of the first half of the 2011 season was the Pittsburgh Pirates. It looked as if they were going to end their streak of consecutive losing seasons (18 seasons at that point). The team made move to improve the team (rather than trading veterans) and they looked as if they could compete in August and September. A series of bad luck doomed the team...

Hanrahan motivated to build off career year

Pirates' closer Joel Hanrahan has continued to show All-Star form, reaching 98 mph on the radar gun at spring training. He thrived as a closer last season earning an All-Star appearance, saving 40 games and posting a 1.83 ERA. Hanrahan hopes 2012 is simply an encore.'s George Von Benko caught up with Hanrahan at spring training.

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates vs. Twins

Twins (15-12) at Pirates (8-16) 1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton Radio: 93.7 Here is the Gameday Bucs and Twins today at McKechnie. You can listen to it on the Fan. The pitching matchup is James McDonald vs. Matt Maloney. ©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..

Pirates Round Table Podcast: Episode 9

Jon from McEffect, Brian from Raise the Jolly Roger, Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog, and myself are back at it with the seventh of our weekly installments of the Pirates Round Table Podcast. This week we discuss Pedro Alvarez, Erik Bedard, the final bench spots, the last starts of Charlie Morton and James McDonald, and project how the rotation does Click here to listen/download...

Pirates Roundtable Podcast: Episode 9

Here’s the ninth 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: Who else? Pedro Alvarez Thoughts on recent poor outings by James McDonald and Charlie Morton Bench battle update Predictions for the starting rotation One player from elsewhere in the league we would want on...

Spring Training: The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off home run, 5-4.

The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a two out, walk-off home run, winning 5-4. The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead two batters later as...

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates at Phillies

Pirates (8-14) at Phillies (10-13) 1:05 PM EST–Bright House Field, Clearwater TV: MLB.TV, MLB Network Here is the Gameday The Bucs take on the Phillies today. The Phils will be a familiar foe over the next couple weeks. You can watch on the MLB Network. Chris Resop is starting, as Jeff Karstens will pitch in a minor league game instead.  Cliff Lee will go for Philly. ©2012...

Twins bats come alive in win over Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- James McDonald could use another tuneup. McDonald allowed 10 runs, seven hits and seven walks in just 3 2-3 innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost the Minnesota Twins 11-6 Thursday. "Just a bad day," McDonald said. "I didn't have my good stuff and I left the ball up the zone. Sometimes, these days happen. Luckily, it was a spring training...
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