Found March 22, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Rays (5-11) at Pirates (7-10) 1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton Radio: 93.7 The Fan Here is the Gameday The Bucs are home again today, hosting the Rays. We recorded Episode 8 of the podcast last night - check it out here if you missed it.  The pitching matchup is Jeff Karstens against James Shields. ©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..

Report: Former No. 1 Bush arrested

Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher Matt Bush was arrested Thursday and will face charges of leaving the scene of a traffic accident and driving under the influence after a near-fatal incident in Charlotte County, Florida, The Tampa Tribune reported. The overall top pick in the 2004 MLB draft was driving in his SUV on US 41 around 5 p.m. when he hit a motorcyclist from behind, according...

2012 season preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

For a brief time this past July, the Pirates were in first place in the NL Central. The Pittsburgh Pirates, in first place, after the All-Star Break, in 2012. This is real life. Then, they summarily collapsed and finished in fourth place with 90 losses. This offseason, they took a huge step towards building a solid future by giving Andrew McCutchen a nice contract extension. But...

Shields struggles as Rays rally past Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- James Shields had his toughest outing of the spring Thursday in the Tampa Bay Rays' 8-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tampa Bay's Opening Day starter gave up five runs, three earned, in 5 23 innings, but received a standing ovation when he was lifted with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Shields allowed 10 hits, including homers to Rod Barajas...

Rays welcome heightened expectations for 2012

Go ahead, pencil the Tampa Bay Rays into the playoffs again. You certainly won't upset Joe Maddon's confident bunch. There may be teams with more star power and money, but none enters 2012 with loftier expectations than the Rays, who have earned postseason berths three of the past four seasons despite one of the major leagues' lowest payrolls. Maddon and his players...

Matt Bush Arrested for DUI

Matt Bush screwed up. Again. According to Roger Mooney, the former first overall draft pick was arrested Thursday night for DUI. As if that weren’t bad enough, Bush is also responsible for a hit and run in which he seriously injured a 72-year-old motorist and fled the scene before he was picked up by law enforcement. Bush had already been trying to rehabilitate his image following...

Spring training is too long (and other odds and ends)

I really like Charlie's piece today on Matt Hague and Josh Harrison being bit players no matter what they do in camp this spring. I joked yesterday that I wanted to make a Venn Diagram of people that love Matt Hague and people that hated Steve Pearce, because I suspect that they're many of the same people even though Hague and Pearce seem, to me, to be very similar players...

Blue Jays 7, Rays 5

David Price pitched into the sixth inning during the Tampa Bay Rays' 7-5 exhibition loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Price allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings, reaching 96 mph several times in the sixth. The left-hander issued two walks, both to Edwin Encarnacion after the third baseman homered in the second. Rays outfielder Sam Fuld left after striking...

Sonnanstine Outrighted to Iowa

The Cubs have sent RHP Andy Sonnanstine outright to AAA Iowa. THe 29-year old right-hander a really bad Spring Training, allowing 13 hits in 5.0 IP, with a 14.40 ERA and a 3.20 WHIP in Cactus League play. He was signed by the Cubs as a free-agent this past off-season after he was non-tendered by the Tampa Bay Rays in December. He reportedly signed a non-guaranteed major league contract...

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...
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