Found April 11, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
It's never fun when the Pirates go out west and play super-late games, but at least tonight playing at 10:10 has the added benefit of not going directly head-to-head with Game 1 of the Penguins/Flyers series. Erik Bedard gets his second Pirate start tonight against Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers.We're all waiting to see the first breath of life from the Pirates' offense this year and it's true that the Pirates have had some stiff competition early in the year, but it's also true that there are a lot of good pitchers in the National League this year and that just because they won't face Halladay/Lee/Kershaw every single day of the week doesn't mean things will get a whole ton easier for them. Billingsley's not a bad starter himself, the Bucs head to San Francisco this weekend, they could see Ian Kennedy in Arizona, and I could keep going on and on. The opposition is an easy excuse now, but it's not something that you can lean on all year. That sa...

Pirates sign Rick VandenHurk

RHP Rick VandenHurk signed with the Pirates after electing free agency following an outright assignment by the Indians. — Matt Eddy (@eddymk) April 11, 2012 Matt Eddy from Baseball America reports that the Pirates have signed pitcher Rick VandenHurk to a minor league deal. VandenHurk has been used mainly as a starter but will be used as a reliever in the Pirates organization....

A.J. Burnett to move rehab to Indianapolis

A.J. Burnett will make his next rehab start Monday, 4/16 with Class AAA Indianapolis, Hurdle said. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) April 12, 2012 A.J. Burnett has made two starts so far for high-A Bradenton and will move his rehab to AAA-Indianapolis. Neal Huntington had said that he hopes to get Burnett’s pitch count up to 100 before having him join the Pirates, so expect two more...

Pittsburgh Pirates: Key Questions For 15 Players

One key question for 15 of the 25 players the Pittsburgh Pirates took north from Spring Training, in order of most relevant to least… 1. 3B Pedro Alvarez- Will this be his breakout year, or is he written off as the middle-of-the-order impact bat the Pirates desperately need to find elsewhere? Alvarez’s 2010 rookie debut showed Pirates’ fans flashes of what...

Game 5: Dodgers 4 Pirates 1

The final score of this game wasn't so bad, but the Pirates might as well have been down 40-1 by the time it ended early this morning. No one that took the mound last night looked very sharp (notably, Bedard failed to locate the way he did in his first game and was very hittable while Evan Meek's 93 mph fastball is fooling no one), the defense was almost universely terrible...

Game 4 Live Chat: Pirates at Dodgers

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Game 6: Dodgers 3 Pirates 2

We're only a week into the season, but I'm running out of ways to say, "The Pirates stink at hitting." Let's try this one on for size: In the first two innings tonight, Chris Capuano struck out five hitters and four of them went down looking. Capuano's not a bad pitcher -- most of us in the Pirate bloggerverse had him on the radar as a potential signing...

Morton ready to rejoin Pirates

Bucs right-handed starter Charlie Morton pitched 7.2 innings in a rehab start with Class AAA Indianapolis Monday night, striking out eight batters and walking one while allowing one run against the Columbus. The Bucs will probably promote Morton in time for Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants.'s George Von Benko spoke with Morton at the end...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants – Game 7

Swept out of LA.  That is very bad news.  Now the Buccos need at least two wins in this series to salvage a respectable road trip. Also, I will try to do all the previews this week but if they are lacking in quality or quantity it is because I will be out of state [...]

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 6

Yuck, huh?  What a crappy night for Pittsburgh Sports. The Pirates need to start hitting.  I know it’s obvious but that’s all their is too it. Neil Walker has just 1 hit in 13 at bats.  Unacceptable. Jose Tabata has 3 hits in 18 at bats, slightly better but still unacceptable. Andrew McCutchen has 5 hits in [...]

Still stuck

Well, if you were among those of us that thought the offense would finally get going a bit against a mediocre pitcher…you were very wrong. The Bucs were again quiet at the plate in a 3-2 loss to Los Angeles, giving the Dodgers the sweep. If you watched the first couple innings and decided to go to bed early…I don’t blame you. The Pirates were as bad as I have ever seen them...
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