Found June 20, 2012 on
Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Pirates’ bats went cold and the Twins were able to capitalize late, evening this week’s series with a 2-1 win.
Erik Bedard pitched much better, which was nice to see. He allowed a double and a single for a run in the first inning, then settled down. He struck out seven while allowing just four hits and two walks – his best effort in a while. If he can stay on track, the rotation will be in much better shape as opposed to the rough patch it’s endured over the past few weeks.
Unfortunately, Francisco Liriano–high ERA and all–was just as good. The Bucs couldn’t get anything going against the lefty early on, and seemed ticketed for a 1-0 loss through six innings. They got to him a bit in the seventh, though, finally taking advantage of his control problems. Pedro Alvarez was hit by a pitch with one out. Clint Barmes singled, and Michael McKenry walked, loading the bases for pinch-hitter Rod Barajas. Barajas lined one towards the gap in left center, but Twins CF Denard Span made a gr...
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Major League Baseball revealed the Futures Game rosters today and the Pirates’ 2010 and 2011 1st round picks will be on display for the US Team in Kansas City on July 8th.
Jameson Taillon, who is currently the #5 prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, will be making his first Futures Game appearance. In 14 starts with High-A Bradenton, the 20-year old Taillon is 4-6 with a 4.10...
MINNEAPOLIS The annual open tryout put on by the Minnesota Twins usually draws anywhere from 100 to 300 prospective baseball players. This year's tryout, however, yielded just around 50 players.Still, despite the drop in numbers in 2012, Twins minor league director Jim Rantz and his staff saw players from all walks of life and from all over the country make the trip to Minnesota...
Last season, outfielder Michael Cuddyer was the lone All-Star on the 99-loss Minnesota Twins. These days, every team has to have at least one representative at the mid-summer classic, and Cuddyer was the obvious choice for the Twins.
One year later, it's likely that the guy Minnesota signed to replace Cuddyer will be heading to Kansas City for the 2012 All-Star Game.
I've spent a lot of time this season focusing on big picture things, like how the team is playing and what that means long-term. I've particularly been focused quite a bit on Pedro Alvarez, because Pedro Alvarez is maybe the singular most important person to the Pirates success now and in the immediate future and because I don't understand him at all. As a result, I&...
The Minnesota Twins will use their 10th starter of the season Saturday when left-hander Brian Duensing pitches against the Reds in Cincinnati. "We're in June," manager Ron Gardenhire noted, "so it hasn't been easy." Since Gardenhire became manager for the 2002 season, he has used as many as 10 starters only twice, in 2006 (10) and 2009 (11). He'...
The Pittsburgh Pirates may be known as one of the worst hitting teams in the major leagues, but they've been doing their best to rid themselves of that reputation lately.
Given how well Francisco Liriano has pitched since returning to the Minnesota Twins' starting rotation, he may be able to cool off their hot bats.
Pittsburgh looks to match a season high with its fourth...
For those of you who might not have caught it in several other of my posts, I make a lot of bets (and I mean a lot of bets) on things like "Will Justin Morneau record an RBI" or "Will Adam LaRoche score a run" or "Will David Price record over 5.5 strikeouts." For example, when lines opened this afternoon Johan Santana was at 5.5k for his OVER/UNDER...
James McDonald pitched his first career complete game, Garrett Jones hit one of Pittsburgh's three home runs and the Pirates won for the fourth time in five games, 9-1 over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
McDonald (6-3) continued his breakthrough season by allowing one run, six hits and no walks with five strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 2.19. He has allowed one run or...
One of the best things about the Pirates thus far in 2012 is that when the play a bad baseball team, they don't mess around with them. The Twins are a pretty bad team this year and the Pirates took advantage of that from the outset of this one. When the Twins tried to fight their way back into it, the Pirates slammed the door shut. This game got off to a weird start when Josh...
Tonight was Francisco Liriano’s turn to have a good start for a change. Unfortunately, Liriano is not a Pirate, and his 6 strikeouts, 4 hits, and 1 run were not what the Pirates needed tonight. Liriano never allowed more than one hit in an inning. The only big inning for the Pirates was the 7th, [...]