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The Australian Baseball League held it’s All-Star game today. The teams were split up into World All-Stars against Australian All-Stars. Zac Fuesser represented the World team, while Stefan Welch was a member of the Australian team. Fuesser came in to pitch the fourth inning and he allowed a lead-off walk, before getting two groundouts and a pop out to end the inning. It was his only inning of work. Welch went 0-for-4, but Team Australia was still able to pull off a 6-4 win.
In the Dominican, Anderson Hernandez went 2-for-4, raising his average to .306 through 45 games. He has nine hits in his last three games and now ranks first in hits(52) in the DWL.
Felix Pie went 2-for-4, with two runs scored, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Pie is 9-for-11 in stolen base attempts and he has drawn 25 walks in 39 games, two more walks than he drew in 96 games at AAA this year.
Alex Valdez went 0-for-3, with two strikeouts, dropping his average down to .300 through 34 games. Valdez was ejected after striking out to end the fourth inning.
In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 2-for-4, with a run scored, bringing his average back up to .300 on the season. Gonzalez is 9-for-30 at the plate in 15 games, with five walks.
In Venezuela, Nate Baker threw a scoreless inning, striking out two batters. He allowed a lead-off single, then recorded those two strikeouts, before finishing the inning with a ground out back to the mound. Baker has thrown 5.1 innings over his six appearances, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk.
Ryan Reid picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth inning. He got two groundouts and a fly out, allowing just a two out walk. Reid has a 2.45 ERA over his 18 appearances, pitching a total of 18.1 innings.
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Danny Knobler of CBS Sports has the latest on Joel Hanrahan.
People who have talked to the Pirates say they’re pushing to move Hanrahan. Dodgers are one possibility.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) December 17, 2012
We’ve heard that the Pirates are shopping Hanrahan, which isn’t new. We’ve also heard Neal Huntington say that he’d be fine keeping Hanrahan and Jason Grilli in...
THROWING IT BACK
Throwin' it back to 1971
In Winter League action in the Dominican from last night, Anderson Hernandez went 1-for-5, with a single and an RBI. He remains atop the DWL leaderboard with 53 hits, two ahead of former Pirates catcher Robinzon Diaz, who sits in second place.
Alex Valdez went 1-for-4, with a run scored. His .864 OPS ranks him fifth among qualified batters in the DWL.
Felix Pie went 2-for-4, with...
In Australian Baseball League action from today, three Pirates players were in the starting lineup for Adelaide, as they rolled to a 6-1 victory. Stefan Welch collected the only hit of the group, going 1-for-4, with a walk. Justin Howard went 0-for-3, also drawing a walk. Dylan Child was behind the plate again, going 0-for-2, with a sacrifice bunt. He threw out one of the three attempted...
The Tigers are in need of a late-inning reliever or closer and have a young, solid starting pitcher that they are likely to trade. The Pirates need a solid starting pitcher and have a late-inning reliever or closer that they are likely to trade.
Because of those two things, many have wondered that a deal involving the Pirates’ Joel Hanrahan and Tigers’ Rick Porcello makes sense...
In the Australian Baseball League today, Adelaide split a doubleheader, with both games going extra innings. In game one, the Bite pulled out a 2-1 victory in 11 innings. Three Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Stefan Welch at third base, Justin Howard as the DH and Dylan Child behind the plate. Welch had a rough game, going 0-for-5, with two strikeouts. Child went 0-for...
For some reason the discussion of military training and the Pittsburgh Pirates is still going on. Back in September, Bob Nutting addressed the media and commented on the topic, with the original comments seen here. A big focus was placed on this quotes:
“We should not be, will not be, are not a military organization.”
That’s led to a lot of people saying that Nutting ordered...
For a long time Matt Hague was everyone’s favorite underdog. He was so beloved he even had his own twitter campaign, #FreeMattHague. There was never really a huge reason for it. He’s been alright in his Minor League career, but certainly nothing obscenely special. Hague was drafted out of college and basically spent a whole [...]
Pirates GM Neal Huntington was upbeat about the team's prospects in 2013 in this interview with PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko at PirateFest.