Harrison helps Pirates edge Reds 2-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Josh Harrison hit an RBI triple and scored on Jose Tabata's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Harrison had three hits in the Pirates' sixth win in eight games. Tabata, starting in right field for the injured Travis Snider, finished with two hits. Pirates starter...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Andrew McCuthen exits with rib discomfort

Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen, the reigning NL MVP,  was removed from Tuesday's 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning due to left rib discomfort (video here and below). The outfielder exited two innings after making a spectacular catch, according to Tom Singer of McCutchen was replaced by Starling Marte in center with Jose Tabata comng...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Polanco down, Tabata up, Nix gone, Barmes back

The headline covers the Bucs’ notable roster moves on Monday: Gregory Polanco to Indianapolis, Jose Tabata back up from Indy, Jayson Nix designated for assignment, and Clint Barmes activated off the DL. Polanco going to the minors is a bit of a shock – especially if you’d have told me this would be happening a couple months ago – but it does make some sense. The rookie has...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates demote Polanco after rookie's second-half struggles

  The Pittsburgh Pirates sent struggling rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday and recalled outfielder Jose Tabata. Polanco made his major-league debut on June 10 but has slumped since the All-Star break. The 22-year-old had just one hit in his final 30 at bats before heading back to Indianapolis. Manager Clint Hurdle gave Polanco a handful of days...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates demote struggling rookie OF Polanco

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates sent struggling rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday and recalled outfielder Jose Tabata. Polanco made his major league debut on June 10 but has slumped since the All-Star break. The 22-year-old had just one hit in his final 30 at bats before heading back to Indianapolis. Manager Clint Hurdle gave Polanco a handful...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Walker in, Tabata out, Marte…?

The Pirates had to make a heavily discussed roster move on Tuesday afternoon to clear a roster spot for Neil Walker, who returned from his DL stint.  The decision was somewhat surprising: outrighting Jose Tabata to Indianapolis. This is an uncommon move (you don’t usually see guys with a long term contract–and as much big league service as Tabata–sent to the minors) so it...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Enter the New Lumber Company

First things first: there was some confusion today about exactly what the Pirates did with Jose Tabata today to clear roster room for Neil Walker, so let’s run through that quickly. Outrighting a player to Triple-A means that the player has been both removed from the 40-man roster and sent to Triple-A. It’s a process used to send a player to Triple-A when said player doesn...
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Trade Rumors - Pitching and more

Conor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)Contributing WriterIt's been a while since I've done one of these because I haven't been feeling well, but here we go - more trade deadline rumors for our beloved Red Sox. 3rd base targets: Per a report from Rob Bradford of WEEI, 3rd base is a position the Sox could look to upgrade before the trade deadline. There's probably not a...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: The Best Outfield Options at the Trade Deadline

If you take a look at how all of the division standings look right now, you will see that there are many close races going on here early this season. Because of this, many teams will be looking to add an extra player on to their roster as the trade deadline approaches. On the flipside, there are also a few teams that are sliding out of their division race and may look to move a few...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Hot-hitting Harrison, Pirates beat Nationals for 4th straight victory

Ace pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg caught everyone's attention Saturday, but an unheralded trio of Pirates — Josh Harrison, Jose Tabata and Jared Hughes — stole the show. Harrison and Tabata drove in key runs off Strasburg in the seventh inning, and Hughes got three huge outs to push the Pirates past the Washington Nationals, 3-2, for their fourth consecutive...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Jose Tabata remains out of starting lineup

Jose Tabata is once again out of the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting lineup, as the outfielder continues to deal with an injury to his right hamstring.The 25-year-old suffered the injury during the second game of Sunday's double-header against the New York Yankees. He was forced to exit the contest after attempting to go from first to third on a single, ultimately being replaced...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball: Prospects to watch

It’s that time of year again – the time where minor league prospects began garnering attention in the fantasy baseball world. Throughout late May and June, many prospects should finally get their long awaited call-ups. In a same sense, it’s also the time where fantasy baseball team owners should be picking up those prospects from free agency. Here are a few prospects to keep...
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates' Jose Tabata exits game w/ tight hamstring

According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata left Sunday’s game with tightness in his right hamstring during the second game of a doubleheader against the Yankees.#Pirates announce that Tabata left the game because of tightness in his right hamstring.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) May 18, 2014 Mike McGinnis/Getty ImagesHe pulled it while...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Tabata passes all concussion tests after hitting wall

Jose Tabata did not get a concussion when he collided with the outfield wall Wednesday, manager Clint Hurdle said, and was available off the bench for the game Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Tabata passed concussion tests, Hurdle said. "He ran on the field, went in the cage, reflexes, all different activities that we could run him through," he said. Tabata ran...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Screengrab Snafu: We finally found a way to clone Jose Tabata

.@awfulannouncing Twice The Tabata. — Ali Thanawalla (@Ali_Thanawalla) April 16, 2014
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Final 25 Coming to Pittsburgh

by Brandon PosaIn case anyone has missed it, the Pirates have officially announced their final 25-Man roster that will come north to start the 2014 season. Broken down by position: PitchersFrancisco LirianoGerrit ColeCharlie MortonWandy RodriguezEdinson VolquezJeanmar GomezStolmy PimentelBryan MorrisJustin WilsonTony WatsonMark MelanconJason Grilli CatchersRussell MartinTony Sanchez...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade Winds Blow Through Twins Ears

I was on Facebook talking to a pretty rabid Twins (anti-twins management) group talking about the usual problems, when I saw one of the members talk about “what if Oswaldo Arcia or Aaron Hicks flame out … then what?” Being a Pirates fan I knew Pittsburgh was about to shop OF Jose Tabata, who would be a huge upgrade for Minnesota. I started to think what would make sense, and...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors - Team having trouble extending Starling Marte

The Pirates are trying to sign outfielder Starling Marte to a long term extension.  They already have long term deals with Andrew McCutcheon & Jose Tabata on the books but want to solidify the outfield for years to come.  Of course, Tabata is on the trade block right now but that's a different rumor.  From Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:"he turned...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Travis Snider and more being shopped

The Pittsburgh Pirates plan to be in the playoff picture again in 2014 but they believe they can still strengthen their roster.  Yesterday I reported the Pirates were shopping Jose Tabata, Vin Mazzaro & Bryan Morris.  Today comes word of Travis Snider being on the market as well.  Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune writes:"I’ve heard from a couple of sources...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Jose Tabata & others are on the block

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to make some deals this Spring.  Recent reports indicate that Jose Tabata is being mentioned in trade talks around the league.  A pair of relievers have had their names added to the list according to this Chris Cotillo tweet: The #Pirates are reportedly shopping Jose Tabata, and could trade Vin Mazzaro or Bryan Morris as well:
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Searching for Starters: NL Central Edition

As much as we would all like our favorite clubs to employ multiple star sluggers and a handful of true aces, this is more of a fantasy than a realistic situation. I can’t even pull this off in fantasy ball, now that I think about it. In any case, filling roster weaknesses is both tricky and necessary. The key is simply to identify value where others do not, and that is what I will...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Nova crucial in Yankees rotation of veterans and mysteries

Former Yankees prospect Jose Tabata smoked a line drive into the glove of new Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran on Wednesday afternoon, securing the Pirates’ first out of the second inning. Then Joe Girardi walked to the mound to execute his first pitching change of the Grapefruit League schedule: Out with Ivan Nova, in with Bruce Billings. “We were talking at [a limit of...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

A few things to look out for during spring training

The Pirates and Yankees will play their spring training game at 1:05 today. I'm always of two minds about this; I get really excited about the potential return of baseball, but then I'll also probably be bored with spring training games by Friday (excepting any games that I may see in person if I'm able to go to Bradenton, of course). I don't have anything against...
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Thinking Outside the Box in Right Field

Earlier today I looked at the right field position for the 2013 season, then looked at the free agent options this off-season. Right field was an issue for the Pirates this year, to the point that they had to trade for Marlon Byrd before the August trade deadline to shore up the position. In the future, right field won’t be an issue with Gregory Polanco close to the majors, and...
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October 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Right Field

Jose Tabata started slow, but had a strong finish to the 2013 season. (Photo Credit: David Hague) During the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a few options in right field, and none of them worked out. Heading into the 2013 season, it looked like they would solve this problem by going with a quantity of starting candidates, giving them a chance that one could break out. They...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss
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