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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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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Pirates win in 16th inning, 4-3, on Tony Sanchez single

Tony Sanchez’s pinch-hit single in the 16th inning gave the Pirates a 4-3 win against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park Wednesday night. The game lasted 5 hours, 55 minutes, making the longest baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh. Jose Tabata reached on a fielder’s choice in the 16th and went from first to third on Starling Marte’s single. Sanchez chopped a ball through the...
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17 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Snider will platoon in right

As the Pirates get set to open the season the right field job belongs to right-handed hitter Jose Tabata and lefty Travis Snider. Snider had a decent spring, but Snider needs to show he belongs in MLB, something he’s not done despite 1,224 career at bats.'s George Von Benko caught up with Snider recently.
22 days ago  |  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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24 days ago  |  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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28 days ago  |  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

2014 Season Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

After second-half collapses led to fourth-place finishes in 2012 and 2013, the Pirates finally compiled a winning record and returned to the postseason for the first time since 1992. It was a long time coming. Pittsburgh deeply enjoyed the Bucs following through on early-season promise, overtaking the Reds for the NL's first wild-card spot and beating Cincinnati in the wild-card...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 10th in BP’s “Top Talents 25-and-under” list

I won't print the whole list because it's pay only (seriously, get a subscription already). I will, however, show the NL Central. 1. St. Louis Cardinals (****) 4. Pittsburgh Pirates (****) 10. Chicago Cubs 23. Cincinnati Reds 29. Milwaukee Brewers A few thoughts: ****, are the Cardinals good. They are #1 with a bullet; compounding the problem is the fact that the top...
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March 03, 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

5 things to know as the Pirates head to camp

The Pittsburgh Pirates ended two decades of losing in 2013, winning 94 games and taking the St. Louis Cardinals to the limit in the NL division series. Now the club gets to deal with something that has been foreign to them since 1992: heightened expectations. Five things to know as reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen and the rest of the Pirates start spring training: PLUGGING AWAY: The...
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February 13, 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

Winter Leagues: Jose Tabata Will Play Winter Ball

It has been confirmed that Jose Tabata will play Winter ball this season for Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Winter League. He will join the team in mid-November. Last year, Tabata wanted to go to Winter ball but the Pittsburgh Pirates wouldn’t allow him to play, which got a negative response from Tabata and his agent, who felt he needed to play so he could mature as a...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Cashner beats Pirates on one-hit shutout

Immediately after Jose Tabata broke up Andrew Cashner’s bid for a perfect game in the seventh inning Monday night Padres third baseman Chase Headley and catcher Rene Rivera intercepted the 6-foot-6 right-hander as he walked back up the mound. “I wanted to give him a chance to breathe” said Headley. “I told him he had my heart going.” “I think Chase and I just wanted...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Cashner throws one-hitter vs. Pirates

Andrew Cashner carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and faced the minimum 27 batters in a one-hitter that sent the San Diego Padres past the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Monday night. Cashner (10-8) retired his first 18 batters before Jose Tabata grounded a clean single into right field leading off the seventh. Tabata was erased when Andrew McCutchen grounded into an inning...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates 2, Cubs 1

The Pirates were able to erase a tough Friday night loss and and otherwise empty night of offense on Saturday with two big swings of the bat from Jose Tabata and Marlon Byrd, leading them to a 2-1 victory over the Cubs and back in to a first place tie. Gerrit Cole followed his tremendous outing in Texas with another gem in this game, despite a hiccup in the first inning when one...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

National League Central Conspiracy Theory

Tonight, the Cubs lost to the Pirates in not-so-surprising fashion (we’ll get to that later).  Scott Baker was actually pretty good up until he gave up the home run to Jose Tabata.  Still, he held the Pirates to a single run over six full innings. And then, James Russell came in.  He got Justin Morneau to ground out, which was fine.  But then he had to face Marlon Byrd.  Byrd...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Morton, Tabata, and Watson Are Playing Out of Their Minds Right Now

Charlie Morton threw his sixth straight start with 6+ innings and two or fewer runs. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Let’s play a game of “Arbitrary Endpoints” to show just how good Charlie Morton has been lately. Today Morton went seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. That marks the sixth straight...
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September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Notebook: What Now for Jose Tabata?

Prohibitively, the addition of Marlon Byrd makes the Pittsburgh Pirates a better baseball team. Had Byrd been on the Pirates’ roster all season, he’d essentially be the third-best hitter on the team. And, the Pirates may own three or four extra wins if he started 2013 in Pittsburgh with his WAR of 3.5. In contrast, the production received from right field this season from the...
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August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Is Gregory Polanco’s Move to Right Field a Sign?

The Pittsburgh Pirates can’t seem to catch a break offensively this year. All year the outfield has had one hole: right field. You might not have noticed this, but after standing pat at the trade deadline, the Pirates have seen Jose Tabata hit for a .298/.365/.491 line in 57 at-bats. That’s a small sample size, and Tabata has been known to have streaky performances where he will...
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

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