Pirates improve to 6-5 on the season Ian Snell (1-2) pitched seven scoreless innings and Craig Monroe hit two three run homers in consecutive innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates (6-5) beat the Atlanta Braves (5-6) 10-0 Saturday afternoon at PNC Park Monroe getting a rare start in right field, had the first six RBI game by a Pirates player since Jose Castillo in 2006 but the big story of the afternoon was the performance of starting pitcher Ian Snell.
By John Perrotto_The Pirates must submit their opening-day roster to the commissioner‚Äôs office by Sunday and it appears they won‚Äôt be adding any outside help. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt anticipate us doing anything,‚Äù Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre always looking to improve our club but I don‚Äôt see a deal out there that would make us better. I‚Äôm perfectly happy going into the season with what we have right now.‚Äù The Pirates had been trying hard to acquire right-hander Jeff Niemann from the Tampa Bay Rays but apparently balked at the asking price. They have also had moderate interest in Colorado Rockies infielder Jeff Baker and Detroit Tigers outfielder Brent Clevlen. The Pirates got down to the 25-man limit Friday by optioning rookie right-handed reliever Evan Meek to Class AAA Indianapolis. He has not pitched since March 20 because of a tired shoulder and then bronchitis, and the Pirates wantRead More »
Malkin officially off the left point? I‚Äôve been told the Penguins will go into tomorrow‚Äôs game with a unit of Bill Guerin ‚Äì Sidney Crosby ‚Äì Evgnei Malkin down low on the power play. The same unit they worked on in Tuesday’s morning skate but didn’t use it until late in the third period. The Penguins did not work on their power play in today‚Äôs practice but will do so in tomorrows morning skate. The exact reason the team continues to play Malkin at the left point remains to be seen but Crosby likes to play the top of the right side and doesn‚Äôt want to play the left point. Look for Crosby to move down low tomorrow and Malkin to play the top on the right side for one-timer opportunities. Malkin is the Penguins top offensive player and they have to utilize his strength as a shooter on theRead More »