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PIRATES 3 – ROCKIES 2 Win: Jared. Hughes (5-2) Loss: Chad Bettis (0-2) AROUND THE BASES The Pittsburgh Pirates (51-46) rallied from a 2-1 deficit for the second straight game to beat the Colorado Rockies (40-57) 3-2 in extra innings on Saturday night. Jordy Mercer hit the game winning double for the walkoff winner in the 11th inning. Neil Walker who had a three hit night, singled off Rockies reliever Chad Bettis to leadoff the inning and Colorado decided to walk Pedro Alvarez with one out and pitch to Mercer, putting runners at first and second base. The move backfired as Mercer drilled a 1-0 pitch to the gap in left center, scoring Walker for the win. Pittsburgh improved to 51-46 on the season and trail the Milwaukee Brewers by just 2.5 games for first place in the NL Central. Jared Hughes received the win and got out of potentialRead More »
PITTSBURGH 2 – ST. LOUIS 1 Win: Tony Watson (1-0) Loss: Adam Wainwright (1-1) Save: Jason. Grilli (1) Around the Bases The biggest development for the Pirates (4-2) through the first week of the season has been Edison Volquez and clutch hitting from Tony Sanchez. Volquez who was a mess in spring training, had an excellent outing, allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run in 5 2/3 innings as the Pirates took 2 of 3 from the St. Louis Cardinals (3-3) in winning 2-1 this afternoon. Volquez struck out 4 and walked 1, while throwing 81 pitches, 53 for strikes. Matt Carpenter opened the game with a lead off single and Volquez would retire the next 16 batters he faced until Adam Wainwright singled to center in the top of the 6th. One big improvement from Volquez today and in his relief appearence from Thursday has been his fastball command.Read More »
It didn’t take Garrett Jones long to find work after being released by the Pirates. The 32 year old Jones has reached an agreement with the Florida Marlins on a reported two year deal worth $7.5 million. Jones had a down year in 2013, batting .233 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI in 144 games. The down season came a year after hitting a career-high 27 home runs and driving in 86 runs in 2012. Jones lost his job to Justin Morneau who signed this week with the Colorado Rockies. The acquisition of Jones has the Marlins planning to trade first baseman Logan Morrison at next weeks Winter Meetings.
Phil Hughes was among the bounce back candidates the Pirates looked into early in free agency but it’s no wonder they never made a strong push for him. Lavelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Twins and Hughes have agreed to a three year deal worth $24 million. Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA last season with the Yankees.
LATEST PIRATES RUMORS Eyeing potential bounce back candidates on one to two year deals, Free Agent starter Josh Johnson is among the pitchers the Pirates checked in on at the GM Meetings, a team source says. In fact, Johnson is at the top of the Pirates wishlist, the source said. When reached for comment, Johnson’s agent Matt Sosnick told Inside Pittsburgh Sports.com that no “specifics” have been discussed with the Pirates at this point, though, Sosnick confirmed interest between the two sides.