Pre-Game Buzz: Pirates vs Orioles Lineup News & Notes


Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27) @ Baltimore Orioles (34-26) PIT Brad Lincoln (3-1, 2.40 ERA) vs BAL Wei-Yin Chen (5-2, 3.49 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. | Where: Camden Yards Pre-Game Buzz The Pittsburgh Pirates have won five straight series for the first time since 1992 and look to extend their winning streak to five games tonight in Baltimore as the team begins a six game road trip that ends this weekend in Cleveland. The Pirates who are a Major League best 12-3 in their last 15 games, have been up and down on the road this season, posting a 13-16 record but the team is 4-2 in their last 6 road games. Brad Lincoln (3-1, 2.40 ERA) takes the mound tonight vs Wei-Yin Chen (5-2, 3.49 ERA). Lincoln has impressive numbers this season with a 3-1 record and 2.40 ERA but the former first round pick ran into some trouble in hisRead More »

Latest Pirates Off-Season Chatter: Team eyeing Baltimore for first base help again?


By John Perrotto The Pirates are just one-third of the way through filling the holes in their lineup. They still need a first baseman and a shortstop after signing catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year, $4-million contract as a free agent last week. With Barajas in tow, Neal Huntington will try to lay some groundwork on potential trades during the general managers’ meetings that begin Tuesday in Milwaukee. “Our needs are fairly well-defined,” Huntington said. “It’s a matter of seeing if there any matches with other clubs. We’re certainly looking to get better, whether it is by trade or free agency.” One player the Pirates have at least some interest in is Baltimore corner infielder,

Latest Trade Deadline Buzz: Pirates scouting Orioles for infield, bullpen help


By John Perrotto The Pirates and Baltimore hold spring training just 12 miles apart on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the Pirates having called Bradenton their home away from home since 1969 and the Orioles setting up camp in Sarasota. Both franchises have had vastly different seasons than expected. The Orioles hoped to end a streak of 13 consecutive losing seasons and contend in the American League East and the Pirates hoped to just be mildly respectable following last year’s 57-105 disaster. Instead, the Orioles are 18 1/2 games out of the first place in their division while the surprising Pirates trail the St. Louis Cardinals by only one game in the National League Central. Because of their divergent paths, the Pirates and Orioles are shaping up as potential trade partners. Pirates’ scouts have been following the Orioles closely in recent weeks while zeroing in on potential infield and bullpenRead More »

Morton’s electric stuff fading away


Morton has 6.19 ERA in June Pirates starter Charlie Morton (7-4) was roughed up tonight against the Baltimore Orioles in the Pirates 8-3 loss at PNC Park. The Pirates fell to 35-37 on the season and 15-19 at home. Morton for the third straight start, did not have his so called “electric stuff”, a saying that has followed the Pirates starter this season during his resurgence from a nightmare 2010 season. Morton was out of sync from the start, allowing 5 runs in the first inning. Overall, Morton allowed 8 hits and 7 runs in just 2 innings of work tonight, suffering his 4th loss of the season. In his last three starts, Morton has not lasted past the 5th inning. During that span, he has given up 26 hits and 17 runs. Morton has posted a 6.19 ERA in June and based on Clint Hurdles comments tonight, the PiratesRead More »

Pirates in holding pattern over Miguel Sano


Pirates, Twins, Orioles have made offers Major League Baseball has continued their age and indentity investigation regarding top Dominican prospect Miguel Sano, which has put the Pirates in a holding pattern in trying to sign Sano. If Sano is found to be lying about his age, he will receive an automatic one year suspension but the Pirates are confident that the situation will be resolved by the end of the week and they will be able to move forward in their pursuit of Sano. It remains to be seen whether Sano will receive offers in excess of the $4.25 million Dominican pitcher Michael Ynoa received from the Oakland Athletics last year. That is the largest bonus ever given to a foreign amateur free agent. Some scouts believe the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sano is the best teenager from the Dominican Republic in more than a decade. A scout from a major-league clubRead More »

Day 1: International Free Agency Buzz


By John Perrotto The first day major-league clubs could sign international amateur free agents came and went with the Pirates still waiting to see if they will land their primary target. Miguel Sano, the greatly hyped 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic, did not sign Thursday and is not expected to make his decision until sometime this weekend. The Pirates are still considered the favorites to sign the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, though the Minnesota Twins are also expected to make a significant bid. There has also been speculation the Baltimore Orioles could make an offer to Sano for as much as $5 million. The record bonus for an international amateur is the $4.25 that the Oakland Athletics paid pitcher Michael Ynoa last year. The Pirates are also making a strong bid to sign Dominican right-hander

The Latest MLB Buzz; Red Sox join Burnett sweepstakes


This talk of the Braves being out of the Jake Peavy sweepstakes is being a bit overblown. The New York Post is reporting the New York Yankees are prepared to make A.J. Burnett a offer that could be worth $80 million over five years. This comes on the heels of the Yankees making an initial offer to pitcher C.C. Sabathia in the range of $140-145 million over 6 years. The Red Sox have also joined the Burnett sweepstakes According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs are close to re-signing Ryan Dempster to a four-year contract. The deal is believed to be in the range of $52 million. As expected the Baltimore Orioles have begun their pursuit of Maryland-born first baseman Mark Teixeira. The Washington Nationals have been in on Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira and Manny Ramirez. The addition of outfielder Matt Holliday hasn’t stopped the A’s from buildingRead More »