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Pirates cut seven more, including Lincoln

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The Pirates announced the following roster cuts on Monday morning:

  • RHP Brad Lincoln: optioned to Triple-A
  • LHP Donnie Veal: optioned to Triple-A
  • RHP Bryan Morris: optioned to High-A
  • C Tony Sanchez: reassigned to Minor League camp
  • RHP Jeff Sues: reassigned to Minor League camp
  • LHP Justin Thomas: reassigned to Minor League camp
  • RHP Virgil Vasquez: reassigned to Minor League camp

Both Lincoln and Veal will start in Indianapolis’ rotation. Morris will start for the high-A Bradenton club. Vasquez, Thomas and Sues will compete to make Indianapolis’ team.

There are now 47 active players in Major League camp.

Comments from GM Neal Huntington to come.

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Pirates 6, Manatees 1

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The title of best baseball program in Bradenton is back in the Pirates’ hands after the club avenged its ’09 loss to State College of Florida with a win on Tuesday. The seven-inning exhibition game was highlighted by back-to-back-to-back home runs from Steve Pearce, Brandon Moss and Erik Kratz in the fourth.

Also on an important note, with 1,872 fans in attendance, the game raised $13,104 for charity. That money will be split up to benefit the Manatee Education Foundation, Wakeland Elementary and Rogers Garden Elementary.


Bryan Morris, who started the game, got the win after pitching a scoreless inning. He struck out two. Morris is the subject of my feature on (should be up later this afternoon), so you can read more about the mechanical changes and mental adjustments that he has made since the end of a pretty ugly 2009 season.

As for Morris’ thoughts on his first outing of the spring: “It was good to get back out on the mound since last year and since the mechanical changes we did during the winter. I might have been a little too excited to start, but I fought my aggression and put it together.”


Ramon Aguero was the only other one of the seven Pirates pitchers to record a 1-2-3 inning against the junior college boys. Aguero also struck out two.

Jeff Sues gave up a monstrous home run on the first pitch he threw and walked two more in between striking out the side in the sixth. Anthony Claggett managed to give up three hits without allowing a runner to score in the game’s final frame.

Donnie Veal (1 BB, 2 K), Ronald Uviedo (2 H, 1 K) and Justin Thomas (2 H, 2 K) each pitched scoreless innings.


There would be no slow start for third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who had three hits (including an RBI bloop double) in his first three at-bats. He finished 3-for-4.

Jose Tabata drilled a 390-foot double off the center field wall in his 1-for-4 performance. Kratz and Moss each finished with two hits.

“He’s been swinging the bat well,” manager John Russell said of Moss. “It’s tough in the first game no matter who you’re playing. Brandon swung the bat well. We know what he’s capable of doing. It’s just being able to put it all together. Hopefully he can relax enough and let his mind relax enough to where he can do some of the things he’s capable of doing.”

Moss is by no means guaranteed a spot on the 25-man roster. He’s fighting for a bench spot and quite possibly, his future on the team.


It was not such a great day for center fielder Gorkys Hernandez, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and left five men on base. Remember, though, that pitchers (even junior college ones) are always ahead of hitters this early in the exhibition season. You’ve still got to love the feistiness this kid exudes.


Up Next: The Pirates kick off Grapefruit League play with a 1:05 pm ET game against the Yankees in Tampa on Wednesday. Paul Maholm is scheduled to start for Pittsburgh and will be followed by Ross Ohlendorf, Brian Bass, D.J. Carrasco, Chris Jakubauskas, Steven Jackson, Jack Taschner and Jean Machi. The Yankees are starting Chad Gaudin.

Most of the Pirates’ projected starting position players will make the one-hour trip north and Russell said that a number of them will see their first bit of game action. “Get ’em goin’,” he said.

The game will be broadcast on 104.7 FM back in Pittsburgh. It will also be televised on MLB Network and on MLB.TV.

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Bucs lay out pitching plans

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The Pirates have announced their pitching plans for the first week of exhbition games, which begins with a contest against the Manatees of the State College of Florida (formerly known as Manatee Community College) on Tuesday. That is, if it doesn’t rain. Anyways, here’s a look at Tuesday’s pitching plan as well as some of the pitchers lined up through Saturday. In parenthesis, you’ll find how many innings/pitches someone is limited to:

  • Tuesday vs SCF (7 innings): Bryan Morris (1), Donnie Veal (1), Ronald Uviedo (1), Justin Thomas (1), Ramon Aguero (1), Jeff Sues (1), Anthony Claggett (1)
  • Wednesday @ NYY: Paul Maholm (1), Ross Ohlendorf (1); (Brian Bass, D.J. Carrasco, Chris Jakubauskas, Steven Jackson, Jack Taschner and Jean Machi will be available as possible relievers)
  • Thursday @ ATL: Charlie Morton (2/45), Brian Burres (2/45), Brad Lincoln (1)
  • Friday @ BAL: Zach Duke (2/45), Daniel McCutchen (2/45), Virgil Vasquez (1)
  • Saturday vs. PHI: Kevin Hart (2/45), D.J. Carrasco (2/40)

A few notes regarding all this pitching stuff…

  • Manager John Russell downplayed the significance of the order of pitchers. In other words, he said, don’t assume that since Maholm and Ohlendorf are pitching in the first Grapefruit League game that one of them will be the Opening Day starter.
  • Carrasco and Burres are evidently going to be the long-relief candidates, which is why they’ll get some longer work than other relievers early.
  • Don’t read anything into the fact that Maholm and Ohlendorf are only pitching one inning apiece on Wednesday. Russell said it’s being treated just as if they’re getting another side session. They’ll move to a two-inning outing in their second appearance.
  • The Yankees are scheduled to start Chad Gaudin on Wednesday. The Phillies are scheduled to start Joe Blanton on Saturday. Still no word from the Braves or Phillies about who will take the mound on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
  • No, Billy Crystal is not coming to bat against Maholm on Wednesday.

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Add Sues to the list…

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Right-handed pitcher Jeff Sues has been invited to participate in the Pirates’ Major League Spring Training, the club announced on Tuesday. Sues was a non-roster participant last year for the first time.

After a standout 2008 season, Sues went 2-6 with a 4.67 ERA in 48 games. He struck out 86 and walked 45 in 90 2/3 innings.

The Pirates now have 26 non-roster players and a total of 66 players coming to camp. Pitchers and catchers must report to Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla., by the end of next Wednesday.

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Pirates outright RHP Jeff Sues; 40-man roster now at 38

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Pittsburgh cleared two roster spots on Monday, bringing the total of players on the club’s 40-man roster down to 38.

As reported earlier in the afternoon, Luis Cruz was placed on waivers and claimed by the Brewers. The Pirates also put right-hander Jeff Sues through waivers and were able to outright Sues to Triple-A Indianapolis after he went through unclaimed.

Sues, 26, made 40 of his 48 appearances last year in Indianapolis, where he went 2-6 with a 4.46 ERA.

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August 19: Brewers (58-61) @ Pirates (48-70)

So with another two home runs against the Brewers on Tuesday, the Pirates have now hit 10 in their last three games against the Brewers. Broaden that scope a little bit and Pittsburgh has gone deep 14 times in the team’s last seven games against Milwaukee. That accounts for a little over 15% of the team’s season home run total (92), which ranks just 14th in the NL.

It should be noted, though, that everyone has gone homer crazy against the Brewers this year. Milwaukee has allowed 161 long balls, most by any pitching staff in the Majors.

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • Rain is still coming down at PNC Park as I type, though certainly not as heavily as it was earlier. The radar seems promising for a game to be played at some point later this evening. I’ll update as necessary if there is a delay…
  • Before lightening struck close to the ballpark this afternoon, outfielder Lastings Milledge was out (as he is every day) doing extensive work with outfield coach Gary Varsho. Any defensive struggles he might be having are not due to a lack of effort, I’ll attest to that.
  • Spoke with Charlie Morton, who said he felt real good during his two side sessions since his last start. He’s at the point, too, where he was able to laugh, at least a little, about how bad his last start (the 10 ER, 1 IP one) was.
  • Phil Dumatrait is scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen this evening for Indianapolis, after which a determination will be made as to whether he’s ready to rejoin the Major League club.
  • Manager John Russell did name Dumatrait as a likely candidate to start one of the two games the Pirates have against the Reds during an Aug. 31 doubleheader.
  • The Pirates are sure to have another doubleheader (against the Cubs) later in the season as well, though Chicago still has not announced on which day. The two teams play at Wrigley Field from Sept. 29 – Oct. 1.
  • Donnie Veal (sprained left index finger) made his first rehab start for Double-A Altoona on Tuesday. Veal pitched two scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out three.
  • RHP Jeff Sues has been promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis. Sues, who is on the team’s 40-man roster and who participated in big-league Spring Training earlier this year, made 40 appearances for Altoona this year. He finished 2-6 with a 4.46 ERA. He struck out 74 and walked 37.
  • The Pirates officially announced on Wednesday that the team’s home games during the upcoming G-20 Summit will take place as scheduled. More information about parking, closed roads and security will be released closer to the Sept. 24-25 dates.
  • Oh, and Brandon Moss just receieved a new bow for deer hunting. That’s not at all important or really relevant, but he asked that I throw the exciting news in here, so I obliged.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Delwyn Young (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (1B)
  4. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  5. Ryan Doumit (C)
  6. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  7. Brandon Moss (RF)
  8. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  9. Paul Maholm (LHP)

Brewers lineup:

  1. Felipe Lopez (2B)
  2. Mike Cameron (CF)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Casey McGehee (3B)
  6. Mike Rivera (C)
  7. Jason Bourgeois (RF)
  8. Yovani Gallardo (RHP)
  9. Alcides Escobar (SS)

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Pirates cut eight

The Pirates had their second wave of cuts this spring on Monday afternoon as eight players were told that their days in Major League camp are over for this year…

  • 3B Pedro Alvarez — optioned to high Single-A Lynchburg, which is where he will start the season. Alvarez, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 Draft, was participating in his first big league camp.
  • RHP Jimmy Barthmaier — optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. As expected, Barthmaier’s bid to dent the Pirates’ starting rotation has ended.
  • RHP Jeff Sues — optioned to Double-A Altoona
  • C Steve Lerud — optioned to Double-A Altoona
  • RHP Ronald Uviedo — optioned to high Single-A Lynchburg
  • 2B Shelby Ford, RHP Juan Mateo and RHP Daniel McCutchen were all reassigned to Minor League camp. Ford is expected to start the season as the starting second baseman for Triple-A Indianapolis. McCutchen will pitch in the Triple-A rotation. Mateo has a shot at beginning in Indianapolis as well.

The Pirates now have 45 players left in big league camp.

You’ll find more details about these cuts and their significance on the main site in a bit. But this gets you the necessary information in the meantime.

Rays 8, Pirates 5

Righty Jimmy Barthmaier seems to be pitching himself right out of a potential rotation spot after a disastrous outing on Friday. Barthmaier was already a long shot to make the rotation out of Spring Training and would have probably have had to have been stellar all spring to get the nod. That’s not been the case so far.

Barthmaier was scheduled to pitch three innings, but had to be pulled after 1 1/3 innings. He’d eventually be charged with six earned runs on two walks and six hits.  

“The way he’s throwing the ball is affecting his mechanics, his release point,” manager John Russell said. “Inconsistent with his spots. Yanking the ball. Overthrowing. Just one of those outings where he never got into a rhythm.”

So far Barthmaier has allowed nine runs, walked five and allowed eight hits in 4 1/3 Grapefruit League innings.


Phil Dumatrait (left shoulder) threw his first session of live batting practice on Friday. He’s scheduled to throw a second session on Monday. … As Russell had promised earlier this week, Luis Cruz got some playing time at first on Friday. Cruz is expected to get time at almost every infield and outfield position this spring.


This stuff might get lost in the box score, so here are some brief offensive notes from the day:

  • Andy Phillips has now connected for four hits in his last four at-bats. He went 2-for-2 against the Reds on Thursday and then did so again on Friday after entering mid-game. He drove in three on Friday with a bases-loaded double.
  • Brian Bixler went 1-for-1 on Friday and has a hit in each of his last four games played.
  • After starting the spring 2-for-12 at the plate, Neil Walker had a three-hit day on Friday. He started at third and played a full nine innings.


Up Next: It’s back to Fort Myers on Saturday for another game against the Twins at 1:05 p.m. ET. Zach Duke will make the start for the Pirates and is expected to be followed by Craig Hansen, Daniel McCutchen, Chris Bootcheck, Tyler Yates and Jeff Sues. The Twins will start righty Scott Baker.

For those in Pittsburgh, the game will be broadcasted on 104.7 FM.

Also of note for Saturday – the Pirates will be highlighted on the new MLB Network on Saturday evening. The Pirates season preview will air at 6:30 and 11:30 p.m.