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Phillies 7, Pirates 4

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On the main site tonight, you can find a look at Josh Rodriguez, the Pirates’ Rule 5 pick who is trying to make the club as a backup middle infielder. To this point, Rodriguez has looked like he is trying a bit too hard to make an impression. We’ll see if he can get his nerves in check and just allow himself to relax and play as camp continues on.

I’m not really sure who among Rodriguez, Corey Wimberly or Pedro Ciriaco would be considered the favorite for that bench spot yet. Ciriaco is the best defensively of the three, but there are concerns about his bat. Wimberly and Rodriguez have to show that they are strong enough to play short at the Major League level. Wimberly has intriguing speed. Rodriguez probably has the best long-term potential with the bat.

Could be an interesting race over the next three weeks.

Also on the main site, you’ll find notes about Paul Maholm wanting the Opening Day start, Kevin Correia commenting about his outing Friday, Ronny Cedeno being scratched with a finger injury, and Minor League pitcher Michael Dubee talking about the chance to pitch in front of his dad — Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee.

Also, don’t hesitate to send over some fresh Inbox questions over the weekend. If I can get enough good ones, I’ll put out an Inbox sometime next week. Remember to include your first name, last initial and hometown when you send your email to

As for your leftovers…


Manager Clint Hurdle’s call for aggressive baserunning have been answered. Today, Neil Walker was thrown out trying to go first-to-third on a hard hit single to right. Phillies outfielder Wilson Valdez made a perfect throw to get Walker by a few steps. The attempt to take the extra base stalled a rally in the inning, but it’s what Hurdle wants to see at this point in spring.

Matt Diaz stole his first base of the spring after getting a single in the second. The Pirates now have 11 steals, a Grapefruit League high. The club has had three runners thrown out attempting to swipe a base.


Tony Sanchez, the Pirates’ top position player prospect and a first-round pick, finally got to see some Grapefruit League action. Sanchez had been solely watching from the bench since playing against the college kids, but Hurdle got him in to DH for the final few innings on Friday.

Despite not having played, Sanchez put together two pretty impressive at-bats. He fell into an 0-2 count his first time up, stayed alive and eventually ripped a ball down the left-field line for a double.

He fell into an 0-2 hole in his second at-bat, too, before taking three pitches to work the count full. Though Sanchez eventually was called out on strikes, his ability to work his way back into both at-bats was encouraging.

“Tony is going to be a good player,” Hurdle said afterward. “He is going to be a good hitter. He likes making things happen when he’s on offense. He is fun to watch.”


Fernando Nieve is not doing himself any favors in trying to earn a spot in the bullpen. He had another terrible outing on Friday. Nieve gave up five hits, four runs and walked one in 1 1/3 innings. This comes after he allowed three earned runs on five hits in one inning on February 28.

The Pirates signed Nieve to a Minor League deal over the winter. Much can still change, but at this point, plenty of other relief candidates have performed much better early.

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Winter ball update

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Here is another winter ball update for you:

Venezuela Winter League

SS Ronny Cedeno: 19 G, .279 BA, 9 R, 3 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI
2B Adenson Chourio: 11 G, .000 BA, 2 R
SS Argenis Diaz: 19 G, .186 BA, 6 R, 3 RBI
C Hector Gimenez: 26 G, .247 BA, 12 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 16 RBI
OF Lastings Milledge: 20 G, .260 BA, 13 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI
RHP Gabriel Alvarado: 2 G, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
LHP Sean Gallagher: 3-2, 8 G (5 GS), 29 IP, 28 H, 12 ER, 4 HR, 17 BB, 25 K
LHP Corey Hamman: 1-0, 14 G, 1 SV, 10.2 IP, 14 H, 8 ER, 4 HR, 4 BB, 10 K
RHP Jean Machi: 3-0, 15 G, 5 SV, 17 IP, 13 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 15 K
RHP Diego Moreno: 4 G, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
LHP Jhonathan Ramos: 2-0, 10 G, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 5 K
LHP Justin Thomas: 1-2, 9 G (4 GS), 19.1 IP, 22 H, 11 ER, 3 HR, 10 BB, 14 K

Dominican Winter League

SS Pedro Ciriaco: 14 G, .204 BA, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 R
C Jason Jaramillo: 16 G, .217 BA, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI
OF Starling Marte: 21 G, .224 BA, 7 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
RHP Michael Dubee: 1-0, 14 G, 17 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 14 K
RHP Charlie Morton: 0-1, 3 GS, 15 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 14 K

Australian Baseball League

OF Quincy Latimore: 12 G, .400 BA, 12 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI
LHP Rinku Singh: 2 G, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K  

Puerto Rican Winter League

SS Benji Gonzalez: 13 G, .160 BA, 6 R, 1 2B  

Mexican Winter League

OF Rogelio Noris: 27 G, .266 BA, 11 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI 

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Updated winter ball stats

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Here are your weekly updated winter ball statistics:

Venezuela Winter League

  • SS Ronny Cedeno: 10 G, .303 BA, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI
  • 2B Adenson Chourio: 9 G, .000 BA, 2 R
  • SS Argenis Diaz: 12 G, .194 BA, 6 R, 2 RBI
  • C Hector Gimenez: 26 G, .247 BA, 12 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 16 RBI
  • 3B Andy LaRoche: 21 G, .186 BA, 9 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI
  • OF Lastings Milledge: 15 G, .286 BA, 11 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI
  • RHP Gabriel Alvarado: 2 G, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
  • RHP Brian Bass: 1-1, 6 GS, 32 IP, 22 H, 7 ER, 1 HR, 16 BB, 21 K
  • LHP Sean Gallagher: 3-1, 7 G (4 GS), 25 IP, 20 H, 8 ER, 3 HR, 15 BB, 23 K
  • LHP Corey Hamman: 1-0, 10 G, 1 SV, 9,2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, 9 K
  • RHP Jean Machi: 2-0, 11 G, 5 SV, 13 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 14 K
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 1 G, .1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
  • LHP Jhonathan Ramos: 2-0, 9 G, 8.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 5 K
  • LHP Justin Thomas: 0-2, 6 G (4 GS), 16.2 IP, 18 H, 10 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 13 K

Dominican Winter League

  • SS Pedro Ciriaco: 9 G, .158 BA, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 R
  • C Jason Jaramillo: 14 G, .225 BA, 3 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
  • OF Starling Marte: 15 G, .196 BA, 6 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • RHP Michael Dubee: 9 G, 11 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 10 K
  • RHP Charlie Morton: 0-1, 3 GS, 15 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 14 K

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Kevin Hart placed on DL

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Kevin Hart has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list with what the organization believes to be right biceps tendinitis, said director of player development Kyle Stark. Stark said that there is not yet an estimate on how much time Hart is expected to miss.

Hart, who lost out on the Pirates’ fifth rotation spot this spring, has made five appearances (four starts) with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. Overall, he has allowed 13 earned runs on 18 hits in 17 1/3 innings. Hart has walked 11 and struck out 19.

His most recent outing came on Wednesday, and it wasn’t a pretty one. The righty lasted just two innings and gave up seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks.

In order to give Indianapolis an extra arm in the bullpen, right-hander Mike Dubee has been promoted from Double-A. Dubee has pitched 9 2/3 innings out of the Altoona bullpen this season. He has allowed just one earned run on seven hits.

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More Minor Matters

In addition to the promotions given to 3B Pedro Alvarez (headed to Double-A) and RHP Brad Lincoln (headed to Triple-A), the Pirates are promoting the following Minor Leaguers from Lynchburg to Altoona: pitchers Dustin Molleken and Michael Dubee and OF/1B Miles Durham.

Durham will first participate in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Infielder Chase D’Arnaud, the Pirates’ fourth-round pick in 2008, has been promoted from low Single-A West Virginia to high Single-A Lynchburg.

The Pirates have also signed three additional 2009 Draft picks: 1B Aaron Baker (11th round), RHP Phillip Irwin (21st round), RHP Ed Fallon (43rd round)

Andy Phillips traded to White Sox; Bucs acquire Michael Dubee

The Pirates made a swap of Minor Leaguers on Friday. The organization traded infielder/outfielder Andy Phillips to the White Sox in exchange for RHP Michael Dubee.

Dubee, 23, went 5-7 with a 4.37 ERA in 30 appearances (13 starts) for high Single-A Winston Salem last season. He began the 2009 season in Winston Salem and had allowed two runs on five hits in three innings of relief so far.

Dubee, an 18th-round Draft pick in 2006, is the son of Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee. He has been assigned to high Single-A Lynchburg.

Phillips signed a Minor League deal with the Pirates this offseason and looked to be in good shape to make the club out of Spring Training until a back injury cost him three weeks of playing time in March. The Pirates were taking a look at him playing second in Indianapolis and very likely could have called him up later this month to serve as another utility player. However, the acquisition of Delwyn Young earlier this week eliminated that need.

Phillips was also seen as a potential backup at first base and in right field. He is expected to report to Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate.