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The Pirates gave non-roster spring training invites to Tony Sanchez, Brian Friday, Andrew Lambo, Eric Fryer and Chase D’Arnaud according to Rob Biertempfel of the Trib on Tuesday.
There are currently 61 players invited to spring training in Bradenton, FL., the 40-man roster plus 21 non-roster invites.
The non-roster list includes: Justin Thomas, Fernando Nieve, Josh Fields, Dusty Brown, Sean Gallagher, Donnie Veal, Andy Marte, Cesar Valdez, Tyler Yates, Jeff Clement, Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson, Garrett Atkins, Brian Burres and Corey Wimberly.
The Pirates are holding a mini-camp starting on Monday in Bradenton, Florida. The camp this year will be focused on conditioning and will run four days.
Those expected to attend (according to Jenifer Langosch) are:
Pitchers – Michael Crotta, Joel Hanrahan, Kevin Hart, Jeff Karstens, Brad Lincoln, Jeff Locke, Daniel McCutchen, James McDonald, Kyle McPherson, Evan Meek, Bryan Morris, Charlie Morton, Daniel Moskos, Ross Ohlendorf, Chris Resop, Aaron Thompson, Tony Watson
Catchers – Jason Jaramillo
Infielders – Pedro Ciriaco, Lyle Overbay, Steve Pearce, Josh Rodriguez, Neil Walker
Outfielders – Matt Diaz, Gorkys Hernandez, Garrett Jones, Andrew McCutchen, Alex Presley, Jose Tabata
Non Roster invites – Dusty Brown, Brian Burres, Josh Fields, Fernando Nieve, Justin Thomas, Cesar Valdez, Corey Wimberly
Pedro Alvarez and Chris Leroux are currently listed as maybes to attend.
The Pirates re-signed Left hander Brian Burres to a minor league deal on Monday. He will also receive an invite to spring training.
Burres was non tendered by the Pirates on December 2nd. He went 4-5 with a 4.99 ERA in 20 games (13 starts) during the 2010 season.
With the addition to Burres, the Bucs now have 15 non roster invites to spring training this year. The list includes: Justin Thomas, Fernando Nieve, Josh Fields, Dusty Brown, Sean Gallagher, Donnie Veal, Andy Marte, Cesar Valdez, Tyler Yates, Jeff Clement, Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson, Garrett Atkins, and Corey Wimberly.
The Pirates are continuing to negotiate with Donnie Veal and Brian Burres for minor league deals for 2011. “[We are] continuing good dialogue and continuing to remain optimistic on both fronts. [There is] nothing tangible at this point,” Huntington said.
General Manager Neal Huntington also said he was interested in stretching Sean Gallagher back into a starter. Gallagher was out righted off the waivers in November, but could be an option for the Triple-A Indy rotation.
“In a strange way, being able to outright Sean may actually help his career. We’d love to see him start. But he was caught in that no-man’s land of being out of options and not wanting to lose him so you keep him on the Major League club. In Sean’s case, this may actually help. We’d love to get him stretched back out. We love the arm. He started in winter ball. He wants to start. He’s going to be given every chance in the world to make our club. There is open mindset to him being a starter.”
It’s a moment baseball players dream of and John Bowker lived it during Tuesday’s night’s victory over the Cardinals. Bases loaded, two outs and a close 4-2 ball game. Bowker layed off the first pitch fastball by MacDougal.
“I just wanted to see what he had,” Bowker said. “I had never faced him before.”
He took the next pitch (fastball) and hit it into the left center gap, a bases clearing double, giving the Pirates a 7-2 lead.
“I’ll tell you what: When he hits the ball hard, he hits it really hard,” Russell said. “It was a great sign.”
Is John Bowker trying to make an impression on the Pirates staff?
“Yeah, I think everyone’s trying to make an impression. Whatever role that is. Tonight coming off the bench, definitely trying to.”
Garrett Jones is hitting well again after slumping horribly in August. Jones went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a monster home run he hit in the first inning –his 21st of the season–
“It was up,” Suppan said of the 1-0 changeup. “He’s a type of guy that can get his hands extended. I was trying to have some depth on the changeup and it just stayed up.”
“He feels a lot more comfortable at the plate and you can see it,” Russell said. “He’s getting to some balls that he wasn’t a few weeks ago.”
Brian Burres picked up his fourth win of the season after pitching 5.2 innings. He allowed two runs –one earned– on four hits, walked three and struck out zero. With Burres’ last start of the season he finishes (4-4) the only Pirates starter to finish at the .500 mark.
“When he keeps the ball down, he can be tough,” Russell said. “He got through some jams. We made some plays behind him on a couple really hard hit balls. He hung in there.”
A decent outing from Burres who was pulled after just two innings of work his last start.
“Last time, I got into a little bit of trouble and couldn’t get out of it,” Burres said, insisting that his game plan didn’t change. “This time, I made some better pitches and the defense made some good plays behind me.”
- With the 7-2 Victory the Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak on the road as well as eight straight losses at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
- Andrew McCutchen reached safely for his 23rd straight game.
- Ronny Cedeno’s error in the third inning was his fourth straight game with an error.
- Chris Resop made his first appearance since September 16th (right elbow) pitching a 1/3 of an inning, striking out one.
- Evan Meek pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out the side which included Pujols and Holliday.
- Alex Presley picked up his first Major League steal.
- The Pirates have won two of their last three games and seven of their last 10.
- The Pirates have homered in eight of their last 12 games and have out-homered their opponent, 36-26, since August 18.
- In Chan Ho Park’s last 19 appearances (19.1 IP) he has been scored upon five times while posting a 2.33 ERA.
- Since the All-Star break, Jose Tabata, ranks second in the National League with hits (88) behind the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez (93). Since Tabata’s Major League debut on June 9, he is tied with Cardinals’ Matt Holliday for second in the N.L. with hits (116).
- The Pirates are 2-22 in their past 24 road games. Their last win was on July 28th against Colorado.
- Baseball America put three Pirates prospects on it’s New York Penn League Top 20 list: RHP Zack Von Rosenberg (No. 6), LHP Colton Cain (10), and LHP Zack Dodson (17).
Brian Burres (3-4, 5.29 ERA)
RHP Jeff Suppan (2-7, 5.40 ERA)
Burres is making his 100th career appearence tonight. He lasted just 2.1 innings his last start against the Cardinals allowing four runs on six hits. Burres is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in his last four starts.
Suppan is 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA over his last three starts. He won his last start against the Pirates allowing one run on four hits through five innings, walking two and striking out two.
The Pirates five-game win streak was snapped by the Cardinals as they pounded on the Pirates in a 9-2 loss at PNC Park.
Brian Burres –who was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last three starts– was pulled after allowing four runs through 2.1 innings.
“He didn’t have much,” manager John Russell said. “When they start taking good swings off of him, that’s when you know he’s not really on. When he’s on, teams don’t swing the bat very well off of him. He had a couple hitters where he looked like he was getting it back, and he just couldn’t maintain it.”
Pujols hit two home runs in the game, the first coming off of Burres in the third inning after walking Schumaker on four straight balls.
“I got the head out, and it was good enough to go out of the park,” Pujols said. “It was a pretty good pitch, and I was able to stay inside the ball.”
Burres missed badly and quickly gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
“Farther in,” Burres said where he tried to locate the ball. “With him, you need to especially get your pitches to where they need to be. Obviously, I needed to execute that pitch a little better, and I didn’t.”
The pitching continued to spiral after Burres was knocked out early. Chan Ho Park, Sean Gallagher and Wil Ledezma all allowed at least one run in their innings of work.
“If you pitch well, you give yourself a chance,” Russell said. “You get down, it’s tough to scrape back. With a team like St. Louis … it’s tough to keep them at bay.”
The Pirates must win their final three games against the Astros starting Friday in order to finish the season .500 at home.
- The Pirates 3-1 victory over the Reds on Sunday afternoon was only the fourth win for the Bucs when trailing after eight innings.
- Brian Burres allowed one run on four hits through seven innings pitched. He walked one and struck out six. (Second straight great start for Burres)
“When he throws strikes, he’s tough to hit,” Pirates manager John Russell said. “The key for him is keeping the ball down and throwing strikes.”
“I had good command the whole game,” said Burres. “I felt good. I thought I was able to make some quality pitches. My last two starts have been good. Hopefully, I can continue the success”.
- Neil Walker’s single in the first inning extended his hit streak to 18 games. It also ties the longest Rookie hit streak in Pirates history. (Rennie Stennett in 1971)
- McCutchen’s bases clearing double was Cordero’s eighth blown save on the season, which is second-most in the majors.
“It’s not like I was pitching to my little boy,” Cordero said. “[McCutchen] is a big league hitter. He’s young, but he’s a big league player. When something like that happens, you just have to tip your cap. There’s nothing I can do.”
- Even though the Pirates lost 2-of-3 against the Reds, they didn’t give up without a fight. They came back from behind and went into extras in the first two games of the series. Although they suffered heartbreaking loses, they did learn from it:
“We’re taking away a lot of positives from this series,” Burres said. “Even though we lost two, we easily could’ve taken two or three. We battled for every out. We need to keep it going.”
- According to MLB beat writer Rob Biertempfel: The Pirates cite “fatigue clause” and will not allow Pedro Alvarez to play winter ball this offseason.
- Matt Bandi writer for The Pittsburgh Lumber Co tweeted about Delwyn Young as a pinch-hitter. I always seem to have arguments with fans regarding if he is a good PH or not. I’ll let the numbers decide it for you.
@MBandi: Can we please stop repeating the nonsense about Delwyn Young being a great pinch hitter? He’s at .242/.266/.355 as a PH in 2010.
Brian Burres 3-3, 5.75 ERA
Johnny Cueto 12-5, 3.45 ERA
Burres is coming off a great start which kept him in the starting rotation. Through six innings he allowed just one run on five hits, walked none and struck out three against the AL East leading Braves.
Cueto is 9-2 with a 2.88 ERA lifetime against the Pirates. He got the loss his last start against the Rockies. Cueto pitched six innings giving up three runs (all scored in the first inning) off seven hits, walked two and struck out five.
Presley 9 *Making his first major league start
Bowker 3 **Making his first start for the Pirates at 1B
News and Notes:
- Neil Walker extended his hit streak to 17 games in the 8th inning of Saturday’s game against the Reds. He hit a two RBI single off of a 100 mph heater by Chapman.
- Jose Tabata picked up his 100th hit in the 1st inning, making it the first time the Pirates have had two rookies with more than 100 hits since Tony Womack ad Jose Guillen.
- Joey Votto’s home run in the 10th inning was his first ever career walk-off homer. The Reds picked up their 81st win, breaking the 9 consecutive losing seasons.
After pitching a beauty on Monday against the Braves, Brian Burres will remain in the Pirates rotation for the remainder of the season.
Manager John Russell annouced that Burres will start in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Jeff Karsents’ sore shoulder is slowly improving but it is unlikely that he will make another start this season. If Karstens does pitch before the season ends, it would be from the bullpen.
“He’s getting better,” Russell said. “It’s still going to be a few days before there is a determination about when he might be ready to come back.”