-- DJ Carrasco told Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that "...the guys don't take it seriously enough that they're losing all the time. That's something that needs to be worked on internally from the players themselves, to have a pride issue of getting beat up every day..."
Nice to know the fans take defeat harder than the team.
-- Speaking of defeat, the current model of the Pirates have tied the 1985 team for the most modern-era road losses with 59. And they still have seven road games left on the schedule after their last nine-game home stand, starting tonight, ends.
-- David Golebiewski of Fangraphs looks at Zach Duke, and says that despite the numbers, he's the same pitcher he's always been.
-- Game #3 of the Altoona-Trenton Eastern League Championship was rained out last night; it resumes today at Trenton with the teams tied 1-1 in the five game set.
-- Jim Callis of Baseball America on Tim Alderson "Whatever the reason, Alderson isn't the same pitcher he was in 2008, or even when the Pirates acquired him in mid-2009. Unless he finds a solution, it's difficult to envision him making it to the majors."
-- Who might the Pirates be looking at in the 2011 draft? Well, 3B Anthony Rendon of Rice for sure, but they could also be considering RHP Gerrit Cole from UCLA, LHP Matt Purke of TCU, or OF George Springer of UConn for that top spot.