Friday, September 24, 2010

Tonight's Note Pad

-- Jeff Karstens told a couple of the beat writers that he was feeling good and ready to pitch. JR was more non-committal, saying he had a possibility of seeing some action when the Bucs hit the road to close the season next week.

-- Why Andy LaRoche will be non-tendered this year: he's been in 43 games as a sub, and hit exactly .100. That's no way to earn a bench job.

-- Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors has the Pirates' pick-up of Chris Resop as one of his "Five Difference Making Waiver Claims" of this season.

-- Nathan Rode of Baseball America picked the Top Twenty players for the Gulf Coast rookie league; no young Bucs were among them.

-- Why drugs in baseball suck: Former Pirate Jose Bautista hit his 50th HR, and instead of celebrating, he has to fend off charges of possible HGH use, mentioned by Buster Olney on ESPN's Sports Center. His break out season is under suspicion whether he's juiced or not - and he has passed every random test he's had.

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