Friday, March 21, 2014

Bucs Visit NY, Camp Notes

The clock is ticking...ten days to the opener:

  • The Buccos visit the Evil Empire in Tampa tonight. The game starts at 7:05 at Steinbrenner Field and will be on MLB Network, Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan. Edinson Volquez gets the ball for the Bucs. The lineup: Starling Marte LF, Neil Walker 2B, Cutch CF, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Tony Sanchez C, Jordy Mercer SS, Jose Tabata RF, Josh Harrison DH and Robert Andino 3B.
  • Pittsburgh lost to Baltimore 4-2 last night; Cutch remained en fuego with another homer. Francisco Liriano had a strong outing, but left in the sixth inning with tightness in his groin, which he said was minor but certainly bears watching as Opening Day approaches.
  • ESPN has ranked Pedro Alvarez as MLB's #10 hot corner performer.
  • Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune Review reported that Jeff Locke tossed a couple of pain-free frames in a sim game at Pirate City yesterday.
  • NRI Travis Ishikawa is getting on the radar as a first base candidate, thanks to the less than encouraging performances of Andrew Lambo and Chris McGuiness, according to Tom Singer of
  • Doug Thorburn of Baseball Prospectus dissects Tyler Glasnow in his article "Raising Aces."
  • Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects reported that the Bucs released four minor league pitchers: lefty hurlers Zac Fuesser and Dalton Friend, along with right-handers Kevin Kleis and Ethan Hollingsworth.
  • Ex-Bucs: The Nats' optioned Ross Ohlendorf to AAA Syracuse.
  • Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Reds expect Aroldis Chapman to be out 6-8 weeks before he can begin pitching activities again after undergoing surgery to repair broken facial bones.

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