Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Notes: Day Off After 8-5 Loss to Birds; Team & League Stuff

Today: It's an off day for the Buccos.

Yesterday: Two in a row...not, as Pittsburgh lost to Baltimore 8-5. After Alex McRae gave the Bucs three innings of one-hit ball, Dovy Neverauskas was bombed for five runs (four earned) and later in the game, after the Bucs pared the lead to one run, Jordan Milbrath gave up a pair in 1/3 IP on two hits and two walks, wasting zeroes put up by Kyle Crick and Josh Smoker. Gregory Polanco, Corey Dickerson, Josh Harrison, Colin Moran and Fran Cervelli each had a pair of hits. Jose Osuna had a rap in his only appearance, singling home a pair of runs with two outs. The Pirates banged out 13 knocks, including five doubles, but went 3-for-14 w/RISP.

  • Cervy went 2-for-2 and now has five hits in his last eight at bats.
  • Clint confirmed that George Kontos will be the eighth-inning set up man for Felipe Rivero when the season starts.
  • Bill Baer of NBC Sports has the Pirates 2018 preview and writes "It’s a team that is just adequate all the way around."
  • The Yankees reportedly signed Neil Walker to a 1-year/$4M guaranteed deal plus $125K for 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances gravy. This year's market has been brutal between overblown expectations and low ball bidding. In Walker's case, he's remained a consistently solid hitter but back woes in the last two seasons have made teams wary of the 32-year-old's lasting power. But still...
  • Remember the old Knothole Gang at Forbes Field? The Orioles are bringing back the concept, offering free tickets to kids nine-and-under for certain games.

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