Veteran Jeff Karstens was shut down early last season with a shoulder injury and, after returning from that, was hampered by late-season soreness in his hip.
Too many walks and not enough hits were the two problems for the Pirates as they dropped a 5-0 decision to the Phillies at McKechnie Field.
Pedro Alvarez is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit 30 home runs with 85 RBIs.However, he also struck out 180 times – once every 3.3 plate appearances.
The Pirates snapped a six-game Grapefruit League losing streak with an 8-6 win over their former divisional rivals, the Houston Astros at frosty McKechnie Field.
Rob Pratte hosted Black and Gold Sunday from Kuhn’s Market with Bob Dvorchak, Jeff Cohen and Frank Augustine.
Newcomer Mike Zagurski may be a longshot to make the Pirates’ 25-man roster, but he’s yet to give up a hit in Spring Training.
It was tough enough for Pittsburgh fans to watch the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl with Ray Lewis front and center; but with Pittsburgh playing the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., on Saturday, it was Ray Lewis Day for the Lakeland native at Joker Marchant Stadium.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — With perpetual team goals out of reach, Steelers running back Isaac Redman wants to focus on personal goals against visiting Cleveland on Sunday. After that disastrous Week 12 meeting, his chief one is to simply protect the ball better.
Reaction from the Steelers locker room from Mike Wallace, Ike Taylor and Josh Victorian. Gregg Giannotti and Jim Colony reporting.
CLEVELAND (93-7 THE FAN) — As the Steelers (6-5) get ready for a rematch in Baltimore with the Ravens (9-2), offensive lineman Max Starks has not lost faith in the ability of his MASH unit of a team to reach the postseason.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Given happier circumstances, the Penguins’ now abbreviated 2012-13 season would begin at home Oct. 25 against the New York Rangers. However, the NHL and NHLPA don’t appear to be operating under those right now.
93-7 The Fan’s Jim Colony recently made his usual trip down to the South Side even though we’re in a bye week, allowing him to catch up with Steelers’ center Maurkice Pouncey for their regular “In Depth With Maurkice Pouncey” spot.
93-7 The Fan’s Jim Colony made his usual trip down to the South Side this week, where he caught up with Steelers’ center Maurkice Pouncey for their regular “In Depth With Maurkice Pouncey” spot and also chatted with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
The Steelers needed free agent defensive back DeMarcus Van Dyke last Sunday. But few realize it, including the Oakland Raiders, who cut the 2011 draftee in the off-season.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Following an informal workout at Ice-O-Plex in Southpointe, the secondary home of the Penguins, captain Sidney Crosby sat down for a special one-on-one with 93.7 The Fan’s Jim Colony to discuss the NHL lockout, which enters its third full day Tuesday.