Wandy Rodriguez faced the minimum while throwing seven innings of 1-hit ball to outpitch Tim Hudson help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 6-0 on Friday.
Spring Training has ended and the Pirates are headed north for Opening Day.
We have all heard so many times that action speaks louder than words. That seems to be the case with the Pirates players and coaches this spring. There are no slogans or printed t-shirts with “finish” on them in the clubhouse it just seems to be understood that this is a very important year. A year when winning is expected. The last two years have given the fans a taste of what post season baseball could be like but still are dealing with a losing streak of 20 straight years.
Neil Walker of the Pirates understands why people questioned the team’s effort after last season, but thinks that it isn’t always about stepping up your game.
Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington feels strongly in the direction that his major league club has gone under Manager Clint Hurdle, and while they aren’t all the way where they want to be, he was happy enough with the results to reward Hurdle with a new contract.
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker talked about his spot in the order and his contract status.
It may only be December, but it’s time to start thinking about baseball.
It’s pumpkin carving time and if you’re a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, you can win an autographed Neil Walker bat by showing off your pumpkin carving skills and Bucco fever.
Neil Walker talked with Joe Starkey of Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sports Radio 93.7 The FAN to talk about everything from the season he had, to the Pirates unique minor league training methods.
Pirates Hitting Coach Gregg Ritchie caught up with Joe Starkey of Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN after Pedro Alvarez’s two homerun performance Tuesday night against the Cardinals to discuss Pedro’s shots, as well as Andrew McCutchen showing signs of ending his recent slump.
Pirates Announcer Greg Brown joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN for his weekly chat, and talked about the importance of the two games left in the Pirates and Cardinals series.
Pirates Manager, Clint Hurdle joined the Fan Morning Show on s to talk to the guys. The conversation began with the overnight news that Pitcher, Erik Bedard has been released from the team.
Injured second baseman Neil Walker reaffirmed he will not go on the disabled list despite dislocating his right pinky finger Wednesday night.
Fortunately, it appears none of those moves are directly related to the health of hot-hitting second baseman Neil Walker, who dislocated his right pinky finger in a collision with Dodger infielder Mark Ellis during the first inning of Wednesday’s 9-3 loss.
Following the Pirates’ fourth straight defeat, which put them on the brink of being swept by Los Angeles Thursday afternoon, x-rays on what was deemed a dislocated right pinky finger were found negative. However, Walker will see a hand specialist at some point today for a second opinion.