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Final: Orioles 4, Pirates 1


Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (8-13) vs. Baltimore Orioles, Grapefruit League

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.

TV, radio: Root Sports, MLB Network (tape delay at midnight),

Here is the live box score. Rob Biertempfel goes prime time.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Jose Tabata, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Rod Barajas, C
  7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Erik Bedard, LHP


  1. The OD lineup, ladies and germs. With good ole unconditional six million dollar man batting seventh behind that ferocious hitter, Rod Barajas.

    Only in spring training: the battle of the perennial losers of their respective leagues.

  2. I guess this year these two long suffering franchises will get to play for real in June in the “Battle of Consecutive Losing Streaks” series.

  3. Opening day lineup unless there are injuries in the next 10 days

  4. Dejan:

    You mentioned your “untrained baseball eye” in the Wakeup Call. Mine, as well as perhaps everyone who posts on this blog, also has an “untrained baseball eye.” I was wondering if you have ever had a source, who does have a trained baseball eye, perhaps a scout in another organization, tell you that Pedro does not have what it takes to master major league pitching?

    DK: In covering baseball, you never, ever stop asking questions. Kiss of death.

  5. Good to see Pay-dro back at 3rd.

  6. I don’t know why it didn’t don on me earlier, but who was the yahoo that made up this years schedules? We end the Spring Training schedule by playing two games in Philly, then both teams go cross state to play three for real to start the season. What’s up with the best of 5 series? I know they will likely let a lot of minor league guys play in those last two Spring Training games, but the starters will probably get some playing in.

  7. JohninOshkosh, yeah I know what you mean. I’ll be taking in that third game of the series between these two lightweights. I would go to all three, but need to save up vacation time for other parts of the year, and the drive from south of DC to Balt-i-more each night would just suck royally.

  8. Steve:

    I know you will have a blast. Irregardless of the teams or their records, few things are as enjoyable as a MLB game. Plus, Camden Yards? Forgetaboutit!

  9. Being around baseball all my life, it is clear to me that until Pedro hits with authority on a consistent basis, there is always gonna be something different that someone is going to have in mind to help him get out of it (ie., toe tap, closed stance, open stance, hands back, etc.). Bottom line, he has got to hit.

    It is like an imaginary net over him. The harder he tries to get out, the more he is going to get tangled up.

  10. Hoss,

    It might be more of a head thing. He may need extra help there rather than an mechanical issue.

  11. It’s nice to see the smiling bird back on the Orioles hats.

  12. Milo: Agreed. Only thing missing is Earl.

    Lucky: Buckeyes!!!

  13. At least three veteran lefty relievers were released today. Trever Miller, Joe Beimel & Mitch Stetter. Stetter had a good year in ’09 with the Brewers & is the youngest of the three. I think he might be worth a look. Of course the fact that they were released may tell you how they were pitching this spring.

  14. Three k’s, impressive

  15. Hopefully when the subs come in they will score some runs. Currently the only run producers in the line-up are Presley, McCutchen, Jones & Barajas. Once they bring in McLouth, Hague, Harrison and Navarro they will have better offense…as long as they don’t exchange them for any of the previous four.

  16. Here’s another one. John Grabow exercised his out clause with the Dodgers today and became a free agent. He’s had a good spring. He’s not allowed a run & struck out 7 in 6 innings. I believe he still makes his home in Pittsburgh.

  17. Same pa

  18. I think Bedard will have to pitch a lot like this with the run producing difficulties this team is going to have.


  19. I was kind of expecting them to sign Grabow myself after reading the possibility of him doing that this morrning, seeing as how their bullpen lefties aren’t faring so well right now. Grabow is at least as good as any of them and probably better.

  20. Pedro can’t hit a lick but he just invented a word. He said he wanted to be precautious about his knee. To emphasize the point, Lacee made sure to use it again. So glad I can be educated watching Bucco baseball on Root Sports.

  21. Would be interesting if Grabow came back

  22. A little late since it is a couple innings later, but Greg Brown mentioned in the Top of the 2nd that “Mark Reynolds wrote the book on strikeouts.” Can anyone check Pedro’s locker to see if he has a copy of it in there. Another K so far tonight.

  23. Just a hunch but I think Tommy Hunter might be a nice surprise for the O’s this year.

  24. Double No Hitter!!

  25. Maybe he meant precocious. Did he really say that?? I don’t have cable.

  26. @PigLegs

    No. He said precautious. You would expect more from a Vanderbilt guy.

  27. Both are dealing.

  28. If Gameday is right, Bedard has 24 pitches through 4.

  29. Bedard – 50 pitches thru 5 innings.

  30. Amazing

  31. Pedro thought it was best for him to skip out on Winter Ball and the baseball team had no leverage in the decision because you can’t force a player to play and you can’t threaten a minor league assignment if a guy skips out.

    The ball club was said to be ticked about his decision and their reaction during the offseason was to acquire another third baseman, yet since then, they’ve done nothing but baby him, shield of him of personal responsibility.

    Once again, we’re talking about knee irritation, we’re talking about poor defensive execution, we’re talking about a worse left-handed hitting version of Rob Deer, and worst of all, we’re talking about a guy who is mentally gone.

    He can’t hit the inside high fastball, can’t layof the slow and low outside stuff. His bat speed is gone, his swing is long with holes…he’s Brad Eldred but with money attached to him.

    Pirates have the hardest schedule in April and if they give it away because they want to develop something, then they failed in their minor league system and that’s the direct relationship on things the team can control. No more excuses for non-payroll things.

  32. EB is ready for OD, methinks.

  33. Eric:

    nice post. I sure hope that writing that payroll check to Pedro each month (or every 2 weeks?) is not making the baseball decisions for them.

  34. Alvarez 3-0 to strikeout…. just cannot happen on a consistent basis like it happens with him. He has to learn to see his pitch and hit it hard, which should have been the 3-0 pitch. Instead he takes the best pitch he’ll see, then swings at a high fastball for strike 2 and goes down looking on a high curve.

  35. Pa will not get the close call.

  36. @Eric

    Rob Deer hit 230 career homers. I’ll sign up for that right now.

  37. Gameday has Bedard at 27 pitches through 5-knew that was wrong. Thx Milo

  38. JohninOshkosh – I think it has everything to do with forcing him on the roster to justify their decisions since draft day. They’re not alone in this because as I was once told by a former hockey scout (Chuck Grillo), the player has to want it, he has to be willing to train on his own and by others. If a player can’t commit to himself, how can he commit to the team.

  39. @Milo – At this point, I’ll take that too because I don’t think he’ll hit 50 with his struggles at the plate. He might be out of the majors by 2014.

  40. Gameday gets ALL screwed up. Yesterday for defense they had the Pirates outfield and the Astros infield together on the same diamond. It’s laughable.

  41. Rob Deer is beloved around here. Probably won’t be the case with PA and the ‘burgh.

  42. Nice way to end it.

  43. Gameday in the spring is never right on pitches. Don’t know why they have it if they are not going to do it right. For all their money MLB has a poor website.

  44. JohninOshkosh – I really hope I’m wrong about PA but he reminds me of JJ Davis.

  45. @Eric

    I don’t know if this is the case with Pedro but sometimes guys sign the big contract and the commitment disappears. I give you Jamarcus Russell. People will downplay that possibility, but it does happen. Mostly guys that genuinely don’t love the game.

    How about Jeff King, the very day he qualified for his big league pension, he quit. Right in the middle of the season. It was torture for him, every day. He once said – “You know how I know I’m having a bad day ? Every time I hear that song.” He was talking about the National Anthem.

  46. Eric:

    Nice call! Won’t be much of a legacy for PA if that is the case.

  47. John – just hope I’m wrong because if he doesn’t turn it around, there’s not much in the minors to fill that gap at third base. Josh Bell, maybe he’ll turn into a corner outfielder or first baseman but to win, you need run production at third base. I’m not sure they have anyone to do that.

    Erik Bedard should write himself a note, “Get used to it”.

  48. Cheap run, good game for bedard. More excuses for pa.

  49. And there’s the “simple” play for Pedro airmailed over Jones at 1B.

  50. In a different dimension, perhaps Matt Wieters is a Pirate.

  51. John – yeah, sure would be nice to have him behind the plate or 1B than Moskos, who is a suspect reliever. lol

  52. Do hague and navarro go north?

  53. Radio, certainly hope so.

    Nice one hit output from the OD lineup.

  54. Just got home and looked at the box. 20 hits yesterday and 1 today through 8. But only 2 K’s for Pedro tonight in 3 AB’s. Some hope.


    Thanks for pulling for the Buckeyes. I think they’re 4th or at the very least 3rd in the final 4. Three schools within a good spit in the wind from each other, then Kansas.

    Sign John Grabow now if Watson is the only lefty in the pen. We’ve had enough of Joe Beimel.

  55. More errors than hits. Yikes.

  56. To add to JAL’s wise mantra: walks and errors kill.

    G’night fellas. Thanks for the input. Enjoyed it.


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