The Pirates have not had a winning season since 1992, the victims of baseball's radically unbalanced playing field and, in many cases, their own utter incompetence.
The Bucs got solid performances on Wednesday from starter Charlie Morton and relievers Tony Watson and Jared Hughes, but their offense struck out 10 times and didn't walk once. Derrek Lee had three hits in the loss, and Alex Presley had two doubles.
After the game, the Pirates announced that they had claimed catcher Matt Pagnozzi from the Colorado Rockies and cleared space on the 40-man roster for him by moving Steve Pearce to the 60-day disabled list. Pagnozzi, 28, is a light-hitting catcher who has spent most of his career in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He is the nephew of former Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi.
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