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Infielder Bixler reacquired from Indians

| Tuesday, July 13, 2010

• Infielder Brian Bixler was reacquired from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named. Bixler, the Pirates' second-round draft pick in 2004, was traded to Cleveland in January for infielder Jesus Brito. Bixler batted .178 for the Pirates spanning the 2008-09 seasons. He struck out 62 times in 152 at-bats. He was batting .278 with three homers and 27 RBI for the Indians' Triple-A Columbus affiliate. Bixler has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

• Left-hander Jeff Locke was promoted to Double-A Altoona, and right-handed pitcher Tim Alderson was demoted to High-A Bradenton. Locke (9-3, 3.54 ERA for Bradenton) was acquired last year from Atlanta in the Nate McLouth trade. "We felt like we needed to get Alderson off the treadmill of surviving and trying to get (Double-A) hitters out, and shifted to focusing on taking the steps necessary to get on track to getting (major league) hitters out," farm director Kyle Stark said. "This is a big-picture move focused on his delivery, mentality and understanding of who he needs to be as a pitcher." Alderson (7-5, 5.62) was acquired from San Francisco in the Freddy Sanchez trade. Alderson pitched three innings Monday and gave up six runs (five earned) against Richmond. The game was suspended by rain in the fourth inning.

• West Virginia left-hander Nathan Baker was named Single-A South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week.

• State College right-hander Kevin Decker was named New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week.

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