by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/13/2013) Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones is off to a strong start this year.
Jones has been platooned with Gaby Sanchez throughout the year, but Jones has the benefit of facing right-handed pitchers. Jones has always been a significantly better hitter against righties. Over his career, he's hit .281/.348/.501 in 1,511 at-bats. In virtually the same role, he hit .274/.317/.516, with 27 home runs last season.
Given his slightly reduced role, and the abundance of talent at first, Jones' Fantasy value is limited in mixed leagues. But he makes a solid injury fill-in if he's facing right-handers.
Garrett Jones stays productive
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Pirates outfielder Garrett Jones had another productive game at the plate Friday against the Mets. Jones collected three hits in the 7-3 win, including belting his fifth home run of the year.
He ripped the three-run shot off starter Shaun Marcum in the fifth inning and also doubled and scored twice.
Jones finished 3 for 5 in the victory and is hitting .333 with two home runs and five RBI over his last six games (21 at-bats).
Garrett Jones hits fourth long ball of the year
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones hit his fourth home run in Tuesday's series opener against the Mariners. He took reliever Carter Capps deep for a two-run shot in the eighth inning. Jones finished 1 for 4 in the 4-1 win.
The 31-year-old has gone just 2 for 14 (.143) through five games in May.
Garrett Jones goes yard vs. Cards
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Pirates outfielder Garrett Jones enjoyed a productive night at the plate as he launched his second home run of the season Sunday afternoon against the Cardinals.
Jones took reliever Fernando Salas deep for a solo home run in the seventh inning. He also doubled in the third and singled in the fifth as he finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and one RBI in a 9-0 victory.
He has reached base in each of his last six games and is hitting .389 (7 for 18) with four doubles, four runs scored, a home run and four RBI over that span. He is hitting .324/.382/.515 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 68 at-bats.
Garrett Jones comes up big Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Pirates outfielder/first baseman Garrett Jones hit a go-ahead double Thursday.
Jones didn't start the game but pinch hit in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded, Jones took a 3-1 pitch to right field, giving the Pirates the lead.
Pirates getting production from 1B
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) The Pirates have not implemented a strict platoon at first base between Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez, MLB.com reports. Still, the two entered Wednesday have combined to hit .367 (22 for 60) with three home runs and 16 RBI batting in the cleanup spot.
"We've had some guys at the top of the order create opportunities for them; Gaby [.381 with two home runs in eight games batting fourth] has matched up well against some left-handed pitching," manager Clint Hurdle said. "They've been able to collectively, in a small sample size, have some pretty good productivity. They are comfortable with it."
Garrett Jones extends hitting streak to six
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones extended his hitting streak to six games with a 1-for-2 day and two RBI against the Braves Thursday night. Jones was also hit by a pitch and added a sacrifice fly to his line.
Jones has hit .333/.383/.476 this season for the Pirates.
Garrett Jones picking up pace
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Pirates first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones continued to pick up his average on Saturday against the Reds. He went 2 for 4 with an RBI in a 3-1 win.
The 31-year-old doubled home Andrew McCutchen in the fourth inning before singling in the eighth.
After going just 2 for 14 (.143) in the first six games, Jones is batting .444 (8 for 18) in the last five contests with one homer and four RBI.
Garrett Jones halts power drought
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Pirates outfielder Garrett Jones slugged his first home run of the season -- and first extra-base hit -- during Pittsburgh's 5-3 win at Arizona Monday night. Jones, who tallied a career-high 27 homers last season, had served as a pinch hitter the previous two games and is hitting .167.
Garrett Jones crosses the plate for Pirates
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Pirates first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones went 0 for 4 on opening day but was able to contribute on Wednesday night against the Cubs. He went 1 for 4 with a run scored in the 3-0 win.
Jones led off the fourth inning with a single and came around to score on Andrew McCutchen's double.
Garrett Jones back to game action
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones returned to the lineup Friday and finished 2 for 3 with a pair of singles during Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over Houston in Grapefruit League action.
Jones had not played since experiencing tightness in his left side following the team's exhibition game on March 6.
"He felt fine. He was able to get the innings in on the field and get the at-bats," manager Clint Hurdle told MLB.com. "He drove the ball real well to left-center and found the grass a couple of times."
Garrett Jones due back Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/14/2013) The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones, who has been sidelined by an oblique injury, is expected to return to the spring lineup Friday against the Astros. Jones is batting .214 (3 for 14) with one RBI in six spring games.
Jones making progress for Bucs
(3/13/2013) Pirates first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones has been out since last week due to tightness in his left side but made some progress on Wednesday. He was able to do some hitting in an indoor cage and also played catch while doing some agility drills. Jones is expected to take part in live batting practice Thursday. "We'll get him involved in that, get him to move around a little more," manager Clint Hurdle told MLB.com. "We'll see where that takes us, but he's definitely moving forward."
Jones not forcing the issue
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/8/2013) Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones said he is not concerned about his minor oblique issue that forced him to miss Thursday's Grapefruit League game as a precaution. Jones said he experienced some tightness Wednesday, but is not expected to miss much playing time. "It's really nothing serious," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I just didn't want it to escalate into anything more serious right now."
Jones dealing with oblique strain
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/7/2013) Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones was a late scratch from the lineup in Thursday's contest against the Rays due to a minor left oblique strain, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He is expected to "take it light" for the next few days. We talked it over and felt it would be better to just not play the next few days and rest it so that it's 100 percent, said Jones. (We don't want to) risk making it worse and worse and missing a lot of games. Just take it easy the next few days, and it should be fine.
Jones gets a raise
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (1/19/2013) The Pirates avoided arbitration with first baseman Garrett Jones on Friday. Jones agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.