The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing today

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The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing earlier today, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This is significant because it was the first arbitration hearing of the year in MLB.

Ohlendorf became arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason as a “Super Two.” He filed for $2.025 million and was offered $1.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The 28-year-old right-hander went 1-11 with a 4.09 ERA over 21 starts last season and served separate stints on the disabled list due to injuries to his shoulder and back.

The three-person panel of arbitrators will choose one salary or the other and are expected to announce a decision tomorrow. Ohlendorf’s injuries and unlucky win-loss record aren’t going to help his cause, but it’s no stretch to say that the Princeton graduate probably made a pretty good case for himself.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.