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Gerrit Cole No Longer One of Pittsburgh Pirates' Top Five
July 05, 2013
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Gerrit Cole No Longer One of Pittsburgh Pirates' Top Five

The news was lost during the nine-game winning streak that gave the Pittsburgh Pirates, stunningly, the best record in baseball. Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez received an injection in his ailing elbow earlier this week and probably won’t pitch in the big leagues again until at least early August. That little bulletin deserved...

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Alvarez's Homer Powers Pittsburgh Pirates to a Win
July 04, 2013
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Alvarez's Homer Powers Pittsburgh Pirates to a Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates Jeff Locke has flirted with trouble all season long. He teased again Wednesday night, teetering on the edge of disaster while the game remained tight. But as he has done all season, Locke made most of those jams disappear to lead the Pirates to a 6-5 victory against the Phillies at PNC Park and pick up...

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Pirates Sign First-round Pick Reese McGuire
June 18, 2013
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Pirates Sign First-round Pick Reese McGuire

Last summer, the Pirates failed to sign their first round pick before the deadline, losing out on ace Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, who turned down $ 3.8 million, opting enter the draft again. This year, the Pirates signed their guy. The Pirates announced today they have signed their 2013 first round pick, catcher Reese McGuire,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Drop Game to the Braves
June 04, 2013
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Pittsburgh Pirates Drop Game to the Braves

There were no fan giveaways Monday night at Turner Field when the Pittsburgh Pirates played the Braves. But it seemed A.J. Burnett was handing out two-run home runs. The Braves pounded three two-run homers off Burnett en route to a 7-2 victory against the Pirates. Brian McCann’s two-run homer gave the Braves a lead in...

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Pirates' Three-game Win Streak Ends
May 14, 2013
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Pirates' Three-game Win Streak Ends

The Pirates had a hard time getting on base Monday night. They had a harder time keeping the Milwaukee Brewers from stealing them. The Pirates managed three hits off Brewers starter Marco Estrada and allowed six stolen bases in a 5-1 loss at PNC Park. After effectively controlling the running game for much of the season,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates – Major League?
May 09, 2013
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Pittsburgh Pirates – Major League?

I was lucky enough to make the match on Saturday between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals. The Pittsburgh Pirates, here is a piece of trivia for you, are also often known as the “Bucs”, or the “Buccos” – derived from ‘  buccaneer ‘ a synonym for pirate. The Pirates...

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Pirates: Sanchez Won't Change His Style
April 26, 2013
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Pirates: Sanchez Won't Change His Style

Strikeouts by nature require a starter to throw more pitches. The Pittsburgh Pirates Jonathan Sanchez knows this. “This is me,” he said after his bullpen session this week. “This is the way I pitch.” Sanchez did not change anything during his side session to avoid another outing like his most recent...

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Andrew McCutchen's Aggressive Baserunning Pays Off
April 05, 2013
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Andrew McCutchen's Aggressive Baserunning Pays Off

At about 8:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Andrew McCutchen might have been regretting having spoken so openly about being more aggressive on the bases in 2013. Hector Rondon, or someone giving the reliever directions from the Cubs bench, seemed fixated on that promise. McCutchen drew a leadoff walk and spent most of the rest of the...

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Pirates Brandon Inge Healing Quickly
April 03, 2013
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Pirates Brandon Inge Healing Quickly

Pittsburgh Pirates Brandon Inge couldn’t be sure whether it made him misguided or a martyr — but playing nearly a week in Spring Training with a broken right shoulder blade made him a Pirate, and validated his reputation as a gamer. Brandon Inge, in town only to participate in Opening Day festivities at PNC Park...

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Sanchez Starting to Turn it Around with Bucs
April 02, 2013
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Sanchez Starting to Turn it Around with Bucs

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates did not know what they had when they signed free-agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training. To illustrate that point, the Major League flipside of that agreement was heavily laced with incentives based on a point system weighted toward relief...

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