• Game Recaps
    Another Strong Outing from McDonald in Pirates 3-2 Win

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012. On April 25, McDonald took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Colorado. He followed that performance up with punching out a career-high 10 Braves in Atlanta his last trip to the mound. And on...

  • Prospect Watch
    Prospect Watch: Starters Combine For One Run in 29 Innings

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  • Analysis
    Pregame: McCutchen Back in the Lineup; J-Mac’s Evolution

    Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen is back in the lineup tonight against the Cincinnati Reds after missing last night's action and half of Thursday's game in St. Louis. McCutchen was given time off due to the stomach flu and is feeling better after seeing the doctors on Friday. McCutchen started each of the...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Confident in Alvarez, Batting him Cleanup

    Pedro Alvarez will bat cleanup for the Bucs on Saturday night for the first time this season. PITTSBURGH, Pa.  -- Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has continued to climb his way up in the lineup. After starting the season batting seventh, Alvarez has slowly but surely hit his way up to the cleanup...

  • Pirates History
    The Pirates are Historically Bad….So Far

    If the season ended today, the Pittsburgh Pirates would have an historically bad season scoring runs. Now in the franchise’s 131st season, no Pirates team ever has scored less runs per game over their season than the 2012 Pirates have in their first twenty-six games. At 2.88 runs per game, the Pirates...

  • 2012 Draft
    2012 Draft Trackers Updated, Four Draft Prospects Added

    With the updated mid-season rankings, I have updated all of the scouting reports for the 2012 Draft Trackers. I’ve also added four new players to the list as a follow up on Thursday’s weekend preview, which focused on the consensus rankings from the mid-season updates. Click the links below to see the...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: May 5

    Three former Pittsburgh Pirates players have been born on this date, plus the team has made one trade of note. In the Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland looks back on a game with a very unlikely home run. The Players Tommy Helms (1941) Infielder for the 1976-77 Pirates. He already had 12...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Karstens Moving in the Right Direction

    Right-hander Jeff Karstens is continuing to progress back from right shoulder inflammation that caused him to exit his third start of the season on April 17 early, and be placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day. After resting his arm for 10 days, Karstens has started throwing on flat ground....

  • Analysis
    This Is Not Fantasy Baseball

    I'm a recovering addict.  (Hi, Kevin.)  I've been clean for 4 years now.  I was addicted to...fantasy baseball and football. In my leagues, there was always a guy that would wait for an injury to happen and then pounce on that owner like a lion on a wounded gazelle in the Sarengeti. ...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: How Short Should Correia’s Leash Be?

    At the start of the year, Kevin Correia was a great pitcher for the Pirates to have. He could start in the event of an injury to the rotation. He could pitch out of the bullpen as a long reliever, or in shorter roles. And he's had the tendency to put together...

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