Neil Walker Returns to the Pirates Lineup, But Jordy Mercer is Out
Aug15

Neil Walker Returns to the Pirates Lineup, But Jordy Mercer is Out

Neil Walker has returned to the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup tonight, batting fourth and playing second base. The lineup also features Pedro Alvarez returning to third base, most likely due to the absence of Jordy Mercer. Mercer left yesterday’s game with soreness in his arm. Josh Harrison will be replacing him at shortstop. The lineup is posted below. Here's the #Pirates lineup for tonight's game in DC....

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Even With McCutchen and Walker Injured, Pirates Still Projected For the Playoffs
Aug15

Even With McCutchen and Walker Injured, Pirates Still Projected For the Playoffs

I held off on doing a playoff odds update last week because I was waiting to see how things might change with Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker likely heading to the disabled list. And then neither player went on the DL. McCutchen eventually was placed on the DL, although that happened this week. It doesn’t look like Walker is going to be placed on the DL at all. Meanwhile, the Pirates have found a way to continue winning, going...

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First Pitch: Pirates Will Need More Than John Axford to Upgrade the Bullpen
Aug15

First Pitch: Pirates Will Need More Than John Axford to Upgrade the Bullpen

Last night I wrote about the problems that have been plaguing the Pittsburgh Pirates in the bullpen. They’ve had a lot of guys who were key players in the bullpenĀ last year struggle this year. They’ve had guys traded away who instantly turned things around, which was a process that usually worked out the opposite way, with the Pirates adding the rebound candidates. They added bounce back candidates to the bullpen, and none...

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Rob Manfred Elected as the New MLB Commissioner
Aug14

Rob Manfred Elected as the New MLB Commissioner

Major League Baseball owners have elected Rob Manfred as the new commissioner to replace Bud Selig next year. This is according to Jon Heyman. Manfred wins — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 14, 2014 This is a move that pretty much assures MLB will continue to be operated in the same way that it has been under Selig. Bob Nightengale of USA Today had an article on the battle between the commissioner candidates, and had this to...

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Matt Hague Designated For Assignment to Create Room for John Axford
Aug14

Matt Hague Designated For Assignment to Create Room for John Axford

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Matt Hague for assignment, creating room on the 40-man roster for today’s waiver claim of John Axford. Previously it was assumed that Stolmy Pimentel would be DFAd, as he was seen leaving Clint Hurdle’s office after the game. The Pirates will need to create a 25-man spot when Axford reports to the team. Rob Biertempfel says that Pimentel has been bothered by lower body soreness, and...

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