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    A.J. Burnett Placed on 15-Day DL, Contreras Released, Morton Activated

    Jose Contreras appeared in seven games for the Pirates. The Pirates have released Jose Contreras, placed A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list and activated Charlie Morton, all moves on right-handed pitchers to allow Morton to start Thursday night. Burnett has a right calf strain that he told the team about Wednesday...

  • Game Recaps
    Marte, Pirates Light Up Zito for Eight Runs in 12-8 Win

    Starling Marte did not do it all by himself Wednesday night, but he did do it all. The Pirates’ left fielder notched four hits for the first time in his young-but-exciting career, stole two bases and scored all four times he got on base to lead the Pittsburgh offense to a 12-8...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: 9 Best Perspectives on Cole’s Debut

    We all watched Gerrit Cole impress in his Major League debut Tuesday night. I wrote about it. You (hopefully) read it, and now it’s on to the next one. But before it is on to the next one, I wanted to compile the best insight about Cole becoming a part of the...

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    Gerrit Cole Does it Himself in Debut with Quality Start, Two RBI

    Gerrit Cole exits to an ovation. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Gerrit Cole steps into the box for his first Major League at-bat with the bases loaded. Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is 60 feet, 6 inches away. After two straight strikes, Cole lays off three pitches out of the zone. Then...

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    Charlie Morton to Start Thursday, Wandy Rodriguez on Disabled List

    Right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton is set to start Thursday for the Pirates, one year to the day before his Tommy John surgery. While returning to the Majors 12 months after the reconstructive elbow procedure is a relatively quick recovery time, Morton has been itching to get back for a while. Charlie Morton is...

  • Analysis
    What Should We Expect From Gerrit Cole?

    Cole will face the San Francisco Giants in his MLB debut Tuesday. Player comparisons can give fans a lot to dream on. One popular comparison for Pirates' top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole has been Justin Verlander. It's easy to understand because there are plenty of similarities. Cole is 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, was...

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    Pirates Playoff Odds: Downturn After Losing Road Trip

    The Pirates' outfield could play a big role in their playoff push. (Photo by: David Hague) After a 2-4 road trip, things look just a little bleaker for the Pirates. Every Monday, l break down the playoff odds from Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs and ClayDavenport.com. This week, those projections dropped a little bit...

  • Game Recaps
    Ransom’s Late Homer Lifts Cubs Over Pirates 4-1

    It irritates me when I do not post a game recap, because then the right side of the site has an old story under PIRATES GAME RECAPS, and that’s just no good. So let’s go over the important takeaways from this 4-1 Pirates loss on Sunday, utilizing the “Three Quick Thoughts” style...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates’ Bats Jump on Samardzija to Support Burnett in 6-2 Victory

    Pirates starter A.J. Burnett took a shutout bid into the 9th inning and mound opponent Jeff Samardzija allowed a season-high eight hits to a lineup he usually dominates en route to a 6-2 Pittsburgh win on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Burnett became the first Pirates starter to pitch into the 8th inning this...

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    Gerrit Cole Will Start for Pirates on Tuesday

    Gerrit Cole is officially scheduled to take the mound in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Top Pirates pitching prospect Gerrit Cole will make his Major League debut Tuesday Night at PNC Park. Cole and the Bucs will face pitcher Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the homestand. Cole...

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