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  • Analysis
    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...

  • Analysis
    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...

  • Analysis
    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...

  • Analysis
    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...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Recall Alex Presley, Place Jared Hughes on DL

    This is Presley's third call-up of the season. (Photo by: David Hague) Outfielder Alex Presley will re-join the Pirates to get the team back to having 13 position players on the roster. Right-handed reliever Jared Hughes has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The Pirates were working...

  • Game Recaps
    Francisco Liriano Pitches Seven Scoreless to Stop Pirates’ Slide

    Francisco Liriano was at his wildest, but the left-hander battled through jams with strikeouts and flyouts to pitch the Pirates to a 2-0 win Friday afternoon in Chicago. The left-hander struck out eight hitters and allowed only two hits en route to the second seven-inning shutout of the Cubs in the last...

  • Analysis
    Gerrit Cole Could Make Major League Debut on Tuesday

    Cole might be on the mound at PNC Park on Tuesday. Pirates' top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole could start Tuesday night at PNC Park, according to the beat writers for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Cole started the year as the No. 7 overall prospect in the minor leagues, according to Baseball America....

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