Grilli Placed on DL, Inge Designated for Assignment, Walker and Black Join Pirates
Jul23

Grilli Placed on DL, Inge Designated for Assignment, Walker and Black Join Pirates

The Pirates placed closer Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list after he left Monday’s game from suffering a right forearm strain. The team recalled Neil Walker (right side soreness) from the DL on Tuesday to start at second base. Brandon Inge was designated for assignment Tuesday. The veteran infielder did not produce for the Pirates after joining the team this offseason, posting only a .204 on-base percentage and .442 OPS,...

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Locke, Pirates Eke Out 3-2 Win Over Reds to Avoid Sweep
Jul21

Locke, Pirates Eke Out 3-2 Win Over Reds to Avoid Sweep

Jeff Locke does not suck. I wrote two months ago that Locke would not continue to dominate as he dominated the early part of the season. What he has done in those two months surprised me: he kept pitching to prevent runs. Locke’s winning performance in the Pirates’ 3-2 Sunday victory in Cincinnati was indicative of the type of pitcher he is becoming. His control remains rough as he walked 4 of 22 batters and allowed his...

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Pirates Strand More Runners in 5-3 Loss to Reds
Jul20

Pirates Strand More Runners in 5-3 Loss to Reds

Losing in Cincinnati does not harm Pittsburgh’s playoff chances as much as one might think. The Reds and Pirates are still on a collision course for the NL Wild Card Playoff (43% chance this is the Coin Flip Game matchup), and even after a loss the Bucs are still 8.5 games ahead of being out of the postseason picture. However, the dropping Friday night’s game 5-3 showed one of the Pirates’ major weaknesses and hurt...

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Hey, Bud Selig: Time to Let MLB Players in the Olympics
Jul19

Hey, Bud Selig: Time to Let MLB Players in the Olympics

Every sports commissioner wants to grow his game beyond the United States, and Major League Baseball’s Bud Selig is no different. “That’s my great goal is to take the game international,” Selig said Tuesday in New York. Of course. Those in charge of America’s pastime see opportunities outside the North America and Caribbean countries where the sport is already widely played. Each league wants to market to...

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VIDEO: Pirates Roundtable Live — Episode 3

It’s live, it’s mediocre and¬†anything can happen. Two weeks ago we broadcasted Pirates Roundtable Live from PNC Park, and legendary play-by-play announcer Greg Brown showed up a surprise guest. Even *I* was surprised. He left 30 seconds later. Like I said, anything can happen. But let’s err on the safe side and say these will be the guests you will see on this Monday Night edition of Pirates Roundtable Live, starting...

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