Cole’s Rough 1st Inning, Missed Hitting Opportunities Sink Sweep Chance
Jul15

Cole’s Rough 1st Inning, Missed Hitting Opportunities Sink Sweep Chance

All you need to take away from the Pirates’ 4-2 loss to the New York Mets in their final game before the All-Star Break is up in that headline. Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole allowed four hits and three runs in the 1st inning. Eric Young and David Wright knocked two fastballs for ground-ball singles, followed by Marlon Byrd mashing Cole’s slider for an RBI ground-rule double to left. Cole walked Josh Satin to load the...

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Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough
Jul14

Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough

The future for top Pirates hitting prospect Gregory Polanco has grown brighter and brighter for the last three years. The center fielder comes to the 2013 Futures Game as one of baseball’s most exciting minor-league outfielders. Showing up in New York City for All-Star Week represents a coming-out party for Polanco. He was neither a highly-touted draft choice nor a Dominican bonus baby, receiving just $75,000 from the Pittsburgh...

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Mark Melancon Named to All-Star Game
Jul14

Mark Melancon Named to All-Star Game

Pirates reliever Mark Melancon was named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement, chosen by National League manager Bruce Bochy. “I’m very humbled and excited to go,” Melancon said. “This is just a really cool moment. It takes your teammates to get to this game.” Melancon owns an NL-reliever-best 0.81 ERA during his first season in Pittsburgh. Jason Grilli’s setup man is second in the...

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All-Star Andrew McCutchen Supplies Power for 4-2 Pirates Victory
Jul14

All-Star Andrew McCutchen Supplies Power for 4-2 Pirates Victory

For all of Pedro Alvarez’s 500-foot home runs, Jason Grilli’s thrilling 1-2-3 saves, A.J. Burnett’s shutdown starts, Starling Marte’s stand-up doubles and rocket throws… Let no one forget that Andrew McCutchen is the Pirates’ star. The celebrated center fielder collected the game-tying home run and go-ahead RBI in Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win over the New York Mets. In front of a packed PNC Park, the...

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Jeff Locke Will Not Pitch in All-Star Game, Gerrit Cole Starts Sunday
Jul13

Jeff Locke Will Not Pitch in All-Star Game, Gerrit Cole Starts Sunday

Pirates left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke suffered lower back tightness and will not pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game or make his scheduled start Sunday. Locke felt back soreness in his last start and threw a bullpen session Friday. Gerrit Cole will be pushed up to start against the New York Mets on Sunday. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said there have been conversations about Cole’s innings jump in 2013, but...

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