James Santelli

  • Game Recaps
    Travis Snider’s Grand Slam Lifts Pirates to 5-4 Win

    On a night that was hot, then rainy, then blustery, Travis Snider’s swing was the real force of nature. Snider didn’t start against right-hander Matt Garza, but the Cubs bullpen arrived for the 6th inning and he took some cuts in the batting cage to get ready to pinch-hit. The situation: bases...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Jeff Karstens Talks Rehab, Role With Team

    Pitcher Jeff Karstens threw a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon in his continued rehabilitation back to the Major Leagues. Karstens is scheduled to make another rehab start Thursday or Friday. In his last start Saturday for Altoona, Karstens gave up two hits and two walks for two unearned runs in the first innings,...

  • Analysis
    Sorry, Jeff Locke, You Won’t Keep Dominating

    Jeff Locke says he has "gotten much better" over the last two years. Jeff Locke, let's talk. Heh. Rhymes. Jeff, your pitching has played a role of significance in the Pirates' 26-18 start and a spot in the playoffs if Bud Selig took ether and ended the season on May 21. You...

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    Pirates Win Series on Locke’s Sharp Start, Alvarez’s Homer

    It’s a negative that the Pirates could only score eight runs in three games against the Houston Astros, baseball’s worst run-preventing team. It’s a negative that that they could only crack open four total hits on average starting pitcher Lucas Harrell, and needed 15 hitters Sunday to hit the ball out of...

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    Pirates Notebook: Andrew McCutchen Scratched From Lineup

    What a two months it has been for Starling Marte. The Pirates left fielder has evolved from a potential-packed-but-raw leadoff hitter to a possible All-Star. Marte was set to have a day off before the team’s scheduled off-day Monday, but Andrew McCutchen is a late scratch due to right knee soreness, so...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Lose 4-2: Andrew McCutchen, A.J. Burnett Still Good at Baseball

    Seeing the Houston Astros again must make the Pirates nostalgic for last year, when Andrew McCutchen and A.J. Burnett strapped the team to their back in the first half and carried them to first place on their own will. So it was again for the Pirates (25-18) in a 4-2 loss Saturday...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Burnett Takes Mound As NL Strikeout Leader

    A.J. Burnett will start Saturday night with the most strikeouts (72) in the National League and 25,000 bobbleheads with his face in the PNC Park stands. While he trails MLB leader Yu Darvish (86 strikeouts), Burnett faces a Houston offense that has struck out the most times in baseball this season. Burnett’s...

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    Pirates Come Back to Win 5-4 with Alvarez’s Bomb, Martin’s Walkoff

    The Pirates took full advantage of baseball’s worst team in their 5-4 comeback win Friday night, capitalizing on a pair of homer-ready fastballs and two Astros errors in right field. Pedro Alvarez pulverized a first-pitch fastball served up by a Quad-A pitcher with a 6.00 ERA to tie the score in the...

  • Transactions
    Jose Contreras Placed on Bereavement List, Jared Hughes Recalled

    Last season, Hughes posted a 2.85 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Right-handed reliever Jose Contreras has been placed on the bereavement list due to a death in his family, and the Pirates have recalled righty Jared Hughes to take his spot in the bullpen. [Update: Hughes...

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    Pirates Notebook: Robbie Grossman Finally Comes To Pittsburgh

    Outfielder Robbie Grossman will make his PNC Park debut Friday night in the leadoff spot, five years after the Pirates drafted him in the sixth round. He won’t take the field in black and gold, but rather in blue and orange. Almost four years after he signed with the Pirates out of...

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