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  • Analysis
    Analysis: Teams Should Shift Their Infield More Against Garrett Jones

    Garrett Jones is one of the biggest pull hitters in baseball. (Photo credit: David Hague) The Pirates did not need much help to hit into outs over the first week of the season, they were doing a good job all by themselves. Cubs manager Dale Sveum decided to make life a little...

  • Game Recaps
    Jonathan Sanchez Shelled As Pirates Lose Sweep Attempt 10-2

    When baseball games that count are played in early April, most of the conclusions people draw are based around confirmation bias. These first nine games are no more significant than the nine games that will happen May 8-16 or June 15-23 or whenever. But conclusions are drawn at this point anyway, because...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Platooning Alvarez? Hurdle Says “No Way”

    It was a great privilege to cover the Pirates this past weekend at Dodger Stadium. The team’s offense still has to make some drastic improvements to consistently score runs, and before I left Chavez Ravine, I asked some of the players and coaches how that will happen. No Platoon for Pedro Any...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Win 5-3, Wandy Rodriguez Suffers Hamstring Tightness

    The Pirates finally got a few runs to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3. Andrew McCutchen and Travis Snider both drove in two runs to break Pittsburgh’s four-game losing skid Monday night. The good news of a victory was mitigated, though, by the third-inning exit of Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez. The left-hander felt...

  • Game Recaps
    McCutchen Homer Only Respite as L.A. Completes Sweep 6-2

    Don’t let the sunshine and the mountain views fool you. Dodger Stadium continues to be a ravine of terror for the Pirates, but Sunday provided a fresh face to engineer the 6-2 Los Angeles victory and a weekend sweep. Adrian Gonzalez started to earn the $127 million he will collect the next...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Locke Looks to Stick Around After Making Roster

    A weekend start at Dodger Stadium presents Jeff Locke a familiar setting for a new kind of outing. He pitched here in September 2011 for his second career Major League start and first on the road. It was even his first time in California. It was an experience Locke says was “overwhelming,”...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Shut Down by Kershaw, Shut Out 1-0

    Carved. Sliced. Diced. Slashed. Controlled. Mastered. Dominated. Dismantled. You can use any verb you would like to describe what Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw did to the Pirates in a 1-0 L.A. victory Saturday night. But one works best. He Kershawed them. “That was the same as I remember him,” Pirates second baseman...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Updates on Morton, Liriano, Karstens

    Greetings from Dodger Stadium, where it should be another beautiful Los Angeles night. Here’s a link to Friday’s recap if you missed it. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle provided updates on some of the team’s injured pitchers: Charlie Morton (elbow) will throw two innings in an extended game Monday after a 36-pitch bullpen...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates’ Bats Stay Cold in L.A. as Bucs Lose 3-0

    Jonathan Sanchez avoided his regular command issues, but the Pirates’ starter came apart in the sixth inning as his offense provided no support in a 3-0 loss at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. The Buccos’ left-handed starter allowed only one walk in his Pirates debut, but was charged with all three runs...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Jonathan Sanchez Making Pirates Debut

    Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez will be making his first regular season start for the Pirates on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. “Jonathan has made as good a stride as anyone we had in camp, with the command, with the four-pitch mix,” Hurdle said. “He’s excited. He’s in the best place he’s been: physically,...

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