Wandy Rodriguez to See Dr. James Andrews
Aug22

Wandy Rodriguez to See Dr. James Andrews

SAN FRANCISCO — Starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez will see Dr. James Andrews, the Pirates announced Thursday. Andrews is known for examining pitching elbows and performing reconstructive elbow surgery. The team said Rodriguez “felt pain in his forearm during his simulated game / batting practice today” and will provide more information after visiting Dr. Andrews. Rodriguez’s last start came on June 5, when he...

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First Pitch: Pirates’ Hitting will Become a Playoff Problem If Not Addressed
Aug22

First Pitch: Pirates’ Hitting will Become a Playoff Problem If Not Addressed

SAN FRANCISCO — If you are in my age group or are a frequent visitor of a service called The Internet, you know about “First-World Problems.” (Hi, I’m James Santelli and this is the hackneyed start to my First Pitch column.) Starbucks is no longer serving your favorite¬†frappuccino? First-world problem. New printer not working? First-world problem. Want to watch episodes of Sports Night, but the show is no...

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Gerrit Cole “Disappointed” Over Pirates’ 2-1 Loss to San Diego
Aug22

Gerrit Cole “Disappointed” Over Pirates’ 2-1 Loss to San Diego

SAN DIEGO — As long as Gerrit Cole stays in the Pirates’ rotation this season, it seems he will remain eternally frustrated in himself. “Just a few pitches here or there” became a common refrain from Cole about how close he was to a dominant start. Pittsburgh’s starting pitcher was not at his happiest walking off the mound after his six innings of the Bucs’ 2-1 loss in San Diego, and afterwards...

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Pirates Notebook: Why Felix Pie Joined the Bucs to Lead Off
Aug21

Pirates Notebook: Why Felix Pie Joined the Bucs to Lead Off

SAN DIEGO — No time for formalities. Why was outfielder Felix Pie called up Wednesday to join the Pirates’ roster? “We felt he was our best available option,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “With Travis [Snider] being on the DL, Alex Presley and Andrew Lambo in limbo with the 10-day window, as we looked to try to re-balance with [Starling] Marte’s hand, we wanted to go with the best...

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A.J. Burnett and Pirates Offense Bounce Back Strong for 8-1 Victory
Aug21

A.J. Burnett and Pirates Offense Bounce Back Strong for 8-1 Victory

SAN DIEGO — The one-two punch of Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett turned around the Pirates’ bad-luck losses by leading the charge on back-to-back wins. “Obviously you’re not gonna punch out 13 like [Liriano],” Burnett said. “At the same time you want to go out, keep your team in it and keep it rolling.” The two staff aces each delivered a seven-inning pitching gem, and Burnett gave up just...

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