Pirates Notebook: Tony Sanchez Says “There’s Nothing Better” Than Watching Martin
Aug16

Pirates Notebook: Tony Sanchez Says “There’s Nothing Better” Than Watching Martin

Tony Sanchez calls Russell Martin one of the league’s best catchers, and he is right to boast. Martin leads all MLB catchers in assists (73), runners caught stealing (23) and is fourth in caught stealing percentage (43 percent), plus he has started 87 of 120 games at catcher for the Pirates’ pitching staff that has baseball’s best ERA. Sanchez arrived in Pittsburgh on July 29 carrying his own pedigree as a former No....

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Pirates Sign Pitcher Kyle Farnsworth
Aug16

Pirates Sign Pitcher Kyle Farnsworth

Right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth has signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He will join the Indianapolis Indians in Triple-A. The 37-year-old struggled with the Tampa Bay Rays this season, posting a 5.76 ERA in 29.2 innings. Over his three seasons pitching for the Rays, Farnsworth posted the following numbers: 3.54 ERA 3.52 FIP 50% ground ball rate 95 strikeouts 33 walks 114.1 innings The Rays designated him...

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Pirates Notebook: Neil Walker Has Been a Hit in August
Aug15

Pirates Notebook: Neil Walker Has Been a Hit in August

While the Pirates’ overall offense is slowly accelerating this month (11th in the NL in runs, 6th in OPS), Neil Walker has shifted gears entirely. Pittsburgh’s second baseman has been one of the league’s most productive players in August, hitting¬†.362 with an .893 OPS. Only Arizona’s hot-hitting Aaron Hill (.391 BA, 1.146 OPS) is performing better than Walker this month among NL second basemen. Walker has built...

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Pirates Fall to Cardinals 4-3 in Miscue-Filled 14-Inning Thriller
Aug14

Pirates Fall to Cardinals 4-3 in Miscue-Filled 14-Inning Thriller

That was an awful way for the Pirates to lose. From dropped fly balls, to missed scoring chances, to standing still at third base, to not taking advantage of near-miraculous bullpen escapes… But the result of Pittsburgh’s 4-3 extra-innings loss to the Cardinals is very simple: instead of leading the National League Central by four games, they lead it by two games. That is the true result of dropping the series opener at...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Get Chance to Attack vs. Cardinals, D-Backs
Aug13

Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Get Chance to Attack vs. Cardinals, D-Backs

This upcoming week is the most important so far in determining the Pirates’ overall playoff chances and division-winning chances. The Bucs get three games against the St. Louis Cardinals to extend their lead in the National League Central, then they play three against the Arizona Diamondbacks to chip away at their magic number for a playoff berth. Their current playoff odds sit at 98.2 percent. It’s easy to see why this...

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