Pirates acquire Chris Snyder

The Pirates have acquired catcher Chris Snyder and a minor leaguer from the Diamondbacks. Arizona will receive D.J. Carrasco, Ryan Church and Bobby Crosby in the deal.

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Game 102: Lineups

Pirates: McCutchen-CF Tabata-LF Walker-2B Jones-1B Alvarez-3B Milledge-RF Cedeno-SS Kratz-C Karstens-P

Cardinals: Lopez-3B Jay-RF Pujols-1B Holliday-LF Rasmus-CF Molina-C Ryan-SS Carpenter-P Schumaker-2B

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Calculating trade value: Zach Duke edition

We are just a bit over 24 hours from the trade deadline, and the rumors are flying left and right. That being said, after being very active leading up to the past two deadlines, the Pirates have been relatively quiet so far this year. We have already taken a look at what Paul Maholm and Garrett Jones might fetch if the front office decided to deal them. Today, let’s take a look at Zach Duke.

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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

PNC ParkProbable Pitchers
Friday, July 30th – 8:15 PM: RHP Jeff Karstens vs RHP Chris Carpenter
Saturday, July 31st – 7:15 PM: TBA vs. RHP Jeff Suppan
Sunday, August 1st – 2:15 PM: LHP Zach Duke vs. RHP Adam Wainwright

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Revisiting Neil Walker’s plate discipline

Last night, Nate Rose of Stealing First Base took my recent article regarding Neil Walker and began digging deeper. He went to FanGraphs and took a look at Walker’s plate discipline numbers, wondering whether we should expect his walk rate to improve. Nate noted that Walker does not chase out of the zone all that much, and my interest was piqued.

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