Neal Huntington Comments on Justin Morneau Trade
Aug31

Neal Huntington Comments on Justin Morneau Trade

Neal Huntington addressed the media shortly before 6:00 this evening, and offered his thoughts on the Justin Morneau trade, as well as the roster moves made today to clear space for Morneau and Stolmy Pimentel on the 25-man active roster. “We felt that this move gives us a better chance to play in October, gives us a better chance to win the division, and gives us a better chance to advance deep into October if not win it...

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Pirates Notebook: For Garrett Jones, C’est La Vie
Aug31

Pirates Notebook: For Garrett Jones, C’est La Vie

Garrett Jones wasn’t happy this week. While hitting .119 for the month of August entering last night’s game (courtesy of some atrocious luck on balls in play–.119 BABIP), manager Clint Hurdle gave his first baseman “a couple days down”. Jones did not start in the Milwaukee series, and received just one at-bat in a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday. “At first, it’s frustrating. You want to stay out there,...

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Jones, Liriano Rebound in 5-0 Victory as Pirates Tie for NL Central Lead
Aug30

Jones, Liriano Rebound in 5-0 Victory as Pirates Tie for NL Central Lead

As he has done so many times before in stretches when the Pirates struggle, Francisco Liriano delivered a masterful start to propel Pittsburgh to a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Liriano (15-6) pitched eight dominant, shutout innings and allowed just two hits while walking two as the Pirates (78-56) pulled into a tie atop the NL Central with the Cardinals (78-56) in front of a sellout crowd of 38,026, the 16th sellout of...

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Injury News: Grilli Getting Closer
Aug30

Injury News: Grilli Getting Closer

Clint Hurdle said before today’s game that there are tentative plans for Jason Grilli to begin his rehabilitation stint. “Jason is going to pitch tomorrow in Altoona. He will start the game, pitch one inning, 20 pitch max. If all goes well there, we’re going to give him the opportunity again in Altoona on Monday, pitch one inning again and start there. Just in pencil, if that goes well, he’ll have another day off and he’ll...

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Pirates Notebook: The Growth of Cole
Aug30

Pirates Notebook: The Growth of Cole

Gerrit Cole lost his seventh start of the season last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, and runs his record to 2-7 after he started the year 4-0. Cole threw seven and one-third innings, and allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and a walk, while striking out four. While Cole took the loss, the outing last night may have been one of the most encouraging from 2011′s No. 1-overall selection among the 14 he has made thus...

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