Randy Linville

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    Game #26 vs. Chicago

    PNC Park | 12:35 | Snell vs. Jason Marquis | Box About half an hour after they finish up yesterday's suspended game, the Bucs and Cubs will square off in the series finale. Not an ideal getaway day, but what are you going to do... I'll try to hang around in the...

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    Game #24 vs. Chicago

    PNC Park | 7:05 | Duke vs. Rich Hill | Box Let's remember what the goal was: The Bucs are in prime position to make a statement. They did it in Houston—they went into Minute Maid Park, knocked the Astros on their asses and made a few headlines. They did it in...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #32

    This is the 32nd edition of Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable, a weekly collaboration of Pirates writers and thinkers from around the Internet. If you’d like to submit a question to our panel, or if you’re interested in learning more about participating, e-mail the moderator here. Question #1: Two months ago, we predicted how...

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    Game #23 vs. Cincinnati

    PNC Park | 1:35 | Maholm vs. Aaron Harang | Box I don't want to talk about that, do you? Steve Blass kept hoping the Bucs would turn it into a slugfest. Harang had other thoughts. Ryan Doumit's this week's version of A-Rod. He's now hitting a cool .429 after a 4...

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    After 21 Games, A Pirate Progress Report…

    In the seventh inning of last night's game, Steve Blass exclaimed, "How do you like your Buccos tonight, how do you like your Pittsburgh Pirates!" The question was rhetorical---it's clear Steve likes 'em just fine. And in the midst of a five-game winning streak, really, what's not to like? We're a long...

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    Game #21 vs. Cincinnati

    PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Eric Milton | Box The black-and-gold offense scored three runs in the bottom of the first off Eric Milton. After that, the bats went silent---the home team didn't plate another run for the remained of the game.  Normally, that would be a recipe for disaster. ...

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    Game #20 vs. Houston

    PNC Park | 12:35 | Armas vs. Wandy Rodriguez | Box Pirate nation rejoices... Go Bucs!: Have you heard about the latest craze? Pittsburgh Pirates, I’m sure you’ll be amazed They love to be watched by everyone Come on down and let’s all have some fun They’re the team for both the...

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    There's a New Fight Song: 'Go Bucs!' by Shawn Kelly

    I was recently contacted by Shawn Kelly, a Pirate fan who recorded a new fight song for your favorite baseball team. Ever the considerate blogger, I'll do my best to help get the word out. Kelly's song is titled, "Go Bucs!," and you can hear a clip at http://www.piratesfightsong.com. It's a black-and-gold...

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    Jose Bautista: Another Pleasant Pirate Surprise

    Just for fun, I figured I'd plug the current starting nine's stats into David Pinto's Lineup Analysis tool. If you're not familiar with Pinto's work at Baseball Musings, you should check it out. Lineup Analysis is designed around on-base and slugging percentages. You enter OBP and SLG, and you get out the...

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    Geek Shoots Straight: Pirates Come Home for Nine Must-Win Games

    I've been waiting to blog this one for a week or so now, but Brian O'Neill beat me to it. The Post-Gazette's Stats Geek writes in today's edition that "The next 9 will reveal real Pirates." A little forward for sure---the Geek's not going to sugarcoat it for you---but it's something I've...

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