Pirates Pregame: Martin Back in the Lineup

Russell Martin is back in the lineup for the Pirates tonight, playing catcher and hitting seventh. Martin said the soreness in his neck that has kept him out of a handful of recent games is gone. “There was soreness in there. you can play through some soreness but when it’s your neck and you’re playing a position where there can be some contact ¬†you want your neck to feel like it can support your head,” Martin...

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The Brewers Just Stole Another Base…

When the Milwaukee Brewers win games, typically it comes by way of the home run. Monday’s game was not your typical Brewers-Pirates game, except for perhaps the end result. Milwaukee stole six bases, hit no home runs and the Pirates committed three errors (all in the seventh inning with two by A.J. Burnett) as the Brewers extended their dominance over Pittsburgh with a 5-1 at PNC Park. Burnett had fewer strikeouts (six) than...

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Prospect Notebook: Castro, Glasnow Pitching Well for West Virginia

Through the first few weeks of the 2013 season the West Virginia Power proved it could hit, but the pitching left something to be desired. That trend started to turn recently with Power pitchers starting to pick up the slack — especially Orlando Castro and Tyler Glasnow. Castro leads the team with 40 innings pitched with 37 strikeouts, two walks (not a typo) and seven earned runs allowed (with two of those earned runs and one of...

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Bell, Diaz Come Up Big For West Virginia

Josh Bell went 3 for 4 with a late home run that provided some breathing room in West Virginia’s 7-3 win against visiting Greenville in the first game of a doubleheader at Appalachian Power Park, but it was catcher Francisco Diaz that knocked in three runs prior to that to give the Power an early lead that it managed to hang on to. Diaz singled in the third to drive in two and then another single in the fifth inning brought Bell...

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Gomez Shines on Short Notice in Pirates Win

With James McDonald a last-minute scratch, it was up to Jeanmar Gomez to pitch on short notice Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners at PNC Park. Not only did Gomez pitch, but he pitched well as the Pirates beat the Mariners 4-1. Gomez allowed just two hits with five strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work before handing the ball to the bullpen to finish the job — which they did. Justin Wilson, Tony Watson, Jose...

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