Pirates Pregame: Mercer’s Role and Hurdle on Strasburg

Jordy Mercer will start at second base again today when the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Washington Nationals. Mercer, as many of you probably know by now, was called up Friday afternoon when Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list and hit what proved to be the game-winning home run in the fifth inning of the Pirates 3-1 win. Mercer had been playing extremely well for Triple-A Indianapolis but almost exclusively as a shortstop. The...

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Status Quo for Burnett, Bullpen; Mercer Homers in Pirates Win

The moments that turned out to be the vital ones for the Pirates in Friday’s 3-1 win against the Washington Nationals pretty much summed up Pittsburgh’s season in a nutshell. With Neil Walker officially being placed on the disabled list, the team had to call Jordy Mercer up from Indianapolis on Friday afternoon just a few hours before the game. In the first month of the season seemingly whenever something would go wrong...

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Video: Hurdle talks Mercer, Burnett After Pirates Beat Nats

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talks about Jordy Mercer’s big night in his return to Pittsburgh from Triple A Indianapolis and about A.J. Burnett’s nine-strikeout performance in the Pirates’ 3-1 win against the Washington Nationals.  

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Wood Walks Off, Barnes Hurt in West Virginia Win

West Virginia squandered an early opportunity but escaped Appalachian Power Park with a win against visiting Greensboro in the most exciting of ways. The Power managed just one run from a bases loaded, no outs situation in the first inning but got a walk off home run from third baseman Eric Wood for its 11th win of the season. Wood and Dilson Herrera each had three hits in the game (and were two of only four West Virginia players with...

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Real Thing that Happened: Pirates win in Milwaukee

In what has almost become a trend, the Pirates used late-game heroics to win a game. What has not been a trend is Pittsburgh winning at Miller Park, which thanks to a four-run eighth inning they did on Wednesday with a 6-4 win against the Brewers. With the Pirates trailing 4-2, Travis Snider reached base on a broken-bat pinch hit single before Starling Marte smashed a ball over the fence in left-center field to tie the game. Jose...

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