Clint Hurdle on Marte’s Improvement, Harrison’s Hustle, and Hitting Leake
Aug29

Clint Hurdle on Marte’s Improvement, Harrison’s Hustle, and Hitting Leake

Starling Marte has been a huge spark to the Pittsburgh Pirates offense this month, as he has batted .363, with a 1.046 OPS in August. Clint Hurdle attributed his success to taking a better approach at the plate. “He’s become more confident in the box, understanding that there’s a game going on other than just trying to get a hit,” Hurdle said. Hurdle also added that he’s been more stubborn with his approach in the batter’s box. “The...

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Pirates Notebook: Jose Tabata Earning His Place in the Lineup
Sep22

Pirates Notebook: Jose Tabata Earning His Place in the Lineup

While Starling Marte made his return to the starting lineup earlier in this 11-game homestand, Jose Tabata has still received the majority of starts in left field and as the lineup’s leadoff man. For the record, Marte is healthy and missed Friday’s game because his wife birthed their child Smerling Marte. But beyond that, why keep starting Tabata? “We’re keeping Jose in there because he’s hot. Marte’s good to...

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Pirates Notebook: ‘Nobody’s Trying to Hit Nobody’
Sep21

Pirates Notebook: ‘Nobody’s Trying to Hit Nobody’

Andrew McCutchen stepped into the batter’s box leading off the bottom of the eighth inning last night, as the Pirates led the Reds 5-2. On a 2-2 pitch, reliever Sam LeCure ran a fastball inside and hit McCutchen on the shoulder. LeCure was warned by home plate umpire Mark Carlson, and manager Clint Hurdle emerged from the dugout to argue the issue of intent on LeCure’s behalf to hit McCutchen. “I don’t understand a...

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Pirates Notebook: The Most Important Game All Season
Sep20

Pirates Notebook: The Most Important Game All Season

Today, separated each by a single game, the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds. Each team holds  a wild card spot and if the season ended today, the Pirates would play the Reds in the one-game Wild Card game to earn the right to play a five-game series against the Atlanta Braves. If one were to say tonight’s game is possibly the most important one this season, that person wouldn’t be totally wrong in the eyes of...

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Pirates Notebook: Attitude Equals Results
Sep19

Pirates Notebook: Attitude Equals Results

‘The worst loss of the season.’ Apparently, that’s what some Pirates fans are calling last night’s 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. You know, not like that 13-0 loss to St. Louis was bad. Or the 14-inning loss in St. Louis August 13. Those were worse, and will impact the Pirates’ postseason prospects more than any one-run loss to San Diego. Primarily, that’s because the Pirates are about as close...

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Pirates Notebook: A Man with a Plan for Martin
Sep18

Pirates Notebook: A Man with a Plan for Martin

Today, this 18th day of September in 2013, Russell Martin gets an off-day. Normally, Martin would see a day off on day-game following a night game as tomorrow’s 12:35 start will follow tonight’s first pitch at 7:05. In the month of September, following a 0-for-4 outing at the plate last night, Martin is now 4-for-40 in the final unit of the season’s six-month calendar. His batting average now sits at .229, the first...

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