Pirates Notebook: Neil Walker Has Been a Hit in August
Aug15

Pirates Notebook: Neil Walker Has Been a Hit in August

While the Pirates’ overall offense is slowly accelerating this month (11th in the NL in runs, 6th in OPS), Neil Walker has shifted gears entirely. Pittsburgh’s second baseman has been one of the league’s most productive players in August, hitting .362 with an .893 OPS. Only Arizona’s hot-hitting Aaron Hill (.391 BA, 1.146 OPS) is performing better than Walker this month among NL second basemen. Walker has built...

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Pirates Notebook: Giancarlo Stanton Was “Relaxed” Amid Trade Rumors
Aug07

Pirates Notebook: Giancarlo Stanton Was “Relaxed” Amid Trade Rumors

Picture Giancarlo Stanton. Nope, he’s bigger than that. The Marlins’ hulking, slugging right fielder is built like an NFL tight end, and maybe he would be one right now had pesky ol’ baseball not gotten in the way. In his salad days as Mike Stanton, he was a great high school wide receiver recruited by schools like USC. Now the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Stanton does not catch bombs, he launches them, hitting 37 home runs...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Have Seen These Fish Before
Aug06

Pirates Notebook: Bucs Have Seen These Fish Before

An interesting twist to the Pirates’ three-game weekday home series against the Miami Marlins is that they not only faced the Fish a week and a half ago, the two teams are using the same three starting pitchers they sent to the mound in Miami. The hitters see the same sequence of pitchers: righties Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler and Jose Fernandez for the Marlins; LHP Jeff Locke, RHP Charlie Morton and RHP Gerrit Cole for the...

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Pirates Notebook: Rubber Band Bryan Morris Providing Versatility
Aug04

Pirates Notebook: Rubber Band Bryan Morris Providing Versatility

Hey, y’all prepare yourself // For the Rubberband man // You never heard a sound // Like the Rubberband man // You’re bound to lose control // When the Rubberband starts to jam The Spinners’ 1976 song “The Rubber Band Man” would ring from the speakers of Three Rivers Stadium when Kent Tekulve entered for one of his league-most 94 appearances in the Pirates’ 1979 championship season. While Bryan...

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Pirates Notebook Exclusive: Jeff Locke “Stands Behind” Lack of Trades
Aug03

Pirates Notebook Exclusive: Jeff Locke “Stands Behind” Lack of Trades

We just really wanted to use the word exclusive, because it looks fancier than “one-on-one.” Starting pitcher Jeff Locke has a unique perspective on the Pirates organization. The 25-year-old was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves, and he spent 3.5 years pitching for the winning franchise before joining the Pirates in the Nate McLouth trade. Locke then spent the next 3.5 years in Pittsburgh’s minor...

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Pirates Notebook: Jared Hughes Rides Again
Aug02

Pirates Notebook: Jared Hughes Rides Again

Clint Hurdle had only one hope left. He tossed aside the morning paper, headline splashed “PIRATES LOSE 13-0,” and hopped into his pickup truck. He took the fast lane, following the signs for Indianapolis. “Well, the man did say he wanted to get away from it all,” he thought. Clint’s truck climbed up the dirt road, and he spotted the tall man chopping wood. He didn’t want to have to ask him to pitch...

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