Pirates Notebook: A’s Speak Highly of Inge, Alvarez Not in Derby
Jul08

Pirates Notebook: A’s Speak Highly of Inge, Alvarez Not in Derby

The Oakland Athletics start a three-game series against the Pirates tonight at PNC Park, arriving 9-0 against the Bucs and the only Major League team that is undefeated against one opponent. They swept the Pirates in their only Pittsburgh series in 2002 and also pulled off home sweeps in 2004 and 2010. This interleague series also reunites the A’s with former third baseman Brandon Inge, who hit for a .675 OPS with Oakland last...

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Pirates Notebook: Candidates Await All-Star Selection Show
Jul06

Pirates Notebook: Candidates Await All-Star Selection Show

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be a little busy when the All-Star Game rosters are unveiled at 6:30 p.m. on FOX. The Bucs face the Chicago Cubs at 4:05 Eastern at Wrigley Field and will be hoping to wrap up a road series victory while their All-Star fates are announced to the world. There are six legitimate Pirates candidates vying for spots on the National League squad, as Tim detailed Friday: Outfielder Andrew McCutchen (2nd in NL...

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Pirates Notebook: Tabata Returns, Will Burnett Pitch a Rehab Start?
Jul03

Pirates Notebook: Tabata Returns, Will Burnett Pitch a Rehab Start?

Jose Tabata is starting in right field Wednesday night as the Pirates take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The outfielder returned to the 25-man roster today after his nine-game rehabilitation (oblique) with Triple-A Indianapolis. “It’s a little tight sometimes, especially when I wake up in the morning,” Tabata said. “After that, I feel great… I’m here today. Thank you, God.” His first matchup...

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Pirates Notebook: Rotation In Flux, Phillies GM Talks Deadline
Jul02

Pirates Notebook: Rotation In Flux, Phillies GM Talks Deadline

The Pirates finally announced their starting rotation for this week’s series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Brandon Cumpton was re-called Tuesday to pitch the first game of the series and the season’s second half tonight. Jeff Locke will start Wednesday, and Jeanmar Gomez will pitch out of the bullpen. Gomez and Locke both threw aggressive bullpen sessions Sunday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, taking both out of...

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Pirates Notebook: “New” Rotation Key to 8-Game Win Streak
Jun30

Pirates Notebook: “New” Rotation Key to 8-Game Win Streak

For more than half of last season, from June to August, the Pirates used a rotation that included A.J. Burnett, Kevin Correia, Erik Bedard, James McDonald, Brad Lincoln, Jeff Karstens and Wandy Rodriguez. None of them are on the team’s current active roster. Instead, Pittsburgh has gone 13-4 in its last 17 games with a “new” staff of Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, Brandon Cumpton and...

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Pirates Notebook: Wandy Rodriguez Shut Down, More Injury Updates
Jun29

Pirates Notebook: Wandy Rodriguez Shut Down, More Injury Updates

Well, Gerrit Cole, it seems your spot in the rotation is safe for a while. The Pirates provided updates on their many injured pitchers: Wandy Rodriguez has been shut down from pitching after continuing to feel left forearm tightness in a throwing session yesterday. He will be evaluated by the team’s medical staff to “determine the next steps,” the team said. Minor league pitchers Kyle McPherson and Phil Irwin (right...

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