Pirates Notebook: Taking San Francisco’s Championship Atmosphere Home
Aug23

Pirates Notebook: Taking San Francisco’s Championship Atmosphere Home

SAN FRANCISCO — As the Pirates went in front of the sold-out home of the defending World Champions to grab a five-run victory, the thermometer ended on a temperature closer to 50 degrees than 70. No, it’s not October. It’s just August at AT&T Park. This park in San Francisco has hosted 230 consecutive sellouts and Pittsburgh is still plugging away at surpassing PNC Park’s record of 19 total sellouts from...

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Pirates Light Up Giants’ Cain, Mijares for 11 Hits in 10-5 Win
Aug23

Pirates Light Up Giants’ Cain, Mijares for 11 Hits in 10-5 Win

SAN FRANCISCO — If America’s coldest summer is in San Francisco, the chill did not reach the Pirates’ bats. The Bucs offense heated up to scorch the Giants for a 10-5 victory on a cool Thursday night by the Bay. The warming glow burned bright early. Matt Cain gave up three straight hits to start the game down 1-0, then he served Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer matching 92-mph fastballs in the 2nd that the hitters...

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Gerrit Cole “Disappointed” Over Pirates’ 2-1 Loss to San Diego
Aug22

Gerrit Cole “Disappointed” Over Pirates’ 2-1 Loss to San Diego

SAN DIEGO — As long as Gerrit Cole stays in the Pirates’ rotation this season, it seems he will remain eternally frustrated in himself. “Just a few pitches here or there” became a common refrain from Cole about how close he was to a dominant start. Pittsburgh’s starting pitcher was not at his happiest walking off the mound after his six innings of the Bucs’ 2-1 loss in San Diego, and afterwards...

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Pirates Notebook: Why Felix Pie Joined the Bucs to Lead Off
Aug21

Pirates Notebook: Why Felix Pie Joined the Bucs to Lead Off

SAN DIEGO — No time for formalities. Why was outfielder Felix Pie called up Wednesday to join the Pirates’ roster? “We felt he was our best available option,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “With Travis [Snider] being on the DL, Alex Presley and Andrew Lambo in limbo with the 10-day window, as we looked to try to re-balance with [Starling] Marte’s hand, we wanted to go with the best...

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A.J. Burnett and Pirates Offense Bounce Back Strong for 8-1 Victory
Aug21

A.J. Burnett and Pirates Offense Bounce Back Strong for 8-1 Victory

SAN DIEGO — The one-two punch of Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett turned around the Pirates’ bad-luck losses by leading the charge on back-to-back wins. “Obviously you’re not gonna punch out 13 like [Liriano],” Burnett said. “At the same time you want to go out, keep your team in it and keep it rolling.” The two staff aces each delivered a seven-inning pitching gem, and Burnett gave up just...

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Pirates Notebook: How Justin Wilson and First-Year Relievers Face Long Season
Aug20

Pirates Notebook: How Justin Wilson and First-Year Relievers Face Long Season

SAN DIEGO — If you’re trying to pinpoint why the Pirates’ bullpen continues to be one of baseball’s best, Justin Wilson has shown you. As the Pittsburgh reliever who has thrown the most innings, Wilson leads all National League rookies in ERA (1.97) and batting average against (.183). But one year ago today when Wilson made his Major League debut at Petco Park, he was merely at the start of his transition from...

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