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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Pirates Playoff Odds: NL Central Could Be St. Louis-Pittsburgh Dead Heat
Aug20

Pirates Playoff Odds: NL Central Could Be St. Louis-Pittsburgh Dead Heat

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a 98-percent chance to make the playoffs and a 36-percent chance to win the National League Central division, according to combined odds from Baseball Prospectus and Clay Davenport. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington says he does not even glance at the NL Wild Card standings. “I really don’t look at standings, actually, because my focus is doing everything we can to prepare,”...

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Liriano Dominates, Alvarez Scores Himself Twice in 3-1 Pirates Win
Aug20

Liriano Dominates, Alvarez Scores Himself Twice in 3-1 Pirates Win

SAN DIEGO — Once again, Franky said to Pirates fans: Relax. Coming off the team’s two rough losses, starting pitcher Francisco Liriano sliced up the San Diego Padres for a season-high 13 strikeouts over seven shutout innings to pave the Pirates’ way to a 3-1 road-trip-opening victory. “I’ve been getting a lot of swing-and-misses right now,” Liriano said about the start that followed his...

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Pirates Notebook: West Coast Swing to Challenge Pirates Again
Aug19

Pirates Notebook: West Coast Swing to Challenge Pirates Again

Fans who keep a close eye on the calendar may notice the Pirates’ August déjà vu. On Sunday, August 19, 2012, the Pirates won a 19-inning game over the St. Louis Cardinals, then traveled to San Diego. The Padres swept the Bucs and Petco, and Pittsburgh started into a tailspin of 23 losses in 30 games. On Sunday, August 18, 2013, the Pirates lost a 16-inning game to the Arizona Diamondbacks, then traveled to San Diego. That date...

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