Pirates Playoff Odds Remain Above 98 Percent into August
Aug05

Pirates Playoff Odds Remain Above 98 Percent into August

The Pirates won four out of five games from the St. Louis Cardinals and two out of three from the Colorado Rockies last week. That is, hold on while I get my dictionary… A good thing. Good. Hmm, that’s a new word. Anyway, Pittsburgh sat just under 98 percent playoff odds one week ago and now are just over 98 percent. There is less than a two percent chance the Pirates miss the postseason. However you put it, things seem...

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A.J. Burnett Twirls Complete Game for 5-1 Pirates Win
Aug04

A.J. Burnett Twirls Complete Game for 5-1 Pirates Win

At long last, A.J. Burnett completed what he started. Nine innings, 110 pitches, wrapping up the Pirates’ 5-1 series-winning victory over the Colorado Rockies all by himself. Well, not all by himself. Moments after PNC Park erupted for Burnett finishing his first home win in three months, Burnett enveloped catcher Russell Martin in an embrace next to the pitcher’s mound. The two men stood together again in success after...

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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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Stopper Liriano Pitches Seven Scoreless in 5-2 Pirates Win
Aug03

Stopper Liriano Pitches Seven Scoreless in 5-2 Pirates Win

When the Pirates need to stop a losing streak, they send out their stopper. Francisco Liriano has become the stopper. He and the Pirates are now 12-4 in his starts after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-2 on Saturday night, and by doing so stopped a two-game losing streak from turning into a losing skid. Winter’s best free agent signing pitched seven shutout innings, struck out six batters and allowed only two Rockies hits, and...

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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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Rockies Deploy Three-Run Inning to Beat Pirates 4-2
Aug02

Rockies Deploy Three-Run Inning to Beat Pirates 4-2

Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times baseball writer taught a “Sports Reporting” class. One of his many tips was to never writer a game story that revolved around this idea: “Before the game, the manager said X would happen. And by jove, it did! Skip predicted it!” Let’s not break that rule, at least not entirely. However, former-Rockies-now-Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was quite familiar with Jhoulys...

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