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

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

Earlier this year,┬áLos Angeles Times┬ábaseball 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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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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Cardinals Good at Baseball, Pirates Lose 13-0
Aug01

Cardinals Good at Baseball, Pirates Lose 13-0

The St. Louis Cardinals are good at playing baseball and demonstrated as much by beating the Pirates 13-0. They had lost seven in a row and now they have won one in a row, avoiding the fate of their 1916 brethren by not being swept in a five-game series. Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton allowed five of those runs. He gave up 22 balls in play for 10 hits. That’s bad luck, but it came after a 1-2-3 first inning and two...

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Pirates Notebook: Tony Sanchez Acknowledges “Long Road” to Majors
Aug01

Pirates Notebook: Tony Sanchez Acknowledges “Long Road” to Majors

It was not his Major League debut, but it might have been better. Tony Sanchez made his first Pirates start at catcher in Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals, and it was a whirlwind. His favorite catcher of the last decade, St. Louis’ Yadier Molina, wished him good luck in the bullpen. He jumped out of the dugout to cheers and 40,000 sets of eyeballs. “Nerve-racking. Overwhelming,”...

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Pirates Come Back Again, Beat Cardinals 5-4
Aug01

Pirates Come Back Again, Beat Cardinals 5-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates are running away from the National League Central — literally. In the 5th inning of Wednesday’s 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, Starling Marte used his game-breaking speed to create the tying run. Neil Walker, who had already homered, took a critical extra base in the 8th inning and set himself up to score the go-ahead run. Thanks to five shutout innings from the Pirates’ bullpen, the...

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Pirates Playoff Odds at 98 Percent, Best in Baseball
Jul31

Pirates Playoff Odds at 98 Percent, Best in Baseball

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a nearly 98 percent chance to reach the MLB postseason, averaging projections from Baseball Prospectus and Clay Davenport, and are expected to finish the season 93-69. The combined playoff odds are the best in Major League Baseball and the highest Pittsburgh has seen in the last three seasons, including a 49 percent chance of winning the National League Central division. This should be no surprise, as the...

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