Charlie Morton Grounds Marlins in 4-2 Pirates Victory
Aug07

Charlie Morton Grounds Marlins in 4-2 Pirates Victory

Charlie Morton is the ground ball. The ground ball, Charlie. Morton played grounders for seven innings of Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins. The Pirates starter faced 25 Marlins batters, saw 20 of his pitches put into play and 15 ground balls to produce a quality start. He even contributed one of the Bucs’ four RBI in a victory that put them three games ahead in the National League Central. When batters have put...

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Pirates Notebook: Giancarlo Stanton Was “Relaxed” Amid Trade Rumors
Aug07

Pirates Notebook: Giancarlo Stanton Was “Relaxed” Amid Trade Rumors

Picture Giancarlo Stanton. Nope, he’s bigger than that. The Marlins’ hulking, slugging right fielder is built like an NFL tight end, and maybe he would be one right now had pesky ol’ baseball not gotten in the way. In his salad days as Mike Stanton, he was a great high school wide receiver recruited by schools like USC. Now the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Stanton does not catch bombs, he launches them, hitting 37 home runs...

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Josh Harrison’s Pinch-Hit Walk-Off Homer Wins for Pirates 4-3
Aug07

Josh Harrison’s Pinch-Hit Walk-Off Homer Wins for Pirates 4-3

Final batter Josh Harrison was the hero. Tapped to pinch-hit for the Pirates in the 9th inning of a tie game, Harrison turned on the third fastball he saw. The ball flew and flew just over the right-center-field fence to beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 Tuesday night. “I was just watching [right fielder Giancarlo] Stanton’s reaction. I knew he wasn’t gonna catch it,” Harrison said after team leader A.J. Burnett...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Have Seen These Fish Before
Aug06

Pirates Notebook: Bucs Have Seen These Fish Before

An interesting twist to the Pirates’ three-game weekday home series against the Miami Marlins is that they not only faced the Fish a week and a half ago, the two teams are using the same three starting pitchers they sent to the mound in Miami. The hitters see the same sequence of pitchers: righties Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler and Jose Fernandez for the Marlins; LHP Jeff Locke, RHP Charlie Morton and RHP Gerrit Cole for the...

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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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