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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Cumpton’s Gem Leads Pirates to 6-0 Win, Doubleheader Sweep of Cardinals
Jul30

Cumpton’s Gem Leads Pirates to 6-0 Win, Doubleheader Sweep of Cardinals

A sound will endure from the Pirates’ doubleheader sweep of the Cardinals and the most important day for Pittsburgh baseball in 20 years: “Holl-i-day… Holl-i-day.” After Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer off the glove of St. Louis right fielder Matt Holliday to cinch a 6-0 victory and keep first place in the National League Central, the fans in PNC Park’s left field jeered him the rest of the night....

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Game 1: A.J. Burnett Sits Cardinals Down for 2-1 Pirates Victory
Jul30

Game 1: A.J. Burnett Sits Cardinals Down for 2-1 Pirates Victory

A.J. Burnett never shies away from showing his feelings and theatrics on the mound to join his strikeouts. In the Pirates’ 2-1 extra-innings win to take 1st place over the Cardinals for the start of Tuesday’s doubleheader, Burnett flashed his fist pumps, his yells, his glove flips and possibly his curse words. The veteran starter struck out nine St. Louis hitters, did not give up any hits to his final 18 batters and...

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Pirates Notebook: Doubleheader Presents Important Opportunity for NL Central
Jul30

Pirates Notebook: Doubleheader Presents Important Opportunity for NL Central

Fans packed the sidewalk in front of PNC Park’s home plate rotunda, backed up all the way onto Mazeroski Way trying to enter the ballpark for the most important day in Pittsburgh baseball since 1992. And yes, it will be more important than Wednesday or Thursday or any single day the Pirates play at PNC Park until October. Getting two games against the St. Louis Cardinals and the opportunity to jump into the driver’s seat...

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