Pirates Notebook: A’s Speak Highly of Inge, Alvarez Not in Derby
Jul08

Pirates Notebook: A’s Speak Highly of Inge, Alvarez Not in Derby

The Oakland Athletics start a three-game series against the Pirates tonight at PNC Park, arriving 9-0 against the Bucs and the only Major League team that is undefeated against one opponent. They swept the Pirates in their only Pittsburgh series in 2002 and also pulled off home sweeps in 2004 and 2010. This interleague series also reunites the A’s with former third baseman Brandon Inge, who hit for a .675 OPS with Oakland last...

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Pirates Playoff Odds Fall to 86 Percent After Two Series Losses
Jul08

Pirates Playoff Odds Fall to 86 Percent After Two Series Losses

Even though a 2-4 week is not a precursor to COLLAPSE 3.0: THE COLLAPSENING, every loss affects the Pirates’ chances of making the playoffs. With the team projected to win 91 games, every additional win or loss has a distinct effect on the playoff odds. The Pirates have a 86% chance to make the playoffs, a drop of five percentage points from last week. On this day last year, the team had a 36% chance of reaching the postseason....

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Cubs Break Through in Extra Innings to Win Series
Jul08

Cubs Break Through in Extra Innings to Win Series

There are a lot of people you could blame for the Pirates losing Sunday: Brandon Inge for going 0-for-4 and fouling up an easy double play turn Garrett Jones for going 0-for-5, leaving four runners on base and making hiccups at first base Russell Martin for going 0-for-3 and committing his season’s first error in the 11th Manager Clint Hurdle for letting the game slip away without using All-Star Jason Grilli or five infielders...

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Pirates Offense Goes Flat Again in 4-1 Loss to Cubs
Jul06

Pirates Offense Goes Flat Again in 4-1 Loss to Cubs

Pedro Alvarez hit a home run for the Pirates, his 22nd of the year, but Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs for the Cubs, his 11th and 12th, to raise the “W” flag in Chicago 4-1. The goal for Charlie Morton is to give up as few hard-hits as possible. In his successful 2011 season, Morton had the lowest home run rate for any pitcher in the NL: 6 home runs in 172 innings. Those two home runs allowed to Soriano, widely known as...

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Pirates Notebook: Candidates Await All-Star Selection Show
Jul06

Pirates Notebook: Candidates Await All-Star Selection Show

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be a little busy when the All-Star Game rosters are unveiled at 6:30 p.m. on FOX. The Bucs face the Chicago Cubs at 4:05 Eastern at Wrigley Field and will be hoping to wrap up a road series victory while their All-Star fates are announced to the world. There are six legitimate Pirates candidates vying for spots on the National League squad, as Tim detailed Friday: Outfielder Andrew McCutchen (2nd in NL...

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Francisco Liriano Rolls to Pirates’ First Complete Game, Win Over Cubs
Jul06

Francisco Liriano Rolls to Pirates’ First Complete Game, Win Over Cubs

This is under “Pirates Game Recaps,” so allow me to recap by saying this was a great victory by the Pirates on both sides to get back on the winning side 6-2. If you are looking for more details because you didn’t watch the game and had other duties on Friday, neither did I. So we’re in the same boat. So let’s talk about Francisco Liriano, who worked his way to the first complete game of the...

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