• Pirates Notebook: First-Pitch Strikes Key for Rodriguez

    Wandy Rodriguez returned from injury Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates and promptly mowed down the hottest team in baseball. Rodriguez was sharp from the beginning and allowed just one hit in seven innings and combined with Mark Melancon and Vin Mazzarro to face the minimum of 27 batters in the Pirates’ 6-0 win...

  • Locke Struggles with Consistency in Pirates Loss

    Prior to Thursday's game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves, Clint Hurdle talked about how the back end of the starting rotation knows there is competition on the way, and after Jeff Locke's performance in a 6-4 Atlanta win the Pirates manager elaborated on just what it is Locke needs...

  • Pirates Notebook: Top of the Lineup Heating Up

    Wins are for the most part an antiquated statistic in baseball, but sometimes a win can carry a bit of significance. A.J. Burnett got his first one of the 2013 campaign Wednesday night at PNC Park, but that was not what people will remember about the game. Burnett not only got strikeout...

  • A.J. Burnett: Anatomy of a One-Hitter

    So many events have to go right for a no-hitter to happen. We sometimes lose sight of that, living in this Golden Age of 23 no-hitters in the last six years. Even with no-hitters becoming almost as common an occurrence as Clint Barmes home runs, they still require a potent combination of...

  • Pirates Pregame: Rodriguez Will Start Friday Against Braves

    Wandy Rodriguez was throwing today during the pregame media session with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, and apparently things went well. Hurdle said he would have more information about Rodriguez’s status after tonight game. “I’ll definitely have something for you after the the game,” he said. “Or if you hear a big scream...

  • Pirates-Cardinals Rained Out

    The Pittsburgh Pirates led the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 entering the third inning on Tuesday night when heavy rain and lightning descended on PNC Park. After a rain delay of more than an hour the game was officially postponed. A makeup date will be announced at a later time.

  • McDonald Hit Hard in Pirates Loss to Cardinals

    Alternate title: “Good hitters gonna hit” — James McDonald, 4/15/2013 Today’s Pirates Pregame asked the question: Which James McDonald would we see today? It did not take long to get the answer. McDonald was hit early, hit hard and hit often before being pulled after retiring just five St. Louis Cardinals. In...

  • Pirates Complete a Huge Comeback Victory Against the Reds

    There were many moments in Pittsburgh’s improbable come-from-behind 10-7 win against Cincinnati on Sunday that could be pointed to as turning points. Michael McKenry’s first home run, Starling Marte’s home run, McKenry’s second home run, Travis Snider’s near home run — all possible moments when the momentum shifted to the Pirates side....

  • Bullpen Strong Again in Pirates 3-1 Win Against Reds

    The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen one again showed why it has been one of the strongest units in Major League Baseball this season on Saturday. The only fireworks came after the game (and during the ninth inning from the inaugural game at Highmark Stadium — home of the Pittsburgh RiverHounds soccer team), as the bullpen...

  • McCutchen’s Blast the Difference in Win Against Reds

    In the immediate aftermath of the second home run off the bat of Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips there was a brief sense of, “Here we go again,” as it relates to the creative ways the Pittsburgh Pirates have found to lose games in recent seasons. The blast to straight-away center field tied the...

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