Pedro Alvarez’s 21st Homer Powers Bucs to 6-5 Win
Jul04

Pedro Alvarez’s 21st Homer Powers Bucs to 6-5 Win

One way to break out of a team-wide offensive slump: Collect 11 hits off John Lannan. Sure you need to find your nearest John Lannan to do so, but it was worth it for the Pirates to swing a 6-5 home victory Wednesday start. The Philadelphia Phillies starter allowed 18 of 32 Pittsburgh batters to reach base and one batter named Pedro Alvarez to demolish a baseball 409 feet for a three-run home run. Jeff Locke held up his end on the PNC...

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Pirates Notebook: Tabata Returns, Will Burnett Pitch a Rehab Start?
Jul03

Pirates Notebook: Tabata Returns, Will Burnett Pitch a Rehab Start?

Jose Tabata is starting in right field Wednesday night as the Pirates take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The outfielder returned to the 25-man roster today after his nine-game rehabilitation (oblique) with Triple-A Indianapolis. “It’s a little tight sometimes, especially when I wake up in the morning,” Tabata said. “After that, I feel great… I’m here today. Thank you, God.” His first matchup...

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Phillies Chip Away at Cumpton to Snap Pirates’ Win Streak
Jul02

Phillies Chip Away at Cumpton to Snap Pirates’ Win Streak

Brandon Cumpton suffocated the Phillies for five innings. Groundout after groundout prevented Philadelphia from having any players bat with a runner in scoring position. He got 13 of his first 15 outs on four pitches or fewer. Cumpton, once again, put the Pirates in a place to win. But he could not finish what he started in the Tuesday night 3-1 loss that snapped a nine-game Pirates winning streak. In the 6th inning, a seeing-eye...

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Pirates Notebook: Rotation In Flux, Phillies GM Talks Deadline
Jul02

Pirates Notebook: Rotation In Flux, Phillies GM Talks Deadline

The Pirates finally announced their starting rotation for this week’s series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Brandon Cumpton was re-called Tuesday to pitch the first game of the series and the season’s second half tonight. Jeff Locke will start Wednesday, and Jeanmar Gomez will pitch out of the bullpen. Gomez and Locke both threw aggressive bullpen sessions Sunday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, taking both out of...

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Pirates Playoff Odds Over 90 Percent with MLB’s Best Record
Jul01

Pirates Playoff Odds Over 90 Percent with MLB’s Best Record

The Pittsburgh Pirates not only have the best record in Major League Baseball, but also the best chance to make the MLB Playoffs. Every week we look at the projected standings from Baseball Prospectus, Clay Davenport and FanGraphs, three of the most reliable postseason projections. At the halfway point of the season the Pirates have a 91% chance to reach the playoffs, according to BP and Davenport. Before we delve into the numbers,...

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Pirates’ Bullpen Pitches 12 Shutout Innings for Sweep of Brewers

What a way to close out the Pirates’ most successful first half in four decades. The Pirates’ 2-1 win and home sweep of Milwaukee (32-48) featured 14 innings, five Brewers infielders, two chances for a walkoff walk and only one player left on the bench for either team. Helped by a two-hour rain delay, the game ended six and a half hours after it began with last Pittsburgh (51-30) position player Russell Martin driving in...

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