Pirates Notebook: You Learn Something New Every Start
Sep16

Pirates Notebook: You Learn Something New Every Start

The lasting image of Gerrit Cole’s first major league start wasn’t when he drove in a run, but a pitch he threw to the first batter he faced. With two strikes and Gregor Blanco at bat, Cole reared back and delivered a fastball with the high heat Pirates fans had been waiting for ever since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2011. Blanco swung right through it, and Cole owned his first career strikeout. It’s now been...

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Pirates Notebook: Morton Not as Electric against Left-handed Batters
Sep14

Pirates Notebook: Morton Not as Electric against Left-handed Batters

Charlie Morton’s return from Tommy John surgery in June has without a doubt been a shot in the arm of the Pirates’ rotation, a group that has seen every single one of its starters from Opening Day spend time off the mound due to injury. Since he made his first start of the season June 13 against the San Francisco Giants, Morton has been one of the most consistent starters for the Pirates. In a recent six-game stretch,...

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Pirates Notebook: Command and Confidence
Sep13

Pirates Notebook: Command and Confidence

The month of August was a challenging one for Jeff Locke, to say the least. He finished winless in the month, and with a 8.02 ERA. In fact, the entire second half of 2013 had been the polar opposite for the Pirates’ lefty after he earned an All-Star nod in the season’s first half. Thursday, Locke looked like that pitcher once again when he pitched through seven innings for the first time in a long time, and allowed just...

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Pirates Notebook: Previewing the Cubs
Sep12

Pirates Notebook: Previewing the Cubs

Tonight the Pirates return after a 10-game road trip to open up a 11-game homestand with four games against the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates are 7-5 against the Cubs this season, and will play three more games in Chicago before the season series is over. With three wins at home this weekend, the Pirates (84-61) would ensure themselves the advantage in the season slate between the two teams. The Cubs enter PNC Park on a relative high...

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Pirates Notebook: Introducing Justin Morneau
Sep01

Pirates Notebook: Introducing Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau is here. The first baseman arrived in Pittsburgh at approximately 7:50 last night and made it into the Pirates’ dugout sometime between the fifth and sixth inning. “I knew what the score was. I checked the score when I landed,” Morneau said. “We were listening to it on the radio on the way in.” When he arrived at the moment, Morneau arrived to an image that will likely be one he never...

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Pirates Notebook: For Garrett Jones, C’est La Vie
Aug31

Pirates Notebook: For Garrett Jones, C’est La Vie

Garrett Jones wasn’t happy this week. While hitting .119 for the month of August entering last night’s game (courtesy of some atrocious luck on balls in play–.119 BABIP), manager Clint Hurdle gave his first baseman “a couple days down”. Jones did not start in the Milwaukee series, and received just one at-bat in a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday. “At first, it’s frustrating. You want to stay out there,...

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