Neal Huntington on Who Could Join the Pirates When Rosters Expand Tomorrow
Aug31

Neal Huntington on Who Could Join the Pirates When Rosters Expand Tomorrow

Major League Baseball rosters expand tomorrow, with teams able to call up anyone on the 40-man roster, giving them the possibility for an active roster that can hold up to 40 players. Not all of the guys on the 40-man roster will be called up, but you can expect the Pirates to make several moves. “We’re going to be very cognizant of the numbers that we add to this club,” Pittsburgh Pirates’ General Manager Neal...

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No Moves Imminent For the Pirates as Waiver Trade Deadline Approaches
Aug31

No Moves Imminent For the Pirates as Waiver Trade Deadline Approaches

The Pittsburgh Pirates have until midnight tonight to make a waiver trade and have that player eligible for their playoff roster. But by the looks of things, it doesn’t appear that they’ll be adding anyone before that deadline passes. “We’ve been aggressive in claims, as has much of the industry has, so there’s not a lot of players that we feel are significant additions for us available that have cleared...

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Fastball Command is Key for Francisco Liriano
Aug31

Fastball Command is Key for Francisco Liriano

Over his career, Francisco Liriano has proven to be an exceptionally volatile pitcher. One start, he’s dominating, generating numerous swings and misses. The next, he can’t find the strike zone. In his last start against Cardinals, Liriano put together an outing which was typical of him last season, when he struck out 163 in 161 innings and posted a 3.02 ERA. In six innings he allowed zero runs, four hits, and struck out eight. The...

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The Type of Win That Defines a Contender
Aug30

The Type of Win That Defines a Contender

In the quest to the playoffs, a team has to win in a variety of ways. There’s the blowout, offense-outburst type wins. There’s the close, well-played wins. Then there’s wins where a team doesn’t play well, but does just enough to squeak by. Today was one of those wins. The Pirates didn’t do anything special today. Vance Worley was good enough, allowing one earned run and striking out four in six and two thirds innings. He walked two,...

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Clint Hurdle Looks for Quality At Bats from Andrew Lambo
Aug30

Clint Hurdle Looks for Quality At Bats from Andrew Lambo

In yesterday’s 2-1 victory over the Reds, Andrew Lambo was key in starting the Pirates’ rally in the 8th. With one out against Jonathan Broxton, Lambo reached base with a sharp infield single to second base. Lambo was soon brought in by a Josh Harrison triple, who was then brought in with a single by Jose Tabata. It was a solid at bat by Lambo, where he didn’t try to do too much in a key spot. It’s the type of at bat Clint Hurdle is...

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Josh Harrison is More Than Just Heart and Hustle
Aug30

Josh Harrison is More Than Just Heart and Hustle

Before tonight’s game Clint Hurdle presented Josh Harrison with the MLB Players Alumni Association’s Heart and Hustle award. It’s an award based on two words that most fans often describe Harrison with. They’re two words that are intangible, and based on old baseball clichés. They’re two words that don’t give Josh Harrison justice for the season he’s had. Tangibly, Harrison has played tremendously this year. Throughout the season,...

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