Pirates Pregame: Lineups, Pitchers and Beanballs (oh my)

Just a few quick things before we get started at PNC Park (since I planned poorly for traffic and arrived later than I would have liked): First, tonight’s lineups – Cincinnati (5-4, tied for 1st National League Central) 1. Choo cf 2. Heisey lf 3. Votto 1b 4. Phillips 2b 5. Bruce rf 6. Hannahan 3b 7. Cozart ss 8. Mesoraco c 9. Leake p Pittsburgh (3-6, tied for 3rd National League Central) 1. Marte lf 2. Walker 2b 3....

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Pirates Shut Down by Kershaw, Shut Out 1-0

Carved. Sliced. Diced. Slashed. Controlled. Mastered. Dominated. Dismantled. You can use any verb you would like to describe what Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw did to the Pirates in a 1-0 L.A. victory Saturday night. But one works best. He Kershawed them. “That was the same as I remember him,” Pirates second baseman Neil Walker said. “That guy has been good as anybody over the last four years.” The...

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Bats Fail Burnett in 3-1 Opening Day Loss

If before Monday’s season opener at PNC Park against the Chicago Cubs someone told you A.J. Burnett would have 10 strikeouts and the Pirates’ bullpen would not allow a hit, chances are you would have been pretty happy about Pittsburgh’s chances to win. Well, Burnett did strike out 10 Cubs while Justin Wilson, Jared Hughes and Mark Melancon combined to not allow a hit after Burnett’s exit with two outs in the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: 21 Questions to Answer

It’s Opening Day, those two sweet words marking an event beloved by fans of all 30 teams. No more frivolous exhibition games or exaggerated position battles. It’s a day indisputably tied to ideas of hope, but also to wondering and questions that will take 162 games to answer. Tom and Tim gave you the facts about the 2013 edition of the Pittsburgh Pirates, from the rotation to the bullpen, from the infield to the outfield...

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Pirates Notebook: Opening Day Start a First for A.J. Burnett

It can be hard to find many “firsts” for a player that is entering his 15th season in the big leagues, but when A.J. Burnett takes the mound on Monday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs he’ll be having one of those moments — his first career Opening Day start. Burnett, now in his second season in Pittsburgh, has spent time with the Marlins, Blue Jays and Yankees in addition to the Pirates but has never been...

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