Cole, Alvarez Lead Pirates to Series-Opening Win

Let’s cut to the chase — the Pirates played a great game in front of a mostly-full PNC Park and thumped the defending World Series champions and a two-time Cy Young Award winner. This game had a little bit of everything but the majority of the focus, and rightfully so, was on Gerrit Cole who only made his major league debut, cruised through a large chunk of the middle innings, had a two-RBI single and became an instant...

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Pirates Notebook: Colentine’s Day? Colearoo? Coleapalooza?

Whatever you want to call it, today is the day many Pirates fans have looked to for two years — the day Gerrit Cole makes his big league debut. Cole, of course, was the No. 1 overall selection in 2011 out of UCLA and thanks to a combination of stuff and need will take the mound for Pittsburgh this evening to face the visiting San Francisco Giants. It will be the first time a pitcher taken with top selection in the draft has made...

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Projecting NL All-Star Rosters: Grilli, Burnett Could Be Only Pirates

There is only one month left in the fan voting for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at New York’s Citi Field. Today, MLB released updated ballot results for the National League. The full results can be found here, but below are the current vote leaders at each position. Starting Lineup Catcher: Buster Posey, Giants First Base: Joey Votto, Reds Second Base: Brandon Phillips, Reds Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies Third Base: Pablo...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Hovering Above 50 Percent

Let’s escape from the forest and look at the trees. We are still four months away from the MLB Playoffs, but want to make sure to keep one eye on the postseason picture, one eye on the team day-to-day and one eye on that¬†optometrist that really screwed us up. Every Monday, I will break down the playoff odds and projections from the three sites that do it best: Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs and ClayDavenport.com. We’ll see...

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Pirates Ride Jones’ River Shot, Superb Bullpen To 5-4 Comeback Win

When PNC Park was built in 2001 along the North Shore of the Allegheny River, the Pirates erected a sign on the right-field wall to track how many home runs the Bucs would hit into the river on the fly. Twelve years later: 1. After the Pirates (35-22) missed chances to score all weekend long, Garrett Jones left. No doubt. Jones ripped a slider from Cincinnati Reds’ set-up man Jonathan Broxton inside and above the right-field...

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