Pirates Lose Another Extra-Inning Game in Atlanta

In the 6th inning on Tuesday night, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a decision to make. Starting pitcher Jeff Locke had just made his 103rd pitch, and it was lined by Atlanta Braves’ second baseman Dan Uggla into left for a two-out single. With right-handed-hitting B.J. Upton up to bat and Locke about to tie his career high for most pitches in one game, Hurdle dipped into the bullpen for righty Ryan Reid to maintain the...

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Has Russell Martin been the Best Free Agent Signing?

You get the sense with this Pirates team that something is different. Sure, Pittsburgh has been rattling off wins at a near-record pace and appears poised to battle with St. Louis and Cincinnati all summer for positioning in the National League Central with the prospect of spot in the playoffs not seeming like a pipe dream. Those are all not the norm for the Pirates, but what has been the catalyst for the transformation from a good...

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Pirates Inquired about B.J. Upton, Billy Butler, and Shane Victorino

In his Sunday column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Pirates may have interest in the other Upton brother, this time B.J. from the Tampa Rays.  He also mentions that they inquired about Billy Butler (1B) from the Royals and Shane Victorino (OF) from the Phillies.  These little snippets were within a section on Justin Upton and how he has not drawn as much interest as expected. The whole article is about how the...

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Pirates Could Make Serious Bid For B.J. Upton

We’ve heard today that Jason Kubel is the top target for the Pittsburgh Pirates, although the Twins don’t want to deal their outfielder, who becomes a free agent after the 2011 season.  Jon Paul Morosi reports that if Kubel is truly off the market, he anticipates the Pirates to make a serious play for outfielder B.J. Upton.  We heard earlier today from Jon Heyman that Upton appeared likely to stay put, although he added...

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Friday Rumors: Domonic Brown Tops the Wish List

We’re less than 48 hours away from the trade deadline… -The big rumor today isn’t actually a rumor for the Pirates.  However, it has a lot of Pirates fans salivating at a great possibility to upgrade the team for the long term.  The rumor is that the Philadelphia Phillies are offering top outfield prospect Domonic Brown, along with starting pitching prospect Jarred Cosart, plus other players, in exchange for Hunter...

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