Duke's Hurling Snaps Loss Streak

I never would’ve thought to describe Zach Duke as a stopper. But he came through in a huge way to end the Pirates recent skid that delivered them from above .500 to the cellar. Duke allowed just one run on four hits over 8 innings. It looked ugly early on. He allowed a two out homer to Albert Pujols (who else) in the first. Ryan Ludwick followed with a single. In the second, the Cards put two more runners on, but didn’t...

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Brandon Moss: The New Adam LaRoche?

Brandon Moss came over to the Pirates in the Jason Bay trade last year, sporting a career .291 average in 103 major league at bats, and a .279 average in his minor league career, including .282 at AAA. The 2009 season marks the first year that Moss has the opportunity to be an everyday starter, and so far the results haven’t been impressive. While Moss looks good on the field, making several catches that options such as Craig...

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Pirates acquire Delwyn Young

The Pirates acquired Delwyn Young from the Dodgers for two players to be named later, according to MLB.com. Young was mentioned earlier this winter in the Jack Wilson trade talks as one possibility returning in a deal for Wilson. The Dodgers designated him for assignment this week, opening him to a deal with the Pirates. The Pirates are getting a good young player who hasn’t really received a shot in the majors. Young has...

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Pirates Game 4 Recap: Carpenter shuts down offense

The Pirates lost to the Cardinals today, evening the series at 2-2. While any loss is disappointing, this one had some encouraging aspects, and some good moments. Ross Ohlendorf had a strong outing, going six innings and allowing seven hits, one walk, and two earned runs. He was helped by some solid defense, such as a great running catch by Nyjer Morgan, and a double play by Brandon Moss, with the second out coming from a throw out at...

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Game 3: Duke has strong game

To say the start by Zach Duke tonight wasn’t encouraging would be a lie. I’m not going to throw cold water on this win by going over Duke’s inconsistent history, including a 2008 season where he allowed just six runs in 18.2 innings in his first three games, only to finish the season with a 4.82 ERA. OK, that was just a splash of cold water. The Pirates looked strong all around tonight. I say that with most of my...

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