Game 90 Recap: Maholm, McCutchen Lead Bucs Into Break

Paul Maholm pitched into the eighth and allowed just one run while Andrew McCutchen paced the offense with a three run homer and a total of five runs driven in. The Pirates cruise into the All-Star break with a 47-43 record. Ramon Ortiz scuffled all day and it started in the first inning. Alex Presley singled and went to third on a double from Neil Walker. McCutchen’s first RBI came in the form of a sac fly and it was 1-0...

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Making Room For the Returning Players

Earlier today I posted a rundown of the injured players on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 40-man roster, noting the estimated returns.  Several players are expected to return shortly after the All-Star break, such as Pedro Alvarez, Joe Beimel, Ronny Cedeno, and Jose Tabata.  While typing up the article, I was thinking about the tough decisions that the Pirates will face to make room for these four players.  David Todd of Extra Innings...

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Game 87 Recap: Pirates Lose Game Three to Astros

The good times came to a screeching halt in the sixth inning. Charlie Morton had held Houston at bay through the first five innings. But a fielding miscue kick-started a five run outburst as Houston won a laugher 8-2. Bud Norris started for Houston and was shaky all game. Norris would manage just one perfect inning out of his seven total. But the Pirates only managed two runs off of him. The first came in opening frame. Alex Presley...

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Game 86 Recap: Karstens Wins Again

Pittsburgh is four games over .500 this late in the year since 1992. I don’t care what happens the rest of the way. This is a triumph. This is better than I expected. Granted, my expectations were low. I thought a twelve game improvement versus 2010 would be a good bump up. It would be nice to think this team will contend this year. I don’t pretend to be optimistic that Pittsburgh will be playing meaningful contests come...

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Game 85 Recap: Maholm Moves Bucs 3 Games Over .500

Paul Maholm was solid again, but was almost done in by some unsteady defense. He went six and gave up just one earned run as Pittsburgh moved three games over the .500 mark. Maholm looked ragged early on. Houston used a pair of singles – one from Jeff Keppinger and one from Hunter Pence – plus a sac fly from Carlos Lee to take an early 1-0 lead in the first. Pittsburgh tied it in the second off of Astros starter Brett...

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