Reds Use Four Homers to Beat Pirates 4-1

Let’s not dwell too much on this one. The Cincinnati Reds hit four solo home runs, three of which would have flown out even in larger ballparks, plus Mike Leake and Co. frustrated the Pirates again by keeping them hitless with runners in scoring position. There are three games to go and all are very important if the Bucs do not want to fall further behind in the NL Central stampede. Homer No. 1 — Russell Martin gives...

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Rodriguez Leaves With Forearm Tightness; Who Could Replace Him?

Wandy Rodriguez left today’s game in the first inning after recording one out, pointing to his left elbow. The Pirates later announced that Rodriguez left the game with tightness in his left forearm. That’s the same injury that Jeanmar Gomez had earlier in the week (although the right arm, obviously), and Gomez went on the disabled list. It seems likely that Rodriguez will go on the disabled list, although nothing is...

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Pirates Call Up Pitchers Ryan Reid, Jared Hughes

Right-handed pitcher Ryan Reid has been called up by the Pirates and will join the team in Atlanta, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. Reid, 28, is in his first season in Pittsburgh’s system after being added as a minor league free agent in November. He has never pitched in the Major Leagues but has pitched 34.2 relief innings for Triple-A Indianapolis this season with a 0.52 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 31 strikeouts and nine...

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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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First Pitch: Thoughts on the Bullpen, Mercer, Taillon, Cole, and the Reds

Thursday is podcast recording day, which means I spent most of my time today writing articles for the site, recording tomorrow’s show, and editing that show. Therefore, rather than a formal article, we’re going to do a Thursday thoughts article again. **Put me down as someone who isn’t concerned with the bullpen usage. If we’re talking about the middle relievers, there’s plenty of depth in Indianapolis....

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