Pirates Allow Season-High 17 Hits, Collect Only Three in Morton’s Debut

That was the worst game the Pirates have played all season.¬†Pittsburgh pitchers surrendered a season-high 17 hits in the 10-o loss, continuing the struggle after allowing 15 base hits Wednesday night. Starter Matt Cain and the Giants held the Bucs’ lineup to three hits after it totaled 18 hits on the previous two San Francisco starting pitchers. “We got to see the real good Matt Cain tonight,” said Pirates manager...

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Pirates Notebook: Charlie Morton Makes 2013 Debut… Now What?

Pirates right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton returns to the mound Thursday night at PNC Park, facing the San Francisco Giants almost one year to the day since his reconstructive elbow surgery. Morton becomes the 10th different starting pitcher Pittsburgh has used, yet the Pirates still maintain the 5th-best rotation ERA and 8th-best FIP in the National League. The average-to-above-average numbers are a testament to unexpectedly solid...

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A.J. Burnett Placed on 15-Day DL, Contreras Released, Morton Activated

The Pirates have released Jose Contreras, placed A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list and activated Charlie Morton, all moves on right-handed pitchers to allow Morton to start Thursday night. Burnett has a right calf strain that he told the team about Wednesday and is on the DL retroactive to June 9. Contreras has been on the disabled list since May 28 with lower back inflammation. His release opens up a 40-man roster spot for...

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First Pitch: So Many Things Are Going Right For the Pirates

I wanted to keep this more of a notes article tonight, jotting down a few thoughts I had throughout the evening. A lot of things happened tonight which had me thinking about all of the things going right for the Pirates right now. **Gerrit Cole made his major league debut, and was fantastic. You could make an argument that he could have been better. He was giving up more hits than you’d want to see, but overall I think it would...

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Charlie Morton to Start Thursday, Wandy Rodriguez on Disabled List

Right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton is set to start Thursday for the Pirates, one year to the day¬†before his Tommy John surgery. While returning to the Majors 12 months after the reconstructive elbow procedure is a relatively quick recovery time, Morton has been itching to get back for a while. “I was on pace to be back a little bit quicker than I was, so I was disappointed at the same time,” Morton said. “I’m...

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