First Pitch: Aside From Francisco Liriano, Who Should Be in the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation?
Sep18

First Pitch: Aside From Francisco Liriano, Who Should Be in the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation?

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t clinched anything yet. But it’s becoming quite clear that this team is going to the playoffs. They currently sit 2.5 games back in the NL Central, 2.5 games back from the first Wild Card spot, and 2.5 games in the lead for the second Wild Card spot. The Milwaukee Brewers are the only threat to their playoff chances, and the red-hot Pirates play Milwaukee at home this weekend. They follow that...

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Charlie Morton Has a Good Outing in Return From DL
Sep16

Charlie Morton Has a Good Outing in Return From DL

Charlie Morton started tonight for the first time since August 15 and helped to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-0 win over the Boston Red Sox in the first game of a three game series. Morton threw five innings, giving up four hits, walking two batters and striking out six. He threw 92 pitches, 65 for strikes and his sinker sat in the high 80s to low 90s. This was a classic Charlie Morton start, as he induced six ground ball outs,...

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Looking at Why Charlie Morton is Replacing Vance Worley in the Rotation
Sep15

Looking at Why Charlie Morton is Replacing Vance Worley in the Rotation

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Charlie Morton will start Tuesday night against the Red Sox, replacing Vance Worley who was originally scheduled to make the start. Morton has not pitched since August 15th against the Nationals, when he lasted only three innings and gave up five runs. Since that start, Morton has been on the disabled list, attempting to ease the pain that was caused by a sports hernia. After a rehab...

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Polanco returns to lineup, Morton to start on Tuesday
Sep14

Polanco returns to lineup, Morton to start on Tuesday

Gregory Polanco will get the start today in right field, hitting 8th in the lineup in the series finale against the Cubs. Jacob Turner — who has given up an .808 OPS against lefties — will start with the Cubs. “We keep having optimism that he’s getting closer,” Clint Hurdle said. “We’ll give him a couple more opportunities to put some at bats today.” After a hot start following his call up, opposing pitchers made...

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Injury Updates on Charlie Morton and Travis Snider
Aug29

Injury Updates on Charlie Morton and Travis Snider

Yesterday, Charlie Morton made his first rehab start in Double-A Altoona for his sports hernia injury. Morton pitched four innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out six. Morton was fairly pleased with his performance. “He felt like he was able to execute pitches,” Hurdle said. Though he was able to execute pitches, Morton still isn’t pleased with his recovery from the injury “Didn’t feel significantly...

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