Game 76: Bucs Move 2 Games Over .500 Behind Karstens

It was the biggest crowd in PNC history. Though the Pirates won, many in attendance didn’t go home happy because they are part of Red Sox Nation. For the second straight day, the Pirates played a close one and came out on top. They are now two games over .500 once again. Boston started the scoring without the benefit of a hit. Dustin Pedroia drew a rare walk off of Jeff Karstens. He stole second and moved to third when Michael...

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Game 75 Recap: Pitching Staff Bends, Doesn’t Break in 3-1 Win

If you’re looking for signs of life from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and wondering if this team is a true contender, tonight would be a great game to make your case.  The Pirates took on the Boston Red Sox, owners of the best record in the American League, and won 3-1 on a great team effort.  The pitching staff struggled at times, but came up with the big outs each time.  The offense didn’t capitalize on all of the major...

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Updated Projections: d’Arnaud, Presley, Lincoln

In the 2011 Pirates Prospects Annual, I released my 2011 projections for players on the Pirates 40-man roster. I also ran projections for non-roster minor league players who received an invite to spring training. Thus, preseason projections were available for each of the players expected to join the major league team over the next week; Chase d’Arnaud, Alex Presley and Brad Lincoln. Those projections are now almost half a season out...

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Starling Marte Selected for the MLB Futures Game

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Starling Marte, who rated as the second best prospect in the system in our pre-season rankings, has been selected to play in the MLB Futures Game.  Marte will play on the World roster, and would have been going up against Chase d’Arnaud, who was set to appear on the US roster.  However, d’Arnaud’s upcoming promotion to the majors will remove him from the event. Marte is currently...

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Pirates to Call Up Chase d’Arnaud, Alex Presley, Brad Lincoln

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that they will be calling up Chase d’Arnaud on Friday.  To make room for the addition, Josh Harrison has been optioned to Indianapolis.  D’Arnaud is in the middle of a strong season at the AAA level, with a .280/.347/.418 line in 239 at-bats.  He started the season slow, with a .217/.323/.373 line in April.  Since that point, d’Arnaud has been on fire, with a .329/.357/.456 line...

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