First Pitch: Pirates’ Hitting will Become a Playoff Problem If Not Addressed
Aug22

First Pitch: Pirates’ Hitting will Become a Playoff Problem If Not Addressed

SAN FRANCISCO — If you are in my age group or are a frequent visitor of a service called The Internet, you know about “First-World Problems.” (Hi, I’m James Santelli and this is the hackneyed start to my First Pitch column.) Starbucks is no longer serving your favorite¬†frappuccino? First-world problem. New printer not working? First-world problem. Want to watch episodes of Sports Night, but the show is no...

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Gerrit Cole “Disappointed” Over Pirates’ 2-1 Loss to San Diego
Aug22

Gerrit Cole “Disappointed” Over Pirates’ 2-1 Loss to San Diego

SAN DIEGO — As long as Gerrit Cole stays in the Pirates’ rotation this season, it seems he will remain eternally frustrated in himself. “Just a few pitches here or there” became a common refrain from Cole about how close he was to a dominant start. Pittsburgh’s starting pitcher was not at his happiest walking off the mound after his six innings of the Bucs’ 2-1 loss in San Diego, and afterwards...

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Pirates Notebook: Why Felix Pie Joined the Bucs to Lead Off
Aug21

Pirates Notebook: Why Felix Pie Joined the Bucs to Lead Off

SAN DIEGO — No time for formalities. Why was outfielder Felix Pie called up Wednesday to join the Pirates’ roster? “We felt he was our best available option,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “With Travis [Snider] being on the DL, Alex Presley and Andrew Lambo in limbo with the 10-day window, as we looked to try to re-balance with [Starling] Marte’s hand, we wanted to go with the best...

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Pirates Call Up Felix Pie; Ryan Reid Optioned; Wandy Rodriguez to 60-Day
Aug21

Pirates Call Up Felix Pie; Ryan Reid Optioned; Wandy Rodriguez to 60-Day

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up Felix Pie and have added him to tonight’s lineup, batting leadoff and playing left-field. Ryan Reid is expected to be optioned to make room for Pie on the 25-man roster. No word on the 40-man roster move, which needs to be made since Pie isn’t currently on the 40-man. More to come as information becomes available. UPDATE 3:50 PM: Pie doesn’t have the best numbers with...

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Prospect Watch: Kingham Strikes Out Seven, Polanco Picks Up Three Hits
Aug19

Prospect Watch: Kingham Strikes Out Seven, Polanco Picks Up Three Hits

Top Pitcher: Kyle Haynes, Top Hitter: Felix Pie, HR: Felix Pie, Edwin Espinal

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