First Pitch: Like the Pirates Pitching Staff? Thank Neal Huntington.

Dave Littlefield has not been in the general manager’s office for over five years, but his impact on this Pirates team can still be felt. No, that’s not a bad thing! Sure, he left the Pirates’ minor-league system in shambles despite six straight Top-11 picks, but at least a couple of those prospects worked out. Three productive players in the Pittsburgh lineup were all amateurs picked up by Littlefield: Andrew...

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Underscoring the Value of Home Grown Ace Potential

The Pirates have 4 pitchers in their system right now that profile as #1 ace-level pitchers, something they have not been able to cultivate through their system in a very long time.

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Game 161 Recap: Fielder Hits Three Homers

Prince Fielder hit three homers and drove in five runs. Starters Ross Ohlendorf and Randy Wolf weren’t particularly effective. Each left the game before it was decided and wound up with a no decision. Fielder’s last homer was a two run shot that broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh. The small lead the Pirates built in the second quickly evaporated. The Pirates tally came when Matt Pagnozzi singled in Neil Walker who had doubled....

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Game 122 Recap: Craig Hits Two Homers in Cards Victory

Allen Craig homered twice as part of a four hit, three RBI evening. Kyle Lohse got out of trouble in the first and crusied to a win. Paul Maholm got in trouble in the first and the Pirates never recovered. Maholm got in trouble off the starting blocks. Rafael Furcal led off the game with a single. Craig followed with a two run dinger into the Notch. Albert Pujols singled and Matt Holliday walked, prompting a visit from Ray Searage....

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Game 95 Recap: McDonald, Bullpen Shutout Reds

The Pirates and Reds played another tight game. James McDonald and Mike Leake were both effective. The Pirates managed a single run. The Reds managed none. The Pirates remain in first place. I’m happy. The lone run of the game scored early. Josh Harrison singled with one out in the first. Neil Walker followed with a ground rule double deep to left center. Andrew McCutchen’s grounder scored Harrison. That was it. The Reds...

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