Jason Grilli Not Slowing Down After Reaching 300 Career Appearances

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — When reliever Jason Grilli ran out from the bullpen and stepped on the mound at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon on the Fourth of July, it was a significant milestone. Grilli isn’t one to pay attention to stats. In fact, he jokes around with the Pittsburgh media when they add numbers into questions. But thanks to his father, former big league pitcher Steve Grilli, the right-hander was well aware of...

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Were the Pirates Snubbed on the All-Star Rosters?

PITTSBURGH, PA — Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan were both named to the National League All-Star team on Sunday for their second straight season. Both players have posted numbers worthy of the nominations. McCutchen entered game action on Monday as the only player in the Majors with at least 15 home runs, 51 RBI and 14 stolen bases this season. Hanrahan is just one of four pitchers in the Majors with at least 60 saves since...

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Pirates Notebook: Hague’s First Major League Walkoff Comes In Odd Fashion

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Growing up playing baseball, kids always dream of their first walk off hit. For rookie Matt Hague, his was not quite the way he envisioned  it. “No. But I’ll take it,” Hague said with a smile. In the bottom of the ninth inning in a 2-2 tie, the first baseman came to the plate to face the Chicago Cubs reliever Rafael Dolis with the bases loaded and two outs. Having just being recalled from Triple-A...

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Jason Grilli Has Been a Huge Asset to the Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Back from the bereavement list on Wednesday, Jason Grilli showed no signs of rust after making his first  appearance in relief in three days. Grilli struck out the New York Mets’ heart of the lineup — Kirk Nieuwenhuis, David Wright and Lucas Duda — swinging in the eighth inning. The righty reliever lowered his season ERA to just 2.12 over his 18 appearances. Grilli has been a huge asset to the...

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Pirates Activate Grilli, Locke Back to AAA Rotation

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates activated right-hander Jason Grilli from the Bereavement list today, and optioned left-hander Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis. Grilli will be active for today’s game from the bullpen against the New York Mets. Grilli has posted a 2.25 ERA over 17 appearances (16.0 innings) with 27 strikeouts and nine walks. Locke didn’t make an appearance from the bullpen for...

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