Grilli Sees Recent Dip in Velocity, Qualls’ Experience Will Plug Him In Late

Jason Grilli had an impressive first half of the season. So much in fact that there were even questions as to why the Pirates eighth inning man wasn’t chosen to pitch in the National League All-Star game. Grilli posted just a 1.87 ERA over 35 appearances. He held the opposing batters to just a .145 clip and struck out 54 over 33.2 innings. After allowing just one earned run in the month of July, Grilli saw his first...

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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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