Pedro Alvarez’s 21st Homer Powers Bucs to 6-5 Win
Jul04

Pedro Alvarez’s 21st Homer Powers Bucs to 6-5 Win

One way to break out of a team-wide offensive slump: Collect 11 hits off John Lannan. Sure you need to find your nearest John Lannan to do so, but it was worth it for the Pirates to swing a 6-5 home victory Wednesday start. The Philadelphia Phillies starter allowed 18 of 32 Pittsburgh batters to reach base and one batter named Pedro Alvarez to demolish a baseball 409 feet for a three-run home run. Jeff Locke held up his end on the PNC...

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Pirates Notebook: Tabata Returns, Will Burnett Pitch a Rehab Start?
Jul03

Pirates Notebook: Tabata Returns, Will Burnett Pitch a Rehab Start?

Jose Tabata is starting in right field Wednesday night as the Pirates take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The outfielder returned to the 25-man roster today after his nine-game rehabilitation (oblique) with Triple-A Indianapolis. “It’s a little tight sometimes, especially when I wake up in the morning,” Tabata said. “After that, I feel great… I’m here today. Thank you, God.” His first matchup...

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First Pitch: What Does a Starter Do Between Starts?
Jul03

First Pitch: What Does a Starter Do Between Starts?

Today the Pirates called up Brandon Cumpton to make a spot start, due to the fact that Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke both threw on Sunday. There was some discussion on the site today about the decision, with questions as to why Gomez and Locke couldn’t throw. The end result of all of this is that Locke was moved back a day, Gomez will go to the bullpen for the short-term, and Cumpton made his start instead of Gomez. So it’s...

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Pirates Beat Mariners 9-4 on Power of Marte, Inge
Jun26

Pirates Beat Mariners 9-4 on Power of Marte, Inge

When we have watched Brandon Inge struggle to reach base so mightily this season, it’s difficult to see that this is the same hitter who has averaged 15 home runs over the last seven seasons. If Inge has a third defining quality beyond solid infield defense and clubhouse leadership, it is his sneaky good  power. Brandon Inge reminded everyone by crushing Joe Saunders’ belt-high fastball over the left-field bullpen at...

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Why a Four-Man Pirates Rotation Could Work
Jun25

Why a Four-Man Pirates Rotation Could Work

The Pirates’ rotation situation will probably work itself out. The discussion about Gerrit Cole potentially returning to Triple-A so the Pirates will have six starters available is just this week’s version of Pittsburgh’s least exciting game show: What Should The Pirates Do With Their Rotation? In previous episodes, the correct answer was: Someone Gets Hurt. Wandy Rodriguez and Jeanmar Gomez leave a game after one...

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