This Date in Pirates History: December 14

On this date in 1998 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Jon Lieber to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder Brant Brown. Lieber started his career with the Pirates in 1994 and went 38-47, 4.36 in 151 games, 104 as a starter. He was 8-14, 4.11 for the Pirates in 1998. Brown was in his third season with the Cubs in 1998 but at age 27 it was his first full season. He hit .291 with 14 homers and 48 RBIs in 124 games. Brown played...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 2

On this date in 1970, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Royals completed a six player trade with Bruce Dal Canton, Jerry May and Freddie Patek going to the Royals and Jim Campanis, Jackie Hernandez and Bob Johnson coming back to Pittsburgh. Campanis was a backup catcher who had trouble hitting major league pitching over five partial seasons, batting just .147 with nine RBIs in 107 games. Hernandez was a 30-year-old light...

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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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