A Home Run Derby Breaks Out as the Pirates Fall to Brewers 10-4

Miller Park hasn’t been friendly to the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last few years. It definitely wasn’t friendly tonight. The Pirates lost 10-4 in game one of a three game series in Milwaukee, with the Brewers taking control of the game from the first inning. Milwaukee started off strong, taking a 5-1 lead after one inning. Wandy Rodriguez, who looks like he was destined to be a Pirate due to his career struggles in...

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Jonathan Sanchez Moved to the Bullpen; Jeanmar Gomez Will Start Wednesday

According to Michael Sanserino and Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates will move Jonathan Sanchez to the bullpen and have Jeanmar Gomez start on Wednesday. #Pirates move Jonathan Sanchez to bullpen. Jeanmar Gomez will start Wednesday. — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) April 29, 2013 Gomez will start Wed for #pirates. JSanchez to bullpen. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 29, 2013 Biertempfel adds that Sanchez will have...

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First Pitch: What to do About Jonathan Sanchez in the Short-Term?

Francisco Liriano had a great start on Thursday. He threw five innings for Indianapolis, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts. Jonathan Sanchez didn’t have a good start on Friday. He was ejected from his start after allowing two homers in the first inning, then hitting Allen Craig with a pitch. For Sanchez, that wasn’t a fluke. On the season he has given up 16 earned runs in 11.1 innings....

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Sanchez Ejected in 1st, Walker Hurt as Pirates Lose 9-1

If Jonathan Sanchez has made his final appearance with the Pittsburgh Pirates, what a way to go out. Home run, home run, single, hit by pitch, ejection. Ejecting Jonathan Sanchez because you think he was throwing at a batter’s head on purpose is like yelling at a cloud for raining on you. Occupational hazard, friends. But ejected he was for hitting Allen Craig without a warning. Manager Clint Hurdle bursted from the dugout...

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First Pitch: Time to Start Looking at the Bullpen Depth

If there’s one thing the Pirates have been good at, it has been finding relievers. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, and even guys like Jeanmar Gomez and Vin Mazzaro have come cheap for their production. Those bullpen scouting skills look like they will be put to the test this year. Tom Bragg wrote today about how the bullpen has been over-worked, noting that a lot of the current relievers are on pace for career innings totals. If...

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