Pirates Notebook: When Will the Bucs Play the Best 25?
Jul09

Pirates Notebook: When Will the Bucs Play the Best 25?

The Pirates look to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid a third straight series loss Tuesday night as they face the Oakland Athletics. Manager Clint Hurdle appears to be fielding his optimal lineup as second baseman Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list right before the game. Brandon Inge is not in the starting lineup after starting two straight games at second base. The veteran infielder has the Major League’s...

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Pirates’ Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball’s Best Team
Jul04

Pirates’ Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball’s Best Team

It’s Saturday in Pittsburgh, a hot but tolerable 76-degree evening with a late sunset. Tonight, a full PNC Park will watch Dan Fox beat Rickie Weeks at baseball. Dan Fox is 45 years old, tall but hardly wiry, bald and framed by Oakley glasses. His former internet baseball column was named after physicist Erwin Schrödinger and his Xbox gamertag is inspired by a work of John Milton. Rickie Weeks is 30, shorter than average height...

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Pirates Beat Mariners 4-2, Bucs Tied for MLB’s Best Record
Jun27

Pirates Beat Mariners 4-2, Bucs Tied for MLB’s Best Record

The Pittsburgh Pirates are tied for the best record and winning percentage in Major League Baseball. This is the first time since 1991 that the preceding statement is true after Memorial Day. You can pretty much stop reading now. The important line is at the top. The details are meaningless. I can put anything I want here. Purple monkey dishwasher. Okay, I’ll write more. The Pirates’ 4-2 victory in Seattle on Wednesday...

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Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim
Jun22

Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim

For all the adjectives I could use to describe Gerrit Cole’s stuff and location Friday night, I will choose “erotic.” During the Pirates’ 5-2 victory Friday night in Anaheim, Cole pitched 100 mph or faster eight different times, including 101.8 mph once. More than half his pitches were 96 mph or faster. He threw 67 fastballs during his 88 pitches (or what I would classify as fastballs) and kept the Angels out...

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Pirates Beat Dodgers 6-3 on Alvarez’s Homer, Cole’s Deja Vu

Do not adjust your computer screen. Yes, that was Gerrit Cole making his second Major League start Sunday, even though you could have easily confused it for a replay of his debut. The phenom prospect threw the same number of fastballs, allowed the same number of hits and walks, kept the run total low, faced a former Cy Young Award winner, pitched to contact and exited in the middle of an inning to a standing ovation on his way to a...

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