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 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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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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First Pitch: The Pirates Need to Upgrade the Offense, and Right Field Stands Out
Jun20

First Pitch: The Pirates Need to Upgrade the Offense, and Right Field Stands Out

We’ve talked a lot lately about how strong the starting pitching has been this year. From the best five starters to all of the depth options, the Pirates have gotten great results. Things could get better in a few weeks when they’re hopefully choosing between Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton for the fifth spot, while having no space for James McDonald and Jeanmar Gomez. A lot of teams would love to be in that position. On...

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Marte, Pirates Light Up Zito for Eight Runs in 12-8 Win

Starling Marte did not do it all by himself Wednesday night, but he did do it all. The Pirates’ left fielder notched four hits for the first time in his young-but-exciting career, stole two bases and scored all four times he got on base to lead the Pittsburgh offense to a 12-8 victory over the defending champion San Francisco Giants. “It goes back to pitch selection,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Trying to...

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