Pirates Notebook: Introducing Justin Morneau
Sep01

Pirates Notebook: Introducing Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau is here. The first baseman arrived in Pittsburgh at approximately 7:50 last night and made it into the Pirates’ dugout sometime between the fifth and sixth inning. “I knew what the score was. I checked the score when I landed,” Morneau said. “We were listening to it on the radio on the way in.” When he arrived at the moment, Morneau arrived to an image that will likely be one he never...

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Pirates Take First Place in NL Central, Beat St. Louis 7-1
Aug31

Pirates Take First Place in NL Central, Beat St. Louis 7-1

Lance Lynn was not a happy man Saturday night at PNC Park. The Pirates hung two runs on St. Louis’ starter in the second inning and scored another five in the third to take a 7-1 lead. The big blow came in the third, when Russell Martin squared up a 94 mile-per-hour fastball left elevated over the middle of the plate for a three-run home run to right-center field. Martin’s 13th home run of the year responded to the only...

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Jones, Liriano Rebound in 5-0 Victory as Pirates Tie for NL Central Lead
Aug30

Jones, Liriano Rebound in 5-0 Victory as Pirates Tie for NL Central Lead

As he has done so many times before in stretches when the Pirates struggle, Francisco Liriano delivered a masterful start to propel Pittsburgh to a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Liriano (15-6) pitched eight dominant, shutout innings and allowed just two hits while walking two as the Pirates (78-56) pulled into a tie atop the NL Central with the Cardinals (78-56) in front of a sellout crowd of 38,026, the 16th sellout of...

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Pirate Offense Anemic in 4-0 Shutout Loss
Aug30

Pirate Offense Anemic in 4-0 Shutout Loss

After banging out 13 runs between their last two games, the Pittsburgh Pirates (77-56) could not get on the board Thursday night as Yovani Gallardo once again dominated the Pirates for seven shutout innings. On the other side, the Milwaukee Brewers (59-74) scored a run off Pirate starter Gerrit Cole in three of the first four innings to take control of the contest from early on and coast to a 4-0 triumph. With the loss, Pittsburgh...

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Rationalizing the Value of RISP Issues
Aug22

Rationalizing the Value of RISP Issues

Much has been made lately of the Pirates’ issues in the area of batting with runners in scoring position. We’ve talked about it, and you’ve talked about it as if it’s really the end-all, be-all when related to anything from a “Collapsening” to if the Pirates can win the World Series. The numbers are not good, that can’t be argued. But really, in all honesty, the fact remains that those numbers...

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