Pedro Alvarez’s 21st Homer Powers Bucs to 6-5 Win
Jul04

Pedro Alvarez’s 21st Homer Powers Bucs to 6-5 Win

One way to break out of a team-wide offensive slump: Collect 11 hits off John Lannan. Sure you need to find your nearest John Lannan to do so, but it was worth it for the Pirates to swing a 6-5 home victory Wednesday start. The Philadelphia Phillies starter allowed 18 of 32 Pittsburgh batters to reach base and one batter named Pedro Alvarez to demolish a baseball 409 feet for a three-run home run. Jeff Locke held up his end on the PNC...

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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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Alvarez, Jones Homer to Beat Brewers, Set Franchise Record with 50th Win
Jun29

Alvarez, Jones Homer to Beat Brewers, Set Franchise Record with 50th Win

From Pedro Alvarez homering into the Allegheny River to Garrett Jones homering into the center field bushes, the Pirates got the natural environment involved in their eighth-straight win Saturday night. It contrasted with the supernatural – the Bucs reaching 50 wins in June for the first time in franchise history and maintaining baseball’s best record. A 2-1 victory in front of a record fifth-straight PNC Park sellout...

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Alvarez Becoming More Complete Player with Work on Defense
Jun29

Alvarez Becoming More Complete Player with Work on Defense

Pedro Alvarez has been heating up at the plate in recent weeks and has entered the discussion for a spot on the National League All-Star team thanks in large part to the work he has done with his bat. Pirates fans have come to know this side of Alvarez during his career in Pittsburgh. Until this season the perception about his game was that he could hit the ball a ton but his defense left a lot to be desired. That has not necessarily...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Sweep Catapults Bucs Over 75 Percent
Jun24

Pirates Playoff Odds: Sweep Catapults Bucs Over 75 Percent

Five weeks ago, the Pirates’ chances of reaching the playoffs were at 40 percent. Since then, Pittsburgh has gone 22-13 and improved their average odds to almost 80 percent. That’s good police work, Lou. If the second Wild Card did not exist, the team’s odds would be about 50 percent. That’s what happens when baseball’s three most-winning teams are all in the same division. All right, reset. What do the...

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