Pirates Notebook: A Man with a Plan for Martin
Sep18

Pirates Notebook: A Man with a Plan for Martin

Today, this 18th day of September in 2013, Russell Martin gets an off-day. Normally, Martin would see a day off on day-game following a night game as tomorrow’s 12:35 start will follow tonight’s first pitch at 7:05. In the month of September, following a 0-for-4 outing at the plate last night, Martin is now 4-for-40 in the final unit of the season’s six-month calendar. His batting average now sits at .229, the first...

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Offense Lackluster Again in 5-2 Loss
Sep17

Offense Lackluster Again in 5-2 Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates accumulated more offense Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Friars from moving to 30-10 all-time at PNC Park via a 5-2 victory. The Padres racked up 14 hits to the Pirates’ seven, and San Diego’s pitched four hitless innings to carry the victory home. Jeff Locke (10-6) failed to carry over momentum from his last start against Chicago, when he allowed one...

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Pirates Notebook: Glasnow Reflects on 2013
Sep17

Pirates Notebook: Glasnow Reflects on 2013

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced right-handed starter Tyler Glasnow as the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year following his 9-3 season at Single-A West Virginia. Glasnow compiled a 2.18 ERA and struck out 164 batters in 111 and one-third innings. Glasnow’s award was correctly predicted here on Pirates Prospects, and Tim Williams posted a full breakdown of Glasnow’s stellar 2013 season.   ...

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Cashner Near-Perfect as Pirates Lose 2-0
Sep16

Cashner Near-Perfect as Pirates Lose 2-0

A day after Francisco Liriano carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, San Diego Padres starter Andrew Cashner did him one better. But, like Liriano’s ill-fated attempt at history, Cashner’s perfect game was spoiled when Jose Tabata led off the frame with a basehit. Tabata’s hit proved inconsequential, though, when Neil Walker flew out to left and Andrew McCutchen hit into an inning-ending double play. Cashner (10-8) finished his...

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Pirates Notebook: You Learn Something New Every Start
Sep16

Pirates Notebook: You Learn Something New Every Start

The lasting image of Gerrit Cole’s first major league start wasn’t when he drove in a run, but a pitch he threw to the first batter he faced. With two strikes and Gregor Blanco at bat, Cole reared back and delivered a fastball with the high heat Pirates fans had been waiting for ever since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2011. Blanco swung right through it, and Cole owned his first career strikeout. It’s now been...

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