Paul Maholm Trade Deadline Rumors

Yesterday it was reported that three teams were in contact with the Pittsburgh Pirates on starting pitcher Paul Maholm.  Those three teams were the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the New York Mets. Tom Krasovic of FanHouse tweets that there is no potential for Paul Maholm to be traded today, which removes one of those options.  The Dodgers, who have had the most interest, seem to prefer Ted Lilly.  Jayson Stark tweets...

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Pirates acquire Sean Gallagher from San Diego

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right handed pitcher Sean Gallagher from the San Diego Padres in exchange for cash, according to Rob Biertempfel.  Gallagher, once a top prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system, has yet to put things together in the majors, mostly due to poor control.  Before being designated for assignment by San Diego, the 24 year old right hander had a 5.40 ERA in 23.1 innings in relief, with an 8.1...

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Ohlendorf, Adam LaRoche Take Series from San Diego

Ross Ohlendorf settled in after allowing a two run bomb to Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning. He pitched into the 8th and gave way after giving up a pinch hit homer leading off the 8th to Edgar Gonzalez. The Pirates offense worked early off Jake Peavy to erase the 2-0 deficit. Robinson Diaz drove in a pair of runs in the fourth with a two out single. Adam LaRoche hit a three run dinger in the next frame to break the tie. Freshly...

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Duke Dominate as Bucs Beat Friars

Is it wrong to get excited when Zach Duke pitches like I did in 2005? He went 8-1/3 inning, allowing just one run, five singles, a triple and a pair of walks. He picked up his third win and dropped his ERA to 2.65. The Pirates strung together a bunch of hits against starter Shawn Hill (who left with an arm injury) and reliever Josh Geer. The Pirate hitters tallied 14 knocks with Craig Monroe (three hits and three RBI) and Freddy...

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The first big test for the Pirates

Every Pirates fan has to be happy with the recent 9-6 start to the season. The Pirates are currently three games over .500, the first time this has happened since April 4th, 2007 when they started the season 3-0. This is thanks to a three game sweep over the Florida Marlins, who came in to the series as one of the hottest teams in baseball with an 11-1 record. The Marlins were a test, but the next series will be a bigger test. If...

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