Game 81 Recap: Bucs Lose a Close One Late

The Pirates reached the half way mark in the season at one game over .500. That’s great news. The bad news is that they lost a winnable game and let another solid effort from a starter go unrewarded. The Nationals scratched out a run in the ninth to take the opener of the series 2-1. Washington was aided by two former Pirates – Tom Gorzelanny and Matt Stairs. Both teams threatened in the first. But neither scored. Chase...

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Exploring the Arsenal: A Preview of the Washington Nationals Probable Starting Pitchers

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each series, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitchers expected to oppose the Pirates. The charts below show the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2011. These charts are from the catcher’s point of view. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam...

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Where Are They Now: 2004 Hickory Crawdads

In 2004 the Hickory Crawdads were the low-A ball club of the Pittsburgh Pirates, right in the middle of their ten year affiliation with the team. They were two years removed from a South Atlantic League championship and coming off an 82-54 season. The team was typical of the Pirates teams of the day, a little on the old side with no teenagers and just four twenty year olds, all of them pitchers. They were managed by former major...

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Morton Deserves Another Shot

This time last year there was a common phrase going around: Charlie Morton had great numbers outside of that one bad start in Chicago.  Morton posted a 4.55 ERA in 18 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates, after coming over in the Nate McLouth trade.  That one start was a one inning, ten run outing against the Cubs.  Outside of that start, Morton had a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts, spanning 96 innings. A year later, Morton is coming off a...

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Kevin Hart has a torn labrum

According to Dejan Kovacevic, Kevin Hart has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, with surgery being recommended.  Hart will go to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion, although the mention of Andrews is never a good thing. The Pirates acquired Hart in the trade that sent Tom Gorzelanny and John Grabow to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Hart, Jose Ascanio, and Josh Harrison.  At the time the deal...

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