Tag: Chicago Cubs

Gajtka: Pirates Handled Tricky Slide Controversy Appropriately

I have not played Major League Baseball. I have not ever played a legitimate baseball game, in fact. (Hope you don't think less of...

Anthony Rizzo’s Questionable Takeout Of Elias Díaz Highlights Rule Confusion

PITTSBURGH — From the moment Anthony Rizzo changed course on his way to home plate in the eighth inning Monday, any sports fan (or human being) could predict the likely postgame reaction. The Cubs were going to say Rizzo’s takeout of Elias Díaz was fine. The Pirates were going to say it wasn’t. Chalk one […]
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What the Pirates Pitching Prospects Can Learn From the Jake Arrieta...

PITTSBURGH – To borrow from a business-school cliché, it took Jake Arrieta 27 years to become an overnight success. The former top-100 prospect, the Olympian who dominated college and the minors, was a Major League flop. Arrieta had gotten chance after chance in Baltimore, and opponents flattened him to the tune of a 5.46 career ERA and more […]
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Pirates Lose First 2016 Matchup Against Cubs, 7-2

PITTSBURGH – Well, at least fewer people saw this loss against the Cubs than the last one. That represents a thinly veiled attempt at context for the Pirates’ 7-2 home loss Monday night to the Chicago Cubs, their first crack at them since the 2015 Wild Card Game. In every year previous to this, a May loss to […]
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Pirates Fans, Theo Epstein Sends His Condolences

PITTSBURGH – I feel bad bringing it up, but hey, every other media member did it today: the 2015 Wild Card Game. You know those unpleasant memories you have of Jake Arrieta slicing through the Pirates lineup? Well, Arrieta, do you remember? “When you bring it up, yeah,” Arrieta said. In Don Draper fashion, Pirates […]
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Joe Maddon to be the Next Manager of the Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs have hired Joe Maddon to be their next manager, according to Jon Heyman. joe maddon to become cubs manager. story up soon at @CBSSports — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 29, 2014 When Maddon left the Rays last week, it was speculated that he could join the Cubs, especially after teams like the […]
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Byrd, Tabata Homer to Lead Bucs Over Cubs, 2-1

Five innings into Saturday’s contest, the Pirates couldn’t seem to solve Chicago starter Scott Baker. After six, the Pirates still hadn’t solved him. But Jose Tabata hit a solo home run in the sixth off Baker to tie the game, and Marlon Byrd went deep to right-center field off reliever James Russell in the seventh […]
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Pirates Notebook: Morton Not as Electric against Left-handed Batters

Charlie Morton’s return from Tommy John surgery in June has without a doubt been a shot in the arm of the Pirates’ rotation, a group that has seen every single one of its starters from Opening Day spend time off the mound due to injury. Since he made his first start of the season June […]
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Pirates Make History, But Lose 5-4 to Cubs

Despite hitting back-to-back-to-back solo home runs for the first time in Pittsburgh in 58 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost 5-4 to the Chicago Cubs Friday night. The three consecutive home runs at home was the first occurrence of such a feat since July 6, 1955, and the first time it happened at PNC Park. Pittsburgh […]
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Pirates Notebook: Command and Confidence

The month of August was a challenging one for Jeff Locke, to say the least. He finished winless in the month, and with a 8.02 ERA. In fact, the entire second half of 2013 had been the polar opposite for the Pirates’ lefty after he earned an All-Star nod in the season’s first half. Thursday, […]
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