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Nutting Promises Changes to Pirates’ Business Model in Addition to Personnel

PITTSBURGH — One of the hallmarks of Neal Huntington’s tenure as Pittsburgh Pirates general manager was the persistent notion that the club could be a consistent winner without being beholden to windows of contention. Monday, his tenure ended, as Pirates owner Bob Nutting fired Huntington with two seasons remaining on his contract. Huntington’s departure followed […]
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Pirates Struggles Against Left-Handers Continue

The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up a reputation last season as a team that hits left-handed pitching well. But their performance wasn’t quite as stellar as some made it out to be. Pittsburgh finished the 2014 season batting .258 against left-handed pitching. The Pirates performed below league average, posting a 97 wRC+. Left-handed starters against the […]
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Andrew McCutchen Hit Again: ‘I’m Not the Only One Ticked Off’

Andrew McCutchen wasn’t hit by a pitch for the first time Saturday. In fact, it was the 48th time in his career and eighth this season. This time, it forced him out of the game in the first inning. But whether the first or 48th time, getting hit isn’t an enjoyable experience. Julio Teheran threw […]
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Andrew McCutchen Removed after Pitch to Elbow

Andrew McCutchen was removed in the first inning of the Pirates game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday after he was by a pitch from right-hander Julio Teheran. A 91 mph fastball rode up and in to hit McCutchen on the back of his left elbow as McCutchen attempted to turn away from the pitch. The […]
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Jordy Mercer’s Bat Turning Around in June

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer started the 2015 season in much the same way as he did the 2014 campaign. Poorly. After two months in 2014, Mercer was batting .199 as the calendar turned to June. Once again, through two months in 2015, Mercer again sat below the Mendoza line. Mercer batted .197/.275/.197 in April, without […]
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Pirates Still Can’t Figure Out the Reds

Many expected the Cincinnati Reds to fall to the lower echelon of the National League Central this season while the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs competed for divisional supremacy. Or at least a playoff spot. For the most part that’s been the case. The Reds are 34-37, 13 1/2 games back of […]
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Reds Discipline Key to Success Against Cole

Gerrit Cole seems to evolve more and more into an ace each time he pitches this season. But there’s been a few exceptions. The Cincinnati Reds have been able to pause that evolution in each of their three games against Cole in 2015. In his career, Cole is 0-3 with a 5.53 ERA against Cincinnati […]
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Pirates Break Through Against a Rookie Starter, Break (Short) Losing Streak

For whatever reason, the Pirates struggled this season to defeat pitchers that are greener than most in the league. The phenomena seemed to start in Milwaukee when Jimmy Nelson gave up two hits and struck out nine in seven shutout innings. He again shut the Pirates out for six innings in June. Nelson is 3-8 with […]
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Tyler Glasnow Nearing Return to Altoona

Tyler Glasnow took the mound in Morgantown Friday for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle last month. The Pirates top-ranked prospect missed one start after the initial injury occurred May 6 and in his next outing gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings. He’s […]
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Charlie Morton Taking Ownership in Return

Pittsburgh’s starting rotation has received a mid-season addition in each of the last few years that elevated the staff. In 2013, it was Francisco Liriano when he recovered from his broken arm and later Gerrit Cole upon his major-league debut. Vance Worley joined the rotation in June 2014 and delivered a 2.85 ERA over 110 2/3 […]
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