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In his return to the big leagues, Vance Worley throws seven shutout innings

Jun 15, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

Vance Worley AP

Pirates starter Vance Worley blanked the Marlins over seven innings on Sunday afternoon, his first start in the major leagues since May 22 last season, when he was a member of the Twins. Worley allowed only five hits while issuing no walks and striking out five.

The Twins had acquired Worley and Trevor May from the Phillies for Ben Revere, even knowing that Worley was on his way back from surgery on his right elbow. Worley was the Twins’ 2013 Opening Day starter, but mustered a 7.21 ERA over ten starts before landing on the DL. The Pirates purchased him from the Twins towards the end of spring training this past March. In seven starts with Triple-A Indianapolis, he posted a 4.30 ERA with a 43/4 K/BB ratio in 46 innings.

  1. zukny1 - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Showed tons of promise in Philly before being traded. Good to see him come back strong.

  2. Stiller43 - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Shame the bullpen has been doing its best hellen keller impression the last few nights.

  3. luisrivasbuttocks - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I don’t know why he wouldn’t succeed in Pittsburgh. Sadly it seems like the best thing you could have going for you in the MLB these days is being an ex-Twin.

    • tuberippin - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:51 AM

      Unless your name is Jason Kubel or Johan Santana.

  4. musketmaniac - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Impressive, he moved the ball around the strike zone at different speeds. Watson has been so impressive all season, a little shocking in the 8th. but we lost this game because we couldn’t tack on that third run, with more than a few chances.

    • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      The Pittsburgh boolpen was terrible the whole series. Every time the Feesh should have been left for dead, the Buc relievers splashed water on them, slapped their cheeks and administered CPR. McGehee’s sac fly dies in Polanco’s glove if not for the wild pitch that preceded it – and Buddha only knows why, once there were runners at second and third anyway, he chose to pitch to McGehee in the first place.

  5. chaseutley - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Crazy. I saw Worley give up a 6-run second inning at AAA less than a month ago. Pays to have a short memory, I guess.

  6. musketmaniac - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Pirates next six series are against losing teams. 4 out of 6 against last place teams.

  7. aphillieated - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM


  8. Youknowimright - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    The best way to fix a terrible AL pitcher is to send him to the NL where no one can hit and teams like the padres have lineups with 8 players batting below .250. See dice k as another example. NL is a complete joke..

  9. jsally430 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Just more proof the twins need a change in philosophies

  10. bkunza - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Ah the National league, burial ground for washed up pitchers.

  11. bbmadface - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Just stop talking. Please.

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