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  1. NLDS Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Pirates and Cardinals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams Pittsburgh Pirates (94-68) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (97-65) The Matchups Game 1 Today in St. Louis: A.J. Burnett vs. Adam…

  2. Reds finish mailing it in, get swept by Pirates

    Sep 29, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Pirates' Harrison slides into home plate with an inside the park home run against the Reds during their MLB National League baseball game in Cincinnati

    It’s not that the Reds had nothing to play for this weekend; winning two out of three against the Pirates would have ensured that Tuesday’s rematch in the wild card game would be at home. Instead, they’ll travel to Pittsburgh for Tuesday’s rematch and elimination game after getting swept in the series. Right from the…

  3. Francisco Liriano to start Wild Card game for Pirates

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano Getty

    With the Cardinals clinching the National League Central last night, the Pirates and Reds will officially play in the Wild Card game on Tuesday. And now we know who will be starting for Pittsburgh. According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed today that Francisco Liriano will get the ball…

  4. A.J. Burnett pitches Pirates within one game of home field advantage in the NL Wild Card playoff

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett getty

    Pirates starter and potential upcoming retiree A.J. Burnett shut the Reds down over eight solid innings of work, allowing just one run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. The lone run came on a Todd Frazier solo home run in the fourth. Homer Bailey wasn’t sharp, allowing four runs on four…

  5. It’s great to have the Pirates back

    Sep 24, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura

    At some point in the eighth inning, I remember going out to concourse of old Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta and watching Atlanta Braves fans slowly shuffle toward the exits and their cars and another long baseball off-season. It is all well and good to say that baseball fans should stay to the end but…

  6. Pirates GM Neal Huntington will do “everything in our power” to have A.J. Burnett in 2014

    Sep 22, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett getty

    Yesterday, Pirates starter A.J. Burnett told the media that he is still mulling retirement, then went out and struck out 12 Reds in a seven-inning performance that put the Pirates back in a tie for the NL Wild Card. Today, via Rob Biertempfel on Twitter, Pirates GM Neal Huntington said that if Burnett isn’t retiring,…

  7. A.J. Burnett pitches Pirates past Reds to take lead in NL Wild Card

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates starter A.J. Burnett, who earlier today told the media he is still considering retiring after the 2013 season, turned in a gem against the division and Wild Card rival Reds. The Reds went ahead early on a Ryan Ludwick RBI single in the first inning and a Zack Cozart solo home run in the…

  8. A.J. Burnett is still mulling over retirement

    Sep 21, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett Getty

    A.J. Burnett said during spring training that he was considering retiring after the 2013 season. Six months later, he’s still thinking about the possibility. According to Karen Price of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Burnett said yesterday that retirement has been in the back of his mind all season and that he’s “50-50″ on whether to return…

  9. People got mad at A.J. Burnett for attendance shaming

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    a.j. burnett getty

    It’s the time of the year for people to fret about attendance at ballparks of contending clubs. People shaming fans for not purchasing tickets in ways that they’d never think about shaming customers who declined to by any other product. Outside of baseball it’s usually the company’s fault for not marketing or pricing their product…

  10. Pirates leaning toward using Gerrit Cole as playoff reliever

    Sep 10, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Gerrit Cole tossed seven shutout innings last night as the Pirates clinched their first winning season since 1992–when he was two years old–but the standout rookie may not be starting any playoff games. According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, manager Clint Hurdle “indicated Cole’s postseason role would be in the bullpen.” Francisco…

  11. Pirates defeat Cardinals, will enter September in first place for first time since 1992

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Russell Martin, Garrett Jones, Marlon Byrd

    Tied with the Cardinals at 78 wins and 56 losses, the Pirates defeated their NL Central rival tonight by a score of 7-1 to move into sole possession of first place. They will enter September in first place for the first time since 1992, the last year the Pirates made the post-season. (It was also…

  12. What do Dan Haren, Barry Zito, and A.J. Burnett have in common?

    Aug 9, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    No, none of them are in my kitchen. Nationals starter Dan Haren tossed seven solid innings of ball tonight, holding the Phillies to two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out seven. Haren earned the W, the first of his career against the Phillies and his seventh of the year. The win…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 5, 2013, 5:00 AM EDT

    Comerica Park

    I went to Detroit over the weekend where I took in Saturday and Sunday’s Tigers-White Sox games. Such a wonderful time. Cool temperatures, no humidity, good company, good pitching, good food, good beer. It’s really all you could want. As I watched these games and hung around a city that, no matter what else you…

  14. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 21, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

    burnett getty

    Are we in for another second-half Pirates collapse? A.J. Burnett allowed five runs — two earned — on 10 hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings Saturday as the Bucs fell 5-4 to the Reds, dropping a second straight game at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. Pittsburgh is now 0-2 since the All-Star break…

  15. Pirates activate A.J. Burnett from the disabled list

    Jul 7, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett getty

    As planned, the Pirates have activated right-handed starter A.J. Burnett from the 15-day disabled list. He will start for the Pirates on Sunday afternoon against the Cubs after sitting out for the past three-plus weeks because of a strained right calf muscle. Burnett has registered a fantastic 3.12 ERA and 1.13 ERA in 14 starts…

  16. A.J. Burnett to return from disabled list Sunday

    Jul 5, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    After missing the past four weeks with a strained calf A.J. Burnett is scheduled to come off the disabled list Sunday, according to Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Before the injury Burnett had a 3.12 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 89 innings, giving him a 3.39 ERA in 45 total starts for the…

  17. Wandy Rodriguez shut down due to lingering tightness in forearm

    Jun 29, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    Winners of seven straight, the Pirates currently have the best record in the majors at 49-30. But not everything is going their way. Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that Wandy Rodriguez has been shut down after he felt lingering tightness in his left forearm during his most recent throwing session. Rodriguez, who landed on the…

  18. Would the Pirates send Gerrit Cole back to the minors?

    Jun 24, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Gerrit Cole is 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA through three career starts, walking just one batter in 18 innings while throwing 101 miles per hour and defeating Zack Greinke, Tim Lincecum, and Jered Weaver. And apparently the Pirates might send him back to the minors. General manager Neal Huntington said on his radio show Sunday…

  19. A.J. Burnett placed on disabled list with right calf strain

    Jun 13, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    UPDATE: A.J. Burnett has been placed on the disabled list with a right calf strain. 4:49 PM: Pittsburgh has already lost Wandy Rodriguez to the disabled list with a forearm injury and now the Pirates will be without A.J. Burnett for at least one turn in the rotation because of a calf injury. Burnett has…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 18, 2013, 5:55 AM EDT

    Jay Bruce

    Reds 1, Phillies 0: CONTINUED FROM TUESDAY NIGHT: Nine minutes, a quick score and then the whole thing was over. About as good a night as you coulda hoped for when you were 17, but for the Phillies this had to be disappointing. Reds 11, Phillies 2: Well, maybe not as disappointing as this. The…

  21. Cardinals-Pirates get rained out in second inning

    Apr 16, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Just as the Pirates got something going offensively, the rains came and washed it all away. The Pirates were up 4-2 after two innings when Tuesday’s tilt with the Cardinals was called off. All of the runs had scored off Jake Westbrook, who was coming off a shutout of the Reds on April 10. Erased…

  22. Some pitching feats in tonight’s action

    Apr 12, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    A.J. Burnett turned in his third consecutive solid effort, holding the Reds to three runs over six innings tonight, striking out eight. Since 2000, there are only ten occurrences of a pitcher tossing at least five innings and striking out eight or more in at least his first three starts of the season. Randy Johnson…

  23. April Fools! A.J. Burnett victim of exploding rosin bag gag

    Apr 1, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    Even before taking the loss to the Cubs, A.J. Burnett got dusted in Monday’s game: Burnett recovered from the traumatic incident to strike out 10 in 5 2/3 innings. However, he did give up all of the Cubs’ runs in the Pirates’ 3-1 defeat.

  24. A.J. Burnett might retire after the 2013 season

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett getty

    A.J. Burnett is entering the final chapter of that failed five-year, $82.5 million contract that he signed in December 2008 with the Yankees. Having made all that money, the 36-year-old righty is thinking about walking away from the game a bit early. Burnett told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Wednesday that he might retire from…

  25. Vernon Wells is officially a Yankee

    Mar 26, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells Reuters

    The deal sending Vernon Wells from the Angels to the Yankees is now official and Wells is in the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s game, batting sixth and playing left field. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Yankees will take on $13.9 million of the $42 million Wells is owed for the…

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