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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 2013 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    andrew mccutchen getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Pittsburgh Pirates. The Big Question: Can the Buccos break .500 for the first time since the 1992 season? It is absolutely…

  16. Clint Hurdle opening up communication in Pirates clubhouse

    Mar 2, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    It’s been a tough couple of decades for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans. The last two years haven’t made things any easier, as the Buccos turned first-half division leads into fourth-place finishes thanks to two of the most depressing collapses this side of the 2007 Mets. As the losses mounted, some felt Hurdle was…

  17. A.J. Burnett won’t be breaking his face in any bunting competitions this spring

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    a.j. burnett pirates

    Last year around this time A.J. Burnett was taking part in the Pirates’ bunting competition when he fouled a ball off his face and suffered an orbital fracture that required surgery and two months of recovery time. Burnett missed the first three weeks of the regular season and apparently learned his lesson. When asked today…

  18. Details of Francisco Liriano’s contract with the Pirates

    Feb 9, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano Getty

    Francisco Liriano originally agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million contract with the Pirates in December, but the two sides went back to the negotiating table after he broke his right (non-throwing) arm in a bathroom fall. The deal was finalized yesterday as a one-year, $1 million contract with a vesting option for 2014, but now…

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

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 4, White Sox 1: Did you know that if you win the AL Central that you contract a horrible disease? If you answered yes, you must be either the Tigers or the White Sox. That’s five straight losses for Chicago. Jered Weaver wins his 19th, allowing one run over six and a third. Kendrys…

  20. Phil Hughes fans four in an inning against Blue Jays

    Sep 20, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

    hughes throws getty

    Phil Hughes became just the second pitcher in Yankees history to strike out four batters in an inning when he fanned J.P. Arencibia, Adeiny Hechevarria, Anthony Gose and Brett Lawrie in the fourth Thursday against the Blue Jays. Hechevarria reached on a Russell Martin passed ball after his strikeout, making the rare feat possible. No…

  21. Back where we started: The Pirates are, once again, below .500

    Sep 20, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates were below .500 on May 29th. Then they figured out their offense, rode A.J. Burnett and some other unexpectedly good arms for a while and put a run on that had everyone in Pittsburgh thinking not only a winning season, but a playoff season. Indeed, they were 16 games over .500 at one…

  22. The Pirates could send James McDonald to the bullpen

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    James McDonald AP

    After James McDonald was knocked around for seven runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Padres last Friday, I speculated that the Pirates could move him to the bullpen while giving Kevin Correia another extended look in the starting rotation. It appears that is exactly what is being considered right now. According to Rob Biertempfel…

  23. The Pirates and Reds are not liking one another right now

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen AP

    On Friday, Andrew McCutchen was hit by a 101 mile-an-hour fastball by Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman. Then on Saturday, Reds starter Mike Leake hit Pirate Josh Harrison and barked at him. Yesterday Rod Barajas and Starling Marte were each hit by Reds pitchers. The Pirates did not retaliate during A.J. Burnett‘s win yesterday. And Barajas explained why:…

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

    Aug 6, 2012, 5:42 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers 10, Indians 8: I was at this game, and I gotta tell ya, until the 9th inning it was one of the more lame, butt-dragging tie games you’ll ever see. Omar Infante and Austin Jackson kept hitting, but apart from that the highlight until then was Joe West getting all ejecty for no good…

  25. Brandon Phillips still out of Reds’ lineup Sunday

    Aug 5, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    brandon phillips ap

    From Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette comes word that Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is out of the starting lineup again for Sunday’s series-finale against the Pirates. Wilson Valdez will get the nod in his place, batting seventh against Bucs right-hander A.J. Burnett. Phillips hasn’t started a game this month due to a left…

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