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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Sep 20, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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:…

  11. 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…

  12. Brandon Phillips still out of Reds’ lineup Sunday

    Aug 5, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Aug 1, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Pirates 5, Cubs 0: A rejuvenated A.J. Burnett came into a Wrigley Field with the wind blowing in from center against a Cubs team hours off of a significant selloff and tossed a one-hitter. Oh, and Neil Walker drove in all five Pirates runs. Rays 8, Athletics 0: James Shields pitched a very relieved “oh…

  14. A.J. Burnett loses no-hitter in eighth

    Jul 31, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    11:00 p.m. EDT update: Burnett retired the side in order in the ninth to finish a one-hit shutout of the Cubs. It was his first shutout since 2006, his first year with the Blue Jays, but his 10th overall. He moved to 13-3 with a 3.27 ERA for the season. 10:39 p.m. EDT update: Burnett lost…

  15. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 27, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Toronto Blue Jays

    Blue Jays 10, Athletics 4: Backatcha, Athletics. A night after the A’s slammed the Jays, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer to lead the charge for Toronto, ending the A’s seven game winning streak. This came after the A’s took a 3-0 lead, so nice moxie by the Blue Jays there. Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1:…

  16. Yovani Gallardo fans career-high 14 in beating Pirates

    Jul 15, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo

    Given some extra rest around the All-Star break, Yovani Gallardo came out firing today, striking out a career-high 14 batters while allowing one run over seven innings against the Pirates. Brewers pitching fanned 17 batters in all in Milwaukee’s 4-1 victory. It’s the fifth time this year a team has recorded 17 or more strikeouts…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 29, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates 5, Phillies 4: All of you who predicted that A.J. Burnett was going to rattle off eight straight wins at some point this year, please cut it out because you’re lying. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go piss off a bunch of Yankees fans by suggesting that Brian Cashman should trade for…

  18. Kevin Youkilis expected to be traded soon

    Jun 23, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis Reuters

    UPDATE, 9:35 PM ET: According to Rosenthal, the Indians are now considered a “longshot” to land Youkilis and the Dodgers have only had “minimal contact” with Boston’s front office. It sounds like it might come down to the White Sox and Pirates. 3:52 PM ET: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM…

  19. Jason Vargas joins A.J. Burnett in the double-digit runs club

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Jason Vargas

    A.J. Burnett‘s disastrous outing against the Cardinals on May 2 remains the gold standard for horrendous starts this season, but now he has company in the double-digit runs allowed club. Jason Vargas coughed up 10 runs in 4.1 innings against the Diamondbacks yesterday, including serving up five homers. Arizona hitters went 10-for-22 (.455) with seven…

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

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter, Mark Trumbo

    Angels 10, Rockies 8: Mark Trumbo hit two three-run homers to help the Angels complete what was nothing short of an annihilation of the Rockies’ pitching staff. Trumbo is at .326/.380/.632. It would have been optimistic to predict those numbers from Pujols before the season started. Nationals 4, Red Sox 3: Bryce Harper had the…

  21. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    The Question

    We did the Twitter questions thing again last night. Let’s go: Q: How do the Braves end up as “your” team if you grew up in WV, TBS? Yep. That and an electric attraction to Andres Thomas. Q: Will Ryan Braun be elected to start the All-Star Game even with the PED cloud over his head? He’s…

  22. Except for one clunker start A.J. Burnett has been dominant for the Pirates

    May 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    A.J. Burnett‘s overall numbers are plenty good, as last night’s seven innings of one-run ball versus the Reds lowered his ERA to 3.60 in 50 innings. However, one terrible start against the Cardinals on May 2 accounts for 60 percent of the earned runs Burnett has allowed all season. Seriously. He coughed up 12 runs…

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

    May 31, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Mariners 21, Rangers 8: Look, we can point to Justin Smoak driving in a half dozen runs, Jesus Montero nearly hitting for the cycle or any number of other things as being the cause of this bloodbath. But the fact is, Derek Holland shaved his mustache the other day, and there is likely a causal…

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

    May 14, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Reds 9, Nationals 6: Joey Votto hit three homers including a walkoff grand slam.  Yeah, that’ll play. The back end of the Nats bullpen continues to be horrific. Marlins 8, Mets 4: Earlier in the day Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff slam of his own capping a six-run bottom of the ninth for Miami. Heath…

  25. A.J. Burnett rocked for 12 runs in this season’s worst pitching performance

    May 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    A.J. Burnett pitched well in his first two starts after returning from a fractured orbital bone, coming off the disabled list with seven shutout innings on April 21 and then tossing six innings of two-run ball on April 27. Those seven scoreless frames came against St. Louis, but last night that same Cardinals lineup clobbered…

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