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

    Apr 21, 2014, 6:39 AM EDT

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    The Unwritten Rules strike again. Plus, I wish you all a happy Spring Thanksgiving.

  2. Chipper Jones chimed in on the Carlos Gomez incident

    Apr 20, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones is not a fan of Carlos Gomez.

  3. Benches clear in Pittsburgh after the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez bat flips a third-inning triple

    Apr 20, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT

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    A pretty vicious brawl just went down at PNC Park after Carlos Gomez of the Brewers went into home run celebration mode after slugging a Gerrit Cole pitch to the top of the center field wall …

  4. Jeff Locke goes from rookie All-Star to Triple-A

    Apr 11, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Left-hander Jeff Locke is recovered from an oblique injury and off the disabled list, but rather than adding him to the active roster the Pirates have demoted him to Triple-A.

  5. The Pirates have made velocity an organizational focus

    Mar 30, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote an intriguing column about the rise in fastball velocity across Major League Baseball. In 2008, the average fastball in the Majors registered at 90.9 MPH; in 2013, it was 92 MPH. A change of 1.1 MPH over a six-year period may seem small, but when hundreds of thousands of fastballs…

  6. 2014 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mar 26, 2014, 11:29 PM EDT

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    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 2014 season. Next up: The Pittsburgh Pirates. The Big Question: Is regression inevitable? The Pirates’ long-term trajectory looks good. 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen is…

  7. A.J. Burnett turned down $12 million from Pirates for $16 million from Phillies

    Feb 13, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has a follow-up to A.J. Burnett signing a one-year, $16 million deal with the Phillies, reporting that the free agent right-hander turned down a one-year, $12 million deal from the Pirates. At the beginning of the offseason Pittsburgh chose not to make Burnett a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer that would…

  8. Pirates and Kendrys Morales have “mutual interest”

    Feb 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe passes this report along in his always-info-packed weekly Sunday notes column: Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, free agent — Morales fits what the Pirates need, a first baseman/middle of the order hitter. There’s mutual interest, but while the Pirates would love him on the right contract, they may also pursue a…

  9. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  10. Pirates pitching coach expects A.J. Burnett to retire

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage was interviewed on 93.7 radio in Pittsburgh and indicated that he expects free agent A.J. Burnett to retire, saying: I’m on that percentage point where he’s not going to come back. Right now I’m leaning that way, where he’s going to retire. Burnett was one of the best pitchers in…

  11. Cardinals move on to NLCS with Game 5 win over Pirates

    Oct 9, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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    The St. Louis Cardinals are headed to their eighth NLCS since 2000 and their ninth since 1996. Adam Wainwright did his Adam Wainwright thing, allowing just one run in a nine-inning complete game effort as the Cardinals ousted the Pirates from the postseason with a 6-1 victory in NLDS Game 5 on Wednesday night at…

  12. Cardinals take early lead in decisive NLDS Game 5 after a David Freese two-run homer

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:43 PM EDT

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    Cardinals postseason legend David Freese has struck in this loser-heads-home NLDS Game 5. What looked like a brewing pitcher’s duel suddenly turned into an early 2-0 lead for host St. Louis when Freese launched a two-run homer to left field with two outs in the bottom of the second inning, setting off a round of…

  13. Francisco Liriano available out of bullpen in Game 5

    Oct 9, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

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    It’ll be an all-hands-on-deck night in St. Louis. According to beat writer Travis Sawchick of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said in his pregame press conference Wednesday that left-hander Francisco Liriano will be available out of the bullpen in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cardinals. Liriano will either be brought in…

  14. NLDS, Game 5: Pirates-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 9, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Lineups for the entire collection of marbles in St. Louis … Pirates: LF Starling Marte 2B Neil Walker CF Andrew McCutchen 1B Justin Morneau RF Marlon Byrd 3B Pedro Alvarez C Russell Martin SS Clint Barmes SP Gerrit Cole Aside from a one-game switch from Clint Barmes to Jordy Mercer at shortstop Pirates manager has…

  15. Adam Wainwright drops some wisdom regarding the need for playoff experience

    Oct 8, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

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    Maybe it’s the cold medicine talking, or maybe my mind has just been altered by the Braves loss and I’m willing to accept anything at the moment, but this quote from Adam Wainwright in Jesse Spector’s article previewing tomorrow’s Cards-Pirates showdown makes a lot of sense, regardless of the syntax. Wainwright, who faces off against…

  16. Season on the line, Pirates to turn to rookie Gerrit Cole

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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    It’s not a surprise now, but it would have been a week ago: the Pirates will go to Gerrit Cole over A.J. Burnett in Wednesday’s decisive Game 5 against the Cardinals. Burnett has won 26 games with a 3.49 ERA in his two seasons with the Pirates, but that’s all been undone by one hideous…

  17. Cardinals force Game 5 against Pirates behind gem from Michael Wacha

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

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    With their backs against the wall, the Cardinals turned to rookie right-hander Michael Wacha this afternoon to keep their season alive. And he delivered in his first career postseason start. Wacha took a no-hitter in the eighth inning as the Cardinals defeated the Pirates 2-1 to force a Game 5 in the NLDS. The 22-year-old…

  18. Gerrit Cole shines in postseason debut as Pirates win Game 2

    Oct 4, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Partly because they were worried about his innings count, the Pirates seriously considered putting Gerrit Cole into the bullpen for the postseason. It’s a very good thing they didn’t. Cole pitched six innings of one-run ball and singled in the first run of the game as the Pirates beat the Cardinals 7-1 to even up…

  19. Pirates lead the Cardinals 5-1 after fifth, Lance Lynn already knocked out of the game

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

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    NLDS Game 2 between the Pirates and the Cardinals is, as I write this, in the top of the fifth inning. And the story today is very different than it was yesterday. Pittsburgh leads 5-1 at the moment, and Pirates fans can thank Gerrit Cole for much of that margin.  Cole is dealing, having sailed…

  20. NLDS, Game 2: Pirates-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 4, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Pirates and Cardinals lineups for the first of four playoff games today … Pirates: LF Starling Marte 2B Neil Walker CF Andrew McCutchen 1B Justin Morneau RF Marlon Byrd 3B Pedro Alvarez C Russell Martin SS Jordy Mercer SP Gerrit Cole Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made just one change from Game 1, benching shortstop Clint…

  21. A.J. Burnett’s dud could end career on a sour note

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Despite another strong season in which he posted a 3.30 ERA and finished fifth in the NL with 209 strikeouts, free-agent-to-be A.J. Burnett is contemplating retirement this winter. It’s hard to imagine that he’ll want to go out like that, though. Burnett was blasted for seven runs in two-plus innings Thursday in the Pirates’ Game…

  22. Cardinals cruise to Game 1 victory over Pirates in NLDS

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

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    Adam Wainwright lived up to his billing as an ace while A.J. Burnett imploded as the Cardinals cruised to a 9-1 blowout win over the Pirates in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday at Busch Stadium. This game got out of hand rather quickly, as Burnett gave up seven runs in the third inning…

  23. NLDS Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

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    Indians 5, White Sox 4: Unbelievable. Chris Perez blows a save in the top of the ninth and the ancient Jason Giambi picks him and the Indians up in the bottom, smacking a two-run walkoff homer. Still life in that old bat. Still life in the Indians, who remain in wild card position. Rangers 3,…

  25. Look out: Gerrit Cole is turning his raw stuff into strikeouts

    Sep 19, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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    In the minors Gerrit Cole‘s strikeout rate never quite matched his excellent raw stuff, as the former No. 1 overall pick totaled a modest 114 strikeouts in 133 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. After being called up to the Pirates in June he continued to miss an underwhelming number of bats, managing just 29 strikeouts…

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