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  1. Ryan Braun victimized Jason Grilli for the second game in a row

    Apr 20, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Ryan Braun likes hitting in the state of Pennsylvania.

  2. Pirates outlast Cubs, win 4-3 in 16 innings

    Apr 3, 2014, 2:14 AM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Notes from what could reign supreme as the longest game of the year for quite some time.

  3. 2014 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mar 26, 2014, 11:29 PM EDT

    clint hurdle 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 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…

  4. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  5. Cardinals’ injuries taking a toll with elimination near

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau, Matt Adams

    In some ways, the Cardinals are better off than most. They don’t lose much at first base with Matt Adams filling in for Allen Craig, and they’re still fine in the ninth since Trevor Rosenthal replaced the sore-shouldered Edward Mujica in the closer’s role. But the truth is that both injuries played huge roles in…

  6. Pedro Alvarez’s eighth-inning RBI single helps Pirates take 2-1 lead in NLDS

    Oct 6, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez finished the 2013 regular season with a .180/.252/.286 line against left-handed pitching. Not exactly his cup of tea. But he came through in a big spot against lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist, delivering a tie-breaking RBI single to right, putting the Pirates up 4-3 in the eighth inning. Siegrist, by the…

  7. Pirates roll to 6-2 defeat of Reds in NL Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    pirates wild card game getty

    The Pirates are heading to their first-ever NLDS. Francisco Liriano allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings and Russell Martin homered twice as the Bucs cruised to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Reds in the National League Wild Card Game on Tuesday night at a sold-out and rowdy PNC Park. Liriano…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. The Pirates will continue to go with Jason Grilli as their closer

    Sep 23, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli Getty

    Jason Grilli was eased back into things as a set-up man after returning from a forearm strain earlier this month, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told Tom Singer of MLB.com this afternoon that they will rely on him as their closer the rest of the way. Grilli notched his first save since July 21 on…

  11. 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…

  12. Pirates activate closer Jason Grilli

    Sep 3, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

    grilli getty

    The first-place Pirates are getting a nice boost. According to beat reporter Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, right-hander Jason Grilli has been activated from the disabled list and will be available to pitch in Tuesday night’s game against the Brewers. Mark Melancon will remain the Bucs’ closer in the immediate future, but Grilli can…

  13. Jason Grilli beginning minor league rehab assignment Saturday

    Aug 31, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli AP

    After suffering a right forearm strain in July, Pirates closer Jason Grilli vowed to make it back before the end of the season. And he’s well on his way to meeting that goal. According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, Grilli will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona today and throw around 20…

  14. Jason Grilli aiming to rejoin Pirates in September

    Aug 17, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli AP

    Jason Grilli‘s feel-good season took an unfortunate turn last month when he was diagnosed with a strained flexor muscle in his right forearm, but he’s hoping that the story has a happy ending. James Santelli of Pirates Prospects was told by Pirates manager Clint Hurdle that Grilli is making “good progress” and will throw from…

  15. Jason Grilli ready to throw, “making progress as scheduled”

    Aug 9, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Jason Grilli has vowed to pitch again this season after being shut down with a strained flexor muscle in his forearm and so far so good. Grilli is slated to play catch for the first time this weekend and the Pirates closer told Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that he’s “making progress as…

  16. Jason Grilli vows to pitch again this season

    Jul 30, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli

    Jason Grilli is expected to miss at least 4-8 weeks with a strained flexor muscle in his forearm, potentially knocking him out for the remainder of the season, but the Pirates closer all but guaranteed he’ll pitch again this year. “I’m going to be ready before the season is out,” Grilli told Travis Sawchik of…

  17. Jason Grilli doesn’t need surgery, likely out 4-8 weeks

    Jul 26, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Jason Grilli made a visit to Dr. James Andrews to have his forearm injury examined and the Pirates’ closer got some (relatively) good news: He doesn’t need surgery. Grilli left Monday’s game with forearm pain and was quickly placed on the disabled list, but Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Dr. Andrews…

  18. Pirates place closer Jason Grilli on the disabled list

    Jul 23, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli

    Jason Grilli‘s transformation from journeyman middle reliever to stud closer will be put on hold for at least two weeks, as the Pirates placed him on the disabled list with a strained forearm. Grilli left last night’s game in the ninth inning accompanied by a trainer and in obvious pain, and he’s apparently on his…

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

    Jul 23, 2013, 6:56 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Rays 3, Red Sox 0: Matt Moore throws his first career shutout and it came in the first game of what, so far this year, is the Rays biggest series. Two hits allowed, one walk four strikeouts as the Rays cut a game off the Sox’ division lead, now sitting a half game back. Reds…

  20. Jason Grilli exits game with right forearm discomfort

    Jul 22, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli

    One of the best feel-good stories of the season took an unfortunate turn this evening, as ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that Pirates closer Jason Grilli left a game against the Nationals in the ninth inning with right forearm discomfort. Grilli was in obvious pain after he threw a pitch that was fouled off by Steve…

  21. The American League wins the 2013 All-Star Game 3-0

    Jul 16, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    84th MLB All-Star Game

    Another Midsummer Classic in the bag. Another scoresheet which looks like a train wreck, but that’s how the All-Star Game rolls. And the American League rolled to victory here at Citi Field, beating the National League 3 to 0. As with most All-Star Games it was the small moments which were the most memorable. Here…

  22. Ballplayers: paid to hit and pitch, but they talk to the media anyway

    Jul 15, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Media Day

    We’re in the middle of the NL player availabilities right now. The AL players will be made available in a few minutes. Somewhere right now there is a press conference about the Home Run Derby about to start. I’m not going to it because no one will be honest and say “Well, I’m just gonna…

  23. A manager saving his closer in a tie game on the road backfires again

    Jul 7, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    Shocking, I know. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle decided against using closer Jason Grilli, one of the best relievers in baseball, as his team battled the Cubs in an 11-inning affair this afternoon. Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte tied the game with a solo home run. Hurdle went to Vin Mazzaro in…

  24. Evan Longoria, Stephen Strasburg lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    No matter how bloated the All-Star rosters get, it’s never hard to find imperfections. This year, two of the AL’s top 10 performers to date have been left off for no good reason. For some reason, manager Jim Leyland’s squad took three catchers and four second basemen, but just two from third base, which has…

  25. Pirates win eighth in a row, are the first team to 50 wins

    Jun 29, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates continued their hot streak with a 2-1 victory over the Brewers tonight, their eighth in a row and their 50th of the season. The Red Sox also started the day at 49 wins, but dropped their afternoon game against the Blue Jays. The Cardinals won, so the Pirates maintain their one-game lead in…

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