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  1. Pirates claim John Axford off waivers from Indians

    Aug 14, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

    John Axford

    Looking to add more bullpen help after the Jason Grilli-for-Ernesto Frieri swap worked out so horribly, the Pirates have acquired right-hander John Axford from the Indians.

  2. Pirates designate Ernesto Frieri for assignment

    Aug 8, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Frieri posted a 7.34 ERA in 48 appearances, which is shockingly bad for a 28-year-old who came into this season with a career 2.76 ERA and 315 strikeouts in 231 innings.

  3. Angels acquire All-Star closer Huston Street from Padres

    Jul 18, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Huston Street

    Padres closer Huston Street has been linked to the Angels for a while now and Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the two sides are “close to finalizing a deal” for the All-Star right-hander.

  4. The Pirates could be interested in Huston Street

    Jul 12, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

    Huston Street Getty

    The Pirates are focused on adding pitching in advance of the July non-waiver trade deadline.

  5. Pirates, Angels swap closers Jason Grilli, Ernesto Frieri

    Jun 27, 2014, 6:26 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli

    The Pirates and Angels have exchanged their troubled closers. Jason Grilli will head west to the Angels. Ernesto Frieri will head east to the Pirates.

  6. Pirates demote Jason Grilli from the closer role

    Jun 20, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Last night Jason Grilli gave up a game-tying homer against the Reds and today the Pirates announced that he’s been demoted from the closer role.

  7. Jason Grilli might not be long for the closer role with the Pirates

    Jun 19, 2014, 7:19 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli Getty

    Jason Grilli blew a save this afternoon against the Reds and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated after the game that he could make a change in the closer role.

  8. Pirates activate Jason Grilli from the disabled list

    May 23, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

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    Pirates closer Jason Grilli is off the disabled list after missing the past month with a strained oblique muscle.

  9. Pirates closer Jason Grilli on track to return Saturday

    May 21, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    jason grilli getty

    Jason Grilli threw a successful 20-pitch simulated inning on Wednesday and is expected to return to the Pirates’ bullpen this weekend.

  10. Pirates closer Jason Grilli deems himself “ready” to return

    May 14, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Jason Grilli threw 24 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday afternoon, but thinks he’s ready to make a return to the Pirates.

  11. Pirates place Russell Martin on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring

    Apr 26, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    The Pirates placed Russell Martin on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

  12. Pirates place closer Jason Grilli on the DL with a strained left oblique [Update: Not yet!]

    Apr 25, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli

    The Pirates will be without their closer for at least two weeks. Mark Melancon will get the save opportunities in his stead.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

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    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…

  20. 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

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    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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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