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  1. The Pirates could be interested in Huston Street

    Jul 12, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

    Jun 19, 2014, 7:19 PM EDT

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    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.

  5. 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.

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

    May 23, 2014, 6:23 AM EDT

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    Boston has lost seven straight. Mark Buehrle has eight wins.

  7. Pirates closer Jason Grilli on track to return Saturday

    May 21, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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

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

    May 16, 2014, 6:48 AM EDT

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    YOU get a walkoff! And YOU get a walkoff! And YOU get a walkoff!

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

    May 14, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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

  10. 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.

  11. Joel Hanrahan to showcase for teams next week

    Apr 11, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan will show off for interested teams in the hopes of finding work after having recovered from Tommy John surgery.

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Red Sox showing interest in bringing back Joel Hanrahan

    Feb 8, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Despite posting a 9.82 ERA in 7 1/3 innings and having to undergo surgery on his right elbow last season, the Red Sox are considering bringing reliever Joel Hanrahan back, according to WEEI’s Rob Bradford. The Sox traded for Hanrahan and Brock Holt in December 2012, sending Ivan DeJesus, Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel, and Jerry…

  15. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  16. Koji Uehara is your ALCS MVP

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT

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    Closer Koji Uehara has been Mr. Dependable for the Red Sox all year long and he’s finally been rewarded for it. Not only does he get to pitch in the World Series, he will go home tonight with some hardware, earning MVP of the ALCS for a sterling effort, notching three saves in as many…

  17. Allen Craig cleared for more baseball activity

    Oct 11, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Cardinals first baseman-slash-outfielder Allen Craig has been cleared for more baseball activity, reports Brian Stull on Twitter. He has been sidelined since early September due to a Lisfranc injury in his right foot, ending the regular season with a .315/.373/.457 line and 97 RBI in 563 plate appearances. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has not ruled out…

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

    Oct 6, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

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    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. Carlos Beltran takes Mark Melancon deep in the eighth to knot Game 3 at 3-3

    Oct 6, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

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    The legend of Carlos Beltran is growing to epic proportions. The 36-year-old entered the 2013 post-season with a 1.154 OPS in 151 post-season plate appearances. He hit his 15th career playoff home run in Game 1 on Thursday, tying Babe Ruth for the eighth-most all-time. Beltran passed the Bambino with his 16th career playoff home…

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

    Sep 23, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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    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…

  21. Red Sox’s turnaround more about incumbents than newcomers

    Sep 21, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

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    We’ve heard it a million times now: the Red Sox changed the clubhouse culture for the better when they brought in Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes and Ryan Dempster over the winter. And that’s certainly true. I imagine this has been the best Red Sox team to cover in several years, and they do,…

  22. Reds come back in ninth, beat Pirates in 10

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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    A Jordy Mercer error on a routine grounder to shortstop opened the door for the Reds to score three runs in the ninth, and Joey Votto hit a go-ahead homer in the 10th as Cincinnati won in Pittsburgh 6-5 on Friday. The result leaves the two teams with identical 88-66 records behind the soon-to-be 90-64…

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

    Sep 19, 2013, 7:12 AM EDT

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    Orioles 5, Red Sox 3: Chris Davis with a two-run single in the 12th to win the game. Wei-Yin Chen gave up 11 hits but someone only three runs in five and two-thirds. Baltimore remains one back in the wild card. The Sox’ magic number for the division remains at three. Braves 5, Nationals 2: They’re…

  24. Justin Morneau’s first RBI as a Pirate proves to be the difference in win over the Cubs

    Sep 15, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    It took 14 games and 50 trips to the plate, but first baseman Justin Morneau finally got his first RBI as a member of the Pirates this afternoon. His one-out, eighth-inning single to left drove in Andrew McCutchen to put the Buccos up 3-2. Morneau has yet to homer with his new club, and he…

  25. Dennis Eckersley: Closing “not as tough as you think”

    Sep 6, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

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    For years, we have been inundated with the sentiment that there is nothing tougher, nothing that requires more focus and mental fortitude than being a Major League closer. Former Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley, who authored two of the best relief seasons of all time in 1990 (0.61 ERA. 48 saves) and ’92 (won the AL…

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