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  1. 2014 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mar 26, 2014, 11:29 PM EST

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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…

  2. Smart money on Hanley Ramirez, Jay Bruce in prop bets

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EST

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    Bovada released its player prop bets for the 2014 season on Wednesday, providing odds on the AL and NL MVP and Cy Young races, as well as MLB’s home run leader. Here’s a look at what I consider to be the best bets in each category. Please do note, though, all information here is for…

  3. Pirates and Kendrys Morales have “mutual interest”

    Feb 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

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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…

  4. Ryan Howard thinks he can be a 30-100 guy again

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:10 PM EST

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    This is a few days old, but per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard thinks he can still be a 30-100 guy (as in 30 home runs and 100 RBI). Howard has been slowed by injuries ever since he tore his Achilles tendon making the final out in Game 5 of the 2011…

  5. Silver Slugger Award winners, as they’re announced …

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:01 PM EST

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    Major League Baseball is unveiling the 2013 Silver Slugger Award winners Wednesday evening (6:00 p.m. ET) in an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top offensive player at each position in each league, as determined by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the recipients here as they…

  6. Top-of-the-order struggles doom Pirates in NLDS

    Oct 9, 2013, 11:16 PM EST

    Division Series - Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    It was the bats that failed the Pirates in the end. Starling Marte finished the NLDS 1-for-19 with one walk and a hit by pitch from the leadoff spot. Neil Walker, right behind him batting second, was 0-for-19 with two walks. It’s tough to generate much offense when your top two hitters reach base a…

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

    Oct 9, 2013, 11:01 PM EST

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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…

  8. Pirates get on the board in Game 5 of NLDS

    Oct 9, 2013, 10:16 PM EST

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    Pittsburgh has its first run in this NLDS Game 5. Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright cruised through his first six innings and got two quick outs to open the seventh, but Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter slipped while trying to pick up a Justin Morneau infield single and then Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma misplayed a Marlon…

  9. NLDS, Game 5: Pirates-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 9, 2013, 4:16 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    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…

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

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:25 PM EST

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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…

  11. NLDS, Game 4: Cardinals-Pirates lineups

    Oct 7, 2013, 1:13 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    St. Louis tries to stay alive in Pittsburgh … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday 1B Matt Adams C Yadier Molina CF Jon Jay 3B David Freese SS Pete Kozma SP Michael Wacha Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is sticking by his standard lineup, but the batting order changes a bit with…

  12. The Marlon Byrd trade has worked out well for the Pirates

    Oct 6, 2013, 7:48 PM EST

    Division Series - St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game Three

    If you had Marlon Byrd as a trade acquisition making the biggest impact in the post-season, please step forward to claim your prize. Everything about the 35-year-old’s 2013 season has been unlikely, from the 21 home runs and .848 OPS he posted in five months with the Mets, to the three homers and .843 OPS…

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

    Oct 6, 2013, 7:39 PM EST

    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…

  14. Pirates retake lead in NLDS Game 3 on Russell Martin’s sacrifice fly

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:44 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    The Pirates put a bunch of runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning and in doing so, chased Cardinals starter Joe Kelly. Andrew McCutchen led off the inning with a walk. Following a lazy fly out by Justin Morneau, Marlon Byrd continued his torrid hitting with a double to left, putting runners…

  15. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Cardinals vs. Pirates

    Oct 6, 2013, 2:04 PM EST

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    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Game 3 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Pirates at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. This series is tied 1-1. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on TBS. St. Louis Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday C Yadier Molina 3B David Freese 1B…

  16. Pedro Alvarez flexing his muscle for Pirates

    Oct 4, 2013, 5:15 PM EST

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    Pedro Alvarez quietly tied for the NL lead with 36 home runs this year. He quietly became the first Pirate in seven years to drive in 100 runs. He quietly made the All-Star team for the first time. He even pretty quietly went 4-for-8 with two homers as the Pirates beat the Reds last weekend…

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

    Oct 4, 2013, 4:33 PM EST

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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…

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

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:32 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    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…

  19. NLDS, Game 2: Pirates-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 4, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

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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…

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

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:06 PM EST

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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…

  21. The Pirates are on the board in Game 1 of NLDS

    Oct 3, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

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    The Pirates still have a long way to go in order to make a game out of this, but they are on the board against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS. Pedro Alvarez, who tied for the NL lead with 36 homers in the regular season, led off the top of the fifth…

  22. Pirates-Cardinals NLDS Game 1 lineups

    Oct 3, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

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    A couple of teams who know each other well. Lineups which look pretty much like we’d expect them to. It’s on in St. Louis in a couple of hours. Game 1 of the NLDS: Pirates: Starling Marte LF Neil Walker 2B Andrew McCutchen CF Justin Morneau 1B Marlon Byrd RF Pedro Alvarez 3B Russell Martin…

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

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:27 PM EST

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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…

  24. National League Wild Card Game: Reds-Pirates lineups

    Oct 1, 2013, 3:40 PM EST

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    Here are the lineups for tonight’s National League Wild Card Game between the Reds and Pirates, in Pittsburgh: Reds: CF Shin-Soo Choo LF Ryan Ludwick 1B Joey Votto 2B Brandon Phillips RF Jay Bruce 3B Todd Frazier SS Zack Cozart C Ryan Hanigan SP Johnny Cueto Ryan Ludwick only drew three starts as the No.…

  25. Welcome to the 2013 playoffs

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:40 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell surveys the field before his team takes on the Baltimore Orioles in an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We still have one game left that, technically and statistically speaking, belongs to the regular season. But practically speaking — and in our hearts — we are into the playoffs now. Game 163 between the Rays and Rangers is do-or-die and very, very few regular season games can say that. So: toss your technical orthodoxy.…

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