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

    Jun 21, 2013, 6:55 AM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Mets 4, Braves 3: Good news: two solo homers for David Wright and five scoreless innings from the bullpen. Bad news: The reason the pen was needed for five innings is that Jon Neise had to leave the game with shoulder problems. Braves news: ugh, you guys have looked positively crappy of late. Tigers 4,…

  2. Dusty Baker’s bullpen mismanagement costs the Reds another win

    Jun 2, 2013, 6:05 PM EST

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    Dusty Baker is one of many managers across baseball who utilizes his bullpen according to the save rule, which means that the closer doesn’t enter the game until his team has a lead between one and three runs in the ninth inning. In this afternoon’s game against the Pirates, the Reds entered the bottom of…

  3. Pirates and Pedro Alvarez open to contract extension

    Jun 1, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Pedro Alvarez AP

    The Pirates have yet to approach third baseman Pedro Alvarez about a contract extension, but there appears to be mutual interest in a possible deal. Alvarez’s agent, Scott Boras, told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Post-Tribune that he is “open to the idea” of an extension. Meanwhile, Pirates president Frank Coonelly is on the same…

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

    May 20, 2013, 6:22 AM EST

    Freddy Galvis

    Phillies 3, Reds 2: Aroldis Chapman is usually automatic. But he surrendered back-to-back bombs to the murderers row that is Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis as the Philly walked off Cincinnati. Heck, the inning started with Chapman walking Delmon Young on four straight pitches, so you know he wasn’t on it yesterday. And Cliff Lee…

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

    May 2, 2013, 6:57 AM EST

    Mets Marlins Baseball

    Mets 7, Marlins 6:  Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch-hit three run homer in the sixth to put the Mets up to stay, breaking their six game losing streak. But Terry Collins is on the hot seat! No he isn’t! Yes he is! She’s my daughter! [slap] My sister! [slap!] My daughter … Nationals 2, Braves 0: The Nats finally…

  6. Cubs survive another Carlos Marmol scare, beat Pirates 3-2

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:35 PM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    After Carlos Marmol‘s shaky showing got him pulled from a save chance on Opening Day, the Cubs reiterated that he was still their closer. Marmol, though, wasted no time in putting that to the test. Handed another 3-0 lead on Wednesday — thanks to a Nate Schierholtz homer providing two insurance runs in the top…

  7. Carlos Marmol yanked from first save chance

    Apr 1, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

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    Carlos Marmol began the season as the Cubs’ closer, but manager Dale Sveum didn’t hesitate to yank the right-hander when things started to unravel. Handed a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning, Marmol struck out Garrett Jones and then hit Andrew McCutchen with a pitch. McCutchen stole second base, Pedro Alvarez singled him home, and…

  8. 2013 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:47 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 2013 season. Up next: The Pittsburgh Pirates. The Big Question: Can the Buccos break .500 for the first time since the 1992 season? It is absolutely…

  9. Pirates options: Rod Barajas declined, Pedro Alvarez picked up

    Oct 31, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pittsburgh made a pair of expected option decisions, declining a $4 million deal with catcher Rod Barajas and exercising a $700,000 deal with third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Barajas knew the move was coming after he hit just .206 this season and has said he’d be willing to take less money to remain in Pittsburgh, but…

  10. Homer Bailey throws a no-hitter against the Pirates

    Sep 28, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Homer Bailey AP

    UPDATE: He did it! Homer Bailey has done it. He threw a no-hitter tonight against the Pirates as part of a 1-0 win. Bailey struck out pinch-hitter Brock Holt swinging to begin the ninth before getting pinch-hitter Michael McKenry to pop out to left field for the second out. He then Alex Presley to pop…

  11. Pirates opt to retain GM Neal Huntington

    Sep 26, 2012, 6:04 PM EST

    Neal Huntington

    The Pirates’ season has derailed, but the engineer will be returning. Pirates president Frank Coonelly released a statement Wednesday saying that GM Neal Huntington would be back in 2013. Manager Clint Hurdle and assistant GMs Kyle Stark and Greg Smith are also expected back. “As soon as we finish this season as well as we…

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

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Orioles 9, Athletics 5: Baltimore salvages one. Which is important for two reasons. Reason 1:  It’s their 82nd win of the year, which means they will finish above .500 for the first time in forever.  More importantly: they really just need to avoid the disaster west coast trip here. If they take care of business…

  13. Clint Hurdle is making Dusty Baker’s life easier

    Sep 11, 2012, 11:22 PM EST

    Pedro Alvarez

    The Pirates’ No. 4 hitter tonight, Garrett Jones, has hit .213/.254/.344 against lefties this season. The Pirates’ No. 5 hitter tonight, Pedro Alvarez, has hit .210/277/.387 against lefties this season. So, it was pretty much a no-brainer that Sean Marshall was coming in to face both with a man on first and one out and…

  14. Cardinal killer Pedro Alvarez strikes again

    Aug 29, 2012, 11:35 PM EST

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pedro Alvarez followed up Tuesday’s two-homer game with another home run and a double as the Pirates topped the Cardinals 5-0 on Wednesday. Alvarez ended the three-game series 8-for-13 with seven RBI. It’s just his latest outburst against the Cardinals. For the season, he’s hitting .397 with seven homers, 13 runs scored and 23 RBI…

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

    Aug 29, 2012, 6:07 AM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Major League Baseball celebrated Otherwise Good Teams Get Shut Out Night last night. It was quite festive. Marlins 9, Nationals 0: Look, maybe this will start a conversation no one thinks we’d ever have about an ace pitcher on a first place team, but maybe the Nationals should consider shutting Stephen Strasburg down (5 IP,…

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

    Aug 20, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Pirates Cardinals Baseball

    Pirates 6, Cardinals 3: For the second straight year the Pirates play a nineteen inning game. This time, unlike the game against the Braves in which they were royally screwed, the Pirates won. Thank you Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen who drove in runs in the 19th, Alvarez with a homer. They had to burn…

  17. Pirates outlast Cardinals 6-3 in 19 innings

    Aug 19, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

    Pedro Alvarez

    The Pirates and Cardinals had already split a pair of one-run games Friday and Saturday, but they were just setting the table for Sunday’s marathon, a 19-inning affair won by Pittsburgh 6-3. Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead homer off Barret Browning in the top of the 19th to break the tie, and Andrew McCutchen later…

  18. Neil Walker departs game with dislocated right finger

    Aug 15, 2012, 8:24 PM EST

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    The Pirates have lost six of their last eight, falling to six games back of the Reds in the National League Central standings. And here’s even more bad news. From beat writer Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette comes word that second baseman Neil Walker was lifted in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the…

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

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Dark Knight Rises

    Pardon me if I seem discombobulated, but I’m suffering from weekend movie whiplash. On Friday night I saw “The Dark Knight Rises.” Yesterday I saw “Safety Not Guaranteed.” If you can find me two movies out right now that are more dissimilar in terms of tone, themes, budget and every other single other relevant measure,…

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

    Jul 17, 2012, 6:07 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman wipes sweat from his forehead during the first inning of the Orioles' MLB baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis

    Twins 19, Orioles 7: This was a multifaceted butt-whupping, but it got started with Chris Tillman’s butt. Which is a shame considering that five short months ago he was in the Best Shape of His Life. All of those runs for the Twins despite hitting only one homer. It was a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line…

  21. Seven teams interested in Chase Headley

    Jul 5, 2012, 6:23 PM EST

    Chase Headley

    Buster Olney probably doesn’t know it yet, but CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Indians, Orioles, Pirates and at least two other teams have “some level of interest in” Padres third baseman Chase Headley. The 28-year-old Headley should have been the Padres’ All-Star on merit. He’s hit .271/.373/.421 with eight homers, 42 RBI…

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

    Jul 5, 2012, 5:48 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Lee points towards a pop out by New York Mets Nickeas during the third inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Phillies 9, Mets 2: Cliff Lee stood to lose yet another one, as he and the Phillies were down 2-0 entering the seventh, but three runs in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings saved his bacon. First win of the year for Lee. Marlins 7, Brewers 6: On Tuesday Milwaukee beat Miami in…

  23. Pedro Alvarez has four homers in two days

    Jun 17, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Pedro Alvarez

    Former No. 2 overall draft pick Pedro Alvarez doesn’t show signs of life often, but he’s put on a display in Cleveland the last two days, smacking two homers in back-to-back games. The Pirates third baseman also doubled in the 9-5 win over the Indians today, giving him his first three-hit game since April 21,…

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

    May 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 10, Phillies 5: Cliff Lee was OK in his return, but he was on a pitch count and the bullpen — including reverted-to-longman-work Kyle Kendrick — got shellacked. Again. Ike Davis drove in three.  The Mets so thoroughly own Citizens Bank Park this year that the Phillies are gonna have to launch some awkward…

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

    May 4, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

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    Pirates 6, Cardinals 3: Erik Bedard struck out 11 men in five innings. At one point he fanned seven in a row. Overall, Pirates pitchers struck out 17 Cardinals. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a homer. Two weeks ago he was hitting .074. Now he’s at .257 and he’s slugging over .600 on…

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