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  1. The 2014 All-Star rosters have been announced

    Jul 6, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Find out who’s on the roster for each league in the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota on July 15.

  2. 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.

  3. The Pirates have made velocity an organizational focus

    Mar 30, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole

    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

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

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 2013 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    andrew mccutchen 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 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…

  10. Running down the rosters: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    While it was a 19th straight sub-.500 season, the Pirates did finish with their best record since 2004 by going 72-90 last year. They’ve since added two starters to an already much-improved pitching staff. As for the offense, well, they’re just going to have to hope that the incumbents get better. Rotation A.J. Burnett –…

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