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Rossi: Liriano no ace, but he’s Bucs’ key

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Rossi) — Francisco Liriano has one win. The Pirates have a whole bunch more, but given Liriano’s struggles, how? Clearly, the Pirates are pretty good. How good ...
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Pirates notebook: Polanco receives night off to reboot

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Struggles were bound to arise for Gregory Polanco as he works his way through his first major league season.
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Dodgers rough up Volquez, defeat Pirates, 5-2

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — When Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez took the mound Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, it had been 11 days since he had pitched in a ...
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Dodgers rough up Volquez in 5-2 Pirates loss

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The L.A. Dodgers lined a season-high 10 hits against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez tonight on the way to a 5-2 win at PNC Park to open a three-game series.
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Tuesday’s scouting report: Dodgers at Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — X-factors Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel’s inside look at Tuesday’s game: • Josh Beckett is expected to come off the DL to start Tuesday’s game. ...
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Ron Cook: Shortstop Jordy Mercer cannot be overlooked in contributing to the Pirates’ recent resurgence

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Give the Mercer kid credit; he put in a lot of extra work Sunday. An hour after a Pirates win against the Colorado Rockies, he was on the PNC Park lawn, taking batting practice, picking up...
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Pirates notebook: Polanco, Puig held out of series opener

Pittsburgh Tribune (Karen Price and Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates’ and Dodgers’ dynamic young right fielders were missing from their respective starting lineups Monday. Gregory Polanco got the day off against left-hander Hyun-Jin ...
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MLB notebook: Rockies place Morneau on 15-day DL

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — The Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck. The move is retroactive to July 14. To take ...
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Pirates notebook: Andrew Lambo, Nick Kingham making major strides

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Saturday night, Andrew Lambo went 4 for 4 with two home runs in support of Nick Kingham, who earned the win with six innings of three-earned run ball, no walks and three strikeouts.
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MLB notebook: Puig to get X-rays in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — Yasiel Puig was not in the Dodgers starting lineup against the Cardinals on Sunday, one day after getting hit on his left hand by a ...
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Onus is on Ike Davis to produce at plate for Pirates

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette As the trade deadline approaches, speculation continues to swirl about possible moves the Pirates could make. Where can this team find more production?
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Pirates at the deadline: Trade challenges always tricky

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In the 11 days before the trade deadline, the Pirates face the same issues as every other team in the mood to add -- few sellers, fewer still impact players available and a high market value on...
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Ron Cook: Mark Melancon firmly belongs as Pirates closer

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The routine changed Sunday at PNC Park for Pirates closer Mark Melancon. He pitched again against the Colorado Rockies, the first time this season he has worked on three consecutive days. The...
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Pirates complete sweep of Rockies

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Perhaps Neil Walker feels snubbed. If so, he vented against the Colorado Rockies. After not receiving an All-Star Game invite despite an impressive first half, ...
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Pirates notebook: Huntington staying patient as trade deadline approaches

Pittsburgh Tribune (Karen Price) — With less than two weeks to go before the MLB non-waiver trade deadline, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said “asks” are still predictably high because ...
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Pirates beat Rockies, 5-3, to sweep weekend series

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Busting out the brooms and actually securing sweeps has been one of the biggest issues for the Pirates this season.
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Monday’s scouting report: Dodgers at Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — • The Pirates have limited experience with second-year left-hander Hyun-June Ryu, who is among the Dodgers’ collection of pitching riches. Andrew McCutchen has the Pirates’ ...
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On the Pirates: Is the NL Central home to baseball's best race?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette From all sides of Target Field’s visiting clubhouse before Tuesday’s All-Star Game, players who are invested in the tight second-half race in the National League Central interpreted the...
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Mercer’s run-scoring double in 11th lifts Pirates over Rockies

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Jordy Mercer’s walk-off double in the 11th inning Saturday lifted the Pirates to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Colorado Rockies. Neil Walker snaked a ...
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Pirates’ all-fields approach showing results

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — In spring training, Pirates first-year hitting coach Jeff Branson and manager Clint Hurdle preached a renewed commitment to an all-fields hitting approach. They hoped such ...
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Blog Articles

Monday Mop-Up Duty: A seller’s market, and if you build it in Pittsburgh …

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – Cliff Notes from Neal Huntington’s media briefing on Sunday: it’s a seller’s market and the Pirates aren’t willing to trade too much of the future for...
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Second-half predictions

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Greetings, folks. I’m back after an All-Star Break respite and recharged for the second half.  To begin? Let’s make some second-half predictions. There were some...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: A Pirate for Life?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CINCINNATI – Andrew McCutchen is looking very much like a back-to-back MVP isn’t he? How he rose to the occasion not once, but twice, on Saturday night in Cincinnati was remarkable...
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Babe Ruth’s 100th anniversary, a baseball LeBron?, and the banged up NL Central

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CINCINNATI – You might have heard LeBron James made his Decision 2.0 today, and it’s a big deal because it’s difficult to comprehend just how dominant an athlete he is. He...
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New commenting policy

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – This decision comes from above my pay grade, but as I understand it you will now be required to have a Facebook account to comment on any blog or story on our Web site. This...
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Subjectivity is still king. See: Abreu, Jose

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS –  Bullpen usage would seem like a timely issue today with back-to-back, walk-off losses — and Ernesto Frieri being employed in a tie game in the ninth inning — but...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: The Locke conundrum

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – No matter how well Jeff Locke pitches – and he’s pitching very well – there’s a chance he will simply not remain in the rotation. It’s simple math:...
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A Brandon McCarthy-Vance Worley switcheroo? … But do the Pirates need to make a trade?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy has the worst luck in baseball. That makes him one of the best trade targets in baseball, and the Pirates are reportedly...
  • 18 days ago
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A modest proposal: a plan for Harrison … And the evolving Charlie Morton

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – Clint Hurdle‘s job is more difficult, in a good way, with his entire lineup healthy. After receiving at least three plate appearances in 16 straight games, and starting 15...
  • 19 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Halfway home

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Technically we’re a game beyond the halfway point, but with the first three months of the season down, and three months to go, the Pirates have weathered a trying first...
  • 21 days ago
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Transaction analysis: is the Grilli trade the new Hanrahan trade?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Some shocking news came down an hour before first pitch tonight as the Pirates traded their melt-down-prone reliever Jason Grilli for the Angles’ melt-down-prone...
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That swing

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Gregory Polanco‘s swing has been compared to just about every great left-handed hitter of the modern era from Ken Griffey Jr. to the Barry Bonds. I think you have to go...
  • 24 days ago
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The cornerstone that wasn’t

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Remember when Jose Tabata was supposed to be part of the Pirates’ future? The former Yankee farmhand and top 30 overall prospect came over in the Xavier Nady deal in 2009...
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