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Pirates can’t overcome long rain delay, Indians in interleague setback

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — During a two-hour, eight-minute rain delay Friday night, a cheer arose at 10:50 p.m. in a soaked, mostly empty PNC Park. The few hardy souls ...
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Pirates lose to Cleveland Indians, 5-2, after rain delay

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Paul Zeise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — In the very beginning, the Pirates bats were red hot as the team, coming off a sweep in Detroit and hoping to build on that momentum, began a 10-game home stand Friday at PNC Park against the...
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Pirates notebook: Offense breaks out in Detroit

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Paul Zeise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates bats got extremely hot in Detroit and the result was a three-game series against the Tigers in which they produced 49 hits and scored 22 runs.
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Gorman: Barnstorming tour bigger than baseball

Pittsburgh Tribune (Kevin Gorman) — The Anderson Monarchs arrived in a 1947 Clipper bus wearing Philadelphia Stars Negro Leagues uniforms, a throwback to baseball’s barnstorming days. Off stepped Mo’ne Davis, ...
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Gameday: Pirates vs. Indians, July 4, 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — Pirates vs. Indians 4:05 p.m. PNC Park   TV/radio: Root Sports/  93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Indians RHP Cody ...
  • 14 hr 58 min ago

MLB notebook: Yankees to donate $150K to charity for A-Rod’s 3,000th hit ball

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the ...
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Prospect Taillon to undergo season-ending hernia surgery

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Jameson Taillon is facing a second straight lost season. The Pirates announced Friday the right-handed pitching prospect, and No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 ...
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Pirates prospect Taillon to have hernia surgery next week

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Paul Zeise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon, who has been recovering from Tommy John surgery, has another setback in his road. The team announced he will undergo surgery to repair an inguinal hernia...
  • 17 hr ago

Pirates trade Clayton Richard to Chicago Cubs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — TOLEDO, Ohio — Clayton Richard is headed back to the majors, but not with the Pirates. The veteran left-hander was scratched from his start Friday for Class AAA Indianapolis and traded to the...
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Pirates notebook: Polanco fails to take advantage of start vs. left-hander

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — DETROIT — With Gregory Polanco coming off a 3-for-4 performance Wednesday night, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle stayed with the hot hand Thursday and started Polanco against a left-handed pitcher...
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Political, economic turmoil lessen MLB’s interest in Venezuelan talent

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — Signed as a 16-year-old by the New York Mets in 2005, Deolis Guerra spent his first year of professional baseball in the comforting confines of ...
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MLB notebook: Cardinals fire scouting director in wake of hacking scandal

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — The Cardinals said they fired scouting director Chris Correa, the first known fallout from the hacking scandal that has resulted in a federal investigation into ...
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Gameday: Pirates vs. Indians, July 3, 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — FRIDAY Pirates vs. Indians 7:05 p.m. PNC Park,  Pittsburgh. TV/radio: Root Sports/  93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates RHP ...
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Liriano, Pirates complete sweep of Tigers

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — DETROIT — Pirates starter Francisco Liriano watched the first pitch he fired toward home plate Thursday afternoon, a 91 mph fastball, boom off the bat ...
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Liriano, Walker lead Pirates to 8-4 win, series sweep against Tigers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — DETROIT — When a tame Detroit Tigers offense finally roared to life Thursday, the Pirates answered back even louder.
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Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 7.2.15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — BlogCog: Hi Stephen, I must say - it's only 1 game but yesterday Polanco looked imo totally locked in at the plate. He either got a quick hit or was able to battle and work the count for...
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Pirates notebook: Detroit's Victor Martinez lambastes Cole after getting plunked

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — DETROIT — Victor Martinez sparked a war of words Wednesday by lashing out at Gerrit Cole for drilling him in the upper back with a 95 mph fastball in the fourth inning of the Pirates’ 5-4,...
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Walker, Pirates bash Tigers pitching, 9-3

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — DETROIT — Neil Walker took a hero’s trot around the bases more times Wednesday night than he did in all of June. Two homers by ...
  • 2 days ago
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Pirates defeat Tigers, 9-3

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — DETROIT — Neil Walker hit two home runs, leading the Pirates' 21-hit attack in a 9-3 victory against the Detroit Tigers tonight at Comerica Park.
  • 2 days ago
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Gameday: Pirates at Tigers, July 2, 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — Pirates at Tigers 1:08 p.m. Comerica Park, Detroit TV/radio: Root Sports/ 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates LHP Francisco ...
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Blog Articles

Monday Mop-Up Duty: SOS (strength of schedule) message … and the Pirates’ power outage

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – After Tuesday’s win vs. the Reds, Gerrit Cole stared up a flat-screen television hanging from the ceiling in the clubhouse in disappointment, seeing the Cardinals had won yet another...
  • 5 days ago
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Does Buchholz make sense for Pirates? Phillies scouting Pirates (and a podcast)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – The Boston Globe reported earlier today the Pirates sent a scout in for the Red Sox game yesterday, ostensibly to watch right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz, who continued his...
  • 8 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Who should be on first?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have been in search of a solution at first base for some time. In 2013 prior to the deadline, they acquired Justin Morneau, but the move had little influence as his bat...
  • 12 days ago
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Friday Farm Report: Decker deserving? Black Bears attractive? Kingham a lefty?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — Jaff Decker certainly did enough in the past few days to grab the attention of the Pirates’ front office. But do the Pirates, in the midst of this June surge, see a need to change the faces in the...
  • 14 days ago
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Big data makes teams vulnerable in a big way. The Pirates stole Liriano … again. And a podcast

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – So about that bombshell today in the New York Times which broke the news  that the St. Louis Cardinals are begin investigated by the FBI for allegedly hacking into the Houston...
  • 17 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: if not Hamels then who?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Hey, Cole Hamels looked pretty good on the PNC Park mound on Sunday, didn’t he? (See what I did there). This blog has advocated for some time the Pirates upgrade their starting...
  • 19 days ago
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Friday Farm Report: Pirates draft edition

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — The Pirates’ selection of Arizona junior shortstop Kevin Newman with their first pick in the Major League Baseball draft caused many fans to ask, “Why?” After all, just a year ago, the team used...
  • 21 days ago
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The Pirates’ draft pivot and what they’re saying

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – We’ve seen a change, a pivot, in the Pirates’ approach to the draft, at least on the first day of the draft. Consider from 2010-12 the Pirates selected pitchers...
  • 25 days ago
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More Pirates draft prep…

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — Travis Sawchik wrote a lot of good stuff on here earlier today, so that read that, too. Consider this post the second in a series of 2015 MLB draft courses you should consume tonight. Just after 7...
  • 25 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: A new draft approach?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — ATLANTA – Baseball America thinks the Pirates are willing to roll the dice on a prep pitcher in the first round of the draft, which begins tonight. From the last two BA mock drafts: Pirates...
  • 26 days ago
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Where should Marte sit at the table?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — ATLANTA – There is a conventional wisdom that when placing a hitter in the batting order proceeding the lineup’s top threat, that hitter is going to see more fastballs and more fastballs in...
  • 27 days ago
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(Belated) Friday Farm Report: Young lefties, sac bunts & Sanchez thoughts

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — Because of the concerning recent performances from Jeff Locke and Antonio Bastardo, the topic of left-handed pitchers touches a nerve with the Pirates’ faithful. Judging by their minor league...
  • 27 days ago
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