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DETROIT (AP) -- Neil Walker ended a lengthy pitching duel with a home run in the 11th inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday night.
The game was scoreless until Walker -- the brother-in-law of Tigers center fielder Don Kelly -- homered off Jose Ortega (0-2) with one out in the top of the 11th. Former Tigers reliever Jason Grilli pitched the bottom half for his 21st save in as many tries, striking out Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in succession.
Mark Melanson (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless 10th inning for Pittsburgh.
Pirates starter Jeanmar Gomez and his Tigers counterpart Rick Porcello were dominant, putting up one of the best outings of their respective careers.
Gomez pitched seven scoreless innings before giving way to the bullpen. The seven innings matched a career best, originally set in his debut against Detroit on July 18, 2010.
Porcello also matched a career best with eight innings of work and struck out ...
BEST OF MAXIM
DETROIT The sheriff was back in town. Justin Verlander took the mound at Comerica Park on Monday, restoring law and order to his strike zone and the base paths.
Take a deep breath, Tigers fans. Your world or at least the land of your ace is back to normal.
Verlander struck out a season-high 13 and limited the Pittsburgh Pirates to three runs on seven hits over seven innings...
The performance of the bullpen has played a role in the the Pirates’ winning ways, especially given the many close games they have won. Pittsburgh’s relievers are ranked 2nd in the National League in ERA, 3rd in strikeout percentage and 4th in FIP.
Justin Wilson may see more late-inning relief outings in place of Mark Melacon. (Photo credit: David Hague)
That success has not...
One of the best ways to figure out when (or if) a player is going to be promoted is by looking at what the organization has done with previous players. For the most part, each player is an individual circumstance and should be treated with an individual approach. However, there are usually a lot of trends you can find with an individual team which can be used to predict the path...
Pirates (31-19) at Tigers (28-20)
1:08 PM–Comerica Park, Detroit
TV: ROOT, MLBN
The Bucs are in Detroit for Memorial Day and interleague “rivalry week.” They’ll play two games in Detroit and then come to Pittsburgh for two more – kind of a first in the MLB schedules this year. Most teams are doing the same thing this week.
Josh Harrison was...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed reliever Bryan Morris from their Triple-A Indianapolis club on Tuesday. In his brief career, Morris has posted a 3.05 ERA over 20.2 innings pitched, striking out 15 while walking 10. He takes the roster spot of reliever Jose Contreras who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his lower back.
The post Pittsburgh...
Neil Walker ended a lengthy pitching duel with a home run in the top of the 11th inning Tuesday night, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The game was scoreless until Walker -- brother-in-law of Tigers center fielder Don Kelly -- homered off Jose Ortega (0-2) with one out in the Pittsburgh 11th. Former Tigers reliever Jason Grilli pitched the...
DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander struck out 13 in seven innings, and Jhonny Peralta had four hits to lead the Detroit Tigers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday.
It was Peralta's first four-hit game since June 4, 2010, when he was playing for Cleveland. Detroit has won six of seven.
Verlander (6-4) hadn't pitched more than five innings in any of his previous three...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
As the season rolls on, the injuries will mount. However, this year seems to be the year of the oblique injury. Just about every day there seems to be a new oblique injury, and yesterday was no exception. Jose Tabata was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain.
According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tabata's DL stint was made retroactive...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed reliever Jose Contreras on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his lower back, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com.
Contreras had trouble throwing strikes in his most recent appearance which came Monday against the Detroit Tigers. During the seventh inning of that contest he allowed two runs -- one coming on a bases-loaded...
Sometimes it’s the things you don’t write that make you look smarter. A few weeks ago, I nearly wrote something celebrating Michael Saunders‘ improved plate discipline. I wasn’t quite feeling it, though, so I went and did something else, and then Saunders embarked on a miserable slump. That’s not the first time something like that has happened. Additionally, there were...
In our 'Incoming Irish' series, wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. gives the latest on his road to recovering after breaking his femur in a January all-star practice.
Anibal Sanchez spent six innings toying with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his electric stuff rendering the Pirates innocent bystanders.
When the Detroit starter finally wobbled, Pittsburgh wasted little time knocking him over.
Pedro Alvarez's two-run double sparked a seventh-inning rally and the Pirates streaked by the Tigers 5-3 on Wednesday night. Travis Snider added an RBI double...
Though Anibal Sanchez came two outs from recording his second career no-hitter last week, he seems more content with doing his part to help the Detroit Tigers continue their winning ways.
A.J. Burnett, meanwhile, hopes his Pittsburgh Pirates can provide him with some much-needed run support as he tries to continue his recent success against the visiting Tigers and avoid a fourth...
With just nine days to go before the 2013 MLB Amateur draft begins, Baseball America has released their list of the top 500 draft prospects in this year’s class. This is the second time they have expanded their top prospect list recently, bringing it from 100, to 250 to it’s current point.
While they have expanded the list, the rankings for the two spots where the Pittsburgh...