Found August 31, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
Lance Lynn was not a happy man Saturday night at PNC Park. The Pirates hung two runs on St. Louis’ starter in the second inning and scored another five in the third to take a 7-1 lead. The big blow came in the third, when Russell Martin squared up a 94 mile-per-hour fastball left elevated over the middle of the plate for a three-run home run to right-center field. Martin’s 13th home run of the year responded to the only run the Cardinals scored off Pirates starter A.J. Burnett, and left Lynn screaming on the mound. Martin’s blast came on a pitch nearly identical to the one he hit off Friday’s starter Shelby Miller, a 90 mile-per-hour fastball left in a similar location. “Up and away a little a bit,” Martin said. “I like the ball up there.” Russell Martin hit a three-run home run in the third inning to propel the Pirates to a five-run inning, and ultimately a win. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Lynn’s frustration continued when Jose Tabata legged out an infield single later that inning ...

Pirates Notebook: For Garrett Jones, C’est La Vie

Garrett Jones wasn’t happy this week. While hitting .119 for the month of August entering last night’s game (courtesy of some atrocious luck on balls in play–.119 BABIP), manager Clint Hurdle gave his first baseman “a couple days down”. Jones did not start in the Milwaukee series, and received just one at-bat in a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday. “At first, it’s frustrating...

Recap: Jones, Liriano, Pirates beat Cards for Central tie

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Gregory Polanco Promoted to Indianapolis

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Prospect Watch: Kingham and Glasnow Finish Their Regular Seasons Strong

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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...

Pirates' Jason Grilli starts rehab assignment

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates sent Jason Grilli out for the start of his minor league rehab assignment.  It is the final step before Grilli rejoins the club in time for the September stretch.  There were concerns at times that Grilli may not be ready before the end of the year, so getting him some rehab action now is important. Tom Singer of says the plan for Grilli...

Byrd happy to be with Pirates

New Pirates OF Marlon Byrd celebrated his arrival to the NL Central pennant race with a three-run home run, two standing ovations and a curtain call in Pittsburgh's 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on August 28. He has three hits in 12 at bats. Thrust abruptly into the middle of a pennant race, Byrd told's George Von Benko that he hopes to ignite the...

Pirates Add More Offense, Acquire Justin Morneau From Twins

The Pittsburgh Pirates looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 1992 added another bat to their line-up acquiring Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau in a waiver trade according to multiple sources. Earlier this week, the Pirates acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the Mets. Morneau has posted 221 home runs and 860 RBI over 11 years...

Who was the best minor league acquisition in Cardinals history?

The St. Louis Cardinals have a long history of draft success, a key contributor to the club being a perennial contender. When a talent gap occurs, the team has not been hesitant to step into the free agent market when necessary. Of course, trades are the most common method of trying to improve a club instantly. A proven major leaguer is added who helps spur the team to greater heights...

Game 136: Pirates vs. Cardinals Recap

Source: FanGraphs For as good as the Pittsburgh Pirates have been this year, they are not fans of sweeping teams. Today marked the second time in a month that the Pirates had a chance to sweep the Cardinals and ended up getting blown out in the final game of the series. There wasn’t much of…

Pittsburgh Pirates: All in, best night as a fan since 1992

(Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit rackcdn) Morneau eyeing up his opportunity; image credit gannett-cdn The once-slumping Pittsburgh Pirates just curb-stomped division rival St. Louis for the second time in 2 nights, wrenching away the hotly contested NL Central top spot in the process.  Players were seen embracing new arrival 1B Justin Morneau, acquired earlier...

79 wins

Good morning. It is September 1st,  2013. With last night's win, the Pirates are 79-56. Since 1992, the Pirates failed to win 79 games in the following seasons*: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Let's not mince words: 1999 is the year that ruined everything. The Pirates took a step...

Pirates acquire Justin Morneau

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that they have acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named or cash considerations.

John Axford to Cardinals; Reaction from the Cardinals side

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