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First Pitch: The Common, Yet Wrong Way to Manage a Bullpen

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Top Performers: Stetson Allie Continued His Hot Hitting Last Week

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First Pitch: Could the Pirates be 31-23 at the End of May?

We heard at the start of the season how the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the toughest early season schedules in the game. Despite that schedule, the Pirates are 17-14, in second place in the NL Central, and sitting with the fifth highest winning percentage in the National League. They swept the Reds, took three of five against the Cardinals, and took three of four each against the...

Top Performers: Three International Left-Handers Making Some Noise

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Francisco Liriano set to make Pirates' debut Saturday

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Nats’ Ninth Inning Rally Beats Pirates

Saturday was an odd day at PNC Park. For starters, the game was on national television (something that doesn’t happen often to the Pirates). This also happened.  Then the great bullpen debate of 2013 got off an running, and well, it did not end well for the Pirates. Starling Marte did a very Starling Marte thing and hit a two-run home run in the third inning to put the Pirates...

Pirates fan gets hit by home run ball in the back (Video)

Back on Sunday, one Pittsburgh Pirates fan had the unfortunate honor of getting hit by a home run ball while he was trying to run away from it. The moment happened in the top of the 8th inning as Washington Nationals outfielder Tyler Moore hit a three-run shot off of Pirates pitcher Bryan Morris into the left field seats at PNC Park. Watch as the replay shows the fan getting...

Minor League Schedule: 5/7/13

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Nationals 6, Pirates 2

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Minor League Schedule: 5/6/13

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Minor Moves: Barrett Barnes to the DL

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The day after a frustrating loss

Before previewing today's game, let's talk about yesterday's loss briefly. It was frustrating to watch in just about every way possible. On one hand, the Pirates walked six hitters, hit three batters, gave the Nationals three runs on bad defensive plays by the two guys (Barmes and Marte) that are supposed to anchor the defense, and totally spaced on the existence of baserunners...
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