Found April 19, 2012 on Razzball:
Pittsburgh Pirates: Surprisingly, Juan Cruz toed the rubber in the ninth to earn the save for the Pirates Tuesday night. Initially there was no word as to the why. Eventually, we heard that Joel Hanrahan tweaked his hamstring on the last pitch of his outing against the Giants on Sunday. Hanrahan says he’s not going to be able to go until Friday or Saturday, at which point he could be put on the DL retroactively until Sunday. Cruz could find his way to a few save chances in the interim and there’s certainly potential for this hamstring issue to linger. For a nano second, circa 2008, Cruz was one of the better relievers in baseball but injuries and walks got him down in a major way. So far this season, Cruz is flashing a great K-rate and has limited his walks. If he can do that, he’ll remain a solid reliever. Evan Meek came in for the hold in the seventh so there appears to be no short term plans for the Pirates to use him to save. San Francisco Giants: For some time, it appeared Sant...

Gerrit Cole and Oscar Taveras: Scouting the Unknown

Gerrit Cole | RHP, Pirates | Born: 9/8/1990 As the first overall selection in the 2011 draft, signed out of UCLA to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a bonus worth $8 million, Gerrit Cole has arrived in pro baseball with large expectations. The hype isn’t without merit, though. Cole’s heater tops out at 102 mph and he counters with a deadly slider and a plus change. His arsenal...

GAMEDAY: Back in the ‘Burgh: Pirates vs. Cardinals

Cardinals (9-4) at Pirates (5-7) 7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Here is the Gameday TV: none in Pittsburgh // Radio: 93.7 The Pirates are finally back home tonight and will finally meet their first divisional opponent tonight when they play the Cardinals. No TV in Pittsburgh tonight because of the Pens. If you’re around, go to the game and get yourself a lovely free...

Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot Costume Update

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Bats shut down again in 4-1 loss

Final: Cardinals 4, Pirates 1 WP: Lance Lynn (3-0, 1.42 ERA) LP: Charlie Morton (0-1, 3.60 ERA) SV: Jason Motte (3, 1.50 ERA) The game started off very promising as Alex Presley launched the first pitch off Lance Lynn off the center field wall. Skip Schumaker went crashing into the wall and Presley sped around the bases for an easy inside-the-park home run. The Pirates didn’t score...

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Game 13: Pirates vs Cardinals

MLB Insiders: St. Louis Cardinals

The Pirates open a three-game series with St. Louis on Friday night at PNC Park. Right-hander Charlie Morton will be on the hill for the Bucs. The Cardinals will toss right-hander Lance Lynn.

Joel Hanrahan likely out until Friday

#Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (tight hammy) likely not back in action until Friday. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 18, 2012   I guess it could be worse. The Pirates’ bullpen will already be depleted due to having to pitch eight innings on Tuesday night and will now be without their best pitcher in the series finale against Arizona. Hanrahan “tweaked” his hamstring...

Game 12 Live Chat: Pirates vs Diamondbacks

Back home again

The Pirates went out west for a nine game road trip, and the result was equal parts infuriating and weird. The Pirates played awful baseball and lost the first five games of the trip, then they went ahead and played marginally improved but still pretty bad baseball and won three of the next four games. As a result, they return home for a six-game homestand against the Cardinals and...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Game 12

Well I guess the question of what spot A.J. Burnett will take has probably been answered with Jeff Karstens being pulled due to shoulder inflammation. Some of these guys finally looked like Major League hitters, and if not for Jason Grilli giving up the lead would have beaten a very, very good pitcher in Ian [...]
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