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Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon selected for Futures Game

Major League Baseball revealed the Futures Game rosters today and the Pirates’ 2010 and 2011 1st round picks will be on display for the US Team in Kansas City on July 8th. Jameson Taillon, who is currently the #5 prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, will be making his first Futures Game appearance. In 14 starts with High-A Bradenton, the 20-year old Taillon is 4-6 with a 4.10...

Big week for the “Big 3″ pitching prospects

While the Pirates played well this week in a series win over the Twins, there was more good news in the organization down on the farm. The system’s top three pitching prospects (not including the still-unsigned Mark Appel) all pitched very well–two of them in debuts at a new level. Last night, Luis Heredia started for short-season State College. Heredia is 17 years old, which...

Taking care of business…in style

The Pirates did what they were supposed to do, cruising behind their ace to a big win over a bad Twins team. They did so in extremely impressive fashion, however, and won their second straight series (and seventh out of eight). The victory gets the Bucs back to three over .500, within two of the division, and within one of the wild card. James McDonald was phenomenal yet again. Remember...

Burnett’s bunt (and pitching) defeats Detroit

The Pirates grabbed hold of an early lead on Friday night and hung on to it the rest of the way, defeating the Tigers 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park. A.J. Burnett won his seventh start in a row–the longest such streak by a Pirate since Dock Ellis. Burnett went six scoreless and allowed just two hits (although he walked three) while striking out four. After A.J. worked...

The Pirates and Contextual Improvements

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 36-32, two games back in their division and one game behind the Mets or Giants for the second wild card spot. The last time the Pirates were playing this well was July 25, 2011, after James McDonald pitched very well on a road game against the Braves. The next night, the Pirates lost the infamous 19-inning contest and were never the same again. They won...

Game 68 Live Chat: Pirates vs. Twins

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Pirates 4, Tigers 1

A.J. Burnett pitched six shutout innings to win his seventh consecutive start and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the fifth time in six games, 4-1 over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Burnett (8-2) allowed two hits and three walks and struck out four to extend his streak of starts that resulted in victories to the longest for a Pirates pitcher in 38 years. Doc Ellis won eight...

Pirates 9, Twins 1

James McDonald pitched his first career complete game, Garrett Jones hit one of Pittsburgh's three home runs and the Pirates won for the fourth time in five games, 9-1 over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. McDonald (6-3) continued his breakthrough season by allowing one run, six hits and no walks with five strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 2.19. He has allowed one run or...

Game 69: Pirates 4 Tigers 1

One of the things that I've really liked about the last few games for the Pirates (and if it wasn't already clear, I've liked quite a few things) is that the Pirates have been playing opponents that have made mistakes, and the Pirates have seriously cashed in on them. Against the Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera booted balls all over the field on Saturday and Sunday and the...

J-Mac goes the distance in 9-1 trouncing of Twins

Final: Pirates 9, Twins 1 WP: James McDonald (6-3, 2.19 ERA) LP: Liam Hendriks (0-4, 7.39 ERA) This game really could not have gone any better. Going into this one, you had to like the Pirates’ chances as you had our ace going up against someone named Liam Hendriks. Hendriks hails from Australia, but his ERA is anything but “down under.” (Terrible attempt at a joke, I know…let’s...

Kevin Youkilis will be traded soon and probably not to the Pirates

With July eight days away, it's time for baseball's trade season to heat up and assuming that the Pirates can keep playing well, they're likely going to be in the middle of things again this year. It looks for now like the first big trade piece of the season to fall will be Kevin Youkilis, though the Pirates apparently haven't shown much interest in Youk despite having...

Dugout Digest - James McDonald is awesome

I'm not sure if there's a bigger surprise of a player in baseball this year than Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald. After defeating the Twins last night, McDonald's ERA sits at 2.19, with a .195 batting average, 0.95 WHIP, and an 83:24 strikeout to walk ratio in 90 1/3 innings. His ERA is fourth in the National League, his strikeout to walk ratio is 15th...

Six Questions with Clint Hurdle

Today, in replacement of my regular weekly post on just Rod Barajas, I have a special treat for all of our wonderful TiGO fans and readers.  I was fortunate enough to interview Clint Hurdle this week via e-mail.  He answered my questions today and gave me some great insight on our favorite players (Rod, Clint [...]
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