Found June 19, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
One of the best things about the Pirates thus far in 2012 is that when the play a bad baseball team, they don't mess around with them. The Twins are a pretty bad team this year and the Pirates took advantage of that from the outset of this one. When the Twins tried to fight their way back into it, the Pirates slammed the door shut. This game got off to a weird start when Josh Harrison hit a hard fly ball to deep left field and Josh Willingham tried to make a leaping catch at the warning track, only to have the ball riccochet off of his chest and over the short left field wall at PNC Park. I think that in any stadium with a wall taller than six feet, that ball ends up being maybe a double off of the wall or Willingham's able to finagle a catch. In PNC, though, the Pirates had a 1-0 lead. The Pirates couldn't add on to that lead for a few innings, but Kevin Correia did a nice job keeping the Twins mostly off of the basepaths until Josh Harrison singled in the fifth and sto...

Pirates sign 5th rounder Adrian Sampson

According to Sosnick Cobbe Sports (Originally posted at Bucs Dugout), RHP Adrian Sampson has signed his deal with the Pirates. Sampson was the Pirates’ 5th round selection and was rated by Baseball America as the 84th best prospect heading into the draft. Sampson is a RHP from Bellevue Community College who had a commitment to play for Oregon next year. He possesses a 90ish mph...

Pittsburgh Pirates: Contenders or Pretenders?

My preseason prediction to snag one of the two NL Wild Card spots, the Pittsburgh Pirates, are off to a pretty impressive start. After giving their fans something to get excited about for the first time in a while in 2011, it seems that the Bucs may have figured out how to sustain that success more this year than last year. Off to a 34-31 start, the Pirates are in 2nd place in the...

Pittsburgh Pirates: Lost the battle of the scrap heap

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug (Opening image Mark Reynolds, credit xosports) Last week’s unfortunate 3-game sweep at the hands of the equally upstart Baltimore Orioles called to mind 2 things for me: 1. I long for a true geographic MLB realignment some... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!

6/20 MiLB Recap: Gerrit Cole makes AA debut

Everyone but West Virginia in action today. Indianapolis 10, Gwinnett 2 – Daniel Cabrera started and gave up 1 run over 5 2/3 innings. Duke Welker and Daniel McCutchen each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Chris Leroux gave up 1 run over 2/3 of an inning. Gorkys Hernandez was 1 for 3 with 2 walks. Anderson Hernandez went 3 for 6. Jeff Clement was 2 for 5. Yamaico Navarro...

Waiver Wire: Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m telling you to pick up Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Call me crazy, but the way he’s playing now makes me hope he can be of benefit to your fantasy team. Plus, if you’re currently a cellar dweller, what do you have to lose? Alvarez got off to a very slow start this season, but, unusually, has gotten out of his slump. He...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Time Will Come, But Numbers Indicate Regression Coming This Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been the toast of baseball lately, finding themselves with a winning record at 34-31 a whole 65 games into the season. For a franchise which hasn't had a winning season since 1992, this is not insignificant. For a franchise which has had so much trouble evaluating and developing young talent, and made some incredibly mind-bloggling trades (hello, Matt...

Correia wins at home, bats stay hot

The Pirates got off to an excellent start to this week’s homestand, pounding the Twins by a 7-2 score. Even better, they did it with their worst starter on the mound against Minnesota’s best. Kevin Correia did a very nice job, picking up his first home win in a year. His last one was June 22, 2011 against Baltimore, and all three of his Pirates wins at PNC Park have been against...

Kevin Correia collects first home win in a year; Bucs continue to roll

Final: Pirates 7, Twins 2 WP: Kevin Correia (3-6, 4.12 ERA) LP: Scott Diamond (5-3, 2.57 ERA) Kevin Correia hadn’t won a game at PNC Park since June 22nd of last season. He looked at home on the mound this evening tossing 5 1/3 scoreless frames before giving way to the bullpen. The Pirates’ offensive outburst continued as Josh Harrison started things off with a solo homer in...

Game 67 Live Chat: Pirates vs. Twins

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Twins look to even series with Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates may be known as one of the worst hitting teams in the major leagues, but they've been doing their best to rid themselves of that reputation lately. Given how well Francisco Liriano has pitched since returning to the Minnesota Twins' starting rotation, he may be able to cool off their hot bats. Pittsburgh looks to match a season high with its fourth...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Minnesota Twins – Game 66

Last night was the third night in a row without the Pirates.  As I lay in bed I was shocked at how bad I missed seeing the team.  I don’t know if it’s the small amount of success or what, but I am basically wrapped around this team’s finger, and I love it. Don’t forget [...]
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