Found June 23, 2012 on
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 Pirates made the Tribe pay almost every single time. On Thursday, Bryan Dozier bobbled an easy force out and Andrew McCutchen immediately followed with a three-run double. On Friday, the Tigers handed the Pirates two runs after misplaying an AJ Burnett sacrifice bunt two different ways, and the Pirates made those runs stand up for a win. There were plenty of good things on Friday, actually ('Cutch staying hot, Pedro's absolutely laced single in the second, Burnett getting out of a big jam in the sixth with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder up, Hurdle having the appropriate hook for Burnett tonight, B...
BEST OF MAXIM
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- 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....
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...
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...
Player of The Game
The lonely run the Indians scored today was credited to Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera hit a solo home run in the 4th inning, which gave the Indians the early lead. His 9th home run of the year gave him a score of 2.92, winning him his 5th Player of the Game of the season.
Tony Sipp came though in relief today after Gomez fell apart. Sipp pitched 1...
During a recent session with the media, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland broke into a smile.
"Nobody's asking about Miggy at third base anymore," he said.
The biggest offseason debate in the Motor City was about the Tigers decision to sign free-agent Prince Fielder, install him at first base and move Miguel Cabrera back to his original position, third base. Cabrera...
The Indians dropped the second game of their interleague series in Houston by a final of 8-1. The Tribe opened the scoring with a solo shot by Asdrubal Cabrera, but it all came apart for Jeanmar Gomez in the fifth inning and the Astros were well on their way. Dallas Keuchel went the distance for the Astros, allowing just the Cabrera blast.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Brad Lincoln allowed two hits and a run in six innings, Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the sixth time in seven games with a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
Lincoln (4-2) carried a no-hitter through five innings before Ramon Santiago singled to lead off the sixth.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera homered...
The Pirates open a three-game series with Detroit on Friday at PNC Park. Right-hander A.J. Burnett will pitch for the Bucs. The Tigers will counter with lefty Doug Fister.
Final: Pirates 4, Tigers 1
WP: A.J. Burnett (8-2, 3.24 ERA)
LP: Doug Fister (1-4, 2.72 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (18, 2.33 ERA)
You know things are going well when Rod Barajas, owner of a 4.5 40-yard dash (4.5 is in minutes, of course), somehow comes around to score from first base on a bunt.
With the Pirates already up 2-0 in the 2nd, Pedro Alvarez and Barajas hit back-to-back singles...
This is the first installment of my "MLB Roundup" blogs, which will give a recap of every game.
Pirates: 4 vs Tigers: 1: Remember when you cringed that the Yankees signed both C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett on that fateful day in December 2008. They were trying to buy themselves another World Series it seemed. And they did, the bastards. Now fast forward to the...
Detroit Tigers, 34-36, 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland.
The last game had a little of everything–Pitcher Fielding Follies, Clownman antics in left, strange double-shifting–and a lot of nothing.
Friday night the Tigers continued to help Pittsburgh gain ground in the NL Central, this time by losing to the Pirates 4-1. The Pirates tried to be sporting about it by sending Jason Grilli...
Tigers (34-35) at Pirates (36-32)
7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
The Bucs take on the Tigers this weekend in round two of their interleague matchup (Detroit took 2 of 3 at Comerica Park a few weeks ago). This will be the final interleague series of the season; the Bucs are 8-7 against AL opponents this year.
Detroit is still somehow...