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If there was any concern that the Pirates would go meekly into the All-Star break, they put that sort of thing aside very quickly this afternoon. Andrew McCutchen hit a two run homer off of Tim Lincecum in the first, Lincecum got chased in the fourth, and the Pirates never stopped piling on the Giants this afternoon. McCutchen added a second two-run homer in the seventh, Neil Walker had five hits (including a long solo homer to dead center of his own), and the Pirates were on cruise control pretty much all afternoon. AJ Burnett pitched into the seventh inning, Brad Lincoln closed the game down with 2 2/3 innings of strong relief, and the Pirates go into the All-Star Break at 48-37. Let's type that again: the Pirates go into the All-Star Break at 48-37. Pretty hard to believe. The All Star Futures Game is this evening at 5 PM on ESPN2. Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon are both on the roster for the US team. I believe Cole is slotted to the pitch the second inning. I'm not sure...
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It was a solid showing by Andrew McCutchen in his first every Home Run Derby. Although, I’m not going to lie, I was really wanting to see him just take a high and outside pitch and drill it opposite field.
Still, what an accomplishment and an experience for McCutchen. He didn’t make it past the first round, but it’s always fun seeing your own players perform on a national stage...
Last night Major League Baseball held their annual Home Run Derby and for the first time since 2005 the Pirates had representation at the event. Andrew McCutchen who is leading the league in batting average was a last minute addition to the derby after Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton could not participate due to injury.
While McCutchen didn’t advance to the second round and managed...
Tim Lincecum gave up seven hits and six earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants now have some decisions to make heading into the second half the season. After finishing the first half of the season with a rough roadtrip through the east coast heat, the Giants will take their 2-7 record through their...
If you pull up the first-half player rankings of all batters in Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball today, you’ll see that the current no. 1 overall player heading into the All-Star break is none other than Pittsburgh Pirates OFer Andrew McCutchen.
Cutch hit two home runs on Sunday and went 3-for-5 at the plate against the Giants. His current 5×5 stat line reads .362/18/60/58/14.
Since the inception of a league Most Valuable Player Award, there have been seven years in which a Pittsburgh Pirate has won the award:
1927: Paul Waner
1960: Dick Groat
1966: Roberto Clemente
1978: Dave Parker
1979: Willie Stargell
1990: Barry Bonds
1992: Barry Bonds
Let’s revisit how each of those players did in their first half.
1927: Paul Waner
73 G, .385 BA, .444 OBP, .612...
PITTSBURGH - The Pirates could be forgiven for wanting no part of any break, All-Star or otherwise. Neil Walker went 5-for-5, Andrew McCutchen blasted two more home runs, and A.J. Burnett won his 10th game in Pittsburgh's 13-2 blowout of San Francisco on Sunday at PNC Park. That sent the Pirates, whose streak of 19 consecutive losing seasons is a professional sports record...
Andrew McCutchen hit two home runs, Neil Walker homered among his five hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the All-Star break in sole possession of first place following a 13-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
The long-woeful Pirates have won six of seven and 10 of 12, and no team in the majors has a better record since May 12 than Pittsburgh's 34-19.
The Pirates put on one heck of a show this afternoon, capping off the homestand and the unofficial end of the first half in grand style. They’ll head to the break 11 games over .500 and in first place, and couldn’t possibly be riding any higher.
The stars of the day were exactly who you’d expect: Andrew McCutchen and A.J. Burnett. McCutchen pounded a two-run homer to right...
The Giants opened the season with Aubrey Huff in left field, Tim Lincecum on the mound and hopes that Freddy Sanchez would return soon. It's a new world order. Huff is a distant memory. Lincecum no longer is the ace. And Sanchez won't play a single game in 2012. But the Giants are doing pretty well for themselves despite a late first-half slide. They've settled...
Final: Giants 6, Pirates 5
WP: Barry Zito (7-6, 4.01 ERA)
LP: Erik Bedard (4-10, 4.80 ERA)
SV: Sergio Romo (5, 0.72 ERA)
Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates jumped out to an early lead when Cutch hit an RBI single in the first inning following back-to-back singles by Josh Harrison and Drew Sutton. McCutchen then hit an RBI triple in the third inning and later scored on a Neil Walker...
Final: Pirates 13, Giants 2
WP: A.J. Burnett (10-2, 3.68 ERA)
LP: Tim Lincecum (3-10, 6.42 ERA)
Man, what an amazing way to cap off the first half of the season. Outside of Casey McGehee‘s groin injury, this was as good a game as you can see.
A.J. Burnett rolled through six innings giving up just two hits. He gave up a two-run homer in the seventh before exiting, but the game was...