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St. Louis Cardinals
Pirates (70-60) at Brewers (62-68)
8:10 PM EST–Miller Park, Milwaukee
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The Pirates are in Milwaukee for a weekend series against the Brewers. Since the Cardinals lost again yesterday, the Bucs enter the action just a half-game out of a playoff spot. St. Louis is at Washington this weekend and just lost SS Rafael Furcal for the season.
If the Pirates want to take advantage, they’re going to have to win some games at Miller Park. The Bucs are 3-3 this season at their former house of horrors, but didn’t play well the last time they were there and lost 2 of 3 to the Brewers at home last weekend. Milwaukee still has a losing record, but has been playing better lately and won’t be a pushover–and the Pirates still have six games left with the Brew Crew.
On to the roster moves. As we suspected, the Bucs brought up Alex Presley and Kyle McPherson and sent down Jeff Clement and Chase d’Arnaud. (They were officially sent to Bradenton, which allows the...
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With just two days remaining until the August 31 trade waiver claim ends, Manager Clint Hurdle said the focus for the Pittsburgh Pirates down the stretch is internal.
“I think right now as we tier things down, our focus starts in house, and then it moves down from there,” Hurdle said. “[Or] if something that would happen that would grab us. There are guys out everyday on...
Gerrit Cole will not likely help the Pittsburgh Pirates in their playoff push, but the right-hander will get the experience of pitching in playoff baseball. On Wednesday evening, Pittsburgh promoted their top pitching prospect from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis.
The move is to give Cole the taste of not only a higher level of competition, but to give him the chance...
According to Kristy Robinson, the Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted Matt Curry to Triple-A:
RT @kristy_robinson: First baseman Matt Curry just got congratulated by team in clubhouse. Was promoted to Triple-A. Nothing yet officia …
— Tim Williams (@timwilliamsP2) August 31, 2012
Curry went 2-for-4 tonight with a double. Coming in to the night he had a .283/.351/.477 line in 392...
Indianapolis Indians 8, Toledo Mud Hens 4
Gerrit Cole struck out 7 batters in 6 innings.
“Nervous” probably didn’t even begin to cover it. Gerrit Cole, the Pirates’ first round draft pick from 2011, was promoted to Indianapolis, and today made his AAA debut, starting against the Toledo Mud Hens at Victory Field tonight. It didn’t start out as Cole would...
Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum has left his start against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday after four innings because of cramping in his right calf.
Marcum was making his second start since missing two months because of elbow soreness. He allowed three runs, scattering five hits and four walks while striking out four. He left after throwing 85 pitches.
Marcum cleared waivers...
Jeff Karstens doesn't have the best stuff of the five pitchers in the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation. However, the right-hander's value lies in his ability to keep the Pirates in most of his starts. Thus, it was bad news when Karstens was forced to leave a second straight start because of a leg injury Friday night in a 9-3 loss at Milwaukee. He was pulled because of right...
Milwaukee Brewers fans and residents of Wisconsin in general are no doubt familiar with the cartoon Beer Barrel Man, who became an official symbol of the modern Brewers when the franchise arrived in town in 1970. The new, major league Brewers of that time needed some branding, a logo, something to represent the team and connect with locals. That’s when Bud Selig reached back...
Pittsburgh Pirates Live Game Chat
MILWAUKEE As Bob Uecker stared up at his bronzed likeness, now immortalized just outside the walls of Miller Park, master of ceremonies Bob Costas asked him what he'd like to do with his new statue first.
"Get my money back," Uecker deadpanned, in a way only the legendary Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster could.
For months, Uecker had joked that he couldn't put...
Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jeff Karstens was removed due to discomfort in his right hip flexor after getting only one out in the first inning against Milwaukee on Friday night.
The Brewers hit Karstens hard, with five of six batters reaching base. Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run single and Corey Hart hit a two-run homer to give Milwaukee a 4-0 lead. Jonathan Lucroy followed with a...
By MATT BECKER,
STATS Senior WriterFor the first time in 15 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates enter September within striking distance of the playoffs.To get to the postseason, they'll need their MVP-candidate center fielder and the anchor of their rotation to leave their August struggles behind.With the slumping Andrew McCutchen expected back in the lineup, A.J. Burnett looks to...
There have been five former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date, including a player that did not endear himself to the team in his only major league inning. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland takes a look at a 1965 doubleheader against the Dodgers, who went with their two future Hall of Fame pitchers.
Dave Rucker (1957) Lefty reliever for the 1988 Pirates. He was originally...
Jeff Karstens was absolutely DERP-tastic in his last start; his 7 shutout inning against the Brewers really got the Pirates going last week. He strained his hamstring and had to leave early but he was good enough to get the start against the Brewers last night. Turns out he wasn’t good enough because Karstens’ hammy had him throwing meatballs.
Karstens only lasted .1 innings...