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Jose Tabata didn't just take a seat on the Pirates' bench. He took up singular residence in Clint Hurdle's doghouse.
Tabata's abysmal performance Thursday in Washington -- two outfield drops, 0 for 4 at the plate, grounding into a double play and a generally lazy effort -- prompted Hurdle to meet with Tabata in a closed office Friday in Detroit and informed him he wouldn't play. Hurdle then made it public, something he did only once last year for the same reason with Andrew McCutchen.
"He understands there was a lesson to be learned," Hurdle said. "He had a rough night all over the board. It happens sometimes to young players. Sometimes they need focus. He understands the importance he carries at the top of the lineup, the intensity he's got to play with."
With runners at first and second in the ninth inning Thursday, Tabata hit a ball no more than inches in front of home plate. He broke slowly out of the box, then didn't give a ful...
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OF Gorkys Hernandez (#62) has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and RHP Evan Meek has been optioned to Indy.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 18, 2012
This a pretty surprising move.
We all knew that Meek was most likely going to be sent back down to AAA-Indianapolis for this weekend’s series, but Gorkys Hernandez is not a name that was being thrown around by anyone...
The Pirates have placed RHP Jason Grilli on the bereavement list. LHP Jeff Locke has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 20, 2012
Jason Grilli now becomes the 2nd Pirates player to have to be placed on the Bereavement list this season as he will leave the team for at least three days after the death of his wife’s grandfather.
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Final: Pirates 5, Nationals 3
WP: James McDonald (3-2, 2.68 ERA)
LP: Jordan Zimmermann (2-4, 2.58 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (8, 3.29 ERA)
James McDonald was just straight dealing tonight. He pitched five no hit innings and ended the night giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts.
Andrew McCutchen started things off in the 1st inning with an opposite field home...
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Friday they have placed right-hander Jason Grilli on the MLB bereavement list. The Pirates have called up left-hander Jeff Locke from Class AAA Indianapolis. Locke has a 3-3 record with a 3.02 ERA in six Class AAA starts this season.
Final: Pirates 4, Tigers 3
WP: A.J. Burnett (2-2, 4.78 ERA)
LP: Drew Smyly (1-1, 2.89 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (9, 3.07 ERA)
If you hadn’t heard already, Andrew McCutchen likes facing left-handed pitchers. Going into today’s game, he was hitting .314/.390/.539 for his career against southpaws. Well, today he helped out those stats, with not one, but two 2-run home runs off the...
Despite their famous streak of futility, the Pirates somehow haven’t been no-hit since Bob Gibson did it in 1971. That’s the second-longest active streak in the league, behind only the Cubs (go figure – not that it means anything). You’d think that with all the terrible lineups they’ve sent out and all the great pitchers they’ve faced, it would happen eventually. They...
Kevin Correia is taking the mound for the Pirates again this afternoon, even though it seems like everyone everywhere thinks this is a bad idea except for Clint Hurdle (and maybe Neal Huntington, who knows?). The Pirates have better options, most of Correia's starts have generally resembled ticking time bombs, and the Tigers' lineup is absolutely capable of just destroying...
Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of two-run homers and A.J. Burnett pitched six solid innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
A day after Detroit's Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth while shutting out the Pirates, McCutchen went deep twice off Tigers rookie Drew Smyly (1-1). It was McCutchen's sixth career multihomer...
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Home Run of the Day: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates #2 - 23.26* seconds [video]
For the second time in two days, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen hits two home runs. This time, however, McCutchen two bombs were responsible for all four runs in the Pirates' 4-3 victory over Prince Fielder and the Tigers.
Slowest Trot: Alfonso Soriano...