Found July 05, 2014 on Pro Sports Daily:
Another ballpark, Andrew McCutchen thought, and it might have been a homer. Anywhere else and his opposite-field drive in the eighth inning might have cleared the fence and McCutchen would have hit for the cycle. But, at PNC Park, the ball hit about 8 feet shy of the top of the right-field Clemente Wall. “You know,” McCutchen said, “I’ll take the double RBI.” McCutchen went 4 for 5 with three extra-base hits, Jordy Mercer drove in a career-high four runs, and the Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-2, Friday. The sellout crowd of 38,977 was the largest July 4 crowd in the history of PNC Park. Those fans saw the Pirates bat around in the first and score four runs. They also saw Gerrit Cole leave the game early because of what he called tightness in his right lat — short for latissimus dorsi, the large muscle in the middle and upper back. They watched Stolmy Pimentel work himself into a colossal jam, then watched Jared Hughes celebrate his 29th birthday while extricating the ...

Andrew McCutchen elected All-Star starter, Josh Harrison and Tony Watson will join him in Minneapolis

.@jhay_da_man will join Cutch and Tony Watson on the NL All-Star team! #ASG — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 6, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Clint Barmes to miss 4-6 weeks

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Clint Barmes will be out four to six weeks with a Grade 3 groin sprain, reports Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.Clint Barmes said he has a Grade 3 adductor (groin) sprain. He's going to be out 4-6 weeks— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) July 6, 2014 By Keith Allison on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr as "Clint Barmes"...

MLB Trade: Angels & Pirates Bathroom Incident

      Earlier this week, the Pirates and the Angels swapped relief pitchers via a trade.       As Jason Grilli was making his way to Kansas City from Pittsburgh to meet his new team  and Ernesto Frieri making his way to Pittsburgh, the two stopped over in Chicago on a layover.      And then ran into each other in the bathroom.    The banter from a story on CBS sports...

Offense Short On Fireworks As Phillies Lose Series Opener

McCutchen went 4-5, falling just a home run short of the cycle in the Pirates' 8-2 win Gerrit Cole (7-4) held the Phillies to one hit over five innings, and Andrew McCutchen finished a home run short of the cycle as the Pittsburgh Pirates took the first game of their...

Volquez settles in for win as Pirates slip by Phillies

When Edinson Volquez returned to the dugout after walking two batters on nine pitches in the first inning, pitching coach Ray Searage had some instructions. "He slowed me down," Volquez said. "I was too fast to the plate and everything was late, with my hands, to get the ball where I wanted. After the first inning he came to me and said, slow down, stay back and make...

Pirates 3, Phillies 2

This was kind of a boring game after the first inning, but when it’s a W that’s just fine. Andrew McCutchen went deep, Edinson Volquez had another nice game, and the Pirates won yet another series. All good. Your browser does not support iframes. The first time through the lineup, the Pirates looked like they’d be all over David Buchanan, but it turned out Cutch’s blast...

Game 88: Pirates 6 Phillies 2

On June 19th, Jason Grilli (predictably) blew a save against the Reds, but the Pirates managed to come back and score a run in the 12th inning to scrape out a 4-3 win and salvage a game from the Reds. That brought the Bucs’ record to 35-37, fourth in the NL Central and 8 1/2 behind the Brewers. I remember thinking at the time that the Pirates were on the verge of collapsing. They’d...

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Phillies

Friday, 5:05 (ROOT): Roberto Hernandez vs. Gerrit Cole Saturday, 4:05 (ROOT): David Buchanan vs. Edinson Volquez Sunday, 1:35 (ROOT): A.J. Burnett vs. Jeff Locke In what seems to becoming sort of a tradition, the Phillies are in town for 4th of July weekend. This is always a fun time to be at the ballpark — the crowds will be huge, there’s lots going on downtown, the weather’s...

Pirates 8, Phillies 2

Quick game summary: The Phillies are awful. Let’s hope Gerrit Cole is OK – he was pulled with “lat soreness” after five pretty good shutout innings. As of now it doesn’t seem like a big deal.  Andrew McCutchen, folks: Your browser does not support iframes. Source: FanGraphs Original article: Pirates 8, Phillies 2©2014 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.

D-Backs 10, Pirates 2

The curse continues – the Pirates just can’t finish off a sweep…even against the worst team in the NL at home. They are now an unbelievable 0-8 when going for the sweep. Obviously that’s not the worst problem to have, but it’s a pretty annoying trend at this point — looking at things on a series-by-series basis, gaining three games versus one is a big difference. For...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Game 88

Last of the series against the Phillies and how fitting is it that Jeff Locke faces his father A.J. Burnett?  How many times in MLB history has a father/son combo started against each other?  This might actually be a first. We know how it’s going to end though.  It’s sweep day!  The Pirates can’t sweep anyone. So, will Locke get crushed?  Will A.J. Burnett throw a no-hitter...

Clint Barmes to the disabled list with groin injury, Michael Martinez to take his spot

Martinez coming to ballpark because Clint Barmes will head to DL because of a groin injury. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) July 6, 2014

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Game 87

Pirates beat the Phillies yesterday but that’s not news.  The Phillies are atrocious.    Gerrit Cole left with lat pain, that’s big news.  That might be what helps the Pirates avoid making a decision on the staff when Francisco Liriano comes back but ****, I wouldn’t trade Gerrit Cole for Francisco Liriano. Probably bigger news, at least league-wide, was the Cubs trading...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Game 86

It really is inexplicable how this team can’t sweep anyone.  Anyone.  One of the worst teams in baseball?  Nope.  Maybe if we just stop talking about it it will happen?  Are we jinxing it? Are jinxes even real?  Either way stahp!!!!!  Sweep the damn Phillies and make me a happy man. One thing I’ll say about today’s opponent, they have no problem with PED users. Gerrit...

Some catching up on Saturday

Even with the ugly Friday night loss to the Diamondbacks, the Pirates are one win away from hitting the 11-win mark in this 16-game stretch against bad teams after yesterday afternoon’s win against the Phillies. That may come with a price, as Gerrit Cole was removed from yesterday’s start with lat soreness after five excellent innings. Both Cole and Clint Hurdle make it sound...
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