go to MSN.com
Found June 23, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:

Via Larry Brown Sports:

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Tony Sanchez got his first career hit on Sunday, and his hit produced another “first.”

Sanchez, who was selected fourth overall by the Pirates in 2009, lined a Joe Blanton fastball to right field in the top of the second inning of his team’s game against the LA Angels. Though the Pirates announcer said the ball bounced off the wall, it actually got stuck in the base of the scoreboard just above the wall at Angel Stadium. I’ve never seen anything like that happen before.

Sanchez was awarded a ground-rule double, and the ruling may have cost the Pirates a run. Neil Walker, who was on first, got placed on third, and the next batter flied out to end the inning.

Sanchez actually has a bit of a history here at LBS despite being a rookie. In 2011, his mouth got him into trouble over Twitter. Last year, he got into a bar fight and broke his jaw. And in April, we featured him here at LBS after he pulled this hilarious prank. Now that he’s up in the bigs, let’s hope he’s matured.

THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

News, notes, and the Cole fiasco

The Bucs were off yesterday in Seattle and begin a quick two game set with the M’s late tonight. Until then, enjoy some random Bucs notes… The Pirates are 46-30, sixteen games over .500. That equals last season’s high water mark (which came much later in the year). They are a game behind the Cardinals in the NL Central, but have a better record than any other team in baseball...

First Pitch: The Reason Gerrit Cole Could Be Optioned When Starters Return

Gerrit Cole could go down to Triple-A when everyone in the rotation is healthy. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Two weeks ago we started talking about the upcoming decision involving Gerrit Cole. Eventually the Pirates could be in a situation where they have A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano, and Jeff Locke healthy. The key word there is “could”, because Pirates starting...

P3 Episode 10: More Stanton Talk and Should Polanco Be Called Up This Year?

Episode ten of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) on the Pirates. Highlights of the show include: **We discuss the team needs as trade rumor season is about to kick off. The glaring need for the Pirates is in right field. **Giancarlo Stanton has been...

Prospect Watch: Heredia Throws Five Shutout in Debut; Hanson Homers

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...

Minor League Schedule: Heredia Makes Season Debut, Rodriguez On Rehab

Big day today, as 18-year-old Luis Heredia makes his debut in full-season ball. Also, Wandy Rodriguez pitches in Indianapolis, attempting to return from a forearm injury that sidelined him just over two weeks ago. The GCL Pirates and both DSL teams are off today. All three resume play on Monday. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable...

First Pitch: Keeping James McDonald Around Would Be the Right Move

The Pirates have a decision to make on James McDonald this week. – Photo by Mark Olson James McDonald is set to return this week. There has already been a lot of discussion about whether McDonald should be on the 25-man roster. In yesterday’s article about Gerrit Cole there were a lot of comments about how McDonald should be gone to create a spot for Cole. The Pirates could keep...

Top Performers: Danny Collins and Alen Hanson Lead the Pirates Hitters

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level,...

Minor Moves: Vic Black Activated From the Indianapolis DL

Vic Black has been activated from the disabled list. About a month ago, Vic Black was placed on the Indianapolis Indians disabled list with a left-oblique injury. The right-hander was activated from the disabled list today. The Pirates probably won’t have any immediate need for Black. They’ve got Duke Welker and Ryan Reid in the majors right now, and one of those two will probably...

Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Has a Monster Day in a Monster Month

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...

Budding Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole remains unbeaten

Budding star Gerrit Cole helped the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Angeles 5-2 on Friday night in Anaheim. Allowing only two runs and four hits over 6.1 innings, the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cole (3-0, 3.44 ERA) has now won all three of his starts as a professional. An Orange County native, Cole snubbed the New York Yankees in 2008 to instead take classes at UCLA. “It was a lot of fun...

So, Russell Martin Is Aware of My Russell Martin Super-Collection....

I recently posted about some of my favorite Russell Martin cards. It was a fun post to put together, what with it being about 90% visual. I posted an "In Case You Missed It" Tweet later that night on the post and found that the Tweet had been favorited by somebody. That somebody? Russell Martin.So awesome. I've had a couple of my Tweets favorited and Re-Tweeted by Russ...

Minor League Schedule: Nine Games On Tap Today

Altoona has a doubleheader today. The second game is a makeup of a game from 6/13 that was postponed by rain. The GCL Pirates and both DSL teams were all off yesterday. All three resume play today. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all...

Pirates 10, Angels 9(10)

Pedro Alvarez homered for the fourth straight game, Starling Marte capped a three-run ninth inning with a tying single, and the Pittsburgh Pirates added four more in the 10th to beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-9 on Sunday and complete their first interleague sweep on the road. Trailing 6-3 entering the ninth, the Pirates pulled even against closer Ernesto Frieri - his second blown...

Game 75 Preview: Pirates at Angels

Pirates (44-30) at Angels (33-41) 10:05 PM–Angel Stadium, Anaheim MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT The Bucs look to keep things rolling in another late game tonight out in Los Angeles. They’ll go for three in a row and a series win. So far the Bucs have played quite well against the AL – they are 7-3 with 9 more game to go. Tonight’s starters… Francisco Liriano (5-3, 2.44) vs....

Pirates-Mariners Preview

With Pedro Alvarez locked in, the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to roll. Giving the ball to Jeff Locke could help them keep things going. Locke tries to lead the visiting Pirates to a season-high fifth consecutive win Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game set against the Seattle Mariners. Alvarez homered for the fourth straight game before Pittsburgh (46-30) scored a combined...
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Steve Nash says Lakers can't rely on him next season

The 2014-15 NBA season can’t come soon enough for the Los Angeles Lakers, who just suffered their worst campaign since moving to LA. Kobe Bryant recently tweeted that “next season will be epic,” however, point guard Steve Nash shared a not-so-epic quote with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin about what can be expected of him: “They can’t rely on me, frankly,” said Nash, already...
Via Basketball Bicker
1 hour ago  | 

Colts reportedly won't allow Hakeem Nicks to wear No. 88

(Credit: BSO) Although the number 88 isn’t officially retired by the Indianapolis Colts, it appears nobody else will wear it again for the team. This includes recently signed wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who wore 88 with the New York Giants. 88 is a sacred number in Indy, as it belonged to the franchise’s all-time leading receiver Marvin Harrison, as well as Hall of Fame tight...
Via Down and Distance
1 hour ago  | 

Thunder won’t sell playoff tickets to Tennessee residents

The Oklahoma City Thunder are doing their best to achieve a homecourt advantage during the NBA playoffs. To that end, they are limiting ticket sales during the playoffs to residents of Oklahoma and a few neighboring states. Those attempting to purchase playoff tickets for Thunder home games are met with the following note: All Sales […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 hours ago  | 

Celtics open to signing Paul Pierce this offseason

The Boston Celtics made an incredibly difficult decision by trading both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce last offseason, and it tore the hearts out of most Boston fans. According to a report from Ben Rohrbach, the Celtics could very well bring back Pierce this offseason at the right price and situation. If the Celtics were able to bring Pierce back to Boston, it would certainly be...
Via Sports-Glory
7 hours ago  | 

Report: Steve Kerr would accept Knicks job if it were offered

George Willis of the New York Post is reporting that current TNT basketball analyst Steve Kerr is expecting an offer from the New York Knicks to become their next head coach and is prepared to accept the position. A source close to Kerr stated he expects to get the opportunity and is already working behind the scenes with Turner Sports in case an offer comes.  According to...
Via Thacover2
3 hours ago  | 

Pacquiao spends $20K taking 50-man entourage shopping

Manny Pacquiao is a nice and generous guy, but there is a reason most people feel at some point he will end up broke. The problem with 50-man entourages is when you retire they quickly shrink to 5-man entourages. But, Manny was in a giving mood after beating Tim Bradley officially for the first time (unofficially for second time). Manny Pacquiao didn’t waste any time spending his...
Via BlackSportsOnline
5 hours ago  | 

Mark Cuban thinks Bucks selling for $550M is a ‘bargain’

Tweet Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy. He also knows business, and thinks the Milwaukee Bucks were sold well below their value. The Bucks were sold by long-time owner Herb Kohl to a couple of investors for $550 million, about half of what Cuban believes NBA franchises are worth. “I think they got off cheap,” Cuban said via ESPN Dallas. “I think that...
Via Los That Sports Blog
5 hours ago  | 

Danny Ainge: Rajon Rondo will play for Celtics next season

People keep asking. Danny Ainge keeps answering. And answering, and answering. Countless times over the past year, the Boston Celtics’ president of basketball operations has been asked if he is planning to trade point guard Rajon Rondo. Invariably, Ainge has said no, although he adds the standard caveat about always keeping his options open for a deal that knocks him to the floor...
Via NESN.com
5 hours ago  | 

Knicks reportedly will pursue Pau Gasol in free agency

The New York Knicks are expected to target Pau Gasol during the NBA’s free agency period, according to Marc J. Spears from Yahoo! Sports. At this point, the Knicks only have their midlevel exception to offer, which is worth around $3.2 million. Pau Gasol recently said that he would take a pay cut to play for […]The post Knicks To Pursue Pau Gasol In Free Agency appeared first on Hoops-Nation.
Via Hoops-Nation
12 hours ago  | 

Report: Yasiel Puig receiving death threats from smugglers

The latest report involving the Dodgers star right-fielder may be the most disturbing yet, and it sounds like something out of an Oliver Stone screenplay. USA Today is reporting that Yasiel Puig has been receiving recent threats on his life. The tale is being told by a Cuban boxer, Yunior Despaigne, who claims he defected Cuba with Puig and is fearful for his own safety, after...
Via BlackSportsOnline
19 hours ago  | 
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.