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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 (48-37) are 11 games over .500 for the first time since 1992 and are in first place at the break for the first time since 1997.
A.J. Burnett pitched effectively into the seventh to win his ninth consecutive decision, and Casey McGehee went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for Pittsburgh.
The Giants' Tim Lincecum failed to get out of the fourth inning for the second consecutive start, getting charged with six runs on seven hits. The two-time Cy Young Award winner enters the break with a 6.42 ERA that is worst in the majors among qualifying starters.
Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer for San Francisco, whic...
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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...
good news for MLB and Pirates fans..Andrew McCutchen replaces Giancarlo Stanton in Homerun Derby
— karl ravech (@karlravechespn) July 8, 2012
That’s pretty cool.
Andrew McCutchen currently has 16 home runs, which is good for 6th in the National League. Considering he had zero home runs at the start of May, that is pretty remarkable. Hopefully he’ll perform better than the...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
James McDonald made a statement in his final start before the All Star break, which is indeed going to a break for him despite his remarkable first half. Today’s outing was one of his best, as he had everything working and absolutely dominated the Giants for seven innings.
Check out that man King James!! What an outing by @JamesZ53 twitter.com/NeilWalker18/s…
— Neil Walker...