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Garrett Jones hit a three-run homer - a call that was correctly overturned by baseball's beleaguered umpires - and Wandy Rodriguez pitched the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.
Jones doubled twice and leadoff man Starling Marte also had three hits for the Pirates, who improved to 4-13 at Citi Field. Pittsburgh had lost four of five overall, including the opener of this four-game series Thursday.
Handed an early lead, Rodriguez (3-2) allowed six hits over six innings to win for the first time in four starts. He gave up Anthony Recker's first homer for the Mets but worked around a leadoff double in the fourth and held New York to 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
The Mets entered 20 for 101 (.198) in those situations and were batting .198 overall in the last 15 games.
Rodriguez improved to 4-0 in his last five starts against New York and 6-2 overall. Vin Mazzaro tossed two scoreless innings and Jason Grilli retired Ruben Te...
BEST OF MAXIM
Francisco Liriano could be a difference maker for the Pirates.
Francisco Liriano will be making his Pittsburgh Pirates debut today, going up against the New York Mets. The Pirates agreed to sign Liriano over the off-season to a two-year, $12.75 M deal. Shortly after the agreement, Liriano broke his right (non-throwing) arm. That delayed the signing, and eventually resulted in a re...
The Pirates should extend Starling Marte. Photo credit: David Hague
I was discussing Starling Marte on Twitter this afternoon with Travis Sawchik of the Trib and Charlie of Bucs Dugout, and we got on the topic of extensions. Marte currently has less than a year of service time, and at the end of this season he will have a little over one full year. We all agreed today that Marte...
Matt Curry had hamate surgery. Photo Credit: David Hague
Altoona Curve first baseman Matt Curry had surgery to fix the fractured hamate bone in his right wrist yesterday. Curry was our #34 prospect in the Pirates system entering 2013, and losing the middle-of-the-line up threat will likely hurt the already struggling Curve offense.
Before hitting the DL earlier this week, the left...
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 pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
The Bucs dropped their second-straight one-run decision on Thursday night, as the Mets squeaked out a walk-off win in the ninth inning.
And they did it against Jason Grilli, who was actually pitching in the ninth inning of a tie game!!! Mark Melancon also pitched the eighth in a tie game! I have no idea what got in to Clint Hurdle‘s head–he insisted just this past weekend...
Francisco Liriano struck out nine and pitched into the sixth inning to win his debut with Pittsburgh and help the Pirates beat the New York Mets 11-2 on Saturday.
Jordy Mercer homered twice and Jose Tabata had four hits, including a two-run shot the Pirates, who teed off on left-hander Jonathon Niese, finally chasing him during a big fifth inning.
The Mets have struggled to score...
The Francisco Liriano Saga has been a long and strange one without Liriano ever even throwing a pitch for the Pirates. Today, he'll finally make his first start for the Bucs. Even if Liriano hadn't missed the season's first six weeks recovering from a broken humerus in his right (non-throwing) arm suffered under weird circumstances over Christmas, I'd tell you that...
The weather played havoc with the minor league schedule yesterday, forcing both Altoona and West Virginia to postpone their games. Both teams will make the games up today as part of a doubleheader. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all...
Pirates (18-15) at Mets (13-17)
7:10 PM–Citi Field, New York
TV: MLB.TV (Free today, but blacked out in Pittsburgh)
The Bucs are in the Big Apple for the weekend as they get set to take on the Mets in a four game series. The Mets aren’t all that interesting of a team and it looks like they’re going to be stuck battling Philly for 3rd in the NL East behind the...
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In the early moments of Little Big League, young Billy Heywood is considering naming himself manager of the Twins and he gets grilled by the team's pitching coach about what to do in various baseball situations. At one point, the pitching coach asks Billy what to do late in a close game with a runner on first base for a hitter in the middle of...
The Pirates basically have to win this game. I say this for two reasons. 1. They lost the first game of the series. Generally that has meant they would eventually win the series. 2. It just seems so right that the day after the Pens won their series with a team from Long Island the…
Gee pitched five shutout innings yesterday and hopefully Marcum will do him one more tonight, starting at 7:10. MetsBlog says that Jeurys Familia is unavailable tonight, so hopefully Marcum doesn’t have an early exit.
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