Found June 21, 2013 on Fox Sports:
After successfully handling his first two major league starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole makes his first road appearance near his hometown. The first overall pick of the 2011 draft looks to begin his career 3-0 on Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels, who hope star Jered Weaver can continue his recent interleague success and avoid a third straight loss. Cole (2-0, 3.75 ERA) has allowed five runs and 14 hits without a walk through 12 innings after two starts. The right-hander gave up three of those runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. The southern California native is set to make his first road start in Anaheim, a short drive from where he attended high school. "That's gonna be pretty fun," Cole told the Pirates' official website. "I hope I can go out there and keep doing what I've been doing and have the ball roll our way." These teams have not met since 2007, but Los Angeles (33-40) is 6-3 against the Pirates, with five of those wins coming over six home contests. Pittsburgh (43-30), however, won for the eighth time in 13 games Thursday, beating Cincinnati 5-3 to split a four-game set. Pedro Alvarez drove in all five runs with a solo homer, a bases-loaded double and a single to raise his average from .214 to .223 in a few hours. Alvarez has six home runs and 19 RBIs over his last 17 games while batting .290. "I just think it's repetition and getting the opportunity to go out and try to gain as much experience as I can from every day out there," said Alvarez, the team leader with 15 homers and 43 RBIs. Weaver (1-3, 4.41) is 8-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his last 13 interleague starts, but he's never faced the Pirates and is trying to avoid losing three consecutive starts for the first time since May 2011. The right-hander allowed two earned runs over 12 innings to go 1-0 in his first two outings after missing almost two months with a broken elbow, but he's since yielded nine runs over 11 2-3 frames. He gave up five runs and walked four in six innings of a 6-5 home loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday. "I didn't really accomplish anything that I try to accomplish through the course of a game," Weaver said. "Walks were bad, first-pitch strikes were bad, and I obviously didn't get deep in the game. It's just one of those games where I found myself battling the whole game." He'll try to get back on track and help the Angels build on a remarkable 10-9 victory over Seattle on Thursday. Mike Trout had four hits and Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer for Los Angeles, which rallied from a seven-run deficit and scored seven off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez to win for the sixth time in eight contests. The Angels trailed 9-8 in the eighth, but got a tying single from Erick Aybar and went ahead on Alberto Callaspo's bases-loaded walk with two outs. "We just battled all night and we came out with a W," said Peter Bourjos, who went 3 for 4 with a home run. "Everybody did a phenomenal job." Trout is batting .542 with nine walks in the last seven games, but he's 2 for 19 in his last five interleague contests.

Gerrit Cole hits 100 mph multiple times

On Friday night Pittsburgh Pirates rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole made his third career start and notched the third win of his young career. The No. 1 overall pick from the 2011 MLB Draft was excellent yet again, and repeatedly lit up the radar gun. Cole hit 100-plus mph on the radar gun a whopping eight times during his 6.1 innings of work. To put that in perspective, all the rest...

Pittsburgh Pirates: Buccos and Angels contrast in style; Trumbo trade target

(Opening image credit, usatoday) Bleary-eyed but excited East Coast baseball fans are being treated to an Interleague series that hasn’t connected since 2007, kicking off last night as SP Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated Jered Weaver and the LA Angels 5-2.  With the solstice officially ushering in summer and the heat of pennant races, Angel Stadium of Anaheim...

Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim

Gerrit Cole went heavy on his heavy fastball for terrific results in his third start. (Photo Credit: David Hague) For all the adjectives I could use to describe Gerrit Cole’s stuff and location Friday night, I will choose “erotic.” During the Pirates’ 5-2 victory Friday night in Anaheim, Cole pitched 100 mph or faster eight different times, including 101.8 mph once. More...

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...

Cole leads Pirates past Angels in homecoming

ANAHEIM, Calif. This was not the first time that Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole had pitched at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Big A is regularly used in CIF and prep all-star games and the Santa Ana native had grown up practically down the street. It felt like every other start as the former UCLA and Orange Lutheran star as he took the field, stretched and began warming...

Angels can't keep up vs. Cole, Pirates

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Gerrit Cole pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning in his native Orange County, earning his third straight victory to open his major league career in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. The Pirates' 22-year-old right-hander out of Orange Lutheran High School and UCLA dazzled the Angels in his first...

Pirates 5, Angels 2

Gerrit Cole pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning in his native Orange County, earning his third straight victory to open his major league career in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. The Pirates' 22-year-old right-hander out of Orange Lutheran High School and UCLA dazzled the Angels in his first career road start, repeatedly...

Game 74: Pirates 4 Angels 2

I think that Gerrit Cole broke the PitchFX pitch classification system tonight. I mean, seriously, what do you even do with this? According to the pitch classification, Cole threw 90% fastballs with maybe a handful or two of sliders mixed it. From what I could tell and from the best guesses of everyone watching the game and talking about it online, Cole threw a four-seam fastball...

Can we talk about this rationally for one minute?

Sorry, Peter Burjous. I feel like I should put Gerrit Cole's name in here somewhere, just so that this makes sense without context in a year. As if the Pirates have another pitcher that's going to throw a fastball like that.  Via Brooks

Local kid makes good at Angels' expense; Halos fall 5-2

Now that the euphoria of last night's come from behid win in over, we now return to our regularly scheduled broadcast of pain and misery. Just when it looks like maybe things will start to turn around, along comes Gerrit Cole to shut the Angels down. Cole is a local kid who has all the makings of a stud pitcher and tonight he showed it. For the first six innings, the Angels could...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – Game 75

Sooo that Pedro Alvarez fella is hitting the ball lately.  Get an extension done now while he’s still affordable! The big story was obviously Gerrit Cole.  Cole might never lose a game at this rate.  101?  100?  95 MPH changeup?  I’m actually not sure it’s a changeup.  I’m not sure Gerrit Cole throws an actual,…

Halo Headlines: Pujols feels like his old self, signs of Weaver declining

The June 21st, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Albert Pujols feels like his old self, signs of Jered Weaver declining and much more... The Story: Albert Pujols says he feels like his old self again. The Monkey Says: Albert seems to be feeling better and believes a slight mechanical adjustment at the plate has him feeling as good has he has...

First Pitch: The Ten Most Unbelievable Things About The 2013 Season

It seems like every week I find myself tweeting something along the lines of “Imagine if you were told before the season that (insert unbelievable feat from the Pirates or one of their players)”. I was thinking about a few of those tonight, and thinking about how crazy of a season it has been so far. The Pirates are not only winning. They’re winning in the most unexpected way...

Lining up nicely

After beating Jered Weaver last night, the Pirates now face Jerome Williams and Joe Blanton. Yes, the Jerome Williams that you probably remember pitching for the Giants or Cubs in the middle of the last decade. Francisco Liriano goes tonight. It'd be nice to score him some runs. First pitch is at 10:05

A west coast swing

The Pirates are usually terrible on the west coast. I'm not going to look the numbers up, but you don't need me to. When the Pirates play games after the east coast has fallen asleep, they lose a lot. Now is the time to change that. Neither the Angels nor the Mariners are very good this year. The Pirates need to beat teams like this. Their first stop takes them to Los...
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