Found July 04, 2012 on
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The Pittsburgh Pirates finally ran out of ways to ask Jose Tabata to pick it up. So they told him to pack it up and hit the road. Tabata, an everyday outfielder for the better part of the last three seasons, was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday in a move aimed at sending a stern message that his lack of effort wasn't going to be tolerated. "The talking part is over," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've worked through this about as far as we can." Tabata, 24, was among the top rookies in Major League Baseball upon arrival in 2010, but he was batting .230 with a .295 on-base percentage, and he'd been caught stealing a major-league-leading nine times in 17 attempts. He wasn't hitting hard, running hard or even playing hard on defense. One example of many that stood out came Saturday in St. Louis, where Tabata let a bloop single drop in front of him while Jeff Karstens was pitching in 104-degree heat into the sixth inning. That could...
BEST OF MAXIM
A Jose Tabata demotion has been pretty unavoidable for some time now, but it's officially happening today with Tabata going down to Indianapolis to get back on track and Gorkys Hernandez being recalled to take his place for now. With Alex Presley and Drew Sutton both on hot streaks and Gorkys having a very nice June in Indianapolis (he hit .293/.405/.402) while Starling Marte...
Final: Pirates 8, Astros 7
WP: Joel Hanrahan (4-0, 2.32 ERA)
LP: Wesley Wright (0-2, 3.91 ERA)
A.J. Burnett had easily his worst start since the 12-run debacle in early May against St. Louis as he gave up six runs in 5+ innings. But the Pirates’ bats were able to bail him out.
Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, Andrew McCutchen hit an opposite field two-run homer to cut the lead to...
At the end of May, I observed how the Pittsburgh Pirates had an offense poised for history. They were no just bad at scoring runs, they were great at making outs. They had a team wRC+ twelve points lower than the next-nearest lineup:
I called it a “catastrophe” then, but now it has become a swash-buckle’d turnaround.
In the month of June, the Pirates had a 111 wRC+, good...
Drew Sutton smacked a walk off solo home run lifting the Pirates to an 8-7 win over Houston on Tuesday night. The Pirates claimed Sutton off waivers June 24 and added him to the active roster a day later. The infielder/outfielder has seven hits in 27 at bats for a .407 average, with one home run and four RBI. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Sutton recently.
Half of us are in tears. Half of us are in shock. Drew Sutton looked like he was in both after his walkoff homerun to beat the Astros tonight, 8-7. The Pirates already led the National League in come-from-behind wins – add on another. Down 6-2 in the 6th inning, the Pirates showed that they [...]
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Mike McKenry and Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs apiece, and the Pittsburgh Pirates looked pretty comfortable during their first day in first place, beating the Houston Astros 6-4 on Wednesday.
Kevin Correia (5-6) won his third straight decision as the streaking Pirates moved nine games above .500 (45-36) for the first time since Barry Bonds was swinging for the fences at Three...
Astros (32-49) at Pirates (44-36)
1:35 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
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Happy Independence Day to all…what better way to celebrate than with the First Place Bucs? They’ll take on Houston in an afternoon contest in search of sole possession of first place.
Last night was pretty awesome, if you missed the recap.
This past week, three Indianapolis players were named to the 2012 International League All-Star team. Outfielder Starling Marte, infielder Jordy Mercer and starting pitcher Rudy Owens will play in an All-Star matchup against the Pacific Coast League team in Buffalo, New York on July 11.