Posted September 30, 2013 on AP on Fox
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a vision when he replaced John Russell three years ago. Hurdle believed he could help lead the moribund franchise back to the playoffs. The vision will come to life on Tuesday night when the Pirates host the Cincinnati Reds in the NL wild-card game at PNC Park. Pittsburgh won 94 games during a remarkable regular season, securing the club's first winning season in 21 years. Hurdle says his team has bigger goals than just reaching the postseason. He says he believes the Pirates are good enough to win their sixth World Series. The Reds stand in their way. Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto will start for the Reds. Cueto is 13-4 against the Pirates in his career. Francisco Liriano (16-8) starts for Pittsburgh.

Message to Hurdle: Play the match ups

Clint Hurdle has made a major impact on the Pittsburgh Pirates since choosing to manage them at the start of the 2011 season.He's created a new atmosphere in the clubhouse, replacing the mundane, defeatist spirit left behind by John Russell, with a loud, energetic voice of optimism. With a group as young as the Pirates, that type of message can go a long way. Especially if...

Neil Walker treats teammates to special bottle of scotch

Pirates 2nd baseman Neil Walker was 7 years and a month old when Sid Bream of the Braves beat a Barry Bonds throw home in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS. As a 28-year-old, he helped his hometown team finally break a 20-year streak of sub-.500 baseball since that game. And it didn't end there, as Walker and the Buccos clinched a playoff spot, showing the improvements made in the 2013...

Andrew McCutchen struck in face by line drive during practice

Tweet With the new wildcard format in the MLB Playoffs, the wildcard teams get one game to give their best effort and head to the divisional series. In the NL, that matchup will go down Tuesday night between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds. Since there’s only one game, it’s the time that teams […]

Great Moments In Unlicensed Pittsburgh Sports Merch: Unlicensed BUCN

So our Pirates have their first playoff game since 1992 tonight, and i still seem to have a few Pirates-related pieces of unlicensed and generic merch in my queue so I might as well get these all out now. With the now-or-never aspect of the one game Wild Card round, there's an off chance the Pirates season ends with a loss to the Reds. Only that isn't gonna happen, and this...

Pirates defeat Reds 6-2 in NL Wild Card game

Monday night Clint Hurdle relaxed. He helped his daughter Maddie with her math homework. He played chess with his son Christian. He spent time with family and friends in town for the festivities Tuesday. He went to bed at 10:30 p.m. It didn't sound like Hurdle did much fretting about the game Tuesday night despite the stakes: Lose to the Cincinnati Reds and the Pirates'...

Pirates' Andrew McCutchen hit in the head during batting practice

With the Pittsburgh Pirates gearing up for their one game playoff against the Cincinnati Reds, they cannot afford to have any key players go down.  So when Andrew McCutchen was hit in the head during batting practice, the team surely held its collective breath.  Fortunately, McCutchen was alright. According to an AP report, McCutchen was in the outfield shagging fly balls during...

Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Jumps Off Roberto Clemente Bridge After Wild Card Game Victory Over The Cincinnati Reds

After the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Wild Card Game tonight, a Pirates fan naturally jumped off the Roberto Clemente Bridge in celebration. Ummm, Ok dude. That probably wasn’t the smartest thing you have ever done in your life. Check out the video… The post Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Jumps Off Roberto Clemente Bridge After Wild Card Game...

Pittsburgh Pirates Win First Playoff Game in 21 Years

It's been a long time coming for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It has been over two decades in fact; 21 years since the Pittsburgh Pirates have won a post season game. Yes, I used the past tense on purpose. The Pirates beat their division rival, the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2 in the National League wild card game Tuesday night.  Marlon Byrd got the scoring started...

NL Wildcard Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates/Cincinnati Reds

Liriano has been dominant at PNC Park this season The 2013 edition of the one game National League wild card round is set to take place tomorrow night at 8:07PM. This is the second year the new playoff format has been introduced and this year features the Cincinnati Reds visiting PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. These two teams play out of the NL Central and a third...

Game 162: Pirates 4 Reds 2

In watching Sunday's regular season finale, I couldn't help but think back to March and April and think about how far things have come for this Pirate team in the last six months. In spring training, I was really down on the team because I thought that they were in line to waste another year of Andrew McCutchen's prime, ticking a year closer to 2018 without really competing...

Pirates move on to NLDS after beating Reds 6-2

Andrew McCutchen was in mid-answer when teammate A.J. Burnett stuck a bottle of champagne inside the jersey of the star Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder and turned it upside down. ''Feels good,'' McCutchen said with a laugh as the bottle emptied, further drenching his already soaked uniform. ''I could get used to this.'' So could the city he plays...

Pirates 6, Reds 2

That. Was. Incredible. The Pirates are moving on to the NLDS after defeating the Reds in the wildest, most emotional, powerful sports environment you will ever witness. After being a part of it, I’m confident that is not hyperbole. This was an absolutely epic evening that no Pirate fan will ever forget. The blackout – which was a tremendous success. The countless rousing ovations...

Pirates beat Reds in NL wild-card

Russell Martin homered twice, Marlon Byrd also connected and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.

PNC Park and Johnny Cueto: What did sweeping the Reds get the Pirates?

When the Pirates started their weekend series with the Reds last Friday, it was clear that home field advantage was on the line. What we didn't know at the time was that by clinching home field advantage a day early with easy wins on Friday and Saturday, the Pirates also changed their mound opponent tonight from Mat Latos to Johnny Cueto (the Reds say that the reason they scratched...

Pirates Defeat Reds 6-2

The Pirates had not won a playoff game since 1992 and now that is no more as the Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 tonight. The Pirates hit 3 home runs tonight 2 from catcher Russell Martin and 1 from Marlon Byrd. The home run by Marlon Byrd was in his first career playoff at […]
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