Found September 16, 2012 on
Rick Vanden Hurk
Toronto Blue Jays
Pedro Alvarez has had four multi-homer games this season, and his two long ball performance showed off his impressive power at Wrigley Field on Sunday. When Alvarez is locked in at the plate, the third baseman drives the ball out of the ballpark. Literally.
Both Alvarez’s home runs — No. 28 and No. 29 on the season — sailed out of the stadium and landed on Waveland Avenue in Chicago. It was part of his 2-for-5 day, where he drove in five runs.
The first dinger from Alvarez came on a 1-0 pitch for a two-run shot in the fifth inning to left-center field. The second was also an opposite field blast, which like the first, cleared the seats and bounced out of the stadium. It drove in three more runs for the third baseman in his two-homer day. Alvarez has hit 18 of his 29 home runs in day games this season. Only Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion (19) has more in the Majors in afternoon games.
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Per the MLB.com transactions page, relief pitcher Evan Meek has been outrighted to Indianapolis. The right-hander was designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for Rick VandenHurk. His outright assignment means the Pirates will retain him in the organization for now. However, Meek has enough time in baseball to qualify as a minor league free agent after...
The Pittsburgh Pirates will be moving their New York-Penn League affiliate to Jamestown, according to Guy Cipriano. We heard yesterday that the State College Spikes had signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, ending the relationship with the Pirates.
Earlier today, Rob Biertempfel mentioned that a deal was in place with Jamestown, and that Jamestown has applied with the NYPL for permission...
Prior to the season we heard word that the State College Spikes weren’t satisfied as a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, and were considering looking for a new organization after the 2012 season when the deal expired between the two teams. According to Rob Biertempfel, the Spikes have signed a two year deal with St. Louis, making them a Cardinals affiliate. Earlier today, Biertempfel...
James McDonald has been removed from the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting rotation.
McDonald has fallen off considerably since a strong first half. The 27-year-old right-hander has allowed 14 runs in his last three starts -- a total of 12 innings pitched. He walked four batters and allowed four runs in just 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
Manager Clint Hurdle...
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After a three hour-plus rain delay in Chicago on late Monday night, the Pirates were looking for a solid pitching performance before having to fly back to Pittsburgh for the quick turnaround on Tuesday. The club got just that as Kevin Correia held the Cubs to just two hits and the bullpen was able to close it down in the 3-0 shutout.
Correia tossed arguably his best start of the...
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Jameson Taillon has the raw stuff to become a frontline starter. He also has the mentality. The 20-year-old Pittsburgh Pirates prospect has an advanced feel for pitching, which is a reason he could reach the big leagues as soon as next year. Drafted second overall in 2011, the 6-foot-6 right-hander finished the season with Double-A Altoona after spending most of it in High-A. In...
The Pirates and Cubs didn’t get under way until 11:42 PM eastern time thanks to a rain delay, but the Bucs actually made it worth the wait with a solid win.
Kevin Correia was remarkable. He pitched probably his best game as a Pirate, completely sailing through the Cubs lineup with no problems at all. He allowed just two hits over seven innings, both singles by Darwin Barney. The...
What an absolutely pathetic display yesterday. Just downright awful. If this team were a horse it would be shot. They are heartless from the manager on down. I really have nothing else to say. Pathetic. Jared Hughes should be shut down, not used four times in five days. The guy is completely drained, but [...]
An incredible run over the last month has vaulted the Milwaukee Brewers into the thick of the NL wild-card race.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are right there with them, but they've hardly resembled a playoff team lately.
The surging Brewers look to continue their astonishing playoff push in Tuesday night's opener with the Pirates, who might be weary after arriving home this morning...
I like to read message boards. I often frequent the Steelerfury message boards. They allow me to post my blog posts on their Pittsburgh Sports forum and a decent group of people talk Bucco-baseball. It’s nice really. Anyway I was reading there and one of the members posted this. If they don’t make the playoffs, [...]