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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Clinching their first winning season since 1992, rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole had a career-high nine strikeouts over seven innings to outpitch Yu Darvish and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
The Pirates (82-61) didn't get a runner to second base against Darvish (12-8) until Marlon Byrd's two-out double in the seventh. He came home when Pedro Alvarez followed with a double.
Pittsburgh had lost a season-high four games in a row since getting their 81st victory last Tuesday at Milwaukee to guarantee their first non-losing season in more than two decades.
They finally have their winning season after taking the opener of a three-game interleague series between wild-card leaders.
Darvish is 0-3 his last five starts, all Rangers losses. The Japanese right-hander struck out six while allowing one run and four hits over seven innings. He threw a season-low 81 pitches before coming out because of cramp...
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After pitching brilliantly for seven innings for the Texas Rangers, starting pitcher Yu Darvish left Monday night's game in the eighth inning with cramp-like symptoms. ESPN Dallas's Todd Wills reports that Darvish started to feel the cramp beginning in the seventh inning of the Rangers' 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh, but the discomfort did not affect his pitching. The Rangers...
Yu Darvish again resembled the dominating pitcher the Texas Rangers are going to need him to be during the pennant chase.
That still wasn't enough to get a victory.
Darvish allowed consecutive two-out doubles in the seventh, then didn't come back out for the eighth because of cramping in his right leg. The Rangers lost 1-0 to rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole as the Pittsburgh...
In a somewhat surprising decision, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced flamethrower Gerrit Cole will likely be used out of the bullpen during the postseason. After another quality outing on Monday, the 22-year-old Cole (7-7, 3.48 ERA) has now recorded 75 strikeouts over 98.1 innings. Chosen first overall out of UCLA in 2011, the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cole consistently...
Gerrit Cole looked like an ace tonight. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Five games ago, Gerrit Cole won game number 81, ending the Pirates’ 20-year losing streak. It was one of his best starts of the year, and was only topped by tonight’s outing, which just happened to be win number 82.
As far as symbolism goes, having Gerrit Cole end the losing streak, and then post the first winning...
With a 1-0 win over Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers Monday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates were guaranteed their first winning season in over two decades! The 2013 MLB season has been a strange one for Pirates fans–
The Pittsburgh Pirates have done it. They have clinched their first winning season since 1992. The Pirates edged the Texas Rangers 1-0 on Monday night after a phenomenal pitcher’s duel between rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole and Yu Darvish. Entering the game, the Pirates had lost a season-high four consecutive contests since earning their 81st win last Tuesday. The Pirates and...
Clinching their first winning season since 1992, rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole had a career-high nine strikeouts over seven innings to outpitch Yu Darvish and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
The Pirates (82-61) didn't get a runner to second base against Darvish (12-8) until Marlon Byrd's two-out double in the seventh...
ARLINGTON, Texas The 2012 Rangers will be remembered for their historic September collapse that allowed the Oakland A's to win the A.L. West. It appears this season's team won't provide any of that drama.
They will likely hold onto a wildcard playoff spot. And we know quickly those series can end (see Baltimore). On Monday, the Rangers began a six-game homestand with...
Gerrit Cole isn't going to get Strasburg-ed.
With the Pirates poised to reach the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, Pittsburgh fans can expect to see the team's star rookie in the postseason rotation.
After the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 7-5 victory Wednesday afternoon, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told FOX Sports...
82 wins. Our long national nightmare is over. And what a job by Gerrit Cole last night. Throwing the team and the city on his back and doing everything he could to win that game. I hate to say the Pirates need this series but we’re under 20 games. The Pirates have a ton of…
For the first time since 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates will finish with a winning record. Think about that and just breath it in for a second. Just enjoy it.
The "82 wins" post will come later tonight, because I've been writing it for eight years now and it's still somehow not finished. For now, let's talk about the game that brough us #82.
ARLINGTON, Texas The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to be winners for the first time since 1992.
Monday's 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers behind a dazzling pitching performance from rookie Gerrit Cole saw to that.
But if you were expecting anything different following win No. 82 than the Pirates displayed in any of their other 81 victories this year, you'd be disappointed...
Let me offer a belated congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans. On Monday, the Pirates won their 82nd game of the season behind a strong seven inning effort by Gerrit Cole. This marked the first time in 21 seasons that the Pirates will finish with a record above .500. To put that in perspective, let’s consider the list of events that have occurred during that time...
We told you it would happen – and it happened.
In dramatic fashion, the Pirates went into Texas where they had previously never won a game and beat Yu Darvish 1-0 on a Pedro Alvarez double. When Mark Melancon induced a ground ball to second baseman Neil Walker, it ended 21 long years of futility.
Gerrit Cole threw a gem of a game and the possibly MVP Andrew McCutchen had two hits...
Last night and today has been a lot of fun, but that's over and done with now. The Pirates have 82 wins and a winning season is clinched; now it's time to focus on winning the NL Central.
Last night's win was actually a huge step in that direction as much as it was the club's 82nd win. I sort of figured they'd need two wins in Texas to stay in the race before...