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Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Jason Grilli insists he's not throwing any differently than he has at any point in his nomadic career.
Maybe, but the results are certainly different.
The 35-year-old set-up man has been the linchpin for one of baseball's better bullpens. Working almost exclusively in the eighth inning, Grilli is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 21 games while developing into a strikeout pitcher.
Grilli has fanned at least one batter in all but one of his appearances this season and his strikeouts per nine-innings ratio is a staggering 15.8, nearly six above his career average. It's heady territory for a player the Pirates claimed off the scrap heap last season.
The former first-round pick says he believes his best days are ahead of him and says being humbled as a young player was a gift.
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Only Indy and West Virginia in action today.
Syracuse 7, Indianapolis 5 â€“ Jeff Karstens made a rehab start and gave up 6 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings. He struck out 6, walked 1, and gave up 6 hits. Starling Marte was 3 for 4 with a triple and a homer, his 5th of the year. He also stole his 14th base. Yamaico Navarro was 2 for 4 with a triple.
Hickory 9, West Virginia 6 â...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-handed reliever Juan Cruz from the restricted list and placed right-handed starter Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Friday. Cruz was placed on the restricted list four days ago. He has a 1-1 record with a 1.45 ERA in 20 games this season. Morton has been suffering from right elbow inflammation. His DL stay...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed struggling outfielder Nate McLouth on release waivers according to Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. If he clears waivers, he will be given his unconditional release.
McLouth was designated for assignment by the Pirates last week. The 30-year old outfielder hit .140/.210/.175 with 2 RBI's and a 9 OPS+ in 57 AB's for the Pirates...
Final: Pirates 2, Reds 1
WP: A.J. Burnett (4-2, 3.60 ERA)
LP: Johnny Cueto (5-3, 2.54 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (13, 2.37 ERA)
A.J. Burnett gave up a lead off double to Zack Cozart, who eventually scored due to an Pedro Alvarez error. Burnett then retired the next 17 batters to keep the Pirates in the game. He gave up just that one unearned run over seven innings while giving up just...
June starts out with some bad news for the Pirates; Charlie Morton is headed to the disabled list thanks to some elbow inflammation. Given the way that Morton's pitched this year, it's probably a good thing for him to get some rest and then work on whatever it is that he and the coaching staff needs worked on. Juan Cruz, back from attending to personal business in the Dominican...
The Pittsburgh Pirates scored six runs off Randy Wolf in the third inning, then went on to pound the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 on Friday night.
Ryan Braun left the game with a right hip strain, after sitting out Thursday night's game because of lingering tightness in his right Achilles tendon.
Kevin Correia (2-5) gave up two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Pirates,...
Pirates (25-25) at Brewers (23-28)
8:10 PM ESTâ€“Miller Park, Milwaukee
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TV: ROOT Sports
Dun dun dun. Time for the Brewers and dreaded Miller Park, where the Pirates are an absurd 4-38 in their last 42 games. That is unfathomably awful. You know that, I know that, everybody that follows either of these teams knows that. It has to stop eventually, right...
The Pirates were able to keep on rolling on Friday night, despite the dreaded visit to the place that has haunted them for years. The Bucs and Brewers did indeed look like very different teams from the ones weâ€™re used to seeing when they match up, and for Pirate fans, that was a beautiful sight.
The game started out like a typical Milwaukee mess, though. Jose Tabata drew a leadoff...
Maybe the Pittsburgh Pirates' fortunes at Miller Park are taking a turn for the better. They are in position for a rare series victory in Milwaukee, with Ryan Braun's status in doubt.
The Pirates can capture a road set against the Brewers for the second time in the last six seasons Saturday night, and it's not clear if Braun will play.
Pittsburgh (26-25) won for the...