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The Pirates have played five games thus far in 2013 and they've scored six runs. Three of those runs have come against Carlos Marmol, so they probably shouldn't count. Today, they'll face Hyun-Jin Ryu in his second start in America. Last week, he made his Dodger debut against Giants and served up 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings, despite only allowing one earned run. That's to say, "maybe the Pirates will have some luck against him today. Maybe."
I was obviously wrong yesterday when I said that Jeff Locke was starting for the Pirates; he is, instead, making his 2013 debut today. Unless the offense perks up, he'll have to be very good today. The first pitch this afternoon is at 4:10.
BEST OF MAXIM
Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has been pulled from his ninth inning role after his first blown save of the year last night in Atlanta. Kyuji Fujikawa will replace Marmol as the Cubs' fireman, according to reports.
Marmol is actually reportedly taking the demotion well, stating "You can't complain about it. They say it's better for me and for the team. I&...
It was only a matter of time before the Chicago Cubs made a change. Carlos Marmol has never proven himself capable of handling Major League closer duties. He lost his job early last season only to earn it back. And now, he's lost it again.
Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago says the Cubs stripped Marmol of his closing duties after three outings that resulted in stressful...
Following Saturday’s meltdown the Chicago Cubs have removed Carlos Marmol from the closers role. Marmol blew a save after allowing two solo home runs in the inning.
Marmol will be replaced by 32-year-old Kyuji Fujikawa according to Chicago Tribune writer Paul Sullivan.
Entering the eighth inning the Cubs held a 5-1 lead over the Braves. Fujikawa pitched the eighth inning for the...
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum says Carlos Marmol is out as closer and rookie Kyuji Fujikawa will take over the role.
Marmol blew a save opportunity in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves when brothers B.J. and Justin Upton hit solo homers in the ninth inning. Sveum made the decision before Sunday's game.
Fujikawa didn't fare much better in a three-run eighth...
Hyun-Jin Ryu earned his first major league victory, shrugging off a two-run homer in the first inning by Andrew McCutchen and pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in four runs with three hits and Justin Sellers homered for the Dodgers.
Ryu (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking...
Here’s some bit of good or maybe not-so-good news, depending on how you think of things:
Fuji closing now. He’s a little surprised it came this quick : “Came here as a set up man”.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 7, 2013
Here’s a recap of what happened last night. Kyuji Fujikawa only threw 23 pitches, so he should be okay to go should there be a save situation...
The Pittsburgh Pirates jumped out to an early lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday afternoon.
Starling Marte, who was the only Pirate to get a base hit off of Clayton Kershaw in Saturday nights game , led off the game with a single to left field off of MLB rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu got Neil Walker to pop out to shortstop before Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run home run to...
Tonight’s guest: Xavier Cedeno of the Houston Astros. Everyone knows the Astros are not really trying to win this year so I try to cut them some slack, but this made Carlos Marmol look like Nolan Ryan. At least Marmol got some people out. Cedeno has only pitched 30 some innings in the majors and he’s going to wish he could start over after tonight. Cedeno allowed 6...
BJ Upton (left) and Justin Upton became the first brothers in major league history to homer to tie, then win a game Saturday against Cubs closer Carlos Marmol.
I mentioned earlier this week how Carlos Marmol has been absolutely dreadful for the Cubs.
Now he’s so bad he’s in the record books.
Marmol allowed the game-tying home run to B.J. Upton, then the walk-off winner to his...
The first Sunday afternoon game at Dodger Stadium was played in nice weather and beautiful sunshine. A sellout crowd (52,053 tickets sold according to Vin Scully) showed up to watch the Dodgers play the final game of the 3 game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Hyun-Jin Ryu started for the Dodgers and immediately gave up a single to Starling Marte, the second consecutive game...
The Dodgers' offense is off to a slow start, which is pretty much the norm for this club in the last, oh, 25 years. At least, it seems that way.
In the same breath, the pitching is off to a great start, which is par for the course.
The Dodger pitching staff is tops in a ton of categories:
Runs - 10
Earned runs - 6
Hits - 28
Doubles - 1
Walks - 8
Shutouts - 3
That … about sums it up, I think.
Pirates (1-4) at Dodgers (3-2)
4:10 PM–Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
The Pirates look to avoid a series sweep (or at least avoid a series shutout) today against the Dodgers. They’ve dropped eight straight at Dodger Stadium and have obviously been completely dreadful at the plate so far this year. It’s gotta change some time soon..