Found July 08, 2012 on
Pro Sports Daily:
PITTSBURGH - The Pirates could be forgiven for wanting no part of any break, All-Star or otherwise. Neil Walker went 5-for-5, Andrew McCutchen blasted two more home runs, and A.J. Burnett won his 10th game in Pittsburgh's 13-2 blowout of San Francisco on Sunday at PNC Park. That sent the Pirates, whose streak of 19 consecutive losing seasons is a professional sports record, into the break with a 48-37 record, their highest point above .500 since that 1992 season, which was the last time the Pirates had a winning record and the last time they made a playoff appearance. They've also won 22 of their past 33. "It's a great sendoff, for sure, for these fans to finish up the half like this," said Walker, the Pittsburgh native. "We're just getting started, though. Long way to go." Walker's average was at .256 on June 26, but his two-week tear has it up to .291 and closer to his career norms. He doubled in his opening at-bat, hit his sixth ho...
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It was a solid showing by Andrew McCutchen in his first every Home Run Derby. Although, I’m not going to lie, I was really wanting to see him just take a high and outside pitch and drill it opposite field.
Still, what an accomplishment and an experience for McCutchen. He didn’t make it past the first round, but it’s always fun seeing your own players perform on a national stage...
Last night Major League Baseball held their annual Home Run Derby and for the first time since 2005 the Pirates had representation at the event. Andrew McCutchen who is leading the league in batting average was a last minute addition to the derby after Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton could not participate due to injury.
While McCutchen didn’t advance to the second round and managed...
Andrew McCutchen will be taking his talents to the big stage. He was added to the Home Run Derby as an injury replacement.
If you pull up the first-half player rankings of all batters in Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball today, you’ll see that the current no. 1 overall player heading into the All-Star break is none other than Pittsburgh Pirates OFer Andrew McCutchen.
Cutch hit two home runs on Sunday and went 3-for-5 at the plate against the Giants. His current 5×5 stat line reads .362/18/60/58/14.
Andrew McCutchen hit two home runs, Neil Walker homered among his five hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the All-Star break in sole possession of first place following a 13-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
The long-woeful Pirates have won six of seven and 10 of 12, and no team in the majors has a better record since May 12 than Pittsburgh's 34-19.
Since the inception of a league Most Valuable Player Award, there have been seven years in which a Pittsburgh Pirate has won the award:
1927: Paul Waner
1960: Dick Groat
1966: Roberto Clemente
1978: Dave Parker
1979: Willie Stargell
1990: Barry Bonds
1992: Barry Bonds
Let’s revisit how each of those players did in their first half.
1927: Paul Waner
73 G, .385 BA, .444 OBP, .612...
The Pirates put on one heck of a show this afternoon, capping off the homestand and the unofficial end of the first half in grand style. They’ll head to the break 11 games over .500 and in first place, and couldn’t possibly be riding any higher.
The stars of the day were exactly who you’d expect: Andrew McCutchen and A.J. Burnett. McCutchen pounded a two-run homer to right...
Final: Giants 6, Pirates 5
WP: Barry Zito (7-6, 4.01 ERA)
LP: Erik Bedard (4-10, 4.80 ERA)
SV: Sergio Romo (5, 0.72 ERA)
Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates jumped out to an early lead when Cutch hit an RBI single in the first inning following back-to-back singles by Josh Harrison and Drew Sutton. McCutchen then hit an RBI triple in the third inning and later scored on a Neil Walker...