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Clint Hurdle seems to be considerably happier now that the Pittsburgh Pirates are winning consistently, and giving the ball to A.J. Burnett isn't likely to alter his mood. Burnett looks to continue his masterful final season and keep the Pirates rolling in the opener of their 10-game road trip Thursday night against the San Diego Padres. Pittsburgh (24-22) was four games under .500...
Via AP on Fox
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates sweep Marlins, win sixth straight

Another strong performance from Gerrit Cole, along with an all-around effort from the rest of the team helped the Pirates continue their hot streak Wednesday afternoon. It was a slow start for the Bucs to begin the game, but they were able to come from behind thanks to an impressive rally in the 7th inning. Jung Ho Kang and Pedro Alvarez celebrate after rallying to take the lead...
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez Finds New Consistency

Pedro Alvarez is on a hot streak. In his last 10 games Pedro is hitting .382 with 4 Home Runs. The recent surge has lifted his OPS from .694 on May 14th to .822. But hot streaks are not unusual for Pedro Alvarez. We have seen him put together hot stretches like this in each of the last three seasons. What has convinced me that Pedro is a much improved hitter is what he accomplished...
Via Hidden Vigorish
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Profile: Alen Hanson

Alen Hanson was signed by the Pirates as a teenager way back in 2009, so it probably feels like he's been around forever. I guess this post is my way of saying I hope you didn't fall asleep on him, as he's finally getting close to the major leagues. Don't get me wrong - he won't be up anytime soon with Neil Walker established at second base, but we could see Hanson take over at...
Via Razzball
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Locke, Harrison Lead Pirates Over Marlins for Fifth Straight Win

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke delivers in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The Pirates won 5-1, with Locke getting his third win of the season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Jeff Locke pitched a beauty and the offense did plenty to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to their fifth straight victory, a 5-1 win...
Via The Sports Journal
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole looks to lead Pirates to sweep of Marlins

Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you’re on a five-game winning streak and the sixth game is started by Gerrit Cole and Brad Hand, then a five-game winning streak won’t be good enough. I didn’t get a chance to talk about Cole’s last start against the Mets much, so let me take some time to do it now. Look at this log of Cole’s pitch speed from the start: By my count, there...
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 45: Pirates 5 Marlins 1

Honestly, it feels like someone just flipped a light switch on Federal Street after the Twins series. Last Wednesday, the Pirates were a bland, under-achieving, boring baseball team that couldn’t find a way to win a game against the Twins at home. They’ve made a full turn of the rotation since then, going 5-0 and out-scoring the Mets and Marlins 30-7. This game turned in the...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Five in a row

This game/series can be summed up pretty simply: the Marlins are bad, and the Pirates are no longer bad. I suppose it’s tough to tell whether or not this is more about the Pirates playing well or their opponents playing very poorly, but in the end it doesn’t matter – all wins count the same and the Bucs have five of them in a row. After falling into an early hole in the standings...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Vol 7: NL Central Weekly Wrap-Up

This week (May 18-24th), the Chicago Cubs gained a half game on the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Pittsburgh Pirates broke away from the Cincinnati Reds to hold the sole position of 3rd place. The Milwaukee Brewers continue occupy the basement of the NL Central Chicago Cubs: The Cubs traveled this week, facing off against the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Starting...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Morton debuts tonight; Radhames Liz designated for assignment

#Pirates Roster Move: Charlie Morton has been reinstated from the 15-day DL & Radhames Liz has been designated for assignment. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 25, 2015 Ladies and gentlemen, the day you’ve been waiting for has arrived…Charlie Morton is back. Who knows what to expect? Certainly not me. When healthy, Morton has been a perfectly fine back of the rotation...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 43: Pirates 9 Mets 1 (or: A good weekend at PNC Park)

These are the Pittsburgh Pirates we’ve been waiting six weeks for. Before the season began, the vision of the contending Pittsburgh Pirates was for the top of the rotation to be good, and for the offense to pound opponents into submission. These are some numbers: Pirates 21 Mets 4 Actually, the Pirates hit as many home runs in the series as the Mets scored total runs. Combined...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 5-18-15 to 5-24-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 5/18/15 thru 5/24/15, the 7th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 3 Wins and 2 Losses, 29 Runs Scored and 16 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen was 9 for 20 and jacked three homers into the stands at PNC Park this week. Enough said.   Zero of the week: Neil Walker...
Via Hidden Vigorish
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Frankie strikes back

Now THAT is what I had in mind for the Pirates when they returned for a long homestand – not that messy Twins series. The Pirates were absolutely dominant this weekend. The Pirates had more runs (21) this series than the #Mets had hits (20). — Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 24, 2015 #Pirates starters — Cole, Burnett and Liriano — struck out 32 hitters and allowed...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Burnett continues to amaze

In his final season as a professional pitcher, A.J. Burnett isn’t holding anything back. His farewell tour is off to a great start as he has been superb for the Pittsburgh Pirates each time he takes the mound. Burnett improved his record to 4-1 while lowering his earned run average to 1.37 for the season. While Gerrit Cole is having a solid season, Burnett has been the best Pirates...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Cole dominant in win over Mets

Gerrit Cole’s strong season continued Friday night at PNC Park against the New York Mets. He was able to get enough run support to help earn his sixth win of the year. Cole also lowered his ERA to 2.05 after pitching 8.1 innings and only giving up one unearned run. He was masterful while striking out 10 batters which was a season high for Cole. Cole was dominant once again Friday...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Morton ready to return

  Right-hander Charlie Morton is ready to rejoin the Pirates rotation and will do so Monday against the Marlins. Morton had offseason hip surgery and went on the Disabled List during spring training. He has not pitched yet this season. According to, manager Clint Hurdle watched video of Morton's Minor League rehab starts, but Monday's debut will obviously be a bit different...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Run the Best Promotion Ever With Free Sexual Donuts

Have you ever wanted some afternoon delight, but didn't have a significant other that you could "enjoy" it with? Thanks to the Pittsburgh Pirates fans could get free tickets and enjoy a rather unique type of afternoon delight courtesy of a free sexual donut from Dunkin Donuts.Yep--a sexual donut.via TwitterRead more »
Via FatManWriting
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen pay stub posted online and it is wild

It’s one thing to read that an athlete has signed a multi-million dollar contract and know that they are rich, but it’s quite another to actually see the visual evidence. With that in mind, we present this Andrew McCutchen pay stub reflecting his latest check from the first two weeks of May. The stub shows...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Are The Pittsburgh Pirates Providing Free Sexual Donuts?

I encountered an interesting tweet today regarding free donuts with Pittsburgh Pirates tickets. Go ahead and click that picture … If you’re going to have a typo, sexual donuts is an epic way to go. #smsports — Jessica Smith (@WarJessEagle) May 22, 2015 Hi baseball fan. I’m your sexual donut. I’m filled with cream. Jelly. And hot … steamy …...
Via Food and Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Watson approves? Pirates mistakenly offer fans a ‘sexual’ donut (pic)

The Pittsburgh Pirates had nothing but the best intentions in mind when a post to its Instagram account announced Friday morning that the team’s fans were in line for some free tickets and a special Pirates-themed donut if they dropped by an area Dunkin’ Donuts. Something, obviously, went awry, as instead of the message indicating...Read More The post Randy Watson approves?...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates promotion features sexual donuts!

This is just about the best giveaway I can ever remember seeing from a sports team.  On their Instagram page, the Pittsburgh Pirates were advertising a local Dunkin Donuts offering free Pirates tickets and… AND!!!… a “sexual Pirates donut.” Yes, sexual Pirates donuts. The post was taken down, but here’s a screenshot. I’m trying to figure this out. Is this a Siri fail...
Via Awful Announcing
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano Rocked in Pirates’ 8-5 Loss to Twins

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano sits in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, May 8, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Pedro Alvarez landed a home run ball in the Allegheny River, but it wasn’t enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates to spark a comeback, and they fell to the Minnesota Twins...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez hits HR into boat on the fly (Video)

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez hit a home run out of PNC Park and into a small boat parked along the edge of the Allegheny River in the bottom of the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against Minnesota.The solo HR by Alvarez traveled about 450 feet and landed in the boat on the fly. A passer-by saw the baseball land and hopped into the boat to grab the souvenir for...
Via Holdout Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hey McCutchen, Bring Back The Dreadlocks

Where has the real Andrew McCutchen gone? Is his mojo gone, because of his missing dreadlocks? Oh is he just in a really big slump? Despite his home run on May 12th (which is a good sign), McCutchen has not looked like himself lately. The usual NL MVP frontrunner is losing the race, before it has began. Andrew McCutchen has batted .233 with 4 home runs and 22 RBI’s. Quite frankly...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ season should turn around soon

Following two straight NL Wild Card berths, expectations were high for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015. But thusfar, those expectations haven’t been realized. Through the first month of the season, the Pirates are 12-14, eight games back of the white-hot St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. But because of how top-heavy the National League is this season, the Pirates are solidly...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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