Ryan Braun's ninth-inning homer carries Brewers past Pirates

With boos cascading down from every angle of PNC Park, Ryan Braun let his bat do the talking Saturday night. The embattled rightfielder went 3 for 5, scored four runs and homered twice, with his second — a two-run shot off all-star closer Jason Grilli with one out in the ninth inning — lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a dramatic 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. "...
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Dugout Digest – same ol’ Astros

You know, Jeff Luhnow and company in Houston can talk all about “the plan” and their path towards success in the future…but let’s be honest here: the Houston Astros still aren’t a good baseball team. Houston had a 3-1 lead going into the ninth inning in Oakland on Saturday afternoon, and Chad Qualls had an epic meltdown, allowing three runs on four hits in the ninth to...
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Dugout Digest – same ol’ Astros

You know, Jeff Luhnow and company in Houston can talk all about “the plan” and their path towards success in the future…but let’s be honest here: the Houston Astros still aren’t a good baseball team. Houston had a 3-1 lead going into the ninth inning in Oakland on Saturday afternoon, and Chad Qualls had an epic meltdown, allowing three runs on four hits in the ninth to...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brewers 8, Pirates 7

Crushing loss. The Pirates dug out of an early hole and looked to be on their way to a nice, much-needed victory, but arguably the most hated man in baseball changed all that. Ryan Braun is a terrible person. Yes, he cheated, but this is what makes him hate-able. And this. And this. Etc. Obviously the boos don’t bother him, but they are well-deserved. Watching a guy like that single...
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Brewers pull one from the fire late

For two straight nights, the Milwaukee Brewers have made the kind of mistakes that usually lead to losses, yet they have found a way to take both games from a division foe. Instead of the storyline being a couple of defensive miscues leading to a five-run fourth inning for Pittsburgh, Ryan Braun homered twice in the final three innings to help the Brewers steal a victory from the...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 18: Pirates vs. Brewers Recap

The human performance enhancing drug, Ryan Braun, hit two home runs tonight, including the game winning two run shot off of Jason Grilli in the ninth inning. Grilli blew his second save of the season by giving up the home run to Braun in a game that the Pirate offense put seven runs on the…
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Series wrap-up: Winners at Wrigley

The Pirates ended up with another series win against the Cubs, making them 3-for-3 in winning series so far this year, but this one sure wasn’t easy. Tuesday’s win was a nailbiter, Wednesday was a pretty ugly loss, and Thursday’s win required a big comeback and a scary ninth inning. Even though you’d like to see the Pirates get past the Cubs by more than one run in these...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Alvarez hit go-ahead HR, Pirates hold off Cubs 5-4

CHICAGO (AP) Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning and Jason Grilli retired Emilio Bonifacio on a bases-loaded grounder to end the game, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Final 25 Coming to Pittsburgh

by Brandon PosaIn case anyone has missed it, the Pirates have officially announced their final 25-Man roster that will come north to start the 2014 season. Broken down by position: PitchersFrancisco LirianoGerrit ColeCharlie MortonWandy RodriguezEdinson VolquezJeanmar GomezStolmy PimentelBryan MorrisJustin WilsonTony WatsonMark MelanconJason Grilli CatchersRussell MartinTony Sanchez...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Healthy Pirates closer Grilli ready for encore

Pirates closer Jason Grilli might not ever win a Cy Young Award, but his manager makes it sound like Grilli's gritty career performance is worthy of an Oscar. “His story is like a movie,” Clint Hurdle said. “It's a great story. It's a former first-round pick who's had to persevere and reinvent himself and deal with adversity. “There's setback and success...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Grilli hits reset button for 2014

The Pirates will take a different approach to closer Jason Grilli's spring preparation. Grilli is 37 and missed time last year due to a flexor strain in his right forearm. They will take it slow and steady with Grilli this spring. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught uo with Grilli recently.
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Closer Grilli open to contract extension

Pirates closer Jason Grilli is looking for a contract extension. Grill is under contract for one more season with the Pirates. He will make $4.25 million in 2014, which is a bargain price for the club considering some of the game's top closers make $10 million per year or more. Grilli posted 33 saves last season to go with a 2.70 ERA. He struck out 13.3 batters per nine innings...
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli Joins Pearl Jam on Stage in Pittsburgh

Back in July, Pearl Jam welcomed Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks on stage during their concert at Wrigley Field. So, it should come as no surprise that when the band kicked off their North American tour Friday night that they had another guest on join them on stage...Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star (and Pearl Jam fan) Jason Grilli. “Next year is our f---ing year!” Grilli...
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October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Grilli has confidence in Cole

The Pirates and Cardinals will play a decisive game 5 in their NLDS on Wednesday night. The Pirates will start rookie RHP Gerrit Cole. Pirates closer Jason Grilli told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he has confidence in the rookie phenom.
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Marlon Byrd takes flight, Pirates soar into NLDS

Pittsburgh Pirates’ outfielder Marlon Byrd is 36-years-old, has played in 1,250 regular season games and fashioned seven different uniforms throughout his major league career. As difficult as it may be to believe, the 2010 National League All-Star had not once stepped into the batter’s box during a playoff game before last night against the Cincinnati Reds. 
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October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates closer Jason Grilli works at Dick's Sporting Goods

The Pittsburgh Pirates are the best story in baseball this season. The team enjoyed its first winning season since 1992 and beautiful PNC Park will host its first postseason game tonight against the Reds (8 pm ET/TBS). Pirates’ closer Jason Grilli is one of the best stories on a team filled with great stories from local boy Neil Walker to reclamation project Francisco Liriano to...
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October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates clinch first postseason berth in 21 years

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, clinching at least a National League wild card after they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and the Washington Nationals lost to St. Louis Monday 
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September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates replace Mark Melancon with Jason Grilli as closer

The Pirates' bullpen ERA of 2.88 ranks second to the Braves (2.42) and Pittsburgh is tied with Atlanta for the league lead at 51 saves. The Shark Tank as the Pirates' pen has become known is one enormous reason why Pittsburgh is looking at postseason play for the first time in two decades. But suddenly things have spun off kilter and now the Pirates will look to old closer...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli moving closer to reclaiming closer job with Pirates

  getty images Clint Hurdle says that Jason Grilli will serve as the closer of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, if needed. This news comes one day after Mark Melancon blew his second straight save on Friday night. It is unclear if the move is just for Saturday or for the rest of the season. Pregame news from Pittsburgh: Clint Hurdle says Jason Grilli will close today. — Jon Morosi...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates fall to Cubs, slip from 1st

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle's plan for Jason Grilli is simple as the All-Star closer works his way back from a strained right forearm. Not even a dip in the road like the one Grilli endured Friday night in a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs is going to change it. ''We've got to keep getting him out there on somewhat of a consistent basis if we want to get...
Via AP on Fox
September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates activate Jason Grilli from DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Jason Grilli yesterday prior to their game with the Milwaukee Brewers.  While Grilli was available to pitch, manager Clint Hurdle decided to stick with Mark Melancon as the closer for last night's game.  Grilli did not pitch. Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says Grilli was scheduled to throw an inning of relief for the...
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September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates activate Jason Grilli from DL

getty images Grilli, 36, had been out for the last month and a half while dealing with a strained right forearm. The Pirates have been using Mark Melancon in the ninth inning role lately but it should be just a matter of time before Grilli reclaims his role. Prior to going down with the injury, Grilli recorded 30 saves, a 2.34 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP whle being selected as an NL All-Star.
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Grilli hopes to resume closer role

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Jason Grilli from the disabled list Tuesday, and the All-Star knows he has some work to do before reclaiming his spot as the team's closer. Grilli says he'll be ready when the time comes. ''I think I showed that my arm is where it needs to be and there's not really much to prove for myself and I'm being honest with them,...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates activate Jason Grilli from disabled list

In a surprising move the Pirates activated closer Jason Grilli from the disabled list Tuesday. Grilli originally was scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday. Grilli threw a scoreless inning for Double-A Altoona on Monday. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle declined to say whether Grilli would immediately resume closer duties upon his return when asked...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli is back

#Pirates also recall Jason Grilli from his rehab assignment & he has been reinstated from the D.L. He is also active for tonight's game — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) September 3, 2013 Grilli was supposed to pitch at least once with Indianapolis during their playoff series with Durham this week (it was my understanding that he was supposed to start in Durham tomorrow...
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

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