The Tuesday Split

The Pirates got a quick victory late Tuesday afternoon, but let a chance to wrap up a series win slip away in the nightcap as the Reds bounced back with a win. The two teams will meet for the third time in less than 24 hours at 12:35 — a rematch of the Wild Card Game, Francisco Liriano against Johnny Cueto. The completion of Monday’s crazy game was pretty uneventful. Andrew McCutchen...
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Trot Times for April 14, 2014

It was a wacky day for Pennsylvania teams, as the Braves/Phillies and Pirates/Reds games accounted for 17 home runs. Scientists have tried to explain what happened, but they were all distracted by the lunar eclipse. Let’s get to the trots! Home Run of the Day: Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds – 10 home runs [video] It was only six innings and rain was pouring down nearly...
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Pirates, Reds Combine For 10 Homers In Suspended 6-Inning Game (Video)

If you dig the long ball, you might want to tune in to the Pirates-Reds game Tuesday afternoon. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati put on an absolute slugfest at Great American Ball Park on Monday, combining for 10 home runs through just six innings of play despite the rain-soaked conditions. A total of nine different players hit home runs, and Pittsburgh alone had three sets of back-to...
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Six crazy innings

It’s early in the year – and the game isn’t even over yet – but as of now it’s safe to say this has been the craziest Pirates game of the 2014 season. The 16 inning win over the Cubs was a snoozer compared to this one. The Pirates hit back-to-back homers….THREE TIMES. Twice it was the combination of Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez (Starling Marte and Travis Snider hit the...
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Series Wrap-up: Ouch

What a horrible weekend. A sweep at the hands of a division rival wipes out all momentum and positive feelings that came from three straight series victories to start the year. To make it worse, the Miller Park woes appear to be back. The Pirates seemed to break that curse by going 5-4 there last season, but this weekend felt a lot like, well, pretty much every other series in Milwaukee...
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Brewers 4, Pirates 2

Francisco Liriano looked good early but gave up a couple of long homers to Aramis Ramirez and Mark Reynolds. That was enough for Wily Peralta and the Brewers’ pen, as the offense had a pretty ugly evening. Neil Walker blasted a 2-run homer in the seventh to seemingly get the Pirates back in the game, but they went nine-up-nine-down after that to end the game without getting the...
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The most exciting walk offs of the week (April 7th edition)

Walk off hits are awesome. When your team collects a walk off winner, you get dragged from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs in pretty quick fashion. Imagine a game looking hopeless, and all of a sudden, you string together a rally and win in quick fashion. Maybe your bullpen blows a lead, only to be bailed out by the offense. Sometimes, neither team will really take much...
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The most exciting walk offs of the week (April 7th edition)

Walk off hits are awesome. When your team collects a walk off winner, you get dragged from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs in pretty quick fashion. Imagine a game looking hopeless, and all of a sudden, you string together a rally and win in quick fashion. Maybe your bullpen blows a lead, only to be bailed out by the offense. Sometimes, neither team will really take much...
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Game 4: Pirates 12 Cardinals 2

There was a brief moment in time when the outcome of this game was in question. Gerrit Cole cruised through the Cardinals’ lineup the first time he faced them on the strength of his fastball, but it took a while for his other pitches to click. He ran into some trouble in the fourth inning, then gave up a two-run homer to Matt Carpenter in the fifth to make it at 3-2 game. It suddenly...
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Cubs’ 1st Game Shows A Deeper Meaning

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Shelly Tsirulik In another close Opening Day for the Cubs, the Pirates emerged victorious by the score of 1-0. Neil Walker’s 10th inning blast off of Carlos Villanueva had the home crowd celebrating what is sure to be a successful season for the Pirates. Cubs fans immediately found themselves wishing for more time, knowing that sooner or later the...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs (0-1) vs. Pirates (1-0), Game 2

Edwin Jackson (0-0, 0.00) vs. Charlie Morton (0-0, 0.00) Pirates lineup: Starling Marte, LF Travis Snider, RF Andrew McCutchen, CF Pedro Alvarez, 3B Russell Martin, C Neil Walker, 2B Travis Ishikawa, 1B Jordy Mercer, SS Charlie Morton, SP
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs – Game 2

Neil Walker?  More like Neil Walkoff, amirite?????? Neil Walker will be a big part of the Pirates success, or failures this year. The Front Office committed to players already under their control improving. He is probably the player with the most room for improvement. We’ve seen Walker use his stick. We’ve seen the guy hit.…
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Trot Times for March 31, 2014

The real Opening Day finally arrived yesterday and it was glorious! In thirteen games, we had 24 home runs running the gamut — a two-homer game, a quick trot or two, and even an extra-innings walkoff. Hard to ask for more than that. Let’s get to the trots! Home Run of the Day: Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates – 23.1 seconds [video] Opening Day was a hot ticket in Pittsburgh...
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Pirates open the season with a blast and a 1-0 victory

Mark Melancon couldn't sleep on Sunday night, struggling to the point that he gave up his futile pursuit of rest about 40 minutes before the alarm was set to go off on Monday morning. Neil Walker picked up his teammate, drove him to PNC Park, and on the way, they talked about the day that was coming, how cool it was to simply have the chance to be here for the start of another...
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A Perfect Opener: Pirates 1, Cubs 0

You couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon on Monday at PNC Park. Wonderful weather, a packed house, nice pregame ceremonies, a pretty exciting pitcher’s duel, and a walkoff homer. Neil Walker saved the day in the 10th inning with a blast over the Clemente Wall, sending the Pirates to a 1-0 win and a 1-0 record. That blast was the only score of the game, but there was plenty...
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Cubs catcher Wellington Castillo takes foul tip to the junk (GIF)

Your Opening Day was better than Cubs catcher Wellington Castillo’s.  He went 0 for 2 with two punchouts, caught ten innings and called the pitch that Neil Walker killed for the Pirates’ 1-0 walk-off win.  But all that paled in comparison to the foul tip he caught off the bat of Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. The worst part – he didn’t catch it at all. via @samthomas86...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen celebrates win by punching Neil Walker in backside

Pirates second baseball hit game-winning homer in 10th inning.
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Walker's homer lifts Pirates over Cubs 1-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Neil Walker homered off Carlos Villanueva leading off the 10th inning Monday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates benefited from an overturned to call to beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on opening day Monday.
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Cubs (0-0) vs. Pirates (0-0), Game 1

Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00) vs. Francisco Liriano (0-0, 0.00) Pirates lineup: Starling Marte, LF Travis Snider, RFAndrew McCutchen, CF Pedro Alvarez, 3B Neil Walker, 2BRussell Martin, C Travis Ishikawa, 1B Jordy Mercer, SS Francisco Liriano, SP
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Walker, Morton lead Pirates over Phillies 3-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Neil Walker had three hits and an RBI to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregorious? Why Not

by Brandon Posa When I first heard the rumor today that the Pirates and Diamondbacks may have been discussing a deal involving young shortstop Didi Gregorious, my first reaction definitely wasn’t “what about Jordy?!” The Diamondbacks seem to be scavenging for starting pitching due to the loss of Patrick Corbin, and the Pirates certainly have a lot of depth in those ranks...
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Video: Neil Walker blasts home run out of stadium

Your browser does not support iframes.It's only spring training, but Neil Walker blasted a home run out of the stadium on Sunday.It came when the Pirates second basemen smashed the drive against the Phillies in Clearwater at Bright House Field. As you can see, the ball clears the tiki bar en route to flying out of the stadium corridors.Pretty impressive display of power, eh?
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

No switch in plans this season for Pirates second baseman Walker

The Pirates are going to send Neil Walker to minor league camp. Don't panic. The Pittsburgh Kid still is the starting second baseman. There's logic behind having Walker play some innings against the Triple-A Durham Bulls or Double-A Trenton Thunder on a day the Pirates are facing the New York Yankees. Blame a lack of left-handed pitchers. Walker scuffled last year against...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates still in search of a first baseman

Andrew Lambo shuffled to his right and backhanded a hard shot in the hole between first and second base. "Lambo!" Neil Walker called across the diamond in appreciation. Lambo returned to his position at first base. Gregory Polanco was in the box during batting practice, so every ball put in play had some extra juice on it, but those pulled to right field were moving especially...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: The future of Neil Walker

Neil Walker is congratulated by manager Clint Hurdle (Photo Courtesy of Al Behrman- AP) Neil Walker signed a one-year $5.75 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates last week, which is a raise from the $3.3 million salary he made last season. With that in mind, is Walker’s value becoming too high for the Pirates? Should Pittsburgh try and lock Walker up with a long-term deal? After...
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

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