Brewers claim 'weird' contest

Ron Roenicke chose the word goofy, but there were many adjectives the Brewers skipper could have used to describe Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sloppy, ugly, whatever. It didn't matter in the end. Milwaukee overcame four errors in the field and a couple of blunders on the bases to come away with a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh, evening the four-game weekend...
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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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Brewers' win streak hits eight after beating Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers keep finding ways to win games. Sometimes, remarkable ways. Escaping a huge jam in the top of the eighth with a one-of-a-kind double play, the Brewers went ahead on Jonathan Lucroy's RBI single in the bottom of the inning Saturday night to pull out a 3-2 nail-biter over Pittsburgh and claim their eighth consecutive victory before a sellout crowd of 42...
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'Weird play' extends Milwaukee's eight-game winning streak

MILWAUKEE -- It's unclear as to how many 2-6-1 double plays have ever been turned before, but all that matters to the Milwaukee Brewers is that they turned one in a huge spot Saturday night to help them to their eighth straight victory. With the game tied at 2 in the top of the eighth and runners at the corners, Andrew McCutchen hit a foul pop-up that was caught by Jonathan Lucroy...
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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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Pirates overcome ruling, 4-run deficit to beat Cubs

A year ago, it would have been hailed as a textbook play. Pirates left fielder Starling Marte made a perfect throw. Catcher Tony Sanchez caught it cleanly while on his knees, turned slightly to the left and made the tag before Starlin Castro slid into home plate. Thursday, however, Castro was called safe. And there was nothing the Pirates could do except absorb the blow and move...
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Bear or Bull: All Tomorrow’s Martes

b style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5em;">Starling Marte was one of my favorite sleepers last year, Grey’s too.  He looked really good during his 2012 rookie trial, hitting six triples and five homers in under fifty games, while also stealing twelve bags.  The following year, Marte's first full season, he basically tore it up.  He posted an 83/12/35/.280...
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Pirates give up early lead but outlast Cubs, 7-6

Russell Martin’s eighth inning sacrifice fly scored Starling Marte to lift the Pirates to a 7-6 win Tuesday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Cubs relievers Pedro Strop and James Russell loaded the bases with three walks in the eighth, setting the scene for Martin. It was almost the Emilio Bonifacio show, as the Cubs leadoff hitter wreaked more havoc against the Pirates...
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Pirates 7, Cubs 6 – TweetCap

#pirates v #cubs lineups — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 8, 2014 Tonight is 1st of 38 night games at Wrigley Field this year. Since lights were installed in '88, #Cubs are 266-272 in 538 night games — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) April 8, 2014 Enjoy baseball? The #Pirates play the next 20 consecutive days. — David Todd (@DTonPirates...
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This week in MLB replay reviews

Instant replay is taking a hold of MLB this season, and there is some controversy on both sides about the new regulations. Some feel that baseball is losing its purity with the institution of replay reviews, while others feel that the changes came nowhere near soon enough. Here at TOC, we fall into the latter camp, and each week this season, we’re going to bring you some of the...
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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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Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4/1/14

Did the Cubs Win? (image c/o bleacher nation) Chicago Cubes 0 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 1 One Sentence Synopsis: Cubes gonna Cube, Bonifacio going to TOOTBLAN, and Cubs go 0 for 11 with RISP. Three Up 1. Jeff Samardzija was very good, going 7 scoreless frames. He walked 2 and allowed 5 hits, but only fanned 3. He was bailed out by a hot smash that was grabbed my Castro for a double...
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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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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates, Starling Marte agree to six-year contract

The Pittsburgh Pirates and outfielder Starling Marte have come to an agreement on a six-year, $31 million contract, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.Marte deal with #Pirates likely would cover one pre-arb year, three arb years, two FA years. Will be for $31M, per @Jim_Duquette.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 26, 2014Marte had a breakout campaign in 2013, his second...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Desire to stay with Pirates made contract decision easy for left fielder Marte

In addition to the 31 million reasons to commit now to a contract extension, Starling Marte had a few that aren’t easily quantified. “I didn’t feel like I needed to wait because I like where I am, I have confidence where I am, I like the organization,” said Marte in Spanish, with his agent, Peter Greenberg, translating. “I feel comfortable. I like the fans, what the team’s...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

More on the Starling Marte extension

There are still a few odds and ends to be cleaned up with the Starling Marte signing, so let’s get to it. First up are the actual contract details. They are, reported by Jon Heyman, as follows: $2 million signing bonus $500,000 salary in 2014 $1 million in 2015 $3 million in 2016 $5 million in 2017 $7.5 million in 2018 $10 million in 2019 up to $12.5 million in 2020 (option) up...
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Starling Marte Gives the Pirates a Long Term Gift

For the last few weeks, word has been circulating that the Pirates wanted to sign Starling Marte to a long term contract, but that he had rebuffed their first few offers over the off-season. Yesterday, however, the Pirates finally changed his mind, agreeing to a six year contract that raises the question: if this is […]
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Starling Marte’s extension is official

OFFICIAL: The @Pirates have agreed to terms on a 6-year contract extension with @Starlingmart w/ club options for the 2020 & 2021 seasons. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 27, 2014
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Bucs sign Marte to 6-year extension

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed a six-year contract extension with outfielder Starling Marte on Wednesday, according to a published report.
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Greetings From Florida: Kershaw Scratched, Harper Ejected, Marte Signed and Blanton Released.

Alright guys. Baseball had somewhat of a busy day today, every turn of the coin I was hearing more and more significant news - and not just about the Rangers and White Sox wild new menu items either. Let's dig in...Bryce Harper Ejected - Bryce Harper is having a bad week. On Monday, the 21 year old Washington National was voted the most overrated player in baseball during a player...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Extending the Marte Partay

The Pirates’ offseason has been extremely disappointing in terms of addressing needs for 2014, but on Tuesday they took another encouraging step for the future by signing Starling Marte to a six year contract extension (with two additional club option years). The deal is worth $31 million and buys out all of Marte’s arbitration seasons and at least one year after he would have...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Storylines: Marte agrees to stay in Pittsburgh long-term

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Wednesday, March 26th. Top Stories The Pirates agreed to a six-year contract extension with up-and-coming outfielder Starling...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates ink Starling Marte to six-year extension

The Pittsburgh Pirates are now locked in with two-thirds of their dynamic young outfield after announcing Tuesday that they have inked starting left fielder Starling Marte to a 6-year deal worth $31 million. The deal also includes two club options, which could extend the deal out past the 2021 season. Marte’s five more years of club control are now spoken for, along with at least...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Pirates, LF Starling Marte agree to six-year deal

The Pirates and Starling Marte have agreed to a six-year contract that will keep the 25-year-old in Pittsburgh for remainder of the decade. 
23 days ago  |  Discuss

AP Source: Pirates, Marte agree to 6-year deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates plan on keeping promising left fielder Starling Marte playing alongside National League MVP Andrew McCutchen for years to come.
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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