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Pirates 7, Cubs 6 – TweetCap

#pirates v #cubs lineups pic.twitter.com/Lxz4RTja68 — 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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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals 6, Pirates 1 – TweetCap

Saturday lineups #pirates pic.twitter.com/6xsUqTAe0C — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 5, 2014 Here is some info about tonight's game. #LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/nxsV7uwqRz — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 5, 2014 Girl, are you a Francisco Liriano slider, because I'm a lefty and I know I won't be hittin' that tonight #LetsGoBucs — Rock Strongo...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Opening Day TweetCap – Pirates 1, Cubs 0

As the sun starts to come up in the ‘Burgh…only 6 hours until first pitch. #OpeningDayPNC pic.twitter.com/VmLTfAhAS5 — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 31, 2014 I just walked over the Roberto Clemente Bridge into PNC Park on Opening Day. Seriously, who is the luckiest man on earth? — Tim Kurkjian (@Kurkjian_ESPN) March 31, 2014   Lineups: #cubs @ #pirates #OpeningDay14...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Hype Video

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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

What can we actually expect from Andrew Lambo?

If you missed it, and I’m sure you have not, the Pirates made it official today that Andrew Lambo would be joining the club in time for the start of this week’s series against the St. Louis Cardinals. We all know the breakout season Lambo has had this year and when you couple that with the fact that the Pirates right fielders have combined to produce the worst offensive numbers...
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August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates promote Andrew Lambo

The #Pirates officially select the contract of Andrew Lambo and option OF Alex Presley to @indyindians — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 13, 2013   After a breakout season in both Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, the Pirates have officially called up OF Andrew Lambo. Alex Presley will be optioned to make room for him. Lambo, who just turned 25 on Sunday, has hit...
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August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Roundtable – Episode 2

Tonight, I was glad to be asked back for Episode Two of Pirates Roundtable that was set up by James Santelli over at Pirates Prospects. Joining James, along with myself, was Ed Giles of Inclemente Weather. We also had a surprise visit by Greg Brown(!) and David Manel of Bucs Dugout joined us for a while as well. The full episode is about an hour and twenty minutes, but we discuss...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole improves to 4-0 in 10-3 rout of Brewers

Final: Pirates 10, Brewers 3 (box) WP: Gerrit Cole (4-0, 3.70 ERA) LP: Johnny Hellweg (0-1, 27.00 ERA) SV: Ryan Reid (1, 1.00 ERA) I guess we will start with Gerrit Cole. He seemed like he was going to be in for a long day after allowing six of the first seven batters to reach base, leading to a three-run deficit to start the game. But he settled in quite nicely after that and didn’t...
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June 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Roundtable – Episode 1

I was honored today to be one of the guests on the first episode of Pirates Roundtable hosted by James Santelli of Pirates Prospects. I was joined by Brian McElhinny from Raise the Jolly Roger, Cory Weibel from Three Rivers Burgh Blog, Pat Lackey of Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? and Tom Bragg, also from Pirates Prospects. We discussed pretty much every relevant topic surrounding...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Five home runs power Bucs to 9-2 win over Mariners

Final: Pirates 9, Mariners 2 (box) WP: Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06 ERA) LP: Joe Saunders (5-8, 4.98 ERA) Jeff Locke was excellent once again as he gave up just two runs over seven innings. His 2.06 ERA is now tied with Clayton Kershaw for second best in the National League behind only Matt Harvey (2.05). Starling Marte had himself a game. After leading off with his seventh triple...
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June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Draft: Pirates Day One Recap

The first day of the 2013 Draft is in the books, and the Pirates have drafted three players they hope to add to their system soon. 1st Round, #9 Overall – Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (GA) [Full Story] - Ranked #5 overall prospect by Baseball America. - Plays center field, but projects to move to one of the corners. - Baseball America named him “Best Athlete,” as well as...
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June 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates select Blake Taylor with 51st overall pick in draft

The Pirates finished off their first day of the draft with the 51st overall pick by selecting high school LHP Blake Taylor from Dana Hills High School in California. Taylor has a commitment to play at Hawaii and does not turn 18 until August 17th. He was ranked by Baseball America as the 54th best prospect in the draft. Here’s his prospect video:
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June 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates select Reese McGuire 14th overall in MLB Draft

With the Pirates’ second pick in the first round, they selected high school catcher Reese McGuire out of Kentwood High School in Washington. McGuire is a left-handed hitter and is rated as the best catcher in this year’s draft. Here’s his official prospect video: Here’s what Baseball America has to say about McGuire: McGuire was known by scouts early, playing in the 2011...
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June 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates select Austin Meadows 9th overall

The Pittsburgh Pirates picked OF Austin Meadows from Grayson High School in Georgia. Meadows is a 6’3″, 200 pound, left-handed hitter and thrower. Baseball America had him ranked as the #6 prospect in the draft. Here’s ESPN’s Keith Law’s video analysis of Meadows. More to come…
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June 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Russell Martin walks it off in 11 inning shutout win

Final: Pirates 1, Tigers 0 (box) WP: Bryan Morris (3-2, 3.06 ERA) LP: Luke Putkonen (1-1, 1.69 ERA) Let’s start things off at the end. The Pirates started off the bottom of the 11th inning with a Neil Walker single. Andrew McCutchen followed that with a four-pitch walk. Then Gaby Sanchez singled into left field to load up the bases. Russell Martin then delivered with a walk off...
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May 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano shuts down Cubs in 1-0 win

Final: Pirates 1, Cubs 0 (box) WP: Francisco Liriano (3-0, 1.00 ERA) LP: Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 3.25 ERA) SV: Mark Melancon (1, 0.72 ERA) Francisco Liriano isn’t known to be the most efficient of pitchers, but that’s exactly what he was tonight. The lefty, in his third start of the year, tossed seven shutout innings while giving up just two hits. He struck out nine and walked...
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May 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Travis Snider grand slam powers Pirates over Cubs

Final: Pirates 5, Cubs 4 (box) WP: Wandy Rodriguez (5-2, 3.40 ERA) LP: James Russell (1-1, 1.04 ERA) SV: Jason Grilli (18, 1.31 ERA) Wandy Rodriguez started off shaky by giving up three runs in the second inning, but finished things up nicely going six innings allowing just those three runs. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. Rodriguez has given up three or less runs...
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May 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke and Pedro Alvarez lead Bucs to 1-0 win over Astros

Final: Pirates 1, Astros 0 (box) WP: Jeff Locke (4-1, 2.73 ERA) LP: Lucas Harrell (3-5, 4.63 ERA) SV: Jason Grilli (17, 0.92 ERA) Jeff Locke started and pitched seven scoreless innings. He struck out four, walked two, and gave up just three hits. Andrew McCutchen was scratched due to soreness in his right knee. Apparently he was able to pinch hit, but was not used. The only run of...
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May 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates lose to Astros in 11 innings

Final: Astros 4, Pirates 2 (box) WP: Jose Cisnero (1-0, 4.00 ERA) LP: Bryan Morris (1-2, 3.68 ERA) SV: Jose Veras (6, 3.71 ERA) A.J. Burnett pitched stellar, as usual, giving up just one run over seven innings. He did walk four batters and give up five hits, but was helped out by seven strikeouts and two double plays. Burnett has a 2.57 ERA this season in ten starts and somehow the...
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May 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates beat Astros on most Astros play ever

Final: Pirates 5, Astros 4 (box) WP: Justin Wilson (4-0, 1.40 ERA) LP: Edgar Gonzalez (0-1, 7.43 ERA) Jeanmar Gomez had his worst start after being pretty solid in his first three. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs, three of which were earned. He struck out just one and gave up five hits and two walks. One person I was sad to see the organization and am glad to see in...
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May 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Travis Snider helps power Bucs to 7-1 win over Brewers

Final: Pirates 7, Brewers 1 (box) WP: Francisco Liriano (2-0, 1.64 ERA) LP: Hiram Burgos (1-2, 6.58 ERA) Francisco Liriano, in his second start as a Pirates did pretty much the same as he did in his first start. He went 5 2/3 innings while giving up one run on six hits. He struck out seven and walked three. His only run given up was in a shaky first inning, but from then on it was...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Wandy Rodriguez, Neil Walker lead Pirates to 3-1 win

Final: Pirates 3, Brewers 1 (box) WP: Wandy Rodriguez (4-2, 3.25 ERA) LP: Yovani Gallardo (3-3, 4.50 ERA) SV: Jason Grilli (16, 1.02 ERA) Wandy Rodriguez pitched seven innings and gave up just one run on six hits. He also struck out five and walked one. The Brewers’ only run came on a solo home run by Rickie Weeks in the seventh inning. He danced out of some trouble in the fourth...
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May 15, 2013  |  Discuss

A.J. Burnett nearly perfect in 5-0 win over Cardinals

Final: Pirates 5, Cardinals 0 (box) WP: A.J. Burnett (1-2, 2.63 ERA) LP: Shelby Miller (2-1, 1.96 ERA) A.J. Burnett was perfect through 5 1/3 innings and carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. His only two blemishes were a hit by pitch and a double to Carlos Beltran. He also struck out eight batters in his seven innings. His second strikeout was the 2,000th of his career. The...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 3: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs (1-1, T-1st in NL Central) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1-1, T-1st in NL Central) Game Time: 12:35 ET (Tickets) Probable Starters: CHC – Travis Wood (0-0, 0.00 ERA) PIT – James McDonald (0-0, 0.00 ERA) James McDonald makes his first start after posting a 4.19 ERA in five spring training starts. Last season against the Cubs, McDonald was 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA in three starts...
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Wandy Rodriguez shines in Pirates’ two-hit shutout over Cubs

Final: Pirates 3, Cubs 0 (box) WP: Wandy Rodriguez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Edwin Jackson (0-1, 3.60 ERA) SV: Jason Grilli (1, 0.00 ERA) MVP: Wandy Rodriguez (.248 WPA) Wandy Rodriguez picked up right where he left off this spring as he tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just two hits. He struck out six batters and walked just one. Tony Watson helped get out of a bases loaded jam...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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