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Ground Chuck Returns

One start in, all is well for Charlie Morton in 2015. The ground balls were there and everything else followed: pic.twitter.com/x3Un9s8Aek — Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) May 26, 2015 After a bit of a shaky first inning (he was slow to cover first on the first play of the game, which ended up costing him a fun), Morton looked sharp. The Marlins are bad (aside from Giancarlo Stanton...
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Pedro Oppo Taco over the Notch (VIDEO)

They had to go to video review to make sure a fan didn’t provide an assist on this one (he didn’t) – but don’t let that take away from a really incredible swing right here. To hit a ball like that to the deepest part of the park as a lefty…wow: Original article: Pedro Oppo Taco over the Notch (VIDEO)©2015 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.
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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...
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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...
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A Happy Harvey Day…for AJ

On a day where Mets ace Matt Harvey (and far too many Batman puns) seemed poised to take the stage, A.J. Burnett was the main man for the Pirates…again. Burnett now stands alone with the best ERA in all of baseball. He’s still yet to allow more than two runs in a start. Regardless of how high your expectations were, this is an incredible showing. Saturday’s start was some...
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Andrew McCutchen goes deep off Matt Harvey (VIDEO)

The Pirates absolutely rocked Mets ace Matt Harvey on Saturday at PNC Park. Harvey allowed seven runs in four innings – the worst outing of his major league career to date (most runs allowed and fewest innings pitched). Andrew McCutchen got it started with this blast: Pedro Alvarez also went deep, and hit an RBI double as well. A.J. Burnett (sac fly) and Josh Harrison (double...
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Back on the track

Even though Gerrit Cole‘s first three starts of May were not bad – at all – they were slightly disappointing because of the high standard he has set. On Friday against the Mets, we saw him return to that standard and pitch one of the best games of his career. He played “stopper” and outdueled young Mets phenom Noah Syndergaard in a matchup filled with 96+ MPH heat, and...
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Extra pain

The Pirates entered the night 0-5 in extras…but hey, all of those were on the road, and this time around they had to be feeling kind of good after coming back to tie it up after a quick 3-0 hole….annnnnd now it’s 0-6. This team is in a bad place right now. Sure, they were able to recover after it looked like another disastrous Jeff Locke outing. Locke deserves credit for righting...
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Liriano’s loss

Francisco Liriano was flat-out terrible on Tuesday night, and that’s really all you need to know about this one. His location was nonexistent and when he did find the zone, the Twins hammered him. Two innings, 8 runs, that’s that. I don’t know if it’s really time to be significantly worried about Frankie – as bad as this one was, it’s one start, it happens once in a long...
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Pedro homers into a boat, man hops in to grab it (VIDEO)

At least this sort of made Tuesday’s blowout-turned-failed-comeback-attempt somewhat worth watching. Pedro Alvarez absolutely destroyed this ball: …and some dude on the riverwalk saw it and, well, went for it: After some debate and several replays (it was actually very difficult to see until they showed the slow-mo and pointed out the ball in flight…watch the first video...
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Neck Lips is back

We have selected OF Jose Tabata from @indyindians & optioned RHP Wilfredo Boscan to Indy. Justin Sellers was transferred to the 60-day DL. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 19, 2015 pic.twitter.com/xT3da7WsJM — Forbes to Federal (@ForbesToFederal) May 19, 2015 The Pirates were short a position player after calling up Boscan on Saturday, so this move restores a more normal...
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Much better

As awesome as Gerrit Cole has been, the Pirates have a new stopper for the time being: A.J. Burnett. Once again, you can’t say enough about how good Burnett has been. He has still yet to allow more than two runs in a start. (Today he allowed zero.) His 1.38 ERA is 2nd-best in all of baseball. And he was the guy on the mound when the Pirates ended their last two losing streaks....
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We’ve seen this before

Although it didn’t end with a heart-wrenching walk-off (that was Friday!), Saturday’s loss had a familiar feel to it….a lot like that sweep in St Louis when the Pirates constantly filled the bases with runners but couldn’t bring anyone in. A good pitching effort was wasted and the result was an irritating loss. Again, the RISP thing isn’t a long term concern. The Pirates...
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Gregory Polanco Memes from Friday’s fall

Look…sometimes you just have to laugh. Gregory Polanco fell down on Friday, and once you get over the fact that it lost the game for the Pirates (which may admittedly be difficult)….okay, yeah, it was pretty funny. As you would expect, the internet had some fun at poor Polanco’s expense: polanco stanky legg https://t.co/62LMrx0WUg — nick pants (@nick_pants) May 15, 2015...
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Polanco’s blooper moment

Sometimes you spend five hours of an afternoon watching/following an utterly ridiculous baseball game, and when it ends like, well, that, you just shake your head and wonder “why?” Those Wrigley ghosts … pic.twitter.com/xxQ88fvI5N — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) May 15, 2015 While that awful/hilarious ending will get all the attention (what else can you say? He fell. It sucks for...
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A bad split

Normally, splitting a series on the road is OK. This one was not OK for the Pirates – not against a terrible Phillies team and especially not after taking the first two. And while Wednesday’s loss wasn’t really all that bad (facing a tough pitcher, lost by a run, got some tough breaks), Thursday’s was just plain ugly all the way through. Vance Worley was bad. The defense...
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Gunned down

Well, you won’t see many finishes to a baseball game more exciting than that one…but unfortunately it did not go the Pirates’ way: It’s hard to be too upset about what happened. Jeff Francoeur is known for an excellent arm, which he certainly showed off there, but it was still deep enough of a fly (and sort of a tricky angle) to require a perfect throw, which he delivered...
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A happy return

At the time, the whole A.J. Burnett saga that ended up with him going to Philly last year was a pretty messy situation. But a year and a few months laster, it really couldn’t have worked out any better for the Pirates. Sure, they didn’t have him last year, but they got Edinson Volquez instead and that wound up being an excellent move (let’s ignore the Wild Card game). Burnett...
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Business trip to Philly

As I mentioned in Sunday’s wrap-up, the Pirates have a chance to really get on a roll this week. They rode high in to Philly after taking a series from the best team in baseball, and now they get to throw their top three pitchers in a row at one of the worst teams in baseball. Monday’s series opener wasn’t quite as easy as I would have liked given those circumstances, but a...
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The Korean that saved Mother’s Day

So, um, remember when everyone was down on Jung Ho Kang? No room for him to play…should be in the minors…won’t adjust major league pitching…looks terrible in spring training…etc etc? Me neither. As of right now, you could make the argument that Kang has been the Pirates’ best hitter. And pretty much everyone is making the argument that he should be in the lineup every...
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The big hit at last

The Pirates–Jordy Mercer in particular–finally got that big hit. After the historic triple play seemed to jump-start them a bit in the second inning, the Pirates seemed to be succumbing to the St. Louis machine yet again in the middle innings on Saturday night. A couple of shaky defensive plays and a rough stretch from Vance Worley turned a 3-0 lead into a 5-3 deficit far too...
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Pirates turn first 4-5-4 triple play in MLB history (VIDEO)

So…how exactly do you get a 4-5-4 triple play? This is how. (There’s a reason it was the first one ever) Gotta love Greg Brown yelling at Jung Ho Kang to throw the ball back to second. Kang and Neil Walker are now the answer to a very oddly specific trivia question. More importantly, the play kept the Pirates from falling into a big hole early in a game they’d eventually win...
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Still not enough

Well, um, at least it wasn’t a walkoff, right? There were positives, sure. The Pirates competed pretty well at the plate against a good pitcher and put some runs on the board. Francisco Liriano struck out ten and walked just one. But the Cardinals got the big hits and the Pirates didn’t. The Cardinals are 4-0 against the Pirates this year. The Cardinals are nine games ahead...
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About time those bats showed up

I suppose it’s fitting that the night the Pirate bats finally woke up came with A.J. Burnett on the mound. Burnett maintained his streak of allowing two runs or less in every start this season, but just now picked up his first win in his sixth game. Really, that’s all it was. The offense came to life and Burnett had another strong outing. The top of the order – including Andrew...
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A.J. Burnett reaches 2400 strikeouts (VIDEO)

A.J. Burnett is now tied for 40th (with Dennis Eckersley) on the all-time strikeout list with 2401. Here’s number 2400: Pretty cool feat. I don’t know if that many people realize how long A.J. has been around and how many he has whiffed – soon to be in the top-40 all time. This is supposedly going to be his final season, but he may want to think twice about hanging them...
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