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Surging Pirates tighten NL Central race, Morton prevails in return

  Charlie Morton had no expectations when he took the mound in a major-league game for the first time in a month. However, the Pittsburgh right-hander exceeded his manager's expectations as he came off the disabled list to gain his first victory since July 2, and the Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox 4-0 on Tuesday night for their ninth win in 11 games. ''I just wanted...
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Pirates 4, Red Sox 0

It was another “taking care of business” night at PNC as the Pirates opened up their penultimate home series with a shoutout win over the last place/defending champion Boston Red Sox. Russell Martin and Starling Marte homered to supply most of the offense, and Charlie Morton put five zeroes on the board – a pleasant surprise to most as he pitched for the first time in...
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Game 150: Pirates 4 Red Sox 0

It’s hard to imagine this game going more perfectly for the Pirates. Charlie Morton looked about as solid as he’s looked all year with the Pirates, throwing five shutout innings, striking out six Red Sox, walking two, and scattering four hits. Of the non-strikeout outs that he recorded, six were ground balls and only one was a fly ball (there was one double play, though I’m...
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First Pitch: An Early Look at the Depth Out of Indianapolis in 2015

Today we started our 2014 season recap series by looking at the 2014 Indianapolis Indians. As the Triple-A team, Indianapolis obviously provides the depth for the Pirates throughout the year. This year the depth wasn’t that strong on the position player side, although the additions of Vance Worley, Jeff Locke, and Brandon Cumpton helped the rotation at times throughout the year...
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Charlie Morton Has a Good Outing in Return From DL

Charlie Morton started tonight for the first time since August 15 and helped to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-0 win over the Boston Red Sox in the first game of a three game series. Morton threw five innings, giving up four hits, walking two batters and striking out six. He threw 92 pitches, 65 for strikes and his sinker sat in the high 80s to low 90s. This was a classic Charlie...
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Boston Red Sox: Pittsburgh Pirates Shut Out Red Sox 4-0 Behind Two Homers

The Pirates (80-70) kept their playoff hopes well in hand with a 4-0 victory over the Red Sox (66-85), as they stayed in their second wild card spot. 
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Morton pitches surging Pirates over Red Sox 4-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Charlie Morton came off the disabled list to gain his first victory since July 2, and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-0 Tuesday night for their ninth win in 11 games. Sidelined since Aug. 16 because of right hip inflammation and a sports hernia, Morton (6-12) allowed four hits in five innings, struck out six and walked two. He had been 0-3 with...
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Recap - Sox fall to Pirates in series opener

Jim MonaghanContributing WriterPhoto courtesy Getty ImagesThe Red Sox suffered their fifteenth shutout of the 2014 as they were beaten by the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 at PNC Park.Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run home run by Russell Martin off Boston starter Anthony Ranaudo. They added single runs in the sixth and seventh.Ranaudo took the...
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Ex-Pirates closer Kent Tekulve has heart transplant surgery

  Former Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Kent Tekulve is recovering from heart transplant surgery. Allegheny General Hospital said Tuesday the 67-year-old Tekulve was discharged Friday after the Sept. 5 operation. Tekulve works for Root Sports Pittsburgh, regularly appearing on studio shows before and after Pirates games. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported the surgery in an...
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The final push begins now

There are no off-days between now and the end of the 2014 season for the Pirates. There are 13 games to be played in the next 13 days, and then it’s over. The Pirates begin this final stretch 1 1/2 games up on the Brewers for the second wild card and 3 1/2 behind the Cardinals for the NL Central. It is likely that these are the only two teams that matter in relation to the Pirates...
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Pirates Name Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Pitcher and Player of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates have named their annual award winners for the minor league pitcher and player of the year. For the second season in a row, Tyler Glasnow walked away with the pitcher’s award. Josh Bell won the Player of the Year award for the first time. Andrew Lambo won the player award last year. Glasnow finished the season with a 1.74 ERA in 124.1 innings. He had 157 strikeouts...
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Pirates studio voice Tekulve has heart transplant

PITTSBURGH (AP) Former Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Kent Tekulve is recovering from heart transplant surgery. Allegheny General Hospital said Tuesday the 67-year-old Tekulve was discharged Friday after the Sept. 5 operation. Tekulve works for Root Sports Pittsburgh, regularly appearing on studio shows before and after Pirates games. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported the...
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2014 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Despite a strong start to the season, Indianapolis seemed to hit a wall in July. After earning a hefty advantage in the International League West early, Indianapolis finished six games behind Columbus and missed the playoffs. While the last two seasons they had made the playoffs, Indianapolis had been an early exit due to the Pirates being competitive late in the season. This season...
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Charlie Morton and the rotation

I have to admit, I was a little surprised over the weekend when the Pirates announced Charlie Morton would be making a start against the Boston Red Sox tonight. Morton’s whole season has been up-and-down as he’s dealt with his sports hernia, but he was in the midst of a really bad stretch before said hernia landed him on the disabled list. In 39 innings over his last seven starts...
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Morning Report: Pirates Have a Talented Instructional League Outfield

The Fall Instructional League roster came out on Monday for one of the Pirates two teams. The other one will be out later this week and we will discuss them then. The first team starts play on Wednesday and the roster is loaded with talented players. It’s possible that the Pirates could use these players in the same lineup for a game if they wanted to: C Reese McGuire 1B Josh Bell...
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston Red Sox – Game 150

As someone that likes to think of things in “us versus them” terms I have this picture in my head of the dude that make schedules being like, “bwahahahahahaha! Pirates will face the Red Sox during the stretch run! I hate small market teams!”. That’s basically what I think Major League Baseball thinks of small market teams. Just trying to put the screws to them often. Little...
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Lining up the Pirates’ rotation the rest of the way

Monday was the last off day of the regular season for the Pirates. With only thirteen games left, I think we’re at the point where we can reasonably look forward and see what the rotation could look like the rest of the way — since that will be a growing topic as the Wild Card game approaches. The Bucs still have to get there, of course, but let’s take a look at how things...
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Boston Red Sox @ Pittsburgh Pirates Pitching Matchups: 9/16-9/18

Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change Tuesday, September 16 @ 7:05 PM Anthony Ranaudo, RHP (3-2, 5.40) vs Charlie Morton, RHP (5-12, 3.84) TV: NESN, MLB.tv Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio Wednesday, September 17 @ 7:05 PM Clay Buchholz, RHP (8-8, 5.19) vs Francisco Liriano, LHP (5-10, 3.53) TV: NESN, MLB.tv Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio Thursday...
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Can Pittsburgh Sneak Into The Playoffs?

The 2014 season has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After having high expectations going into the year, they have certainly looked like playoff pretenders at times during the year. However, they are heating up at just the right time, and they could sneak in as a wild-card team in the National League. In fact, they might even be able to contend with...
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Pittsburgh Pirates Fall Instructional League Roster and Schedule

The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin the Fall Instructional League this week, commonly referred to as “instructs”.  The first games will be played on Wednesday, and the first day with full rosters in action will be on Saturday. Instructs is a league for minor league players, mostly guys in the lower levels, to get additional work at the end of the year. As the name of the league...
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Looking at Why Charlie Morton is Replacing Vance Worley in the Rotation

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Charlie Morton will start Tuesday night against the Red Sox, replacing Vance Worley who was originally scheduled to make the start. Morton has not pitched since August 15th against the Nationals, when he lasted only three innings and gave up five runs. Since that start, Morton has been on the disabled list, attempting to ease the pain...
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Rare triple play sparks Pirates' comeback victory over Cubs

Shoddy defense cost the Pirates two runs Sunday and created the stunning possibility of a second straight loss against the woeful Chicago Cubs. So it was at once absurd and sublime that the game turned on a triple play. “You could feel the momentum change,” said third baseman Josh Harrison, who triggered the play by snagging a well-struck grounder. The Pirates were trailing...
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The Tommy John Rehab Progress For Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have done a good job of preserving pitcher health and avoiding major injuries in the minors. A lot of this is due to their conservative approach with pitch counts and innings limits, especially at the lower levels. Despite this, it’s impossible to totally avoid injuries with pitchers, as we saw this year. In Spring Training, top prospects Jameson Taillon...
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Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-8-14 thru 9-14-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/8/14 thru 9/14/14, the 24th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 5 wins and 2 Losses, 37 Runs Scored and 24 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Russell Martin. Martin knocked in 9 runs this week. He was 9 for 23 (.391 avg). Among Martin’s hits were his 9th homer of the season and 3 doubles....
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Morning Report: Pirates Having Trouble Finding Late Round Draft Talent

The current front office of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been together for seven drafts now. That first draft in 2008 has produced seven players that have reached the majors, so it was quite successful in that regard. For this article though, we are going to take a look at how they did after the first ten rounds and what is left in the system from each year. The closer to 2014 we get...
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