Pirates' Alvarez searching for power

Watch Pedro Alvarez take batting practice or look at some of his past highlight reels and it's evident that he can hit for a lot of power. However, Alvarez has run into a power shortage in 2015, something the Pirates need to change if they're going to fight for a third straight trip to the playoffs. "It's contact point more than anything," Pirates hitting coach Jeff Branson told...
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Pirates-Tigers Preview

It was not that long ago that Justin Verlander was considered the best pitcher in the game, but his star has diminished over the past couple of seasons with injuries limiting him in this one. In his return from an ailing back, Verlander will get a close look at the potential heir to that crown when the Detroit Tigers face Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. The...
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Why the Pittsburgh Pirates are postseason bound in 2015

Gerrit Cole The Pittsburgh Pirates currently sit at 42-33 overall and are second in the NL Central this season, only trailing the MLB leading St. Louis Cardinals. Here are a few reasons why the Pirates have been as successful as they have been thus far through the season and why they will continue their winning ways into the postseason. Pitching: The Pirates are currently second overall...
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Pirates staying patient as Polanco searches for consistency

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is staying upbeat despite a lengthy slump. Polanco is hitting .234 on the season and .195 in June heading into Tuesday's game at Detroit. Manager Clint Hurdle says opposing pitchers have made adjustments in their approach to Polanco this season and now it's time for Polanco to battle back. Polanco arrived in the majors...
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Recapping a weekend: when progress feels like treading water and treading water is drowning

Sorry for the lack of WHYGAVS this weekend: I spent the weekend out in the mountains and then when I got back on Sunday, I was far too exhausted to do much of anything other than sit around. Taking the weekend as a whole instead of breaking down into three individual one-game units makes for a curious experience. The Pirates took two out of three from the Braves, a team that they...
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Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 6-22-15 to 6-28-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 6/22/15 thru 6/28/15, the 12th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 3 Wins and 3 Losses, 25 Runs Scored and 24 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Jordy Mercer. Mercer caught fire this week with 11 hits in 26 ABs. 4 of his hits went for extra bases and he knocked in 5 runs – the biggest of which...
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Pirates McCutchen Jokes He Might Have To Use Antonio Brown’s Drop-Kick

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen had a rough weekend when it comes to being hit by pitches. After being his Friday night, McCutchen was hit again Saturday during the game against the Atlanta Braves and it forced him to leave the game. Later that evening, McCutchen joked that it might be time for him […] Pirates McCutchen Jokes He Might Have To Use Antonio Brown’s...
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Job not finished

The Pirates have done a much better job (compared to past years) at completing sweeps this season, but they couldn’t quite get it done this time around and had to settle for 2 of 3 against the Braves. 2 of 3 is normally pretty good, but at home, against a sub-.500 team, when you had a chance to win a game pitched by Jeff Locke, dropping the final game of a homestand that wound...
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Pirates make a series of roster moves

The Pirates 25-man roster looked a little bit different on Sunday as the team welcomed two new faces into the dugout. Pittsburgh designated Jose Tabata and Chris Volstad for assignment and called ip Gorkys Hernandez and Steve Lombardozzi, according to Pirates.com. The Pirates had been working with an eight man bullpen, but now the team has seven relievers and five bench players...
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Andrew McCutchen jokes he needs to 'dropkick a pitcher'

Andrew McCutchen has been hit by pitches eight times this season, with two of them coming over the past three days, and it sounds like the former National League MVP has had enough. During Friday’s game against the Braves, McCutchen was hit by pitch thrown by Williams Perez. The following day, McCutchen was hit by...Read More
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Three Cuts: Wood silences Pirates' bats; Braves halt 5-game slide

Here are three random, but detailed takes from the Braves' 2-1 victory over the Pirates on Sunday -- Atlanta's first and only win from a brief road swing through Washington and Pittsburgh: 1. Alex Wood made up for his short outing against the Pirates from a few weeks ago -- in quality and quantity Heading into the weekend, Wood had surrendered three or fewer earned runs in 12 of...
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Wood sharp as Braves top Pirates 2-1 to end losing streak

PITTSBURGH (AP) Alex Wood pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning to win for the first time in five starts, and the Atlanta Braves edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Sunday. Jace Peterson hit his third homer for the Braves as they ended a season-high, five-game losing streak. Chris Johnson added two hits and Nick Markakis drove in a run. Wood (5-5) scattered five hits and struck...
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Pittsburgh Pirates: Jordy Mercer heating up

The past few years Jordy Mercer has gotten off to slow starts and as the season’s progress, he finds a way to improve his game around this time. This year is no different for Mercer. As we approach the beginning of July, Jordy has been on a bit of a hot streak as of late. In his past seven games Mercer has a .360 batting average with four RBI’s and four doubles. Along with his...
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Pirates designate Tabata, Volstad for assignment

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates designated outfielder Jose Tabata for a second time on Sunday, a little more than a week after Tabata broke up Max Scherzer's bid for a perfect game. Tabata hit .289 in 27 games with Pittsburgh this season after beginning the year in Triple-A Indianapolis. Tabata, who signed a six-year extension with the Pirates in 2011, has struggled to stay...
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Ambulance Chasers, Week 13: That is so Cutch

Just like Modest Mouse, this is good news for people who love bad news! Back today — and every Sunday of the season— is the weekly injury report. Here is this week's injuries and health situations to keep an eye on. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: Cutch was removed after being plunked on the elbow from an errant Julio Teheran pitch in the first inning of Saturday's game. An initial...
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GIFS: Pirates' Marte faceplants, flips, dances

Saturday was far from any typical day at the ballpark for Pirates outfielder Starling Marte.Sure, it was another game day -- something he experiences at least 162 times a year, but it was what took place during the game that made Saturday unique.First, while trying to steal second base (the pitch was fouled off) Marte opted for a headfirst slide and as you can see that may not have...
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Roster moves: Gorkys, Lombardozzi, Tabata, Volstad

#pirates have DFA’d Jose Tabata Chris Volstad also packing his things. Gorkys Hernandez on his way here. One other move coming. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) June 28, 2015 #pirates have called up Lombardozzi and Gorkys Hernandez. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) June 28, 2015 So it’s Hernandez and Lombardozzi up, while Tabata and Volstad go down. If you’re...
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Jung-Ho Kang becomes valuable for the Pittsburgh Pirates

It can be safe to say for the Pittsburgh Pirates that if the team’s in a win-or-lose situation, the safe bet is to call up Jung-Ho Kang to save the day. When  the Pirates took a gamble on a relatively unknown South Korean infielder, it was never a thought that Kang would become a vital part of not only the infield, but in the batting order as well. He has now won over the interest...
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Cutch gets mad, Bucs get win

It was an eventful (and rainy) day at the ballpark on Saturday. The headline was Andrew McCutchen being hit by yet another high and tight pitch, knocking him out of the game and prompting some noteworthy comments: “Maybe I need to go drop-kick a pitcher.” Pirates win, but Cutch smarting after another HBP: http://t.co/3v7aNfEbWy pic.twitter.com/Yv9vMQjHn4 — Stephen J. Nesbitt...
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McCutchen injured when pitch hits elbow, but Pirates top Braves

  Andrew McCutchen's left elbow is bruised, but not busted after getting hit by a pitch on Saturday. Still, the star center fielder for the Pirates is growing tired of becoming a target whenever he steps into the batter's box. ''Maybe I need to dropkick a pitcher,'' McCutchen said. ''Maybe that will scare them into not throwing at me.'' The 2013 NL MVP was kidding. Besides, his...
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Pirates top Braves 8-4 but lose McCutchen to elbow injury

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates star Andrew McCutchen was hit in the left elbow by a pitch and exited during a five-run first inning as Pittsburgh sent the Atlanta Braves to their fifth straight loss, 8-4 Saturday. McCutchen took a fastball from Julio Teheran (5-4). X-rays were negative and the 2013 NL MVP will be re-evaluated on Sunday. Starling Marte got three hits and scored three times...
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Andrew McCutchen leaves game after being hit by pitch

Andrew McCutchen, the star of the Pittsburgh Pirates anemic offense, may be dealing with a potential long-term injury. The All Star outfielder left today’s game against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning after being hit by a fastball delivered by Braves’ starter Julio Teheran. The pitch clocked in at 91 MPH, according to MLB.com. Jung Ho Kang replaced McCutchen for the Pirates...
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Pirates star McCutchen leaves game with elbow injury

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen left Saturday's game against Atlanta after getting hit in the left elbow with a pitch. McCutchen winced when a 92 mph fastball from Braves pitcher Julio Tehran smacked into the 2013 NL MVP's elbow. X-rays were negative and the team said McCutchen would be reevaluated on Sunday. It was the 48th career hit-by-pitch...
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Pirates' Guerra finally gets his call

After nine long years in the Minor Leagues, Deolis Guerra has found himself on a Major League roster. When the Pirates put Rob Scahill on the 15-day disabled list, Guerra – a right-handed reliever – was called upon to take his place. “I was having a good season down here (at Indianapolis), but I wasn't expecting the call today because this ballclub is doing such a great...
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Worley an underrated part of Pirates pitching staff

Gerrit Cole, A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano may get the bulk of the attention, but Vance Worley is proving to be a very valuable asset to the Pirates pitching staff. "Worley … he's gone over and beyond the call of duty," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told Pirates.com. Worley has given Hurdle an option in the bullpen and Worley's ability to eat up innings has helped keep...
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