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That time when Jaff Decker pitched

That’s pretty much all you need to know about Thursday’s Pirates game. Jaff Decker pitched. Sometimes, you just have a bad night and get crushed. Whatever. But there are a couple of reasons why this one is a little more annoying: This is now three terrible starts in a row for A.J. Burnett after the All Star break. Last time out, I sort of brushed it off and figured he didn’t...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 101: Reds 15 Pirates 5

The easiest response to a 15-5 loss in which Jaff Decker throws a scoreless inning is probably to laugh. You know the tropes here — a 15-5 loss is the same as a 1-0 loss, and seeing a sub-six-foot outfielder sling 82 mph fastballs towards Major League hitters is never not hilarious. The problem, of course, is that this entire situation was created by AJ Burnett being able to hit...
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8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillips hits pair of 3-run HRs, Reds beat Pirates 15-5

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brandon Phillips hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs on Thursday night, powering the Reds to a 15-5 victory that kept the Pittsburgh Pirates winless in Cincinnati this season. The Reds opened the season with a three-game sweep of the Pirates at Great American Ball Park. They improved to 4-0 on Thursday night by taking advantage...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillips hits pair of 3-run HRs, Reds beat Pirates 15-5

CINCINNATI (AP) Brandon Phillips hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs on Thursday night, powering the Reds to a 15-5 victory that kept the Pittsburgh Pirates winless in Cincinnati this season. The Reds opened the season with a three-game sweep of the Pirates at Great American Ball Park. They improved to 4-0 on Thursday night by taking advantage of...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Adam Lind edition

After making a few moves in picking up Aramis Ramirez, Joe Blanton and Joakin Soria, the Pittsburgh Pirates have one glaring hole left to fill. Upgrading at the first base position has been a need for this team since the opening month of the season. Pedro Alvarez now has 16 errors on the season which are the most by a first baseman since Ryan Howard’s 19 in 2008. Although he is...
Via isportsweb.com
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Pedro Alvarez Beats The Shift In Cincinnati

Three True Outcome slugger Pedro Alvarez did his finest, today, to beat the shift put on by the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning. The solo shot for El Toro was his 15th of the season and drove in his 50th run. As you can see in the video, the pitch from David Holmberg was an 87 mph “fastball” that just hung up there where El Toro would perceive it as a 32-ounce prime rib...
Via Baseball Essential
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates trade for Joakim Soria

Thursday featured some more legitimate trade deadline action for the Pirates as they went out and dealt for Detroit’s closer: Joakim Soria. The Pirates have acquired RHP Joakim Soria from Detroit in exchange for minor league INF JaCoby Jones. pic.twitter.com/23A6bWNfuP — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 30, 2015 I’ve been saying for a while now that the Bucs needed some...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers’ reboot continues, Joakim Soria traded to Pirates

One day after the Detroit Tigers accepted reality regarding their non-existent postseason chances and made the decision to “reboot” their roster, general manager Dave Dombrowski hasn’t wasted any time in moving two of his pending free agents. Hours after David Price was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit traded another top trade piece to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Closer...
Via The Outside Corner
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates close to acquiring Joakim Soria from Tigers

Jon Heyman says the deal is done, though I haven’t seen any sort of return from the Pirates mentioned yet. You can check out MLBTR for the full reporting tree. My hunch is that the Pirates won’t be giving up much here; Soria’s a rental and he would be the Pirates’ third-best reliever at the absolute best. He strengthens the bullpen, of course, but I doubt the Pirates would...
Via WHYGAVS?
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates acquire Joakim Soria from the Detroit Tigers

After trading away its best starting pitcher earlier this afternoon, the Detroit Tigers are dealing away its top relief pitcher. James Schmehl of MLive Media Group was the first to report that the Pittsburgh Pirates were nearing a deal to acquire Joakim Soria. Now, Jon Heyman of CBS confirms the deal has been agreed to. soria goes to pirates. nice piuckup. team with melancon...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Pirates close to acquiring Soria

According to James Schmehl of MLive Media Group, the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to acquiring Joakim Soria from the Detroit Tigers. Hearing #Pirates nearing deal with #Tigers for closer Joakim Soria. Unclear right now who #Tigers will get in return. — James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) July 30, 2015 Follow Jacob on Twitter @jacobfagan
Via Baseball Essential
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates get journeyman Joe Blanton from Kansas City Royals

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired veteran Joe Blanton from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations. After the Royals traded for Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds, they designated Blanton for assignment and then quickly sent him to the Pirates. The Pirates become the sixth team that Blanton has played for in his 11-year career and his fifth team in the last...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Reds call up lefty David Holmberg to start vs Pirates

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds recalled left-hander David Holmberg from the minor leagues to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, taking Johnny Cueto's spot. Cincinnati traded its 20-game winner to Kansas City on Sunday. Holmberg went 2-2 with a 4.80 in five starts and two relief appearances for the Reds last year. He spent this season at Triple-A Louisville, going 7-6 with...
Via AP on Fox
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Vance Worley DFA’d to make room for Joe Blanton

The Pirates just tweeted that it will be Vance Worley and not Deolis Guerra that will be designated for assignment to make room for Joe Blanton tonight. Since I spent most of my time assuming the Pirates were going to use Blanton in the Guerra role and that Guerra was the most likely to  be DFA to make room for Blanton, let’s take a few seconds and consider what’s going on with...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Polanco knee soreness comes at tough time for Pirates' red-hot hitter

Gregory Polanco had to exit Wednesday's game with discomfort in his left knee, a tough break for the outfielder who has been one of the Pirates' top offensive threats all month. His abbreviated outing ended a streak of reaching base in 18 consecutive games, his bases-clearing double in the eight inning on Tuesday night sparking Pittsburgh's comeback to beat the Minnesota Twins. Polanco...
Via Fox Sports
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

KNBR’s Marty Lurie Explains Why The Pirates Should Scare Everyone, Breaks Down The Trade Deadline Moves

Could the Pittsburgh Pirates be perfectly equipped to take down the world champion San Francisco Giants? KNBR's Marty Lurie explains. The post KNBR’s Marty Lurie Explains Why The Pirates Should Scare Everyone, Breaks Down The Trade Deadline Moves appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Some thoughts on Trade Deadline Eve

With less than 30 hours to go until the trade deadline, the Pirates have been very quiet. They announced that Joe Blanton trade at about 12:30 last night when no one was paying attention, but before that they hadn’t been attached to any specific player or rumor since the rumor that they were “working on a trade” for a reliever shortly after the Aramis Ramirez trade went down...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Votto will try to continue his second half success vs. Pirates, Burnett

A.J. Burnett acknowledges that maintaining his superb first-half statistics was unlikely, but he undoubtedly wanted a better showing after the All-Star break than his past two outings. The veteran right-hander will try to end his brief slump and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their sixth win in seven games Thursday night against the Cincinnati Reds, whom they've struggled to beat...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Votto will try to continue his second half success vs. Pirates, Burnett

A.J. Burnett acknowledges that maintaining his superb first-half statistics was unlikely, but he undoubtedly wanted a better showing after the All-Star break than his past two outings. The veteran right-hander will try to end his brief slump and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their sixth win in seven games Thursday night against the Cincinnati Reds, whom they've struggled to beat...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Well, that turned out to be quite a pleasantly surprising mini-series and start to a road trip, huh? All of a sudden the Pirates have won three in a row and five of six against current playoff teams. And they’ve crept up on St Louis a bit, now 4.5 back. The story of the day was offense, particularly the home run variety. Jung Ho Kang clearly likes playing at Target Field ...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates-Reds Preview

A.J. Burnett acknowledges that maintaining his superb first-half statistics was unlikely, but he undoubtedly wanted a better showing after the All-Star break than his past two outings. The veteran right-hander will try to end his brief slump and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their sixth win in seven games Thursday night against the Cincinnati Reds, whom they've struggled to beat...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire Joe Blanton

The Pirates announced tonight that they acquired Joe Blanton from the Royals for cash. Blanton was designated for assignment earlier this week when the Royals acquired Ben Zobrist. It’s late and I’d rather go to bed than dig through Blanton’s Baseball-Reference page (I was honestly just laying in bed, updating Twitter on my iPad and laughing at the Mets at this point), but...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 100: Pirates 10 Twins 4

One of the wonderful things about a player like Andrew McCutchen is that no matter how badly he seems to be slumping, he’s never more than a swing away from breaking out. After an 0-for-5 night last night, a relatively slow start to the second half, and a strikeout in the first inning against the Twins this afternoon, McCutchen stepped up to the plate in the fifth inning and hammered...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

McCutchen, Liriano lead Pirates sweep of Twins with 10-4 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and turned an RBI single into race around the bases while Minnesota made two errors in a five-run sixth inning, helping Francisco Liriano and the Pittaburgh Pirates beat the Twins 10-4 Wednesday for a two-game sweep. Jung Ho Kang homered for the second straight day for the Pirates, after going deep for the go-ahead run in the ninth...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen hit a ridiculous Little League homer

During Thursday’s Twins-Pirates game at Target Field, Andrew McCutchen hit one of the damnedest Little League home runs we can remember seeing. How was this scored? Good question! To the MLB.com box score we go… Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to right fielder Eddie Rosario. Travis Ishikawa scores. Jaff Decker scores. Andrew McCutchen scores. Throwing error by right...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss
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