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Listen: Interview with director of new Dock Ellis documentary film

There are some stories that are so unbelievable that they have to be true. The tall tale perpetuated by Dock Ellis regarding June 12, 1970 in San Diego most definitely qualifies as such. On that date, the late Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander pitched a no-hitter against the Padres. And for years, he claimed to have completed this feat while under the influence of LSD. But Ellisâ...
Via The Sports Daily
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals 5, Pirates 4

Last week, the Pirates were finally managing to hold on for some series wins against their toughest NL Central….but these last two days, the infuriating blown leads and close, costly losses are back. Sigh. There’s no overstating the importance of this series. There’s a month left in the season, the Cardinals are in first place (tied for it entering the game, now solely in...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 137: Cardinals 5 Pirates 4

After Gerrit Cole allowed a single to Pete Kozma with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Greg Brown and John Wehner wondered aloud if it was odd that there was no one up in the Pirate bullpen. Cole had only thrown 85 pitches to that point and hadn’t encountered much resistance from the Cardinals since their two-run third inning until Kozma’s single, but the two of them...
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8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates recall Cole to start Monday

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole from rookie-level Bristol to start Monday's game against St. Louis. Right-handed relief pitcher Stolmy Pimentel has returned from rehab with Double-A Altoona and has been activated from the 15-day disabled list. Catcher Tony Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Sanchez hit .235 with 17...
Via AP on Fox
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Stolmy Pimentel activated

The Pittsburgh Pirates begin a series against the St. Louis Cardinals today with a record of 71-65, two games behind the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Pirates are geared to make a push at the division title during this final month of the season, as Gerrit Cole will start today and Stolmy Pimentel has been activated from the disabled list....
Via Sports Injury Alert
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

OK, so now THIS is the biggest series of the year

The late afternoon yesterday was not kind to the Pirates: in Pittsburgh, Chris Heisey hit his second home run of the afternoon (and only his seventh of the year!) to help the Reds steal a 3-2 win from the Pirates. In St. Louis, the Cardinals turned a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning into a 9-6 win over the Cubs. The effect was dramatic: instead of being tied with the...
Via WHYGAVS?
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-25-14 thru 8-31-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/25/14 thru 8/31/14, the 22nd week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 4 wins and 2 Losses, 17 Runs Scored and 12 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Josh Harrison just continues to amaze everyone. He is the spark plug at the top of the order. Harrison had 10 hits in 24 ABs this week including two...
Via Hidden Vigorish
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 137

Workers of the World Unite! Happy Labor Day ya’ll! And now a quote form the Communist Manifesto! You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach...
Via This Is Getting Old
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Reds 3, Pirates 2

Just like the last time they faced him, the Pirates appeared to have Johnny Cueto on the ropes early in a game at PNC Park, but – again like last time – Cueto was able to grind out a win after the Bucs failed to add on. Things were looking swell when Josh Harrison homered to lead off the game (of course) and Jordy Mercer added a solo bomb in the second. Francisco Liriano...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates really could use a sweep

This is approximately how the Pirates’ season has gone: a stretch of solid play that makes you hopeful, followed by a stretch of bad play that goes on a few days beyond the point where you think, “If they don’t start playing better here, the season will be over,” which is then immediately buoyed by more good play that coincides with a rival falling on their face, re-starting...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Congrats on 1000 Hits, Russell Martin!

I know I'm way, way late but I wanted to congratulate former Los Angeles Dodgers' backstop and PTSIA collecting favorite Russell Martin on collecting his 1000th career hit earlier this month. Of course, most of those came as a member of the Blue Crew, which makes it even sweeter!Come back to L.A., Russ. We miss you.
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 136

Woohoo!  Potential sweep?  Yeeeeeeeeeeaaaaahhhhhhh buddy! It’ll probably be a tough go of it today but all the Pirates need to do is keep on winning every series. If they do that they’ll be just fine. Francisco Liriano (3-10, 3.98) tries for the sweep against the hated Johnny Cueto (15-8, 2.56). There aren’t going to be any stats today because I must do this preview from...
Via This Is Getting Old
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Reds 2

The Pirates continued their run of series wins against teams they have previously struggled against this year – and continue to rise in the standings as a result. Their second straight low-scoring, one-run win over the Reds in front of a packed house wrapped up their first series win in four tries against Cinci this year –  and it sets up a chance for a sweep on Sunday. The...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Walker, Worley lead surging Pirates past Reds 3-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Neil Walker hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates made it hold up behind starter Vance Worley, beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory. Walker's 18th home run put the Pirates ahead 3-0 against Alfredo Simon four batters into the game. Pittsburgh's winning streak matches its longest of...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Walker, Worley lead surging Pirates past Reds 3-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Neil Walker hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates made it hold up behind starter Vance Worley, beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory. Walker's 18th home run put the Pirates ahead 3-0 against Alfredo Simon four batters into the game. Pittsburgh's winning streak matches its longest of...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates recall Morel from Triple-A

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pirates have recalled infielder Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday to bolster a bench shortened by injuries. Morel was hitting .273 with four home runs and 52 RBIs in 92 games at Indianapolis. He also hit .143 with three RBIs in 12 games with the Pirates earlier this season. Left-hander Jeff Locke was optioned to Indianapolis in a procedural move...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vance Worley looks to assure Pirates of series win over Reds

The Pirates are in a funny position against the Reds this afternoon, because I think they’re clearly a better team than the Reds right now and am kind of half-hoping that they’ll sweep Cincinnati this weekend, but they’re clearly under a bit of added pressure today because Johnny Cueto is looming tomorrow afternoon. Vance Worley will be on the mound for the Pirates today, and...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez, Travis Snider

Last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates were able to pull out a victory against the Cincinnati Reds while not playing at full strength.  Both Pedro Alvarez and Travis Snider were unable to be in the lineup due to their respective injuries.It sounds like both Travis Snider (hamstring) and Pedro Alvarez (foot) will not be available tonight for #Pirates— Paul Zeise (@PaulZeise) August...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates win in dramatic pitchers duel, 2-1, over Reds

A strong argument could be made that the two most pleasant surprises for the Pirates this season have been Josh Harrison and Edinson Volquez. Harrison began the season as a bench player who was expected to be not much more than an ultra-utility guy and Volquez was signed in the offseason off the scrap heap after several underwhelming seasons with the Reds, Padres and Dodgers. But...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Josh Harrison turns spectacular double play

There’s turning the conventional 5-4-3 double play and then there’s what Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison seems to do on a daily basis. With runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the seventh inning, Harrison made a great diving stop on a hit down the line by Cincinnati Reds third baseman Kris Negron. Quickly tapping third base with his throwing...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Charlie Morton rehab result

Charlie Morton looked to work his way back to the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation last night while pitching for the Altoona Curve.  In four innings of work, Morton allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six. He also threw 76 pitches in his outing.  He has not pitched since August 15th due to a hip inflammation injury. Morton's return to the rotation could be crucial, especially...
Via Sports Injury Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Brewer Axford happy to be back in NL Central playoff race

MILWAUKEE -- John Axford had every intention of finishing his season with the Cleveland Indians. After spending his entire major-league career in the National League Central, the former closer of the Milwaukee Brewers wasn't planning on returning to the Miller Park mound in the middle of a pennant race. But everything changed when the Pittsburgh Pirates put in a waiver claim...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Reds

Friday, 7:05 (ROOT): Mike Leake vs. Edinson Volquez Saturday, 4:05 (ROOT, FS1): Alfredo Simon vs. Vance Worley Sunday, 1:35 (ROOT): Johnny Cueto vs. Francisco Liriano The Pirates are coming off a week of great baseball and have a losing ballclub coming in to town, but they still have a lot of work to do. Entering the weekend they are 4 back of the Brewers, 2 back of the Giants for...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Better Pittsburgh Pirates Food Hats

Yesterday, I brought to your attention the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs' new bacon-themed hats and one blog's quest to create food hats for every team in Major League Baseball. It was truly a wonderous endeavor, and nearly every team was adequately represented with some sort of market-specific foodstuffs. For those of us from Pittsburgh, the pierogi placement for the Pirates was...
Via PSAMP
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte’s Emergence

Of all the “breakout” talk going around the Pittsburgh Pirates, I think it’s safe to say Starling Marte’s breakout has been the most impressive lately. When a lot of the talk has been about Josh Harrison and Travis Snider having surprising seasons, Starling Marte has shown a huge, more impressive breakout of his own. Maybe he slides through because he was a highly rated prospect...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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