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Ishikawa: 'I definitely want to help repay them'

  The Pirates claimed Travis Ishikawa off of waivers last week and while ideally he never would have been designated for assignment in the first place, he understands the business side of baseball very well. Perhaps he understand it better than most because of his past experiences. The 2015 season has yet to reach the All-Star break and Ishikawa, 31, has already been designated...
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Padres face Liriano, Pirates Tuesday night

The San Diego Padres are still struggling offensively, and a matchup with Francisco Liriano likely won't help matters. They'll try to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season Tuesday night against Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Neither team was overly impressive at the plate in Monday's series opener, combining for 12 hits and going 1 for 8 with runners...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres lose to Pirates on Alvarez's single in the 9th

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The San Diego Padres' latest loss was more personal for interim manager Pat Murphy than other defeats. Pedro Alvarez -- Murphy's son-in-law -- singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 2-1 victory over the Padres on Monday night. Murphy admitted that it was an awkward moment as the Padres lost...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
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Pittsburgh Pirates place Josh Harrison on disabled list with left thumb injury

The Pittsburgh Pirates were dealt a significant blow on Monday, when they placed third baseman Josh Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb injury. The 27-year-old Harrison, who went to his first All-Star Game in 2014, injured the thumb while sliding into second base in the seventh inning of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, which the Pirates won 5-3....
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Burnett and the Bull

Man. That was awesome. Pedro Alvarez gets the whipped cream pie from @wudeydo34 after his walkoff single giving the #Pirates a 2-1 win — Justin Berl (@JustinBerlPhoto) July 7, 2015 A.J. Burnett was named an All-Star moments before he took the mound, and he once again pitched brilliantly, pushing the ERA back below two. He was hosed with one of the...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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Josh Harrison out six weeks with thumb injury

Travis Ishikawa, who was claimed off waivers from San Francisco yesterday, will take Harrison’s place on the 25-man active roster. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 6, 2015 Welp. That’s not good. While Harrison hasn’t exactly been tearing it up this season, he’s remained an importance piece of the everyday lineup, and losing him costs the Pirates a lot of flexibility...
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Josh Harrison out six weeks with torn thumb ligaments

Josh Harrison has torn thumb ligaments. Out 6 weeks. #pirates. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) July 6, 2015 Yikes. Snap reaction: this puts an awful lot of pressure on both Jung Ho Kang and Gregory Polanco to up their game at the plate. More later when I have time to fully digest it.
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The Pirates at the halfway point: Not quite perfect, but maybe close enough

This is the top-line: Through 81 games, the Pittsburgh Pirates are 47-34. That’s a 94-win pace, which would match their best season in a generation. That’s within percentage points of the Kansas City Royals (46-33) for baseball’s second best record. The Pirates haven’t finished with or tied for baseball’s second best record since 1992 (the Braves won 98 games, they won...
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Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 6-29-15 to 7-5-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 6/29/15 thru 7/5/15, the 13th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 5 Wins and 1 Loss, 30 Runs Scored and 19 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Neil Walker. The first half of the season has mostly been a disappointing struggle for Neil Walker – until this week that is. Walker was a man on fire...
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Tribe Sputters in Road Trip Finale; Pirates 5, Indians 3

The Pirates erased a 3-0 deficit in a hurry, reaching Danny Salazar for five runs and six hits in the fifth that proved to be the difference in a 5-3 Pittsburgh win. Despite the Pirates winning the final two games of the series (by a combined 6-3 score), the Indians went 5-5 on this 10-game road trip, their longest of the season. Michael Bourn, Roberto Perez and Michael Brantley...

Cole and a rally

Gerrit Cole picked up his league-leading 12th win on Sunday, even though things weren’t going well for him early on. Sure, if the Pirates hadn’t strung together a huge fifth inning, we’d be talking about a disappointing outing, but you certainly have to give Cole credit for finding another gear and mowing his way through the eighth after the Bucs grabbed the lead. Two eight...
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Catching up on Sunday morning: Locke and others

I made the decision to come back to PA for the Fourth this weekend pretty late, so I knew when I decided to come that I’d be seeing Jeff Locke in person on Saturday. I was a bit worried about this; it’s never fun to make the trip home and then to see a baseball game that’s over before it starts or that takes 3+ hours because the starter threw 95 pitches in four innings. We...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke outduels Cody Anderson in Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians

In a very low-scoring matchup at PNC Park on Saturday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Neil Walker’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth turned out to be the only run that the Pirates needed on offense, as their pitching limited the Indians to only three base hits—none of which were extra-base hits. The interleague game featured...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Hernia will likely end Taillon's season

Pirates' pitching prospect Jameson Taillon had worked so hard to rebound from Tommy John surgery and get back onto a mound, but it looks as if he's being sidelined once again. According to, Taillon "is expected to have surgery late next week to repair an inguinal hernia." The Pirates No. 2 prospect was recently scratched from his rehab start with abdominal discomfort...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Craig Breslow edition

As the All-Star game is fast approaching, teams will begin exploring trades more in depth and deals will be made soon. The Pirates have gotten back on track lately after hitting a bit of a rough patch. They currently sit seven games back of the division leading St. Louis Cardinals and should be looking at ways to improve this team. Many people, including myself have talked about...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Guerra gets first career win

  Deolis Guerra didn't mind waiting 14 innings to collect his first career win. Besides, after 10 years in the Minors, what's a couple of hours or extra innings? "Unbelievable, amazing. It feels great," Guerra told "It's a moment I've waited for my whole life, and it finally came true." And the moment sure came at a time when the Pirates needed it. It's not as if Guerra...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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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8 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Pirates MVP is… Francisco Cervelli?

Everyone makes mistakes. Some marry people they shouldn’t. Some cheat on their taxes. Some refuse to eat their dinner and find out later I won’t give them dessert and then throw a holy fit that prevents me from starting my article on how Francisco Cervelli is the Pittsburgh Pirates MVP until very late. But I […]
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Rodriguez makes incredible diving catch on warning track

Pittsburgh Pirates utility player Sean Rodriguez, getting the start in right field, made an incredible diving catch on the warning track during the fifth inning of Sunday’s Phillies-Pirates game, robbing Freddy Galvis of extra bases. Rodriguez isn’t an outfielder by nature. Today marked just his sixth start in the outfield for the Pirates this year, and the 63rd for his career...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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