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After three ridiculously good months, the Pirates need to be even better in September

On June 1st, the Pirates woke up seven games out of first place in the NL Central. The Pirates went 17-9 in June. The Cardinals went 18-8, and actually gained a game on the Pirates. The Bucs went 17-9 in July, and made up 2 1/2 games as the Cardinals went 15-12. The Pirates went 19-8 in August, but the Cardinals went 19-9, and so the Pirates only made up a half game. Since June 1st...
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Preview: Brewers vs. Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have moved up their top starter with an eye on the best team in baseball this weekend. Gerrit Cole and the Pirates have good reason to be concerned about first meeting the lowly Milwaukee Brewers given how Jimmy Nelson has dominated them. The Pirates were swept in their last visit to Miller Park and have been stymied by Nelson as they send Cole to the mound...
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As roster expands, Pirates put a premium on big-league experience

Rosters expand to 40 players Tuesday and the Pittsburgh Pirates aren't fooling around. Rather than stock up on prospects who haven't been in a big-league dugout, the Pirates are seeking to bring in players who have been around the block. According to, the Bucs want to load up on players with major-league experience to lend a hand during the final month of the regular season...
Via Fox Sports
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Hurdle's pep talk boosted Polanco's confidence to new heights

Gregory Polanco doesn't have to worry about going back down to the minors anymore. Because he once certainly was until manager Clint Hurdle set the then-struggling youngster straight. Hurdle, according to, told Polanco: "'You're not going down. 'You're going to stay here. You're going to play." Those words set Polanco free. At the time in early July, Polanco was hitting just...
Via Fox Sports
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News and notes: Schedule, AJ, Call-ups

Hope you (and the Pirates) enjoyed that off day – there’s only one in all of September. That comes on Monday the 14th, and on Tuesday the 15th, the Pirates and Cubs will play a double-header to make up that rainout from a couple weeks ago. Here’s the timing and ticket information: Info on Pirates/Cubs make up game on September 15 — Brian McElhinny...
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Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-24-15 to 8-30-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/24/15 thru 8/30/15, the 21st week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 5 Wins and 2 Losses, 25 Runs Scored and 21 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Andrew McCutchen. Andrew McChutchen is making another late push for an MVP award. This week he picked up 12 hits in 26 ABs (.462 AVG) and drove in 6...
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The rare stinker

When you go to PNC Park these days, you don’t expect…well, that. The Pirates are a pretty good bet at home to give us something fun to watch every night – but it’s just that: a good bet, not a guarantee. There’s still going to be the occasional awful game, and that happened on Sunday. Charlie Morton was, eh, OK I guess. The big hits the Rockies got probably weren’t awful...
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Charlie Morton looks to lead the Pirates to a sweep of the Rockies

For much of the first half of baseball’s season, I tend to obsess over what the Pirates’ wins and losses look like. Are the Pirates winning close games against bad teams and getting blown out by good ones? Are they blowing leads late in games they could otherwise win? Are their wins blowouts and their losses close? All of this matters early on in the season, because the games...
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DraftKings: Charlie Morton’s War

Anyone own Edwin Encarnacion yesterday? Yup me neither, but if you did congrats on winning some money. This, my friends, is one of the greatest parts of playing DFS. It's the eternal hope that you're going to find that guy, pair him with a couple of decent games from a few others and whamo you got yourself a $10,000 grand prize in a GPP. It's just that easy. Problem is it never happens...
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Exposition Park

Decades before Willie Stargell's “We Are Family" vibe, Bill Mazeroski's legendary World Series home run, and Roberto Clemente's demonstrable power, professional baseball in the Pittsburgh area lived in Exposition Park. It holds distinction as the first ballpark for Organized Baseball in the Pittsburgh environs—the “Alleghenys" debuted in the American Association in 1882. ...
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The Pirates Unlimited Supply of Russell Martins

From 1990 to 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates averaged just over 96 wins per season. They were led by Jim Leyland and what we thought at the time were the peak seasons of Barry Bonds. The early ’90s Pirates were great, but they lost in the NLCS three times and then became the Pirates. From 1993 to 2012, their best finish was 79-83 and there were a lot of finishes worse than that....
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Game 126 : Pirates 2 Marlins 1

This whole Marlin series was nothing spectacular — just a nice study in the way things should be for the Pirates. Gerrit Cole turned in his second strong start in a row after a spell of less-than-spectacular ones, pitching into the eighth inning and getting a ton of weak ground balls from the Marlins, holding them to one run on five hits and no walks. He didn’t strike a ton of...
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Cardinals still division favorites, but Pirates aren’t far behind

The Cardinals have long been the favorites to win the NL Central. They entered the season as the presumed favorites and certainly haven’t disappointed. Even now, they possess a healthy 4.5 game lead on the second place Pirates. But healthy isn’t the same as insurmountable, and if any team has a chance of knocking down the Cards, it’s Pittsburgh. On the season. the Pirates...
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Cutch crushes, Pirates dance, Marlin fans knit

This game can be summed up with the following three videos: Andrew McCutchen killed a baseball. (Seriously, I think only Giancarlo Stanton is allowed to go up there.) A bunch of other Pirates joined him in feasting on Chris Narveson, as they quickly put seven on the board and cruised the rest of the way – you could say they were having a pretty good time out there. (Yes, the...
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The most promising thing about Polanco right now

The funny thing is, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte are so good the Pirates would be in the conversation for baseball’s best outfield no matter who the third guy was. But more often than not, the third guy has been Gregory Polanco, and Polanco came with enormous hype. He’s had his good days and bad days, his good moods and bad moods, but these days Polanco’s on a tear....
Via Fangraphs
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Jung-ho Kang's home runs sound even better in Korean

Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang had himself a spectacular game last Saturday, belting two home runs in a 3-2 victory over the Giants. The 28-year-old rookie is having an impressive season after playing the first nine years of his professional baseball career in Korea. But with no disrespect intended toward the Fox Sports 1 broadcast team of Kenny Albert and Sean Casey, nor the...
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Andrew McCutchen dances in dugout before Pirates game (Video)

Andrew McCutchen entertained his Pittsburgh Pirates teammates in the dugout prior to Tuesday night's game against Miami with some cool dance moves. McCutchen has been known for shuffling around the basepaths, so it's not surprising to see him let loose once in a while.Video via MLB. This post appeared first on Holdout Sports. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Burnett closing in on return to make run at division title

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett could return to the mound sooner rather than later after he takes a bullpen session on Tuesday.Burnett went on on the 15-day disabled list because of a flexor strain in his right elbow on July 31. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he received a platelet-rich plasma injection and recenly began throwing off a mound.He is expected to test his fastball...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

On Andrew McCutchen, faith, and seeing PNC Park, the most beautiful park in America

The view from the PNC Park press box.There is something exhilarating about going on a mission that most of the people in your world won't know about until it is over. That is what happened to me this week, when I went to Pittsburgh to interview Andrew McCutchen, the superstar center fielder for the Pirates, for Guideposts magazine.This interview had been a goal of mine that I had...
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Pittsburgh Pirates Fans Make Incredible ‘Family Matters’ Tribute Video

It’s been a big couple of weeks for 1990s “TGIF” sitcom baseball videos. Last Friday (fittingly), we brought you this incredible “Full House” video done by the San Francisco Giants. This week, it’s a fan video pairing the Pittsburgh Pirates and the ’90s sitcom classic “Family Matters.” The Pirates fan page/blog “Benstonium” put together an incredible Pirates...
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Josh Harrison surprises Pirates fans at Dunkin Donuts (Video)

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Josh Harrison made a surprise appearance at the drive thru of a local Dunkin Donuts as part of a public relations campaign to say "thank you" to their fans.Not only were fans surprised to see Harrison in his jersey handing them their orders, but some of them were lucky enough to receive tickets to an upcoming Pirates game. Now that's called getting your...
Via Holdout Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Knowing When to Lift Jeff Locke

If the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to catch the St. Louis Cardinals in the standings Clint Hurdle is going to have to do a much better job of managing the back end of the Pirates rotation. Last night he continued a post All-Star Break trend of leaving back of the rotation starting pitchers in the game to give it away in the middle innings. Last night with the Pirates leading 3...
Via Hidden Vigorish
20 days ago  |  Discuss

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