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David Manel

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Liriano gives the Bucs the start they needed

Francisco Liriano has become the ace of the Pirates' staff. With the bullpen a bit overworked and the team looking to rebound from two losses in a row, tonight Liriano did what aces do, going deep...

Pregame: Pirates' bullpen a little short tonight

Abbreviated pregame notes tonight. I spent most of my time before the game talking to Rockies' manager Walt Weiss and Todd Helton about their time working with and playing for Clint Hurdle. I'll...

Gamethread: Liriano looks to help Bucs bounce back

Tonight's lineup: Starling Marte LFJordy Mercer SSAndrew McCutchen CFGaby Sanchez 1BTony Sanchez CJose Tabata RFNeil Walker 2BJosh Harrison 3BFrancisco Liriano P

Rockies take game one of the weekend series, 4-2

After giving up 40 runs and going through 18 pitchers in their previous four games, Jhoulys Chacin gave the Colorado Rockies exactly what they needed tonight. Chacin allowed only one run in eight...

Pregame: Bucs prepare for Rockies

Notes from this afternoon's press meeting with Pirates' Manager Clint Hurdle: Assessing Morton's tough night Hurdle pointed to a combination of bad luck and poor command to explain Charlie...

Gamethread: Cole opens series against Colorado

Tonight's starting lineup: Starling Marte LFNeil Walker 2BAndrew McCutchen CFPedro Alvarez 3BRussell Martin CGarrett Jones 1BAlex Presley RFClint Barmes SSGerrit Cole P Roster move: The Pirates...

Rival GMs advised Bucs to do things "properly"

Lots of good stuff from this afternoon's press scrum with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle: Pirates fan in aisle five Hurdle kicked-off this afternoon's press scrum with an entertaining anecdote...

Postgame Notes: Don't stop believin'

Don't Stop Believin' With their win tonight the Pirates now have a 2.5-game lead on the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central. In terms of securing at least the final playoff spot, the...

Pirates acquire Robert Andino for a PTBNL

The Pirates announced that they acquired Robert Andino from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Andino will report to Triple A Indianapolis. In...

Quotes from Neal Huntington's presser

Selected quotes from Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington's press conference: Pirates were focused on upgrading the offense We probably focused more energy on the offense and adding a bat....

Postgame notes: Two more 'gems' for the Bucs

Gems, gems and more gems Pirates' starters tossed two more gems this evening, making it three straight for the series and five out of eight for the season in games played against the Cardinals....

Gamethread: Cumpton vs. Lyons in game two

Too much of a good thing is not too much when it comes to pennant race baseball. And tonight Pirates fans are getting their fill. It took nearly four hours for the Bucs to emerge victorious in the...

Hurdle: Wandy 'upbeat and optimistic'

Notes from Clint Hurdle's press meeting this afternoon: Wandy update Hurdle said that Wandy Rodriquez is feeling good about his rehabilitation program: "The last two times he went out and threw...

Postgame notes: Liriano throws another "gem"

RISP The Pirates went 5-for-13 with RISP; the Cardinals 3-for-8. The Pirates increased their MLB-worst average in these situations by three points to .225; the Cardinals improved their...

Hurdle and Matheny discuss series, clutch hitting

Notes from this afternoon's press scrum: -P- Starling Marte is not in tonight’s lineup. Jose Tabata will bat first and play right field; newly-recalled Alex Presley will start in left. Clint...

Pirates Week 16 update

I fell behind updating the "Return to Average" and "Win Probability" graphs because I was busy covering the Pirates at PNC Park and Wrigley Field the last few weeks. In what follows I attend to...

Can the bullpen hold? Neal Huntington responds.

Notes from this afternoon's presser with Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington Sustainability of the bullpen One of the uncomfortable parallels between the 2013 and 2012 Pirates is that much...

Official: Mark Melancon added to All-Star roster

Notes from this morning's press meeting: The Pirates may have two more All-Stars: Mark Melancon and Francisco Liriano. This afternoon Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle said he spoke to National League...

Jeff Locke to miss Sunday start

Notes from this afternoon's press meeting: * Jeff Locke will miss Sunday's start vs the New York Mets and he will not pitch in the All-Star Game because of "lower-back tightness." Hurdle said that...

David Wright: booing "made for a nice atmosphere"

As expected David Wright received a less-than-welcoming reception tonight at PNC Park. Each of the five times he came to the plate the Mets' third baseman was the object of a fairly long and loud...

Pregame: All-Star Game, Russ Canzler & Chris Davis

Some notes from this afternoon's press meeting with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle: All-Star Game * As Pedro Alvarez prepares to return back home to play in his first All-Star game, Hurdle said...

Hurdle: 'I believe offense will self-correct'

Notes from today's press scrum at a rainy PNC Park: Is the Pirates' offense performing under projections? This afternoon Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle returned to a theme that he's repeated many...

Pirates offense stymied, again. Bucs lose, 2-1

The Pirates wasted another strong performance from their pitching and defense and fell to the Oakland A's tonight, 2-1. It is the team's fourth loss in a row. "Part of what's going on right now,...

Walker placed on DL; Harrison recalled

The Pirates announced that Neil Walker has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retro July 7th) with right side soreness. Josh Harrison has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to...

Pirates' offense sputters as Bucs lose 2-1

The Pirates received another solid start from Jeff Locke, but were unable to get a timely hit and dropped their third game in a row, 2-1. On the night the Pirates left 10 men on base and went...

Neil Walker update; Hurdle talks Moneyball

Inge gets another start

Pregame: Inge gets start

Notes from this afternoon's press meeting with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle: Inge gets start at second Neil Walker is day to day and will be reevaluated tomorrow by team doctors. With Walker...

Punchless Pirates drop one to Cubs, 4-1

On a day that Clint Hurdle described afterwards as an "organizational win" because four of the club's players were selected to the All-Star Game, the Pirates were unable to provide much offensive...

Four Pirates make All-Star team

For the first time since 1981, four Pittsburgh Pirates will be members of the National League All-Star team. The representatives are starting pitcher Jeff Locke, center fielder Andrew McCutchen,...

Hurdle talks Liriano, Burnett and All-Star Game

Notes from this afternoon's press scrum: Pirates find success with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano signings After another strong showing from Francisco Liriano yesterday, it is starting to...

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