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PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Bucs' new set-up man holds lead, outfielder Marte gets save

CINCINNATI With a perfect throw and a jarring dive, left fielder Starling Marte saved the Pirates' rebuilt bullpen. Marte threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth inning, then made a diving catch to end it, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates hold on for a 5-4 victory on Friday night that let the new-look bullpen save face its first time out. ''Does he get the save?'' manager Clint...
Via AP on Fox
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Marte’s first career save

Mark Melancon still has his ridiculous scoreless streak and save streak…but he got a major assist on this one. Actually, an assist doesn’t even really sufficiently describe it. Here’s both plays back-to-back by @Starlingmart with @gbrowniepoints commentary. pic.twitter.com/NBBkJMGRxx — Zack D’Ulisse (@740JZD) August 1, 2015 That sequence tells you all you need to know...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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Pittsburgh Pirates send A.J. Burnett to disabled list with elbow inflammation

I don’t think anyone is surprised that A.J. Burnett of the Pittsburgh Pirates went on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation on Friday. Everybody knew something was wrong. It sure ruined what was looking like quite a swan song for the 38-year-old, who plans to retire at the end of the season. Before the All-Star break, Burnett had not surrendered more than four runs in...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

J.A. Happ traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made another move for a pitcher with the trade deadline approaching, as they traded for J.A. Happ of the Seattle Mariners. On the year Happ is 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 20 starts for the Mariners. His year hasn’t gone as well as the Mariners had hoped it would when they picked him up in the offseason. He will prove fruitful for the Pirates...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates trade Jose Tabata to Dodgers for Mike Morse

michael morse went with cash to pirates for jose tabata — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2015 This is a pretty late-breaking move and I am literally on my way out the door to a barbeque festival tonight, but it looks like the Pirates snuck one move in under the trade deadline. Mike Morse is really not having a good season at all, but as a right-handed bat I guess he provides...
Via WHYGAVS?
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

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!
1 day 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
1 day 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!
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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?
1 day 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...
Via WHYGAVS?
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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
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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...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Polanco Thriving Since Returning to the Leadoff Spot

It is hard to not view the first three months of Gregory Polanco‘s season as anything but disappointing. On July 5th the talented young RF of the Pittsburgh Pirates was saddled with a 231/300/330 triple slash line. The Pirates were facing a crossroad. Not only was Polanco struggling, but the team had just lost leadoff hitter Josh Harrison to a thumb injury that would sideline...
Via Hidden Vigorish
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates May Be Interested In Napoli & Victorino

(AP Photo)If Bill West of the Pittsburgh Tribune is to be believed, the Pirates are interested in trading for two of Boston expendable veterans—first-baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Shane Victorino. Even if Ben Cherington gets only one or two decent prospects in return, he should clearly make this deal. Napoli would give the Bucs a major defensive upgrade over incumbent 1B Pedro...
Via FenwayNation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 7-20-15 to 7-26-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 7/20/15 thru 7/26/15, the 16th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 3 Losses, 32 Runs Scored and 33 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Jung Ho Kang. Kang recorded multiple hits in 5 straight games this week. He was 11 for 28 (a .423 batting average) with 4 doubles and 5 runs scored...
Via Hidden Vigorish
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Tyler Clippard edition

As I already stated in a previous article, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in desperate need of bullpen help. Arquimedes Caminero has imploded lately and Antonio Bastardo is too inconsistent for the Bucs to count on in big time situations. Caminero’s ERA is approaching 5.00 as it currently sits at a whopping 4.47 and continues to climb. He has given up home runs in each of his past...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Kevin Jepsen edition

Over the past few weeks fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates know that one of the main problems for this year’s team is an average bullpen. The back end of this bullpen is solid featuring Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and even Jared Hughes. As for the rest of the bullpen, they have shown inconsistency and cannot be relied on in clutch situations. Vance Worley, Antonio Bastardo, Arquimedes...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Aramis Ramirez Returns to Pittsburgh

Brent Morel started at third base for the Pirates on Monday. The same Brent Morel who has a career .272 on-base percentage. He started again at third base last night as well. This must have struck fear into the hearts of Pittsburgh Pirates fans, perhaps giving them some flashbacks to the bad old days. Thankfully, […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper gives girl with sign asking him to prom signed ball (pic)

A young Washington Nationals fan attending the team’s game on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park may have come up short in her bid to convince Bryce Harper to serve as her date to prom, but what she received as compensation more than rewarded her efforts. The young lady, who wasn’t even asking...Read More The post Bryce Harper gives girl who held sign asking...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers trade Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates

Having been in the for infield help after losing Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer to injuries that will likely keep both out until September, the Pittsburgh Pirates added a solid veteran presence on Thursday. Media reports indicated earlier in the day that Pittsburgh was on the verge of acquiring former All-Star third baseman Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers. Those reports...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking Bad Starring Clint Hurdle

There is no question the Pittsburgh Pirates were dealt a bit of a bad hand coming out of the All Star Break. The break could not have come at a worse time for what had been the hottest team in baseball throughout the first two weeks of July. Thanks to a pair of dramatic come from behind walk off wins over the Cardinals in the last two games prior to the All-Star Game the Pirates...
Via Hidden Vigorish
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Travis Ishikawa breaks out

Pittsburgh Pirates’ first baseman, Travis Ishikawa, entered Monday’s game against the Kansas City Royals with just one hit in 18 at-bats on the season (.056 batting average). Ishikawa has always been seen as a defensive-minded first baseman, but if he continued to struggle as badly as he was at the plate, it was hard to envision the Pirates keeping him on the roster much longer...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Announcers lose their minds over Andrew McCutchen walk off homer

On Saturday night, Andrew McCutchen hit a dramatic walk off homer in the bottom of the 14th inning to lead the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals. Pittsburgh trailed in both the 10th and 14th innings before McCutchen gave them the win. The calls of the homer from both Fox and KDKA might best be described as “completely over the top and amazing”. Here’s how Matt Vasgersian...
Via Awful Announcing
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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