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Jung Ho Kang Proving to be Great Addition for the Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang drives in a run with a single off Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Jung Ho Kang was a highly coveted major league prospect out of the Korean Baseball Organization, after posting some unreal numbers last season, when he hit .356 with 40 homeruns...
Via The Sports Journal
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Jung Ho Kang is on fire

I’ll be the first to admit it; I was skeptical of Jung Ho Kang. When the Pirates signed him this winter, my initial thought was that it was a worthy risk to take and that maybe he’d develop into a decent hitter for the Bucs eventually, but that the learning curve from the KBO to MLB was likely to be pretty steep. Kang’s spring training and early season with the Bucs didn...
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Late night bombs

If you went to bed before the Pirates wrapped up their seventh win in a row (after 1 AM eastern time), hopefully you at least hung around long enough to see the fun part. Jung Ho’s monster blast was jaw dropping. Jung Ho Kang hit this ball halfway to South Korea (VIDEO) — RaiseTheJollyRoger (@RTJRblog) May 29, 2015 So was Gregory Polanco‘s laser homer...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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Pirates Back in Playoff Contention Thanks to Current Winning Streak

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, left, celebrates with Starling Marte after Marte’s two-run home run against San Diego Padres during the third inning in a baseball game Thursday, May 28, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Don Boomer) A season removed from making the postseason for two consecutive season after a 20 year drought, the Pirates started out looking like they were...
Via The Sports Journal
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Pittsburgh Pirates Rotation Depth Being Tested At Minor League Level

Easily the biggest strength of the Pittsburgh Pirates thus far this season has been the work of the rotation. The starting staff has been among the best not just in the National League, but all of baseball – keeping the team afloat while the offense tries to find its groove. But while their success of their rotation – especially at the top – has been nice, the idea of going...
Via Baseball News Source
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Pirates' pitching prospect lost for the season

  Pirates prospect Nick Kingham had Tommy John surgery Wedesday and is lost for the season, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You feel bad for the kid, the young man,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “This is never the way we draw it up for young pitchers. However, it's such a reality of our game.” Kingham, the Pirates No. 6 ranked prospect according to
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Nick Kingham has Tommy John surgery

Nick Kingham Update: Nick underwent right UCL reconstruction surgery yesterday. The expected recovery time is approximately 12-18 months. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 28, 2015 This news has been coming for a while (Kingham left his start on May 6th with elbow soreness and the team has been silent about it since then beyond saying he was going for a second opinion, which...
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Padres begin four-game series against Pirates Thursday

Clint Hurdle seems to be considerably happier now that the Pittsburgh Pirates are winning consistently, and giving the ball to A.J. Burnett isn't likely to alter his mood. Burnett looks to continue his masterful final season and keep the Pirates rolling in the opener of their 10-game road trip Thursday night against the San Diego Padres. Pittsburgh (24-22) was four games under .500...
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Pittsburgh Pirates sweep Marlins, win sixth straight

Another strong performance from Gerrit Cole, along with an all-around effort from the rest of the team helped the Pirates continue their hot streak Wednesday afternoon. It was a slow start for the Bucs to begin the game, but they were able to come from behind thanks to an impressive rally in the 7th inning. Jung Ho Kang and Pedro Alvarez celebrate after rallying to take the lead...
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Pedro Alvarez Finds New Consistency

Pedro Alvarez is on a hot streak. In his last 10 games Pedro is hitting .382 with 4 Home Runs. The recent surge has lifted his OPS from .694 on May 14th to .822. But hot streaks are not unusual for Pedro Alvarez. We have seen him put together hot stretches like this in each of the last three seasons. What has convinced me that Pedro is a much improved hitter is what he accomplished...
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Prospect Profile: Alen Hanson

Alen Hanson was signed by the Pirates as a teenager way back in 2009, so it probably feels like he's been around forever. I guess this post is my way of saying I hope you didn't fall asleep on him, as he's finally getting close to the major leagues. Don't get me wrong - he won't be up anytime soon with Neil Walker established at second base, but we could see Hanson take over at...
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Locke, Harrison Lead Pirates Over Marlins for Fifth Straight Win

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke delivers in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The Pirates won 5-1, with Locke getting his third win of the season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Jeff Locke pitched a beauty and the offense did plenty to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to their fifth straight victory, a 5-1 win...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole looks to lead Pirates to sweep of Marlins

Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you’re on a five-game winning streak and the sixth game is started by Gerrit Cole and Brad Hand, then a five-game winning streak won’t be good enough. I didn’t get a chance to talk about Cole’s last start against the Mets much, so let me take some time to do it now. Look at this log of Cole’s pitch speed from the start: By my count, there...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Simple approach working for Cervelli

  Ask Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli about the key to his hot start on offense and the answer is a simple, obvious one. "Swinging at good pitches," Cervelli told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "That's it. Working deep in the count, doing my thing. I'm not trying to do too much." It may be an obvious answer, but it's the right one and so far it's been working for Cervelli. Through...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Five in a row

This game/series can be summed up pretty simply: the Marlins are bad, and the Pirates are no longer bad. I suppose it’s tough to tell whether or not this is more about the Pirates playing well or their opponents playing very poorly, but in the end it doesn’t matter – all wins count the same and the Bucs have five of them in a row. After falling into an early hole in the standings...
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Vol 7: NL Central Weekly Wrap-Up

This week (May 18-24th), the Chicago Cubs gained a half game on the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Pittsburgh Pirates broke away from the Cincinnati Reds to hold the sole position of 3rd place. The Milwaukee Brewers continue occupy the basement of the NL Central Chicago Cubs: The Cubs traveled this week, facing off against the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Starting...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Charlie Morton debuts tonight; Radhames Liz designated for assignment

#Pirates Roster Move: Charlie Morton has been reinstated from the 15-day DL & Radhames Liz has been designated for assignment. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 25, 2015 Ladies and gentlemen, the day you’ve been waiting for has arrived…Charlie Morton is back. Who knows what to expect? Certainly not me. When healthy, Morton has been a perfectly fine back of the rotation...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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Pittsburgh Pirates: Burnett continues to amaze

In his final season as a professional pitcher, A.J. Burnett isn’t holding anything back. His farewell tour is off to a great start as he has been superb for the Pittsburgh Pirates each time he takes the mound. Burnett improved his record to 4-1 while lowering his earned run average to 1.37 for the season. While Gerrit Cole is having a solid season, Burnett has been the best Pirates...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Cole dominant in win over Mets

Gerrit Cole’s strong season continued Friday night at PNC Park against the New York Mets. He was able to get enough run support to help earn his sixth win of the year. Cole also lowered his ERA to 2.05 after pitching 8.1 innings and only giving up one unearned run. He was masterful while striking out 10 batters which was a season high for Cole. Cole was dominant once again Friday...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen pay stub posted online and it is wild

It’s one thing to read that an athlete has signed a multi-million dollar contract and know that they are rich, but it’s quite another to actually see the visual evidence. With that in mind, we present this Andrew McCutchen pay stub reflecting his latest check from the first two weeks of May. The stub shows...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Are The Pittsburgh Pirates Providing Free Sexual Donuts?

I encountered an interesting tweet today regarding free donuts with Pittsburgh Pirates tickets. Go ahead and click that picture … If you’re going to have a typo, sexual donuts is an epic way to go. #smsports — Jessica Smith (@WarJessEagle) May 22, 2015 Hi baseball fan. I’m your sexual donut. I’m filled with cream. Jelly. And hot … steamy …...
Via Food and Sports
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Randy Watson approves? Pirates mistakenly offer fans a ‘sexual’ donut (pic)

The Pittsburgh Pirates had nothing but the best intentions in mind when a post to its Instagram account announced Friday morning that the team’s fans were in line for some free tickets and a special Pirates-themed donut if they dropped by an area Dunkin’ Donuts. Something, obviously, went awry, as instead of the message indicating...Read More The post Randy Watson approves?...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates promotion features sexual donuts!

This is just about the best giveaway I can ever remember seeing from a sports team.  On their Instagram page, the Pittsburgh Pirates were advertising a local Dunkin Donuts offering free Pirates tickets and… AND!!!… a “sexual Pirates donut.” Yes, sexual Pirates donuts. The post was taken down, but here’s a screenshot. I’m trying to figure this out. Is this a Siri fail...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez’s Mammoth Home Run Lands In Boat On Allegheny River (Video)

Pedro Alvarez did a little boating Tuesday night. The Pittsburgh Pirates slugger has proved in recent years that when he gets a hold of one, he’ll send it a very long way. Well, he got a hold of one Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, and the end result was a water landing of sorts. Alvarez ripped a 471-foot solo home run in the fourth inning that, off the bat, looked like it...
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Pedro Alvarez hits HR into boat on the fly (Video)

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez hit a home run out of PNC Park and into a small boat parked along the edge of the Allegheny River in the bottom of the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against Minnesota.The solo HR by Alvarez traveled about 450 feet and landed in the boat on the fly. A passer-by saw the baseball land and hopped into the boat to grab the souvenir for...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

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