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Volquez struggles with curveball, Bucs lose 5-2

After three come-from-behind victories in a row, the Bucs weren't able to muster any late-inning offense and dropped the opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers, 5-2. Edinson Volquez got...

Volquez struggles with curveball, Bucs lose 5-2

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After three come-from-behind victories in a row, the Bucs weren't able to muster any late-inning offense and dropped the opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers, 5-2. Edinson Volquez got...

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Bucs interested in Antonio Bastardo, A.J. Burnett

The Pirates are interested in Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo and starter A.J. Burnett, Jon Morosi writes. Bastardo is a lefty, and if/when the Pirates acquire a reliever, I would think it...

Bucs interested in Antonio Bastardo, A.J. Burnett

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The Pirates are interested in Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo and starter A.J. Burnett, Jon Morosi writes. Bastardo is a lefty, and if/when the Pirates acquire a reliever, I would think it...

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The Matt Morris Report: 7/21/14

West Virginia staged a big comeback to save the organization from a winless day. No result was available for the DSL Pirates.

The Matt Morris Report: 7/21/14

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West Virginia staged a big comeback to save the organization from a winless day. No result was available for the DSL Pirates.

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Kyle Stark on the Pirates' minor leaguers

I was waiting to interview players in Columbus on Thursday and was surprised to see Pirates assistant GM (and former farm director) Kyle Stark walk onto the field, so I scheduled an interview with...

Kyle Stark on the Pirates' minor leaguers

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I was waiting to interview players in Columbus on Thursday and was surprised to see Pirates assistant GM (and former farm director) Kyle Stark walk onto the field, so I scheduled an interview with...

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Mel Rojas Jr. working on plate approach with Indy

Pirates outfield prospect Mel Rojas Jr. has roots in Indianapolis -- sort of. He was born in Indianapolis May 24, 1990, and his father, the Dominican pitcher Mel Rojas, pitched for Indy in 1990 and...

Mel Rojas Jr. working on plate approach with Indy

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Pirates outfield prospect Mel Rojas Jr. has roots in Indianapolis -- sort of. He was born in Indianapolis May 24, 1990, and his father, the Dominican pitcher Mel Rojas, pitched for Indy in 1990 and...

Huntington discusses approach to trade deadline

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The Pirates' organization's approach to the trade deadline boils down to balancing "projected current wins versus projected future wins," Huntington said Sunday afternoon. "We felt less...

Notes: Bucs pitchers inducing weak contact

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Cole update Gerrit Cole will pitch a sim-game on Wednesday. The plan is for him to pitch three innings, 55 pitches. Volquez finding success with curve Entering tonight's game, Edinson Volquez...

Pirates interested in Joaquin Benoit

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The Pirates are interested in Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit, Jon Heyman reports. Heyman suggests the price for Benoit will be lower than it was for Huston Street because teams view Benoit as more...

Gamethread: Edinson Volquez takes on Dodgers

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Here's the Pirates' strange lineup as they take on Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers: Josh Harrison SSStarling Marte LFAndrew McCutchen CFGaby Sanchez 1BNeil Walker 2BRussell Martin CJordy Mercer SSM...

The Matt Morris Report: 7/20/14

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-- Indianapolis recovered from an early four-run deficit to beat Columbus, 7-5.  Casey Sadler gave up four in the 1st, but ended up lasting six innings.  He allowed five runs total on eight hits...

Postgame: Bucs aggressive baserunning leads to win

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Postgame notes: Stewart's big day Chris Stewart had his biggest day as a member of the Pirates today, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI. He led the team with a WPA score of .294. His...

Nick Kingham polishing game at Indianapolis

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Top Pirates pitching prospect Nick Kingham wasn't dominant Saturday night against Columbus, allowing four runs, three earned, in six innings and giving up a two-run homer. He did, however, exhibit...

Pirates sweep Rockies with 5-3 win

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The Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to complete a sweep of the Rockies Sunday with a 5-3 victory. Jeff Locke gave up a two-run shot Josh Rutledge in the first and a solo homer to our old...

Andrew Lambo, Indianapolis offense go nuts in rout

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Andrew Lambo and Robert Andino each had two home runs as Indianapolis' offense went nuts in a 15-5 rout of Columbus today. Lambo, Andino and Dean Anna all had four hits apiece, and Anna and Chris...

Dry Land now available

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My book, Dry Land, is finally available! You can find physical copies at CreateSpace. (You can also get it at Amazon, and I thank you no matter where you buy it, but I get a much higher royalty at...

Rule 5 and upcoming roster issues

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The Pirates figure to have a lot of roster movement over the next 4-5 months

Q+A: New Pirates infielder Dean Anna

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Infielder Dean Anna came to the Pirates just this month after the Bucs claimed him from the Yankees. Anna doesn't have a typical background for a player on a 40-man roster -- the Padres took him in...

Matt Morris Report: Sampson takes no-no into 9th

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Pirates pitching prospect Adrian Sampson took a no-hitter into the ninth inning and pitched a complete-game shutout as Altoona beat Bowie, 3-0. Sampson walked one, striking out two. Earlier today,...

Q+A: Sanchez working on defense at Indianapolis

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I spoke with Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez Thursday afternoon, hours before he went 1-for-3 with a double and threw out a base stealer in Indianapolis' 1-0 win over Columbus. Here's a lightly edited...

Pirates getting creative with defensive shifts

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The 2014 season is the year of defensive shifts. With every team employing advanced defensive tactics, we would expect to see a spike in defensive efficiency. But, surprisingly, there hasn't been a...

Pregame: Hurdle talks Alvarez's throwing errors

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Marte update Starling Marte is not in tonight's lineup. Clint Hurdle said they are taking it "one day at a time" with him and that he might be available off the bench. Alvarez's throwing woes P...

Pirates beat Rox in extras

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Jordy Mercer hit a walkoff double as the Pirates dropped the hapless, undermanned Rockies in eleven innings, 3-2.

Gamethread: Jeff Locke takes on Rockies

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Here's the lineup as the Pirates face Tyler Matzek: Gregory Polanco RFJosh Harrison LFAndrew McCutchen CFGaby Sanchez 1BNeil Walker 2BJordy Mercer SSPedro Alvarez 3BChris Stewart CJeff Locke P

Padres to trade Huston Street to Angels

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The Padres are trading closer Huston Street to the Angels. The Pirates had reportedly asked about Street, although as I noted at the time, there are probably better deals to be had out there, given...

Pregame: Frieri discusses progress with mechanics

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Cole update Clint Hurdle said that Gerrit Cole's workout yesterday was successful. "Ray [Searage] said it went very well, his fastball, changeup, it was was 30 pitches. So, after he settles down...

Pirates overcome bumbling defense in 4-2 win

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A series of defensive miscues by the left side of their infield put the Pirates behind, but fortunately they were playing the Rockies.

Indianapolis loses to Columbus, 5-4

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Indianapolis lost 5-4 to Columbus Friday in a nice game for Andrew Lambo, who's in his second game back at Indy after a thumb injury that's kept him out most of the summer. The Clippers scored...

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