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Pirates send 3 to DSL All Star Game

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Jesus Paredas, Omar Basulto, and Ulises Montilla. The link is in spanish. The game already happened but the results aren't up yet.

Nick Cafardo Suggests Pirates May Have Interest In Jon Lester

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I'm not sure I'd attach much significance to this. Sure the Pirates would inquire, but that is just Neal Huntington doing his job. Lester is due $11.6 million next year and there is a team option for $13 million in 2014. Cafardo suggests the Sox would want someone like Gerrit Cole in return. Not happening. Cafardo also mentions the Pirates potential interest in Hamels, Greinke, Dempster and Garza in the same note, so he has covered all the bases.

Tony Sanchez's Post-Game Quotes

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Sanchez is clearly a guy you can root for to make it to the bigs. He seems affable and a good teammate. The quotes on getting 2 hits and Starling Marte are pretty funny. Worth a share in my opinion.

Corriea to the Angels?!

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This seems hard to believe, but Rob Biertempfel is reporting that the Angels are scouting Corriea and talking to the Pirates about a trade.

"A Shocking Moment"

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That was Vin Scully's call after SD scored 2 after being down to their last strike and beat the Dodgers 7-6. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Dodger's reliever Jensen turned his back to the plate and the runner on 3rd took off for a steal of home. Jensen overthrew the catcher and the trail runner scored as Jensen lollygagged to cover home anyway.

Thirty-eight years ago today: fight with Reds turns season around...

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How did the 1974 Pirates go from last-place in mid-July to the NL East pennant? Step one was an epic brawl on the Three Rivers Stadium turf.

Dan Szymborski Simulates The Second Half

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Dan, an occasional commenter on the site, runs a projection of the year-end standings. All standings were projected a million times, using a Monte Carlo simulation along with the ZiPS projection system that he created. (ESPN Insider subscription req.) The projection shows the Pirates finishing 86-76, with a 22.6% chance of winning the division and a 50.6% chance of making the playoffs. In this simulation, they miss the second wild card spot by one game. Here is what is really interesting, Dan assumes that two wins represents a rough gauge of what acquiring a star would net a team and one win is about what a team can gain by bringing in an above-average player. "...the Bucs' playoff odds would jump 14 percentage points with the addition of two wins, which is the largest in baseball." A big 17 days ahead for Neal Huntington.

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