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All Hands on Deck: Indians split twin bill with Red Sox

Only three games were played in two cities as rain hits the New York/Penn area. Indianapolis made up Saturday’s rainout with Pawtucket with a pair of seven innings games.



Minor league veteran utility man Darnell Sweeney was acquired from the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association, where he’d hit 288/430/538 in 100 plate appearances this year.

Sweeney was a 13th round selection by the Dodgers in 2012 from Central Florida and after reaching Triple-A in...

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Watch: Hurdle, Archer, and Bell on win

Clint Hurdle, Chris Archer, and Josh Bell discuss the hard-fought 5-4 victory over the Marlins

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Michael Augustine

Game Recap: Pirates steal game and series from Marlins, win 5-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates came back from a 4-2 deficit to win the final game of the series in Miami, 5-4. The victory provided Pirates with a much-needed series win over the Marlins as they were treading water after seven straight losses, ultimately falling into last place in the National League Central.

Pirates starter Chris Archer got the no decision but went five innings, giving up four earned runs alongside three walks and eight strikeouts.

Sandy Alcantara pitched well enough for the...

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Michael Augustine

Game Thread: Pirates look to take series in afternoon rubber match

With the series knotted at one game a piece, the Pirates feature Chris Archer (3-6, 5.73 ERA) in a duel with Sandy Alcantara (3-6, 3.67) this afternoon in Marlins Park

Pittsburgh have outscored Miami 14-4 in this series.

The last time the Pirates had Archer on the mound, he gave up five home runs to the Atlanta Braves. His previous two starts gave some hope that he may have figured something out, but he’ll need a gem today to keep that optimism going.

Alcantara is 2-4 at home this year...

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Brian Cartwright

All Hands on Deck: Pedro Vasquez shines again

Games Triple-A

The Pawtucket at Indianapolis game was postponed.


Altoona (34-31) wins 5-1 at Binghamton (33-29)

The Rumble Ponies’ Andres Jimenez tripled to elad off the game and scored one batter later on a groundout, snapping Pedro Vasquez’ streak of three straight starts without allowing a run - but that was the only run that the 23 year old right-hander Vasquez (7-2, 3.14) would surrender on the night, as he allowed only three singles and a walk over the remainder of his...

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Michael Augustine

Game Recap: Pirates fall short in game two, lose Dario Agrazal’s MLB debut 4-3.

24-year old Dario Agrazal pitched well in his big league debut but the Pirates offense couldn’t replicate its potency from last night, dropping game two 4-3.

Miami starter Jose Lopez went seven innings allowing as many hits and three earned runs with four strikeouts and a walk.

The first two innings gave the look of a potential pitchers duel. Pittsburgh struck first in the top of the third.

After Elias Diaz lead off the inning with a double, he was moved over to third by a groundout from...

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Michael Augustine

Game Thread: Can the Bucs keep the bats hot in game two?

Starter Dario Agrazal makes his MLB debut for Pittsburgh

After last night’s 11-0 drubbing of the Miami Marlins, the Pirates will look to keep the offense rolling as they face righty Pablo Lopez in game two.

Lopez has been lights-out since mid-May and is at his best when pitching in Miami (1.73 home ERA). In his last several starts, he’s given up only six earned runs in 28.2 innings with a 19-3 strikeout to walk rate. This will be the first time Lopez has faced Pittsburgh during his short...

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Brian Cartwright

What to expect from Dario Agrazal

The Pirates have recalled right-handed starting pitcher Dario Agrazal, and he is scheduled to make his major league debut against the Marlin in Miami on Saturday.

The 6-2, 240 pound Panamanian, at age 24, is in his seventh season in the Pirates organization. He’s been steadily progressing, generally a level a year, reaching Triple-A Indianapolis last month after opening the season with four starts for Altoona. Combined, he has a 5-3 record and 3.27 ERA so far in 2019.

Agrazal’s main...

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Brian Cartwright

All Hands on Deck: Morgantown starts play as good starting pitching abounds


SS Robbie Glendinning started the year at Double-A Altoona after jumping from Low-A in 2018 and played nine games before being dropped back down to High-A Bradenton when Oneil Cruz went out with a fractured foot. After hitting 340/392/599 in 43 games for the Marauders, usually batting third or fourth in the lineup, he’s back up to Altoona. Hopefully this might also mean Cruz is close to returning, but for now his spot was filled by 2B Francisco Acuna who’d been in Extended...

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Brian Cartwright

Everything goes Pirates’ way in 11-0 drubbing of Marlins

This game was actually scoreless until the fourth inning, which was even more unlikely considering Steven Brault was pitching for the Pirates and had already given up seven hits.

But then it seemed every offering from Miami’s Trevor Richards, if not thrown away by their defense, found grass as the Pirates eventually amassed eighteen hits in the game.

Barult, who went six and a third innings his last time out, threw six strong innings against the Marlins, without allowing a walk or a run as...

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Bryan Reynolds making Andrew McCutchen trade look good for Pirates

Andrew McCutchen was the face of the franchise during his time with the Pirates, one of their best players ever, but it became obvious a couple years back that they’d have to trade him. Entering 2018, McCutchen’s final year of team control, the low-budget Pirates knew they weren’t going to extend the outfielder. Consequently, Pittsburgh traded McCutchen to San Francisco for two prospects – right-hander Kyle Crick and outfielder Bryan Reynolds – as well as $500K in international...

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Brian Cartwright

Game Thread: Can the Pirates find gold in Florida?

Heading into Miami for the third stop on their ten game road trip, the Pirates are still looking to secure their first victory of the trip, as they’ve slid into last place in the National League Central. They’ll send left-hander Steven Brault (2-1, 5.05) to the mound at 7:10 p.m. Eastern against Miami right-hander Trevor Richards (3-6, 3.31)

Brault has pitched better lately, since injuries necessitated his return to the starting lineup. Owner of an 8.82 ERA after his sixth appearance...

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Michael Augustine

Series Preview: Pirates at Marlins

The Pirates travel to southern Florida this weekend to face the Miami Marlins in a battle of last place teams. The Pirates have had a miserable week, losing seven in a row while going 2-8 in their last ten games. Miami is 4-6 during the same stretch but won their last game.

Both teams have been outscored by a bunch this year; Miami by 65 runs, the Pirates by 88.

The Pirates have been putting runs on the board but the pitching has been very inconsistent and unreliable. They’ve allowed 384...

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Jason Rollison

Gregory Polanco’s 2019 season is a lost one

Too much too soon?

Did Gregory Polanco return from injury too soon? Yeah, probably.

Gregory Polanco has not had a fun time in 2019.

After working his you-know-what off to get back as soon as possible from a harsh knee/shoulder injury combination, the right-fielder has posted a .243/.304/.426 slashline over 162 plate appearances. While not a far cry from his watershed 2018, in which he slashes .254/.340/.499, the difference is seen in a few choice peripherals.

Namely, his strikeout rate has...

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Brian Cartwright

All Hands on Deck: Trevor Williams starts rehab



Indianapolis (35-29) goes down 11-3 to visiting Buffalo (30-34)

Trevor Williams, who landed on the Pirates’ injured list on May 17 with a right side strain, made his first rehabilitation appearance, allowing two runs in three innings. He did not display his typical efficiency with pitches, throwing 71 in those three innings as only 59% were for strikes, although he walked only one and struck out five batters.

Williams allowed two runs in the second on a walk and three hits....

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Looking for pitching help, Blue Jays acquire Nick Kingham from Pirates

The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Nick Kingham from the Pirates for cash considerations, the teams announced. Jays right-hander Ryan Tepera has been shifted to the 60-day injured list to create room on Toronto’s roster. Kingham was designated for assignment this week, effectively ending almost a decade in Pittsburgh’s organization. Kingham was a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft and has long been considered one of the more promising arms in the Bucs’ farm system, appearing...

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Alex Stumpf

Brutal Road Trip Continues As Braves Complete Four Game Sweep

A five run fifth inning rally by Atlanta propelled the Braves to complete the four game sweep of the Bucs Thursday in a 6-5 decision.

Joe Musgrove (4-7) was rolling going into the fifth, but he was chased without getting an out in said frame. He started the inning walking Dansby Swanson before Freddie Freeman triple him home and then scored on a Josh Donaldson base hit.

A Nick Markakis base hit prompted a mound visit, and he was removed after Ozzie Albies ripped an 0-2 fastball up in the...

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Michael Augustine

Game Thread: Pirates look to rebound after last night’s heartbreaker

Today’s lineup for Pirates v Braves:


1 R Kevin Newman SS

2 S Bryan Reynolds LF

3 R Starling Marte CF

4 S Josh Bell 1B

5 L Colin Moran 3B

6 L Gregory Polanco RF

7 R Elias Diaz C

8 L Adam Frazier 2B

9 R Joe Musgrove P


1 R Ronald Acuna CF

2 R Dansby Swanson SS

3 L Freddie Freeman 1B

4 R Josh Donaldson 3B

5 L Nick Markakis RF

6 S Ozzie Albies 2B

7 L Brian McCann C

8 L Matt Joyce LF

9 R Julio Teheran P

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Pittsburgh Pirates Fans—Greensboro Grasshoppers MiLB Road Trip

Part 1—The Travel Plan

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a relatively long history of fielding their full-season A class affiliate in the South Atlantic League. In fact, the West Virginia Power, whose home ballpark was located in Charleston, West Virginia, represented the Pirates since 2009. However, during the 2018 offseason, they relocated that team to Greensboro, NC as the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Therefore, 2019 is the inaugural season for Pittsburgh’s Grasshoppers team playing at First...

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Lonnie Chisenhall unlikely to play for Pirates anytime soon

We checked in on a couple injured Pirates a few hours ago. Here’s the latest on more banged-up Bucs from their director of sports medicine, Todd Tomczyk (courtesy of Adam Berry of MLB.com): The Pirates signed outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall to a one-year, $2.75M deal in the offseason, but he hasn’t played yet and it doesn’t appear he will anytime soon. Chisenhall’s still at home mending from left calf tightness. The 30-year-old opened the season on the injured list because of a finger...

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