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Bucs open four game set hosting Nationals

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The Washington Nationals make their 2019 trip to PNC Park in Pittsburgh, sending right-hander Joe Ross (3-3, 5.91) to the hill to face the Pirates’ Trevor Williams (5-5, 5.25) in a scheduled 7:05 p.m. Eastern start.

The 28 year old Ross went down with forearm tightness in July of 2017 and subsequently underwent Tommy John surgery which robbed him of the bulk of 2018. Three times recalled this year from Triple-A Fresno, Ross has made eight starts in the...

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Series Preview: Pirates Host Washington Nationals For Four

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports After dropping two of three against the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates will continue their current 10-game homestand with a four game set against the Washington Nationals.

The Pirates have a record of 51-72, good for second worst in the National League behind only the Miami Marlins (45-78). They have been playing slightly better as of late, winning three of their last six, but still own a 7-27 record since the All-Star...

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All Hands on Deck: Ke’Bryan Hayes with a clutch homer for Indianapolis

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31 year old MLB veteran Tom Koehler, who’d appeared in four rehab games over the past couple weeks, was placed back on the disabled list with the right shoulder strain that’s kept him out of any official games since September of 2017.

Altoona activated LHP Elvis Escobar, shut down after two spring training appearances with a left shoulder strain, then then who made eight rehab appearances over the past four weeks. Signed in 2013 as an...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Get Blown Out in Williamsport

  The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs battled in Williamsport, Pennsylvania tonight in what is known as the Little League Classic. This comes in the middle of the Little League World Series which takes place every year. The Pittsburgh Pirates faltered in game three against the Chicago Cubs. Struggling offense and poor pitching have continued […] Pittsburgh Pirates Get Blown Out in Williamsport - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Watch: CHC 7, PIT 1 - Homers lift Cubs in Little League Classic

8/18/19: Homers lift Cubs in Little League Classic

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Watch: Starling Marte hits solo HR for Pirates' only score

Starling Marte crushes the first pitch of the bottom of the 9th inning for a home run to put the Pirates on the board and break the shutout

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Bucs fall 7-1 to Cubs in front of the Little Leaguers

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Just like the day before, the Pirates failed to score (until Craig Kimbrel entered to get some work) Unlike the previous day, there were know scoring opportunities to waste, although they bumped up their streak of hitless at bats with runners in scoring position.

Jose Quintana beat the Bucs for the fourth time in four starts this year, and hardly appeared to break a sweat as he cruised through seven scoreless innings, allowing just four singles and a double...

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Pirates and Cubs go back to Little League

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The Pirates and Cubs head to Williamsport, Pa for the third annual Little League Classic at 7:10 p.m. Eastern on Sunday evening. Mitch Keller (1-1, 7.94) will start for the home team Pirates vs veteran left-hander Jose Quintana (10-7, 4.11) of the Cubs.

This will be Quintana’s fourth start of the year against the Pirates. So far he’s held Pittsburgh batters to a combined .524 OPS on a 225/256/268 line. In 20 innings he’s walked 4 and...

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All Hands on Deck: Travis Swaggerty goes deep twice for Bradenton

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Many strong starting performances as a pair of pitching prospects hit the disabled list along with a slew of promotions.

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Altoona Curve placed RHP Cody Bolton (6-6, 3.28 ERA in 101 2?3 IP) on the 7-day injured list. One of the system’s top starting pitching prospects, the 6th Round pick in 2017 out of Tracy, California started the year with a 1.61 ERA in twelve starts with Bradenton but struggled with Altoona, posting a 5.85 ERA in nine starts...

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Watch: CHC 2, PIT 0 - Lester, Bryant lead Cubs in shutout win

8/17/19: Lester, Bryant lead Cubs in shutout win

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Steven Brault Shines as Pittsburgh Pirates Fall

The Pittsburgh Pirates, after securing a walk-off win the night before, fell without a whimper to the Chicago Cubs. They are now 7-26 since the All Star break. The Pittsburgh Pirates came to the plate today with some momentum after a crazy 9th inning victory relying on some of their younger stars. Today, they followed it […] Steven Brault Shines as Pittsburgh Pirates Fall - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pirates Squander Opportunities, Fall to the Cubs 2-0

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The Pittsburgh Pirates had many chances to score runs against the Chicago Cubs this afternoon. They failed to do so. Twice, they had the bases loaded with zero outs. In the end, zero runs were scored. The Pirates were shutout. In total, they left 11 men on base while going 0-12 with runners in scoring position.

Jon Lester had his best start of the month for the Cubs, going six scoreless with three strikeouts. He was able to navigate around four hits and...

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A Look Back at the David Freese Trade

Last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a last-minute trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  How has the deal looked on the Bucs side of things? The Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of last year’s waiver trade deadline.  Late last year on August 31st, it was announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates traded third/first baseman David Freese to […] Pittsburgh Pirates: A Look Back at the David Freese Trade - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Game Thread: Pirates Look For Series Win Against Cubs

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports After an exciting walk-off win last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates will attempt to give the Chicago Cubs their fifth straight loss this afternoon. Steven Brault (3-1, 4.33) takes the bump for the Pirates and will oppose fellow lefty Jon Lester (9-8, 4.43)

In two starts since returning from his shoulder injury, Brault has tossed 10 innings, allowing six earned runs. Batters are hitting .216/.293/.378 against him during that span. Brault has not started...

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Pirates season marked by conflict on-field and off

Friday night’s walkoff victory against the reeling Cubs aside, the Pirates are mired in a deep funk. They started the second half in free fall, going 6-25 as they’ve dipped from the fringes of the playoff race to (at one point) 20 games under .500. The Pirates have been involved in multiple on-field conflicts, with manager Clint Hurdle stealing focus as he spars with other managers within the NL Central. Hurdle has a well-known strategic proclivity toward pitching up and in — with...

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All of these were moves of organizational players to fill holes in rosters.

3B Darnell Sweeney (231/286/392) was promoted from Altoona to Indianapolis.

2B Mitchell Tolman (254/340/344) was promoted from Altoona to Indianapolis.

SS Adrian Valerio (219/261/281) was promoted from Bradenton to Altoona.

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Indianapolis (60-62) falls 8-4 to visiting Lehigh Valley (58-63)

Lehigh Valley broke a 4-4 tie with four runs in the eighth off reliever Dovydas...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Walk off the Cubs in Series Opener

The Pirates upset the division rival Cubs in the opening game of the series on Friday night. Multiple young Pirates players were involved in the spectacular walk off victory.   Friday night for the Pirates showcased a inter-division match up against the rival Chicago Cubs. Going into Friday night, the Pirates held a record of […] Pittsburgh Pirates Walk off the Cubs in Series Opener - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pirates Take Advantage of Cubs Bullpen, Walk it Off 3-2

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The Pittsburgh Pirates battled back after a rough eighth inning to beat the Chicago Cubs in the bottom of the ninth by a score of 3-2. It was an impressive pitcher’s duel in PNC Park, but the Battlin’ Buccos pulled it out in the end, winning their third game out of the last four.

The scoring was scarce all game long, but especially so in the first third of the game. Pirates righty Joe Musgrove faced the minimum through three innings, striking out four...

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Game Thread: Bucs back in the ‘Burgh to host Cubs

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are back home at PNC Park on Friday night to start a weekend series against the co-NL Central leading Chicago Cubs, and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm Eastern. The Bucs are coming off their first series win since they took the series 3-1 against Chicago in the first week of July, prior to the All-Star break. The Cubs were just swept by the Phillies in a three-game series, with last night’s contest ending on a walk-off...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Minors: Four All-Stars at Morgantown

The Pittsburgh Pirates might be struggling right now, but they have plenty to be happy about in the minors.  This includes four prospects who have been named all-stars. The Pittsburgh Pirates Short-Season Advanced baseball team is stationed in Morgantown, West Virginia.  They are a part of the New York Penn League, and while they are […] Pittsburgh Pirates Minors: Four All-Stars at Morgantown - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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