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Jason Rollison

Locked on Pirates podcast - Introducing Cannonballs

It’s the re-debut of our game show CANNONBALLS, part of Locked on Pirates

The latest episode of Locked on Pirates is LIVE. Here, Alex Stumpf and Noah Hiles from 93.7 The Fan are the combatants in CANNONBALLS, our weekly-ish Pirates game show.

CANNONBALLS is a game show that Pittsburgh Pirates fans are sure to love.

Each week, moderator Jason Rollison will bring in two combatants and throw three topics into the water, with each guest giving his own take. Jason scores the argument, and the...

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Taillon tasked with snapping skid

Right-hander Jameson Taillon will be on the mound for the Pirates on Monday as they open a three-game series with the Mets at Citi Field looking to halt a five-game losing streak. Like the Pirates, the Mets started hot -- they were 17-9 at the end of April -- but New York is now 13 games under .500. In two career starts against the Mets, Taillon is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA. Righty Seth Lugo will start for the Mets at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Bucs blanked by D-backs in series finale

Trevor Williams pitched his second straight quality start on Sunday, but the Pirates were unable to overcome the two homers the right-hander allowed early on as they dropped their fifth straight game, 3-0, to the D-backs at PNC Park.

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Alex Stumpf

Bucs’ bats silent as DBacks complete four game sweep

The Pirates’ nine game, rain soaked homestand came to a close Sunday afternoon when the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a four game sweep with a 3-0 win.

The Pirates scored only six runs in the 40 innings of the series, including just three in the final 34 frames. They managed just five hits Sunday and put only seven batted balls in the air while striking out nine times.

In their last 22 innings, only 20 Pirates batted balls have left the infield.

The Diamondbacks pounced on Pirates’...

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Cannonballs coming: Oddy Nunez throws eight-inning no-hitter

Pirates Prospects is reporting (sub. req’d) that Cal Mitchell has gone on the disabled list with lower back pain resulting from a swing and miss a couple days ago. He’s not expected to miss more than a week or so. He’ll be replaced by Fabricio Macias, who’ll move up from Morgantown after just two games. Jin-De Jhang, who got hit on the head by a back swing, also has gone on the DL, leaving the catching ranks even thinner.

Not a lot of action today. The GCL and DSL don’t play on...

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Pirates sticking with Rodriguez through slump

The Pirates are sticking with Rodriguez, the veteran super-utility man who made his third straight start on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Rodriguez entered the game batting .149 with a .557 OPS and 44 strikeouts in 134 plate appearances.

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Bucs place Feliz on 10-day DL (shoulder)

On Sunday, the Pirates placed reliever Michael Feliz on the 10-day disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation and recalled right-hander Clay Holmes from Triple-A Indianapolis.

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Pirates minor league preview: West Virginia Black Bears

The New York-Penn League is basically for college draftees, so the makeup of the Pirates’ Morgantown entry depends mainly on the sort of players they draft. This year, their college draftees included their top pick, as well as the rest of their picks from the first ten rounds except for their picks in the supplemental first and the second rounds. It’s not clear, though, just how much upside this group has.

The roster still isn’t set, though, as the Pirates still have close to two...

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Jason Rollison

Neal Huntington Radio Show Recap - June 24 2018

The Pittsburgh Pirates general manager talked

Pittsburgh Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington discussed the status of his club on his weekly radio show. Here’s a recap of the best bits.

Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington makes a weekly radio hit on the team’s flagship radio station 93.7 The Fan. Each Sunday, Bucs Dugout will bring you a recapping of Huntington’s show, picking out the best tidbits from the show, hosted by Pirates announcers. Let’s get...

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Jason Rollison

Game Thread: Williams, Pirates look to salvage a game before road trip

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to salvage the finale of the three-game Arizona Diamondbacks series before hitting the road. Here is your game thread.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in disarray. They have gone 10-22 over their last 32 games and sit dangerously close to officially falling out of any kind of contention.

The club needs a stopper, and needs it fast.

Enter....Trevor Williams?

Don’t laugh. Williams is coming off of what was arguably the best start of his young career, tossing seven...

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Cannonballs coming: Three hits for Travis Swaggerty

— Indianapolis (40-32) beat Durham, 7-6, in walkoff fashion when Pablo Reyes drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the tenth. J.T. Brubaker had a rough start, giving up six runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings. Josh Smoker got the win with two scoreless innings in relief. He gave up two hits and a walk, struck out three, and managed to keep the bogus runner from scoring in the top of the tenth. In AAA so far, he has a 2.33 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 31 Ks in 27 IP. ...

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Anthony Athens

Greinke and D-backs unfazed by rain delays / Bucs fall 7-2

Pittsburgh fell in game three of the series without much fight, losing 7-2 in what was ‘Sean Rodriguez Walk Off’ bobblehead night. The purpose of the bobblehead night was to commemorate a game on August 6th, 2017 in which Rodriguez rejoined the team and hit a walk off home run in the 12th inning, allowing the Pirates to improve their record to 54-57. You might be wondering why this is relevant now and bobblehead worthy – I am too.

Bobbleheads aside, the teams dealt with weather...

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Pirates offense stalled by D-backs, rain

Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove allowed five earned runs through four innings, while Zack Greinke limited the Bucs to two hits over six shutout frames in Pittsburgh's 7-2 loss at PNC Park. The defeat drops the Pirates to four games below .500 for the first time this season.

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Anthony Athens

Game Thread: Musgrove takes on Greinke

Here is the game thread for this afternoon’s match-up against Arizona.

The Bucs will send Joe Musgrove to the hill after dropping the first two games of the series. Zack Greinke (6-5, 3.90 ERA, 95 SO) will be opposing the Pirates.

The Pirates lineup features Meadows leading off and SROD batting eighth in what is his bobble-head day. Expect Rodriguez to have a big day at the plate... Either that, or he will continue his abysmal play and disgruntled fans will heave his bobble-heads onto...

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Dickerson activated, Frazier optioned to Triple-A

The Pirates reinstated left fielder Corey Dickerson from the family medical emergency list on Saturday and optioned utility man Adam Frazier to Triple-A Indianapolis.

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Nova brilliant through 8, but Bucs fall in extras

Ivan Nova put together a brilliant, efficient start on Friday night, continuing his strong stretch since returning from the disabled list, but the Pirates finally faltered in extra innings as they lost, 2-1, to the D-backs at PNC Park.

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Pirates’ minor league preview: Bristol

The Pirates expanded their minor league system back in 2014 to include a team in the advanced-rookie level Appalachian League. They did it as a development tool for prep pitchers, with their better prep pitching draftees going to Bristol the year after they were drafted. The rest of the team has been largely an afterthought, generally a mixture of organizational depth guys and lower level players who just haven’t shown the ability to advance out of rookie ball. The result has been a W/L...

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Alex Stumpf

Pirates squander Nova’s start in 2-1 extra inning loss to DBacks

Starters Ivan Nova and Patrick Corbin went pitch for pitch Friday night, but it was costly defensive errors and a 13th inning base hit that decided the game, with the Diamondbacks emerging victorious 2-1.

Nova went eight shutout innings, working around three hits while not walking a batter. He struck out eight, threw 18 first pitch strikes to his 27 batters faced and retired 13 on three pitches or less. He retired the final 12 batters he faced- five via punchout.

Corbin also allowed just...

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Cannonballs coming: Oliva, Cruz still hitting, still waiting

— Indianapolis (39-32) lost to Durham, 6-1. Alex McRae had a rough start, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks in four and two-thirds innings. The Indians managed only six hits. Ryan Lavarnway doubled in the only run.

Kevin Newman: 1-4, 2B
Jordan Luplow: 1-3
Kevin Kramer: 0-3, BB
Max Moroff: 0-4
Brandon Waddell: IP, H, 2 ER, BB, K
Dovydas Neverauskas: 1.1 IP, H, BB, 3 K

— Altoona (35-32) lost to Erie, 9-3. Cam Vieaux had a good start, allowing one run over five innings. ...

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Frazier hopes adjustments pay off at plate

When the Pirates optioned Adam Frazier to Triple-A Indianapolis on June 10, part of their decision was out of Frazier's control. They needed to add another catcher, and Frazier had Minor League options remaining, while other reserves didn't.

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