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Pirates reach 81 wins for the first time since '92

Pirates reach 81 wins for the first time since '92

CNNSI.com yahoo.com Updated Sep 3, 2013
Pirates reach 81 wins for the first time since '92
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  • Hamilton's speed boosts brilliant Bailey, Reds

    Hamilton's speed boosts brilliant Bailey, Reds

    MLB.com Sep 3, 2013
    In Tuesday night's 1-0 win over the Cardinals, speedy Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton made his Major League debut, stole second and scored the game's lone run. Homer Bailey, who retired the last 14 he faced in a stellar seven-inning start, picked up …
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  • Reds inch closer to Cards in tight Central

    Reds inch closer to Cards in tight Central

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Sep 3, 2013
    Speedy Billy Hamilton got his first major league steal Tuesday night and came around on Todd Frazier's double in the seventh inning, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory, their second straight over the St. Louis Cardinals.
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  • Top prospect Nelson arrives ready for first 'pen stint

    Top prospect Nelson arrives ready for first 'pen stint

    MLB.com Sep 3, 2013
    The Brewers have their starting rotation mapped out through the end of the season, and just-recalled prospect Jimmy Nelson is not ticketed for a start, said manager Ron Roenicke, who stressed that every plan is subject to change.
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  • Pirates activate All-Star closer Grilli from DL

    Pirates activate All-Star closer Grilli from DL

    ESPN.com MLB.com Sep 3, 2013
    The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Jason Grilli from the disabled list Tuesday, and the All-Star knows he has some work to do before reclaiming his spot as the team's closer.
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  • Cubs add Grimm, three others to roster

    Cubs add Grimm, three others to roster

    MLB.com Sep 3, 2013
    The Cubs added Minor League pitchers Justin Grimm and Brooks Raley and catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Iowa and selected left-hander Zac Rosscup from Iowa. Rosscup was not on the 40-man roster; to make room, outfielder Dave Sappelt was designated for …
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  • Cash Crew: Fans go for green on 'Bucks'

    Cash Crew: Fans go for green on 'Bucks'

    MLB.com Sep 3, 2013
    A quartet of Brewers fans has a new memory of Miller Park after taking a shot at some fast cash in the latest episode of "Bucks on the Pond."
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  • The Week Ahead: Bucs aim to build off momentum

    The Week Ahead: Bucs aim to build off momentum

    MLB.com Sep 3, 2013
    This year's Pirates have been packing PNC Park and playing like they want to hang around until the end of October. Then again, so have the other teams in a crowded National League Central that figures to get even more interesting by the end of the week.
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  • Francisco Liriano: The Ultimate Lefty Killer

    Francisco Liriano: The Ultimate Lefty Killer

    grantland.com Sep 3, 2013
    It's easy to see the impact Francisco Liriano has had on the Pittsburgh Pirates this year. His 2.57 ERA ranks fourth-best among all pitchers with 130-...
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  • Video - Bailey, Reds Edge Cardinals 00:29

    Bailey, Reds Edge Cardinals

    Sep 3
    Homer Bailey struck out eight batters over seven scoreless innings to lead the Reds past the Cardinals 1-0.
  • Video - E:60: Life Of Pirate 09:40

    E:60: Life Of Pirate

    Sep 3
    E60 and Buster Olney take you inside the life of the brilliant young star who could be the best player in baseball: Andrew McCutchen.
  • Video - E:60 Extra: McCutchen's Drawings 01:31

    E:60 Extra: McCutchen's Drawings

    Sep 3
    Pirates star CF Andrew McCutchen talks with Buster Olney about his talent for drawing and his desire to go to art school.
  • Video - E:60 Extra: McCutchen's Batting Stance Impressions 01:15

    E:60 Extra: McCutchen's Batting Stance Impressions

    Sep 3
    Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen impersonates the batting stances of Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.

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    Sep 3
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  • Michael Beasley will be released by Phoenix Suns, sources say

    Sep 3
    Michael Beasley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft, is on course to be a free agent by the end of this week, sources close to the process told ESPN.com.
  • Michael Beasley release former No. 2 pick Phoenix Suns

    Sep 3
    Michael Beasley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft was released by the Phoenix Suns in the wake of his recent arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession.