Pirates notebook: Slider remains key to Francisco Liriano's success
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Francisco Liriano still laughs as he tells the story of how a young center fielder from San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, came to own one of the best swing-and-miss sliders in baseball.Share Tweet
Gene Collier: New Pirates have not quite settled in yetpost-gazette.com 2 hours agoAs a fitful fistful of brand-new Pirates tries to settle into Clint Hurdle’s roster for the final third of a promising baseball summer, an early snapshot of general manager Neal Huntington’s recent additions looks just a little, um, unsettling.Share TweetJake Arrieta pitched seven innings of a four-hitter while Anthony Rizzo tied a career high with four hits as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 for their sixth successive win.Share TweetAndrew McCutchen's slide and Jung Ho Kang's arm teamed up for a sparking play in the second inning of Tuesday night's Pirates game to keep the Cubs from doubling their score.Share Tweet
'Playing stupid' no laughing matter for CubsMLB.com 7 hours agoThe Cubs entered Tuesday night with the Pirates just ahead of them and the Giants just behind them in the NL Wild Card race. But veteran starter Jon Lester said the best thing the young Cubs can do is simply ignore where they fall in the standings.Share Tweet
Weather postpones Cubs' opener vs. BucsMLB.com Aug 4 (yesterday)The Cubs took a half-game lead in the race for the National League's second Wild Card spot Monday night. But inclement weather and two lengthy delays halted their first attempt to gain some ground on the Pirates.Share TweetMonday night had all the makings of a bullpen bout after a rainstorm swept over Pittsburgh and chased Jon Lester and Francisco Liriano, the Chicago Cubs and Pirates respective opening-day starters, in the second inning.Share TweetWill A.J. Burnett be back to make a September push for the playoffs? That’s not the most important question this morning. Is the rest of the Pirates rotation good enough to get the team to the postseason for a third consecutive year and maybe do some da…Share TweetNot every beaning Pirates hitters suffer is justified, but many are invited by the club’s proclivity to pitch inside.Share Tweet
Morse added to active roster, will start at first base against Cubspost-gazette.com Aug 3 (yesterday)The Pirates added Michael Morse to the active roster today and optioned outfielder Jaff Decker to Class AAA Indianapolis.Share Tweet
LEADING OFF: Price Jays Debut; Burnett to Doc; Cubs-Piratesnytimes.com Aug 2 (2 days ago)A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:Share Tweet
Benches empty after Phillips gets hit by WatsonMLB.com Aug 2 (2 days ago)Tempers are never far below the surface when the Pirates, the Reds and the National League Central rivals' mutual philosophies of pitching inside clash. Those emotions boiled above the surface in the eighth inning of Sunday's game with the Reds.Share Tweet
Is it tendon or ligament damage or simply inflammation? A.J. Burnett to find out MondayCINCINNATI — A.J. Burnett will be examined by Pirates team doctors Monday, but said he is prepared for either diagnosis – structural damage to a tendon or ligament in or near his right elbow, or merely inflammation.Share Tweet
On the Pirates: Rotation follows plan for most partCommitment from Pirates starters to their arm-care routines and attention paid to their innings pitched by the coaching staff has helped the starting rotation remain healthy and the organization preserve depth.Share Tweet
Top prospects Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow on display in Class AAAINDIANAPOLIS — Josh Bell was all smiles Saturday as he sat in the home dugout at Victory Field and surveyed his new home. The Pirates first-base prospect saw a well-manicured diamond, a city skyline soaring beyond the outfield wall and the major leagues…Share Tweet
Pirates notebook: New starter J.A. Happ searches for consistencyCINCINNATI — J.A. Happ joined the Pirates Saturday afternoon in time to throw his regularly scheduled bullpen session as he continues to search for consistency this season.Share Tweet
Hurdle On Pirates' Evolving CultureMar 2Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talks about the importance of Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh's season outlook and taking the next step.
Pirates: Spring Training Players To WatchMar 2The Pirates have a new catcher in Francisco Cervelli and a new first baseman in moving Pedro Alvarez over from third, and they need both to lead in hitting if the team wants to win the NL Central.
Cole Looking To Build On Early SuccessMar 2Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole discusses working with new catcher Francisco Cervelli and helping his team win more games.
Pirates Win Bidding For SS Jung-Ho KangDec 22David Schoenfield discusses the news that the Pirates have won the rights to negotiate with South Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang.
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