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PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Pirates' newest promotion is a real stretch: Yoga at PNC Park

The Pirates' promotion office knows everybody's doing yoga these days so they figured why not do it in the outfield?The cleverly named promotion "OMs in the Outfield Yoga Day" gives the Zen crowd a reason to cheer on the Pirates. All yogis -- and even wannabe yogis -- get a Pirates hat and a ticket to the Aug. 30 game against the Colorado Rockies and, of course, a yoga session in...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A little bit more about JA Happ and the Pirates’ pitching moves at the deadline

All afternoon, all I wanted was the Pirates to finish their deadline moves up even a little bit early because I knew that at 5 PM I was supposed to be out in Durham to meet up with friends to head out to Raleigh for this year’s Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival. When the deadline passed, the Pirates had seemingly been quiet, and I started to work on a quick “Pirates do nothing”...
Via WHYGAVS?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marte’s first career save

Mark Melancon still has his ridiculous scoreless streak and save streak…but he got a major assist on this one. Actually, an assist doesn’t even really sufficiently describe it. Here’s both plays back-to-back by @Starlingmart with @gbrowniepoints commentary. pic.twitter.com/NBBkJMGRxx — Zack D’Ulisse (@740JZD) August 1, 2015 That sequence tells you all you need to know...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates send A.J. Burnett to disabled list with elbow inflammation

I don’t think anyone is surprised that A.J. Burnett of the Pittsburgh Pirates went on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation on Friday. Everybody knew something was wrong. It sure ruined what was looking like quite a swan song for the 38-year-old, who plans to retire at the end of the season. Before the All-Star break, Burnett had not surrendered more than four runs in...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
2 days ago  |  Discuss

J.A. Happ traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made another move for a pitcher with the trade deadline approaching, as they traded for J.A. Happ of the Seattle Mariners. On the year Happ is 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 20 starts for the Mariners. His year hasn’t gone as well as the Mariners had hoped it would when they picked him up in the offseason. He will prove fruitful for the Pirates...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates trade Jose Tabata to Dodgers for Mike Morse

michael morse went with cash to pirates for jose tabata — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2015 This is a pretty late-breaking move and I am literally on my way out the door to a barbeque festival tonight, but it looks like the Pirates snuck one move in under the trade deadline. Mike Morse is really not having a good season at all, but as a right-handed bat I guess he provides...
Via WHYGAVS?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

That time when Jaff Decker pitched

That’s pretty much all you need to know about Thursday’s Pirates game. Jaff Decker pitched. Sometimes, you just have a bad night and get crushed. Whatever. But there are a couple of reasons why this one is a little more annoying: This is now three terrible starts in a row for A.J. Burnett after the All Star break. Last time out, I sort of brushed it off and figured he didn’t...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Adam Lind edition

After making a few moves in picking up Aramis Ramirez, Joe Blanton and Joakin Soria, the Pittsburgh Pirates have one glaring hole left to fill. Upgrading at the first base position has been a need for this team since the opening month of the season. Pedro Alvarez now has 16 errors on the season which are the most by a first baseman since Ryan Howard’s 19 in 2008. Although he is...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates trade for Joakim Soria

Thursday featured some more legitimate trade deadline action for the Pirates as they went out and dealt for Detroit’s closer: Joakim Soria. The Pirates have acquired RHP Joakim Soria from Detroit in exchange for minor league INF JaCoby Jones. pic.twitter.com/23A6bWNfuP — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 30, 2015 I’ve been saying for a while now that the Bucs needed some...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds call up lefty David Holmberg to start vs Pirates

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds recalled left-hander David Holmberg from the minor leagues to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, taking Johnny Cueto's spot. Cincinnati traded its 20-game winner to Kansas City on Sunday. Holmberg went 2-2 with a 4.80 in five starts and two relief appearances for the Reds last year. He spent this season at Triple-A Louisville, going 7-6 with...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vance Worley DFA’d to make room for Joe Blanton

The Pirates just tweeted that it will be Vance Worley and not Deolis Guerra that will be designated for assignment to make room for Joe Blanton tonight. Since I spent most of my time assuming the Pirates were going to use Blanton in the Guerra role and that Guerra was the most likely to  be DFA to make room for Blanton, let’s take a few seconds and consider what’s going on with...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

KNBR’s Marty Lurie Explains Why The Pirates Should Scare Everyone, Breaks Down The Trade Deadline Moves

Could the Pittsburgh Pirates be perfectly equipped to take down the world champion San Francisco Giants? KNBR's Marty Lurie explains. The post KNBR’s Marty Lurie Explains Why The Pirates Should Scare Everyone, Breaks Down The Trade Deadline Moves appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen hit a ridiculous Little League homer

During Thursday’s Twins-Pirates game at Target Field, Andrew McCutchen hit one of the damnedest Little League home runs we can remember seeing. How was this scored? Good question! To the MLB.com box score we go… Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to right fielder Eddie Rosario. Travis Ishikawa scores. Jaff Decker scores. Andrew McCutchen scores. Throwing error by right...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Polanco Thriving Since Returning to the Leadoff Spot

It is hard to not view the first three months of Gregory Polanco‘s season as anything but disappointing. On July 5th the talented young RF of the Pittsburgh Pirates was saddled with a 231/300/330 triple slash line. The Pirates were facing a crossroad. Not only was Polanco struggling, but the team had just lost leadoff hitter Josh Harrison to a thumb injury that would sideline...
Via Hidden Vigorish
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Tyler Clippard edition

As I already stated in a previous article, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in desperate need of bullpen help. Arquimedes Caminero has imploded lately and Antonio Bastardo is too inconsistent for the Bucs to count on in big time situations. Caminero’s ERA is approaching 5.00 as it currently sits at a whopping 4.47 and continues to climb. He has given up home runs in each of his past...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Kevin Jepsen edition

Over the past few weeks fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates know that one of the main problems for this year’s team is an average bullpen. The back end of this bullpen is solid featuring Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and even Jared Hughes. As for the rest of the bullpen, they have shown inconsistency and cannot be relied on in clutch situations. Vance Worley, Antonio Bastardo, Arquimedes...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Aramis Ramirez Returns to Pittsburgh

Brent Morel started at third base for the Pirates on Monday. The same Brent Morel who has a career .272 on-base percentage. He started again at third base last night as well. This must have struck fear into the hearts of Pittsburgh Pirates fans, perhaps giving them some flashbacks to the bad old days. Thankfully, […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper gives girl with sign asking him to prom signed ball (pic)

A young Washington Nationals fan attending the team’s game on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park may have come up short in her bid to convince Bryce Harper to serve as her date to prom, but what she received as compensation more than rewarded her efforts. The young lady, who wasn’t even asking...Read More The post Bryce Harper gives girl who held sign asking...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers trade Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates

Having been in the for infield help after losing Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer to injuries that will likely keep both out until September, the Pittsburgh Pirates added a solid veteran presence on Thursday. Media reports indicated earlier in the day that Pittsburgh was on the verge of acquiring former All-Star third baseman Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers. Those reports...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking Bad Starring Clint Hurdle

There is no question the Pittsburgh Pirates were dealt a bit of a bad hand coming out of the All Star Break. The break could not have come at a worse time for what had been the hottest team in baseball throughout the first two weeks of July. Thanks to a pair of dramatic come from behind walk off wins over the Cardinals in the last two games prior to the All-Star Game the Pirates...
Via Hidden Vigorish
10 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Jung Ho Kang vs. KBO Jung Ho Kang

Perhaps it is foolish to have expectations on anyone that attempts to do anything that has never been done before. But this is baseball we are talking about and prognostication has become a cottage industry within the sport. So when the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Korean sensation Jung Ho Kang who posted video game offensive numbers in the KBO last season everybody jumped at the...
Via Hidden Vigorish
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen’s Tim Kurkjian impression is hilarious

Before the Cardinals-Pirates matchup on Sunday Night Baseball, Nicole Briscoe interviewed Pirates star Andrew McCutchen…and Cutch was the latest in a long string of players to break out a Tim Kurkjian impression. Andrew McCutchen: REALLY good at baseball, and also REALLY good at impersonating @Kurkjian_ESPN. VIDEO: http://t.co/tsWoiN1WFv — Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) July 13,...
Via Awful Announcing
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Announcers lose their minds over Andrew McCutchen walk off homer

On Saturday night, Andrew McCutchen hit a dramatic walk off homer in the bottom of the 14th inning to lead the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals. Pittsburgh trailed in both the 10th and 14th innings before McCutchen gave them the win. The calls of the homer from both Fox and KDKA might best be described as “completely over the top and amazing”. Here’s how Matt Vasgersian...
Via Awful Announcing
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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