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 Posted: Wed Jul 24th, 2013 03:14 am
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lets see if they keep pace with back up closer

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Pirates beat the Nats 5-1, not only was Cole dominant on the mound he also went 2 for 3 with an RBI. I'm only half kidding when I say they should consider using him off the bench as a pinch hitter between starts.

Also Walker is back from the DL, and with Clint Barmes hitting above the Mendoza again the Pirates finally future endeavored Brandon Inge.



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They still need another big stick in the starting lineup and a decent one off the bench. 

They can improve right field, 1st base and shortstop.

Barmes is one of the worst players I have seen in a long time. Snider is garbage.  Tabata and Gabby Sanchez are worthless.



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If they can get a decent lf or even Justin Morneou to play first and move Jones to right



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It could be over for the Pirates. Jason Grilli is on the cover of SI,  and he's
also on the DL.

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Cardinals 62-37
Pirates 60-40
Reds 59-44

It's possible both wild card teams with come out of the NL Central.



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looks like it

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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/26/jason-grilli-doesnt-need-surgery-likely-out-4-8-weeks/

Jason Grilli doesn’t need surgery, likely out 4-8 weeks

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Jul 26, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

Jason Grilli made a visit to Dr. James Andrews to have his forearm injury examined and the Pirates’ closer got some (relatively) good news: He doesn’t need surgery.

Grilli left Monday’s game with forearm pain and was quickly placed on the disabled list, but Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Dr. Andrews has diagnosed him with a strained flexor tendon.

However, according to Brink he’ll be “re-evaluated in 10-14 days” and 4-8 weeks is a “typical” recovery timetable, which obviously means Grilli won’t be coming off the disabled list when eligible and the rest of his season is potentially in jeopardy.

Mark Melancon is filling in as the Pirates’ closer after Grilli saved a league-leading 30 games with a 2.34 ERA in the first half to make his first All-Star team at age 36.



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its that curse of Sid Bream



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Grilli seemed to be losing steam before this injury.  They got some other guys who can close the door.  They need at least one more good bat as a starter.  They can also use some depth off of the bench. 

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Current standings for NL East contenders

Cardinals 62-39 .614

Pirates 61-41 .59 1.5 games back

Reds 59-46 .562 5 games back



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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/liriano-pirates-crush-cardinals-9-021025088--mlb.html

Liriano, Pirates crush Cardinals 9-2
By WILL GRAVES (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 12 minutes ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Francisco Liriano allowed one run over seven dominant innings, Pedro Alvarez hit his NL-leading 27th home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-2 Monday night.

Liriano (11-4) struck out eight and walked just two to win his fifth straight start. The Pirates kicked off the key series at PNC Park by sending the Cardinals to their fourth straight loss to pull within a half-game of the lead in the NL Central.

Clint Barmes doubled twice and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen added two hits and an RBI.

Jake Westbrook (7-5) continued to struggle against the Pirates. He fell to 1-8 against Pittsburgh in his career after surrendering four first-inning runs. Matt Carpenter and Shane Robinson hit RBI singles for St. Louis, which has scored just four runs during its longest losing streak of the season.

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle stressed the need to not place too much focus on a late-July series. Maybe, but with the Pirates chasing their first playoff berth in 21 years and a chance to make inroads on the team with the best record in baseball, the game had an electricity typically reserved for early fall in cities far away from the one that hasn't fielded a winner since 1992.

Lower-lever tickets were fetching $100 or more hours before the first pitch, and Liriano did not disappoint the largest Monday-night crowd (32,084) since the park opened in 1992.

The left-hander, whose path to stardom veered off track after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2007, continued to resurrect his career. He retired the first 10 batters he faced and kept the best-hitting team in the National League on its heels while dropping his ERA to 2.16.

The Pirates took some of the pressure off Liriano early by continuing to rough up Westbrook.

As ugly as his record against the Pirates is, it could have been even worse. Westbrook was touched for four runs in the first inning in his last start at PNC Park on April 16 only to have the game washed out by rain.

The weather couldn't save him this time. Neither could Westbrook's usually solid control.

Jose Tabata led off the bottom of the first with a walk and Westbrook drilled Neil Walker moments later. McCutchen followed with an RBI-single up the middle and Alvarez took the very next pitch and sent it into the first row of bleachers.

Westbrook survived a bases-loaded jam in the second to stay close, but by then Liriano had all the support he would need. His only real mistake came in the sixth, when pinch-hitter Tony Cruz led off with a triple and scored on Carpenter's single up the middle. A strikeout and a double play followed, and the Pirates broke it open in the seventh against relievers Marc Rzepczynski and Fernando Salas.

Garrett Jones started it with Pittsburgh's first sacrifice fly to the outfield since May 27 and Barmes clubbed a two-run double as the Pirates batted around.

NOTES: Pirates LF Starling Marte did not start after getting a planned day off in favor of Alex Presley, recalled from Triple-A on Monday after C Mike McKenry went onto the disabled list with a sprained knee. Marte entered in the seventh as a pinch hitter and singled. He is hitting just .131 (5 for 38) since July 20 ... The series continues with a doubleheader Tuesday. A.J. Burnett (4-7, 2.96 ERA) faces Lance Lynn (12-5, 3.98 ERA) in the opener with the Cardinals' Tyler Lyons (2-3, 5.51) starting the second game. The Pirates will not name a starter for the second game until Tuesday morning. ... Lynn was originally supposed to start the second game, but St. Louis manager Mike Matheny moved him into the matchup against Burnett because he wanted a more experienced pitcher to take on Pittsburgh's ace.



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Liriano might be the steal of the year in MLB. It looked like he was done as an effective starter but he decided to work on his delivery and mechanics while waiting for his non pitching arm to heal and he's one of the dominant starters in the NL now.



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Pirates outlast Cardinals 2-1 in 11 innings
By WILL GRAVES (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 18 minutes ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Alex Presley hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Presley hit a sharp bouncer that deflected off the glove of pitcher Kevin Siegrist (0-1) and away from shortstop Pete Kozma, who was moving toward second base. Kozma could not recover and the ball rolled into the outfield, allowing Russell Martin to sprint all the way home from second base.

With the win, the Pirates moved into first-place in the NL Central, at least briefly.

The Cardinals have lost a season-high five straight.

Vin Mazzarro (6-2) picked up the win as starter A.J. Burnett and five relievers held the Cardinals to just six hits. St. Louis has scored five runs in its last 47 innings.

Lance Lynn was dominant in six innings for the Cardinals but was long gone by the time Presley came through against Siegrist.

Pittsburgh has won the first two games of an important five-game set that could shape the pennant race. The Pirates did it the way they've done it for most of the first four months of the season, riding another stellar effort from baseball's top pitching staff and getting just enough offense to win.

The Cardinals had a chance to take the lead in the 10th but Matt Holliday hit into his NL-leading 24th double play with two on and one out. St. Louis went just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

Presley's slapper capped a 3-hour, 52-minute marathon that had all the makings of playoff baseball. A packed PNC Park - on a Tuesday afternoon no less - buzzed as Burnett and Lynn matched each other for the better part of two hours.

Burnett received a bit of help with two on and one out in the first when center fielder Andrew McCutchen made a diving grab in on a sinking liner by Carlos Beltran. The Gold Glover then hopped to his feet and alertly doubled up Holliday.

Jay struck out swinging leading off the sixth but moved all the way to second when the ball slipped away from Martin, the Pirates' catcher, and rolled toward the backstop. Martin strolled to pick up the ball, thinking it was foul, allowing Jay to reach second base.

Martin, Burnett and manager Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle began an animated discussion with home plate umpire Eric Cooper that spilled over into Matt Holliday's at bat. At one point Cooper came out from behind the plate and walked toward Burnett, pointing at the pitcher and yelling.

The call, however, seemed only to fire up Burnett. The emotional ace struck out Holliday got Beltran to fly out to left and knocked down a grounder by Mike Adams before emphatically firing to first to beat the lumbering Adams to the bag to get out of the inning.

The histrionics were even louder in the seventh when Burnett struck out pinch-hitter Allen Craig with the 113th and final pitch of his day. Burnett let loose an elaborate fist-pump before making his way to the dugout following arguably his sharpest outing of the season.

Lynn was just as spectacular. He needed to be on a day when he didn't receive the kind of backing that's allowed him to enter the game with 12 victories, the second-highest total in the National League.

Pittsburgh scratched across a run in the first when Alvarez doubled home McCutchen, but the Pirates didn't get a runner to third over Lynn's final five innings. He allowed one run on three hits, striking out seven and walking just two.

NOTES: Cardinals CF Jon Jay's team record for consecutive errorless games ended at 245 when he misplayed a single by Pittsburgh's Starling Marte in the fifth inning that allowed Marte to advance to second. Jay's previous error came on Aug. 24, 2011 ... St. Louis sent struggling reliever Marc Rzepczynski to Cleveland on Tuesday in exchange for minor league infielder Juan Herrera. Rzepczynski had a 7.84 ERA in 10 1-3 innings this season with the Cardinals ... Pirates 2009 first-round pick Tony Sanchez will get his first big-league start at catcher in the nightcap.



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Pirates drill Cardinals 6-0 to sweep doubleheader
By WILL GRAVES (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 27 minutes ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen clubbed his 15th homer of the season and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a doubleheader sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with 6-0 victory on Tuesday night.

Brandon Cumpton (1-1) allowed three hits over seven innings to pick up his first major league win. The sweep propelled the Pirates into first place in the NL Central. Pittsburgh is a season-high 22 games over .500 (64-42).

Tyler Lyons (2-4) gave up four runs, three earned, in six innings. The rookie struck out five and walked one but received no help from a reeling offense. The Cardinals have dropped six straight and have scored five runs in their last 56 innings.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina left in the fourth inning with a right knee strain.

The Pirates took the opener 2-1 in 11 innings when Alex Presley's sharp grounder deflected off the glove of pitcher Kevin Siegrist and rolled into shallow left field, allowing Pittsburgh's Russell Martin to score from second.

The fortuitous bounces kept coming a couple hours later. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the second when a rare passed ball by Molina let Jose Tabata sprint across the plate. Molina was done for the night in the top of the fourth when the right knee pain he's been battling for the better part of a month flared up again. He was replaced by Rob Johnson.

The absence of their leader further weakened the Cardinals, and things quickly fell apart.

While Cumpton kept the NL's top offense in check, Pittsburgh poured it on with a little help from St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday. The Pirates took a 2-0 lead on Jordy Mercer's RBI single before McCutchen stepped in. He drilled Lyons' pitch deep to left but Holliday appeared ready to track it down at the wall. Instead, the ball caromed into the stands.

Lyons placed both hands on his head in shock while the packed bleachers let Holliday have it. Holliday's night didn't get any better an inning later when he overran Josh Harrison's flyball to the wall, allowing Harrison to make it all the way to third.

Harrison never made it home, but by then Cumpton had all the backing he would require.

The rookie, who made a couple of spot starts earlier this season, needed just 87 pitches to get 21 outs. He received a loud ovation as he headed to the dugout, the latest in a series of unheralded Pirates pitchers to rise from obscurity and help propel the franchise into the midst of a pennant race.

The staff takes its cue from ace A.J. Burnett, who worked seven emotional innings in the opener. Burnett struck out nine and walked three while allowing one run on three hits. He was long gone, however, by the time Presley stepped in with Martin on in the 11th.

''It's a battle, it's fun,'' Burnett said. ''Let's roll from here. Let's keep going.''

NOTES: The series continues on Thursday. Adam Wainright (13-6, 2.51 ERA) starts for the Cardinals against Jeff Locke (9-3, 2.15) ... St. Louis sent struggling reliever Marc Rzepczynski to Cleveland on Tuesday in exchange for minor league infielder Juan Herrera. Rzepczynski had a 7.84 ERA in 10 1-3 innings this season with the Cardinals ... Pirates 2009 first-round pick Tony Sanchez went 0 for 3 with an RBI in his first major league start at catcher.



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