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 Posted: Wed Jul 31st, 2013 08:54 am
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Current Standings for NL Central Contenders

Pirates 64-42 .604

Cardinals 62-43 .590, 1.5 games back

Reds 59-49 .546, 6 games back

Notes: The Cardinals have lost six games in a row. The Reds have lost five games in a row.



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May as well root for the Pirates, the REDS are turning into a run of the mill ballteam right in front of everybody, they might be the 2013 version of the 2012 Pirates and very well could finish below .500 the way they are playing right now.


Oh well, anybody but the Crapdinals.



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katook wrote: Oh well, anybody but the Crapdinals.

I'm with ya there katook.



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Pirates win again!!



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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/31/pirates-acquire-infielder-robert-andino-from-mariners/

Pirates acquire infielder Robert Andino from Mariners

Drew Silva

Jul 31, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

Despite a couple of valiant efforts, the Pirates were unable to pull off a big trade deadline move. But it wasn’t a completely inactive day for the club. Here’s Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN in Seattle:

    Mariners have traded Robert Andino to the Pirates for a PTBNL.

    — Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) August 1, 2013


Andino was outrighted off the Mariners’ 40-man roster in late May and has posted a weak .232/.294/.318 career batting line in 1,467 major league plate appearances. But he possesses decent speed, a good glove and can play all around the diamond. He will head to Triple-A Indianapolis for the time being.



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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- At 36 and the owner of two World Series rings, A.J. Burnett says he no longer cares about personal statistics.

''It's all about the team,'' the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander said. ''We've got something special really special going on here.''

Burnett, however, admitted it was nice to get a win Sunday. He hasn't had too many of them this season.

Burnett scattered eight hits and Russell Martin provided some rare run support for the 15-year veteran with a three-run homer that led the Pirates over the Colorado Rockies 5-1.

Burnett (5-7) struck out nine and walked one in his first complete game of the season and 23rd of his career. He threw 110 pitches, including 83 strikes.

''I just felt good for all nine innings,'' Burnett said. ''I knew my pitch count was low so I was confident I could get through the ninth. I take pride in finishing what I started. Those guys down there (in the bullpen) need a break.''

The Pirates, who have the best record in the major league at 67-44 following 20 consecutive losing seasons, maintained their 1 1/2-game lead in the NL Central over St. Louis.

Burnett has been on World Series winners with the Marlins and Yankees, and he'd ove to play on a third, especially in a city that has embraced him.

''You couldn't help but hear the fans cheering when I walked out there for the ninth inning,'' Burnett said. ''They've been awesome to me for the two years I've been here and they just give you that extra boost of energy.''

Martin's home run came in the fifth inning and put the Pirates ahead 5-0. Burnett hasn't gotten much backing this season, and owns a losing record despite a 2.73 ERA.

Martin had missed two of the previous three games with soreness in his left knee. He drove a pitch from Manuel Corpas down the left-field line for his 10th home run of the season.

After the game, Martin wanted to talk about Burnett instead of himself.

''He was outstanding,'' Martin said. ''He's been pitching so well and hasn't had anything to show for it personally a lot of times. I'm really happy he got the win and the complete game.''

The Pirates took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Andrew McCutchen in the first inning and Garrett Jones' sacrifice fly in the third.

In the fifth, McCutchen walked with one out and Pedro Alvarez singled to chase starter Juan Nicasio. Corpas relieved and gave up Martin's homer.

''I thought Corpas gave us our best chance to get a double play there,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. ''He puts the ball on the ground consistently with his sinker but hung a breaking ball over the middle of the plate.''

Nicasio (6-6) struggled for a second consecutive start, giving four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts. He allowed a career-high eight runs in his previous start Tuesday at Atlanta.

Nicasio had gone 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in his first three starts after being recalled July 12 from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he had spent two weeks.

''I threw too many fastballs that were balls or they fouled off,'' Nicasio said. ''I had a hard time putting the hitters away.''

Jonathan Herrera had three hits for the Rockies, including a run-scoring single in the seventh inning that broke up Burnett's shutout bid. Michael Cuddyer added two this.

''That's a good offensive club,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''They can do some things and A.J. was able to work through the middle of the order pretty efficiently. Again, very aggressive, very focused. Ball's down. He took it to 'em.''

NOTES: Colorado LF Carlos Gonzalez returned to the lineup after not starting for four straight games because of a sprained right wrist and went 1 for 4. ... Rockies rookie 3B Nolan Arenado got his first day off since the All-Star break. ... Pittsburgh RHP Jason Grilli, who has 30 saves, hopes to begin playing catch this week. He has been on the disabled list since July 23 with a strained right forearm. ... Both teams are off Monday before opening three-game series Tuesday night. The Pirates will host the Miami Marlins with LHP Jeff Locke (9-3, 2.36) starting against RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-1, 2.61). Colorado will play the Mets at New York with RHP Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.15) pitching against RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 2.08).



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I was at the game today, and AJ was just dealing out there. The score doesn't indicate how one sided the game was, he didn't even hit 100 pitches until the 8th inning. I was glad to see him get a win, he's had a lot of good to great performances turn into no decisions or 2-1 losses due to no run support.



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katook wrote: May as well root for the Pirates, the REDS are turning into a run of the mill ballteam right in front of everybody, they might be the 2013 version of the 2012 Pirates and very well could finish below .500 the way they are playing right now.


Oh well, anybody but the Crapdinals.


Oh, balls to the lot of you :)

But it's good seeing the Pirates play like this, absolutely. I was a bit worried without the Astros to beat on every year, the NL Central would be full of near-500 clubs, but I've really been enjoying all of it.

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Harrison homers, Pirates slip by Marlins 4-3
By WILL GRAVES (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 42 minutes ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Josh Harrison homered leading off the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

Harrison sent a fastball from Miami's Mike Dunn (2-3) into the first row of seats in left-center field for his first career walk-off homer.

Dunn had worked out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in the eighth.

Bryan Morris (5-4) pitched a perfect top of the ninth for the victory. The Pirates have won three straight and are a season-high 24 games over .500 (68-44).

Neil Walker had three hits for the Pirates. Andrew McCutchen had two hits, including a two-run double, for Pittsburgh.

Donovan Solano went 3 for 5 for the Marlins but Miami left 11 runners on base.

Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke has been one of baseball's biggest surprises, the 25-year-old soaring from fringe starter to All-Star. He's had trouble working deep into games since returning from his trip to New York for the midsummer classic, and for a while it appeared he was headed for another early exit after lasting just four innings against St. Louis in his last start.

Miami turned three singles - none of them sharply hit - into a run in the second then added two more in the third behind four straight singles to start the inning. The Marlins, however, couldn't pile on and Locke eventually settled down. The lefthander allowed three runs on nine hits - all singles - in 5 2-3 innings, walking three and striking out four as his ERA ticked up to 2.47.

Locke left two runners on in the sixth. He also left with a no decision as Vin Mazzaro retired Ed Lucas with two runners on to end the inning.

Henderson Alvarez handcuffed the Pirates in their previous meeting, limiting Pittsburgh to just two hits in six innings of a victory two weeks ago. The Pirates, however, briefly figured him out in the third. McCutchen doubled off the wall to drive in two runs and Pedro Alvarez followed with his first triple of the year to tie it.

The Pirates never threatened against the Miami starter again, and Alvarez left after seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out six while not issuing a walk.

That left it up to the bullpens and Pittsburgh's ''Shark Tank'' continued its dominance. Mazzaro escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and the Marlins went meekly in the eighth or ninth before Harrison stepped to the plate.

NOTES: Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said LHP Francisco Liriano deserves to be in the NL Cy Young conversation. Liriano is 12-4 with a 2.02 ERA in 16 starts and was named the NL Player of the Week after picking up two victories between July 29-Aug. 4 ... The series continues on Wednesday when Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton (3-3, 4.07 ERA) faces Tom Koehler (3-6, 4.34). Morton gave up five runs in six innings of a loss to St. Louis in his previous start. Koehler pitched six shutout innings against the Mets in a win last Thursday.



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Pirates win 4th straight, 4-2 over Marlins
By CHRIS ADAMSKI (Associated Press) | The Associated Press – 10 minutes ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Charlie Morton retired his final 11 batters over seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates maintained the best record in the majors with a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

Morton (4-3) shook off a shaky beginning in which he allowed six hits over his first three-plus innings to beat Miami for the second time in an 11-day span.

Morton, who also had an RBI single, did not walk a batter and had five strikeouts in allowing two runs on six hits. Justin Wilson pitched a perfect eighth, and Mark Melancon was aided by Neil Walker's catch on Giancarlo Stanton's line drive in earning his seventh save.

Second baseman Walker went to his right to stab a ball that was heading up the middle, then in one motion quickly threw to first to double up Ed Lucas.

Andrew McCutchen homered for the Pirates (69-44), who have won four straight and are a season-high 25 games over .500.

Christian Yelich had two hits for Miami, which has lost four in a row.

The go-ahead run came sprinting home in the Pittsburgh fifth when Tom Koehler's pitch to Starling Marte almost struck Marte in the face as he squared around to bunt.

Marte went down hard, and as the ball went to the backstop he jumped up to get out of the way as Jordy Mercer ran in from third.

That was one of two wild pitches by Koehler (3-7), who also hit a batter and allowed four hits and a walk in five innings. The rookie was the losing pitcher the previous time Morton beat Miami less than two weeks prior.

The Marlins had a single during each of the first three innings against Morton, and they took a 2-0 lead when they opened the fourth inning with three consecutive hits. Donovan Solano drove in Stanton with a bloop single over Walker's head, and Logan Morrison scored when Adeiny Hechavarria followed by grounding into a double play.

With one out and no one on in the fourth, McCutchen took a 3-1 pitch to right-center for his 16th home run, the second homer allowed by Koehler in his past seven starts.

McCutchen added an infield single in the eighth, and Pedro Alvarez followed with a sacrifice fly to pad the Pirates' lead. McCutchen, who is batting .359 at home this season, has a streak of five straight multihit games.

NOTES: The start of the game was delayed by rain for 36 minutes. ... Pirates LHP Wandy Rodriguez, on the disabled list since June 11 because of left forearm tightness, threw off a mound for the first time in his rehabilitation Tuesday. ... The Marlins have lost five straight at PNC Park, dating to last season. ... Two of the top rookie starters in the National League will pitch the series finale Thursday - Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole (5-5, 3.69) and Miami's Jose Fernandez (8-5, 2.54). They faced each other July 28 at Marlins Park, when Fernandez had 13 strikeouts in a 3-2 victory.



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Martin pinch-single in 10th, Pirates beat Marlins
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Russell Martin's pinch-hit single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Miami Marlins 5-4 Thursday for their fifth straight win.

Martin delivered his fourth game-ending hit at PNC Park this year for the NL Central leaders.

The Pirates swept the three-game series and improved to 70-44, the best record in the majors. Miami lost a 4-0 lead and fell for the fifth time in a row.

Josh Harrison opened the 10th with a single off Steve Ames (0-1) and took second on Clint Barmes' sacrifice bunt. After Jose Tabata bounced out and Starling Marte was intentionally walked, Martin batted for Jared Hughes (2-2) and grounded a single down the left-field line.

Neil Walker had three hits and two RBIs for Pittsburgh and Marte had two hits. Pirates star Andrew McCutchen was scratched from the starting lineup because of discomfort in his right shoulder, but singled as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Marlins rookie Christian Yelich had three hits, including his first major league homer.

Starters Jose Fernandez and Gerrit Cole each lasted only five innings, and neither touted rookie was sharp.

Fernandez gave up two runs and five hits for Miami while walking four and striking out five. He had a combined 27 strikeouts in his previous two starts.

Cole allowed four runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He is winless in seven starts since winning the first four starts of his career.

The Pirates tied the score at 4 in the seventh on sacrifice flies by Walker and pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez. They had drawn within 4-2 in the fifth on consecutive RBI singles by Walker and Pedro Alvarez.

Miami built a 4-0 lead by scoring twice in the first and fifth innings. Giancarlo Stanton drove in the game's first run with a double and scored on Placido Polanco's single, then Yelich hit a two-run homer in the fifth.

NOTES: Pittsburgh leads the major leagues with 41 home wins and Miami's 17 are the fewest. ... Miami 2B Donovan Solano was not in the lineup for the first time since July 23 and rookie CF Jake Marisnick was also rested. ... Both teams open three-game road series on Friday night with Miami visiting Atlanta and Pittsburgh playing at Colorado. RHP Justin Turner (3-3, 2.68) will start for the Marlins against RHP Brandon Beachy (0-0, 9.00). Pittsburgh LHP Francisco Liriano (12-4, 2.04) will face LHP Jorge De La Rosa (10-6, 3.31).



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Rockies rally in 6th to top Pirates, 6-4
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DENVER (AP) -- Michael Cuddyer was trying to give his team a chance when he tagged up from first on a fly to center.

His hustle put him in scoring position and opened the floodgates for the Colorado Rockies.

Dexter Fowler had two hits and two RBIs and the Rockies rode Cuddyer's savvy baserunning to a big sixth inning and a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

''He got that inning going,'' manager Walt Weiss said. ''Nothing Cuddy does surprises me. Always thinking, always looking for an edge.''

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 48 minutes because of a weather cell that slowly moved into the area before the first pitch. Heavy rain and lightning hit Coors Field after the scheduled 6:10 MDT start.

The Pirates have lost two straight after winning 14 of 19, but stayed four games ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central.

In the seventh inning, leadoff man Starling Marte left the game with a left hand injury and manager Clint Hurdle was ejected.

''X-rays were taken and it's a contusion,'' Hurdle said of Marte.

Things had started to take a turn for the worse for the Pirates in the previous inning.

Pittsburgh was leading 3-1 and A.J. Burnett, who beat the Rockies with a complete game last Sunday in Pittsburgh, was cruising when the Rockies put together a two-out rally.

Cuddyer, who led off with a single, sparked it when he just beat the throw from center on Wilin Rosario's fly ball.

''At that point it's 3-1, get into scoring position and get a big hit,'' Cuddyer said. ''Obviously I didn't know it was going to lead to a five-run inning.''

The veteran move jump-started the Rockies. Nolan Arenado followed with a double to score Cuddyer, Jonathan Herrera walked and pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon doubled to tie the game.

Fowler laced a two-run single to right to give the Rockies a 5-3 lead and end Burnett's night.

Burnett (5-8) allowed six runs - five earned - on eight hits and struck out eight in 5 2-3 innings.

''Felt good man,'' Burnett said. ''I was making pitches when I needed to with guys on base, getting out of jams. I have a tendency to get guys on and work out of the stretch a little bit, but you leave balls over the plate, that's what happens.''

It was a much different outing than last weekend when Burnett handcuffed the Rockies in tossing his 23rd complete game. He threw 110 pitches last Sunday but needed 99 to get two outs into the sixth Saturday.

''Burnett commanded everything that day and really commanded the ball away to righties,'' Weiss said. ''He still threw the ball really well, but our guys made some nice adjustments.''

Tony Watson came on and allowed Corey Dickerson's single to left field. Marte threw to Pedro Alvarez at third, but Fowler dislodged the ball on his slide and ran home when it rolled into foul territory. Alvarez came up shaking his left hand but stayed in the game.

''He caught a spike right on his index finger on his glove hand, but he was able to stay in the game,'' Hurdle said. ''Take some swings and we'll see how he feels tomorrow.''

Marte wasn't as lucky. He fell to his knees and grabbed his hand in pain after being hit by Josh Outman's pitch in the top of the seventh. Marte was clearly hurting as the team trainer examined the injured area.

Alex Presley ran for Marte.

During the next at-bat, Neil Walker grounded to short and Troy Tulowitzki appeared to miss stepping on second base before throwing to first, though the umpires ruled it a double play.

''It was a real athletic play to keep his foot on the bag there,'' Weiss said. ''It was a heck of a play.''

Hurdle came out and argued heatedly that Tulowitzki failed to touch the bag.

He was ejected for excessive arguing by second base umpire Adrian Johnson. It was the fifth ejection of the season for Hurdle, a former Rockies manager who drew some jeers from the crowd as he trudged off the field and into the clubhouse.

''I wouldn't have gone out there if I didn't think he was safe,'' Hurdle said. ''And when I got in I saw Adrian made a good call. He was on the bag. I trust my eyes and my eyes were wrong. When I went out there I really felt confident he was off the bag but Adrian made the right call.''

Rex Brothers gave up a run in the top of the ninth before striking out Andrew McCutchen and Alvarez to end the game for his ninth save.

Colorado starter Juan Nicasio kept Pittsburgh's offense in check before hitting a rough patch in the sixth. With two outs he allowed Martin's third hit, and Martin scored on Garrett Jones' triple to center.

Jose Tabata followed with an infield single up the middle to make it 3-1 and chase Nicasio.

The righty allowed three runs on six hits and struck out four in 5 2-3 innings.

Wilton Lopez (2-4) got the final out of the inning.

NOTES: Marte flew out to start the game to end his streak of six straight hits over the previous two games. ... Rockies RHP Rafael Betancourt (appendectomy) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Monday. The team will decide after that whether to send him on a rehab assignment. ... Pittsburgh will send lefty Jeff Locke (9-3) against Colorado right-hander Chad Bettis (0-1) in the series finale Sunday.



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Rockies sweep NL Central-leading Pirates
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Aug. 11, 2013

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies beat Pittsburgh 3-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Pirates.

The Pirates came to Coors Field this weekend with a five-game winning streak. They hold a three-game edge over St. Louis, and visit the Cardinals for a three-game series starting Tuesday night.

Pedro Alvarez homered for the Pirates.

The Rockies last swept a series April 16-18 against the Mets on their way to a 13-4 start. They have struggled the last two months to fall from the top of the NL West to out of the playoff race.

They bottomed out with a 1-9 road trip but bounced back against the streaking Pirates. Rookie Chad Bettis held Pittsburgh in check to keep his team in the game, and Arenado delivered with two outs and the score tied at 2.

With two outs, Wilin Rosario singled off reliever Bryan Morris (5-5). Arenado then doubled down the right-field line to score Rosario from first.

Matt Belisle pitched a perfect eighth before giving way to Rex Brothers, who worked a shaky ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.

The Pirates loaded the bases with a single, double and intentional walk before Brothers got Alex Presley to pop out to third to end the game.

Alvarez showed no ill effects from taking a spike to his mitt from Dexter Fowler on Saturday. Alvarez hit the first pitch he saw from Bettis to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the second inning. It was his NL-leading 28th home run of the season.

Andrew McCutchen drove in Clint Barmes with an infield single in the third to make it 2-0.

The Rockies made it 2-1 in bottom of the inning when Charlie Blackmon scored on a sacrifice fly by DJ LeMahieu. They tied it in the sixth when Yorvit Torrealba scored on Alvarez's throwing error at third base.

The error spoiled a solid outing and took a potential win away from Jeff Locke. The lefty allowed two runs -- one earned -- on three hits, struck out three and walked four in 5 2/3 innings. He left after Blackmon's infield single that put runners at first and second with two outs.

Bettis had a better showing in his second career start, allowing just two runs on four hits and striking out three in six innings. The rookie dropped his ERA from 6.30 to 5.06 Sunday.

He missed out on his first major league win. Manuel Corpas (2-2) pitched a clean seventh inning to get the victory.

Notes: Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer did not play due to illness. ... Pirates LF Starling Marte was not in the lineup after getting hit with a pitch and having a bruised left hand. He came in as a pinch runner in the top of the ninth. ... With the Pirates off Monday, rookie RHP Gerrit Cole will have his next start pushed back to Friday against Arizona as the Pirates monitor his innings. ... Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (4-3) will start the opener of a three-game series against the Cardinals. ... Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin (10-5) will start Monday's game against San Diego.



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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/12/pirates-call-up-minor-league-home-run-leader-andrew-lambo/

Pirates call up minor league home run leader Andrew Lambo

Aaron Gleeman

Aug 12, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

Pirates prospect Andrew Lambo leads the minor leagues in homers with 31, going deep 14 times in 58 games at Double-A and 17 times in 59 games at Triple-A. And now the 24-year-old outfielder is headed to the majors for the first time.

Pittsburgh has called up Lambo, who hit .284 with a .926 OPS in 117 total games this season. He was originally acquired from the Dodgers in the mid-2010 trade for Octavio Dotel and missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.

Obviously the power potential gives Lambo a chance to make a significant impact down the stretch, but he also struck out 123 times in 491 plate appearances and had relatively modest career numbers before this year’s breakout. He has experience in both corner outfield spots as well as first base, so Pirates manager Clint Hurdle could mix and match his lineup choices.



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