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 Posted: Sat Aug 24th, 2013 05:09 pm
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Looks like Yadier Molina is the glue that holds the club together.

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Famous Mortimer wrote: Looks like Yadier Molina is the glue that holds the club together.
That's why I mentioned him in the NL MVP thread. He might get my vote yet.



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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/miller-dominates-cardinals-beat-braves-023024455--mlb.html

Miller dominates, Cardinals beat Braves 6-2
By R.B. FALLSTROM (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 17 minutes ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rookie Shelby Miller worked seven innings of three-hit ball, Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran each homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves for the third straight time, 6-2 Saturday night.

Freddie Freeman homered for the NL East-leading Braves, who totaled five runs while dropping three in a row for the first time since July 3-5. Julio Teheran (10-7) allowed a season-worst five walks and was charged with four runs.

Miller (12-8) worked more than six innings for the first time in 13 starts since June 1. He struck out six without walking a batter while pitching with no more than a one-run cushion against a fellow 22-year-old right-hander. Center fielder Jon Jay made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Brian McCann of at least extra bases in the seventh.

The Cardinals, who began the night a game back in the NL Central, go for a four-game sweep Sunday with Lance Lynn (13-7) opposing Mike Minor (12-5).

St. Louis totaled three runs while getting swept in a three-game series in Atlanta in late July.

Pinch-hitter Shane Robinson and Carpenter opened a three-run seventh with singles to chase Teheran and the Cardinals broke it open against reliever Dave Carpenter with a two-run double by Matt Holliday and an RBI single by Yadier Molina for a 5-1 lead.

The Braves had three of their seven hits in the ninth, including pinch-hitter Gerald Laird's RBI double off Seth Maness before Edward Mujica struck out Elliott Johnson with two on for his 34th save in 36 chances.

The first three hits of the game were home runs. Miller struck out the first two batters on seven pitches and the Braves' first contact came when Freeman hammered a 1-2 pitch for his 16th homer.

Carpenter answered with his second career leadoff homer and 10th overall, also on a 1-2 count, in the bottom of the first. Beltran's team-leading 23rd put the Cardinals ahead 2-1 in the third and he finished with three hits, two RBIs and his second base-running gaffe of the series.

Beltran settled for a single in the fifth after standing at the plate for several seconds and belatedly jogging to first on a liner down the third base line that caromed off the jut in the stands in shallow left. Two days earlier he missed third base and had to double back before scoring.

NOTES: Miller walked nine in 16 1-3 innings his first four starts this month, one of them lasting just two pitches when he took a liner off the elbow. Missouri DE Kony Ealy threw a ceremonial first pitch. ... The Cardinals have hit 21 homers in August after totaling nine in July, although Carpenter's 10th overall was his first since July 10 against Houston. ... The Braves are 8-31 when scoring two or fewer runs.



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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/24/pirates-lose-outfielder-starling-marte-to-disabled-list/

Pirates lose outfielder Starling Marte to disabled list

Matthew Pouliot

Aug 24, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

The Pirates will be without a key piece for at least another 10 days after placing Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a hand contusion.

Andrew Lambo was recalled to replace him on the roster.

Marte was injured last Sunday when he was hit on the left hand by a pitch. He’d been available to pinch-run since, but the Pirates declined to use him in case the DL stint became necessary. Since he hadn’t made an appearance since the injury, he’ll be eligible to rejoin the team on Sept. 3.

The 24-year-old Marte has been the Pirates’ everyday left fielder and leadoff hitter this season. He’s hitting .282/.343/.443, and he’s third in the NL with 35 steals and tied for seventh with 79 runs scored.

Lambo is seeing his second stint in the majors after going 1-for-9 in four games earlier this month. He’s hit 32 homers in the minors this year, 18 of them coming in Triple-A. He’ll share time with Felix Pie in left until Marte returns.



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http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2013/08/27/pirates-mets-trade-marlon-byrd-john-buck/2708903/

Pirates acquire Marlon Byrd, John Buck from Mets
Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports 4:08 p.m. EDT August 27, 2013

The Pittsburgh Pirates, on the verge of their first winning season since 1992, are trying to ensure they end their postseason drought as well by acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck in a trade with the New York Mets.

The Pirates, just one-half game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central Division, will send infielder Dilson Herrera, 19, to the Mets in return, according to a high-ranking Pirates official with direct knowledge of the trade. The official spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

The Pirates, whose right fielders ranked last in the National League in OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage), will be bolstered by Byrd, who's hitting .285 with a career-high 21 homers and 71 RBI. The Pirates also recently lost Starling Marte, their leadoff hitter and left fielder, with an injured right hand.

Buck, who has hit 15 homers and driven in 60 runs this year, will back up Pirates starting catcher Russell Martin.

The Mets, meanwhile, continue re-trenching for the future, a process that took a significant hit on Monday when the team announced ace Matt Harvey has a slightly torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, an injury that will likely require Tommy John surgery.



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just 4 wins away from 500 even they can't blow that one



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My allegiance for the postseason:
1. Braves
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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/28/pirates-option-jeff-locke-to-double-a-altoona/

Pirates option Jeff Locke to Double-A Altoona

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Aug 28, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke was a first-half hero, posting a 2.15 ERA in 18 starts before the All-Star break. But he has been roughed up in the second half — it got especially bad in August — and may not play a role down the stretch for the Bucs.

According to beat writer Michael Sanserino of the Pittsbrugh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have optioned Locke to Double-A Altoona. He could be brought back shortly after rosters expand on September 1, but he will not take his turn in the rotation Sunday against the first-place Cardinals. A fill-in for that potentially-crucial outing will be announced soon.

Locke made it all the way to 176 innings pitched last year between the minors and majors.

The 25-year-old southpaw  had thrown 148 1/3 innings so far in 2013 for Pittsburgh.



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HBF wrote: My allegiance for the postseason:
1. Braves
2. Pittsburgh
3. LA

Since the Giants are playing like the Bad News Bears this year I am pulling for the Pirates .



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Pittsburgh is trying to land Justin Morneau.



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The Pirates upgraded their offense with their trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd on Tuesday, and they have their eye on Twins star first baseman Justin Morneau now.

Morneau, the former AL MVP, would appear to be their next target following the trade with the Mets that netted them Byrd and catcher John Buck, as the Pirates continue to address offensive needs as they battle the Cardinals atop the NL Central Division.

Pirates GM Neal Huntington has likely locked down NL Executive of the Year honors after winter trades and signings secured Francisco Liriano, Russell Martin and Mark Melancon. Now he is looking to secure the Pirates' first playoff spot since 1992 (the first winning record since that year is a fait acccompli at this point). Huntington said on MLB Network that he liked the Byrd trade because it helped "lengthen" their lineup.

With right field an issue most of the year and Starling Marte out with a hand issue at the moment, Pittsburgh could use one more hitter. They could try to utilize Garrett Jones in the outfield if they were to acquire Morneau.

Morneau has cleared waivers, and word has been that the Twins are willing to pay some of the close to $3 million left on Morneau's $14 million salary, depending on the prospect worth returned in a trade. The Pirates showed they are willing to dig into their farm system when they sent middle-infield prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named to the Mets, but so far they've deemed the Twins' requests as high.

While Minnesota has attachment to Morneau, the 2006 MVP and half of the vaunted pairing with Joe Mauer, the Twins have signaled a clear willingness to trade him. The Orioles showed some interest last month, while the Indians and A's are among other teams that make some sense. The Yankees, pleased with cost-efficient pickup Lyle Overbay, are said by a source not to be in on Morneau at the moment.



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I have been out of the loop all week. Nice pick up for the Bucs. Since the Phils are finished this year, I have to root for the Bucs to make the playoffs and hopefully go far. Typically, when teams reach the playoffs for the first time in ages, it is a short stay. Hopefully, that is not the case this time. Picking up Byrd was a smart move.

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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/jones-liriano-pirates-beat-cards-014855093--mlb.html

Jones, Liriano, Pirates beat Cards for Central tie
By WILL GRAVES (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 8 hours ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle gave Garrett Jones a few days off this week, freeing the first baseman to explore ways to work out of a miserable funk that threatened to banish him to the bench indefinitely.

A lot of time in the batting cage and a couple of helpful hints from a new teammate provided Jones with the confidence boost he desperately needed.

Jones hit his 100th career home run and drove in four runs as the Pirates beat St. Louis 5-0 on Friday night to move into a tie with the Cardinals for the lead in the NL Central.

''Big game, big series,'' Jones said. ''I made some adjustments and took it into the game and I felt good. I felt aggressive and strong and it was nice to be able to contribute to the win.''

A pep talk from outfielder Marlon Byrd helped. The veteran, acquired by the Pirates in a trade with the New York Mets on Tuesday, pulled Jones aside and delivered some advice culled from 12 years of bouncing through seven big league cities.

''He came up to me and said you're a guy who can hit 30-40 home runs,'' Jones said. ''He started talking to me about hitting and the few things he mentioned to me just made a lot of sense.''

Hard to argue with the results. Jones finished with three hits while matching his entire RBI total for the month in one night.

Russell Martin added his 12th homer of the season for Pittsburgh. Jose Tabata and Neil Walker got two hits as the Pirates moved within four victories of their first winning season in 21 years.

Francisco Liriano (15-6) allowed just two hits over eight innings, walking two and striking out six to reach the 15-win plateau for the first time in his eight-year career. The left-hander struggled in his previous start last weekend in San Francisco but bounced back with one of his most dominant performances of the season.

Liriano credited his resilience on a newfound maturity that allows him to move on quickly following a rough night.

''Whatever is done is done, nothing you can do about it, just focus on the next start,'' Liriano said.

Having an early lead to work with certainly helped. Jones came in hitting just .119 in August but broke out against St. Louis starter Shelby Miller (12-9).

Jones hit a two-run double in the first inning to give Pittsburgh the lead, added a moon shot to the seats in right field off Miller in the fourth and followed it up with an RBI single in the fifth.

''Garrett put in a lot of work and it paid off big time for us,'' Hurdle said.

The Cardinals came in surging after they erased a four-game deficit earlier this month. St. Louis arrived at PNC Park with a one-game lead and a chance to create some breathing room over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati heading into September.

Instead, things tightened up after Miller again struggled to get outs against the Pirates.

The rookie right-hander is in the midst of a breakout season but fell to 0-4 versus Pittsburgh, though his hitters haven't done him any favors. The Cardinals have produced just one run in Miller's four starts against the Pirates.

Miller lasted just 4 1-3 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out three. He struggled with his command, twice walking Liriano - who came in hitting just .075 - on four pitches.

''I made some mistakes with some pitches and they put good swings on them,'' Miller said. ''At the end of the day, they were better than us. I was just battling all night. It wasn't a good night.''

It certainly was for Liriano, who is in the midst of a mid-career revival with the Pirates.

The 2006 All-Star pitched a complete game in a 5-1 win at St. Louis two weeks ago and was even sharper in front of a packed PNC Park that is still getting used to being in the thick of a pennant race.

The Cardinals managed only one runner in the last six innings, and no one got past second base in the entire game.

''They're waiting for him to make a mistake out of over the plate but he's not making many mistakes then you don't have too many options,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''We hit some balls hard but not enough of them in a row then we gave him the lead and that made it even tougher for us.''

NOTES: Pittsburgh All-Star closer Jason Grilli will pitch one inning for Double-A Altoona on Saturday as he continues his rehab from a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm. Grilli has been on the 15-day disabled list since injuring the arm against Washington on July 22 ... The Cardinals bolstered their bullpen on Friday when they acquired reliever John Axford from Milwaukee. ''There's a lot of experience there, a lot of upside,'' Matheny said. ''It's hard to forget that two years ago this guy was one of the top relievers in the game.'' ... Lance Lynn (13-8, 4.02 ERA) starts for the Cardinals on Saturday against A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.18).



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CanadianHorseman wrote:
Pittsburgh is trying to land Justin Morneau.


Mission accomplished.


from tsn.ca:

The Minnesota Twins have traded Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates, sending the veteran first baseman to a playoff-contending team for the final month of the season.

The deal was done on Saturday before the deadline. The Twins obtained outfielder Alex Presley and either a player to be named or cash.

Morneau is in the final year of his contract, making $14 million. He has been with the Twins for 11 seasons, winning the American League MVP award in 2006 and becoming one of the best hitters in the game until a concussion knocked him out of action in 2010. His production hasn't been the same since.

Morneau batted .259 with 32 doubles, 17 home runs and 74 RBIs for the Twins this year in 495 at-bats.



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Great to see that the Bucs are serious. Another solid pick up.

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Pittsburgh behind AJ Fucking Burnett just beat The Cardinals to reclaim first place.



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