4:43 PM EDT, Fri May 06, 2016
Beaver County Times Apr 17, 2016
John Jaso provides answers at first base for Pirates

John Jaso provides answers at first base for Pirates

John Jaso played only five innings at first base in the major leagues before this season but has proven to be far more than adequate there and has been a success in the lead off spot, too.
Ron Cook: Jaso, Polanco making people forget about Alvarez, Walker

Ron Cook: Jaso, Polanco making people forget about Alvarez, Walker

Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker have moved on, taking their combined 43 home runs from 2015 with them. The Pirates have missed their power at times this season, but they still are getting terrific overall production from their two primary left-handed hitters. John Jaso and Gregory Polanco have been the team’s best offensive players, all respect to Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli. They were huge again Sunday in the 9-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park, combining to go 5 for 8 with two walks, four runs scored and two RBIs.
Pirates notebook: Jaso's average keeps rising atop lineup

Pirates notebook: Jaso's average keeps rising atop lineup

John Jaso, the dreadlocked Pirates first baseman, continues to impress at the plate.
Ron Cook: Gerrit Cole gets a loss but survives a scare

Ron Cook: Gerrit Cole gets a loss but survives a scare

The Pirates are 5-5, the definition of mediocre. They played a thoroughly mediocre game Thursday against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park and got what they deserved, a 7-4 loss. They failed to hit a home run again and failed too often to get a big hit. When they did get a clutch hit, they ran themselves out of a possible big inning with a major, inexcusable coaching blunder. It’s been going that way for nearly a week. This was the Pirates’ fifth loss in six games after their 4-0 start. It’s been only 10 games, but the team is trending downward.

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