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Viva El Birdos 8 hours ago
ESPNs Tim Kurkjian talks MLB Little League Classic and Cardinals playoff chances

ESPNs Tim Kurkjian talks MLB Little League Classic and Cardinals playoff chances

Ahead of Sunday’s unique Cardinals game, Tim Kurkjian talks about the event, Giancarlo Stanton, and how the Cardinals have surprised him. On Sunday night, the Cardinals will be playing against the Pirates at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The game, played in the same town as the Little League World Series, will draw attention to the annual event and provide fans a different perspective in watching a Major League Baseball game at a smaller venue. The game will be broadcast at 6pm CT on ESPN, and one of the broadcasters on the call will be Tim Kurkjian, who is also broadcasting...
Viva El Birdos 10 hours ago

Cardinals News and Notes: DeJong, Starting Lineup, Baby Birdos, Baby Carlos, Pirates

Getting you caught up on yesterday's VEB happenings Here is what went down yesterday at Viva El Birdos: How seriously should we take Paul DeJong?: John takes a look at whether or not Paul DeJong can keep the hot start to his Major League career. Daily Farm Report: Pitchers Galore - Flaherty, Helsley,...
Wade LeBlanc placed on DL with quad strain; Steven Brault called up

Wade LeBlanc placed on DL with quad strain; Steven Brault called up

The Pirates swapped left-handed long relievers Friday, promoting prospect Steven Brault from Class AAA Indianapolis and placing veteran Wade LeBlanc on the 10-day disabled list with a left quad strain one day after he was shelled by the St. Louis Cardinals for four runs.

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Beaver County Times Aug 15, 2017
Pirates drop third straight on the road, look to split Brewers series Wednesday

Pirates drop third straight on the road, look to split Brewers series Wednesday

Keon Broxton hit a pinch-hit home run, Manny Pina drove in two runs, Zach Davies pitched into the seventh and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Pirates pregame: Gregory Polanco goes to 10-day DL, team recalls Elias Diaz

MILWAUKEE — As expected, Gregory Polanco went on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Catcher Elias Diaz was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. ...

Pirates notebook: Gregory Polanco placed on DL, catcher Elias Diaz recalled

MILWAUKEE — Gregory Polanco’s latest left hamstring strain triggered another round of musical chairs for the Pirates’ active roster. On Tuesday, Polanco went on the ...

Pirates mailbag: Is it too early to worry about Ivan Nova?

Welcome back, baseball fans. The Pirates (58-60) have arrived at a pivotal portion of their 2017 schedule, as 34 of their next 38 games are against National League Central opponents. They would do well to win regularly. All questions are sic’d. If you have a question for next week’s mailbag, send it to snesbitt@post-gazette.com or to @stephenjnesbitt on Twitter.

Ron Cook: What a year — and return — for Sean Rodriguez

At first, it was frightening, Sean Rodriguez knocking a water cooler in the Pirates’ dugout into next week. Mike Tyson never punched with such fire and fury.

The NL Central will make or break the Pirates this season

With the homestretch ahead, the chase for the National League Central division crown remains a four-horse race. The Pirates entered their off day Monday in Milwaukee four games out of first place, behind a logjam of 61-win teams stacked a game apart in the standings — the 61-55 Chicago Cubs, the 61-57 St. Louis Cardinals and the 61-59 Milwaukee Brewers.

Francisco Cervelli pulls himself from game after continued pain in left hand

TORONTO — The Pirates were well on their way to a 7-1 loss Sunday when catcher Francisco Cervelli was replaced in the seventh inning by backup Chris Stewart. What initially could have passed as a simple defensive substitution soon was revealed to be much more concerning. Cervelli requested he be removed, it turns out, because of recurring pain in his right hand.
Beaver County Times Aug 13, 2017
Former Pirates pitcher J.A. Happ hands Pirates second straight loss

Former Pirates pitcher J.A. Happ hands Pirates second straight loss

J.A. Happ pitched six innings to win his third straight start, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 Sunday.

Toronto tattoos Chad Kuhl, takes series with 7-1 win over Pirates

TORONTO — The bullpen phone jangled one out into the Pirates’ 7-1 defeat Sunday. Euclides Rojas, the Pirates bullpen coach, retreated to the royal-blue back wall beyond the right-field fence at Rogers Centre and received instructions to get left-hander Wade LeBlanc loose. The Toronto Blue Jays had starter Chad Kuhl on the ropes in a five-run, 40-pitch first inning.

Andrew McCutchen back in lineup two days after injury; Gregory Polanco out

TORONTO — A day away was all it took. Andrew McCutchen returned to the Pirates lineup Sunday, two days after injuring his left knee, to serve as designated hitter for a series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays. McCutchen was slated to bat third against lefty J.A. Happ.

Connection between pitchers George Kontos and J.A. Happ began with college ball at Northwestern

TORONTO — The story of how Pirates right-hander George Kontos came to know Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ, who will start Sunday against his former teammates at Rogers Centre, is a simple one. They pitched together at Northwestern University in 2004. How Kontos landed at Northwestern, however, is a longer and inarguably more compelling narrative.
Beaver County Times Aug 12, 2017
Pirates' Gregory Polanco leaves with hamstring injury in 7-2 loss to Blue Jays

Pirates' Gregory Polanco leaves with hamstring injury in 7-2 loss to Blue Jays

Chris Rowley pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his major league debut, Jose Bautista scored two runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2. Pittsburgh lost for the second time in seven games. Rowley, who began the…

Rangers claim infielder Phil Gosselin on waivers from Pirates

TORONTO — On Saturday, infielder Phil Gosselin was claimed by the Texas Rangers, ending his brief and forgettable tenure with the Pirates.

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