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Beaver County Times

Pirates Spotlight: Baserunning a key for Pirates? Stats say otherwise

PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle has been praising the Pirates for improved baserunning all season, though, at times, it is easy to wonder what the manager is watching.

Boston Herald

Brandon Moss takes long road

MINNEAPOLIS — The last game Brandon Moss played as a Red Sox was on July 21, 2008. He came off the bench in the ninth inning that night at Safeco Field, pinch-running for Manny Ramirez.Just 10 days later, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein engineered a three-team trade that landed Ramirez with the Los Angeles Dodgers and brought Pirates outfielder Jason Bay to Boston. Somewhere in all the paperwork was Moss, who wound up in Pittsburgh.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bird Bytes: Liking Matheny's latest lineup

The lineup used by the Cardinals in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Pirates has a nice look and feel, and hopefully the manager will ride it for a while.

philly.com

Punchless Phillies get swept by Pirates

PITTSBURGH - Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is at wit's end, and anyone who has seen his sagging offense can understand why.

Mets Blog | ESPN New York

TC unaware of shoulder woes until Friday

PITTSBURGH -- Terry Collins said he was unaware David Wright was bothered by a left shoulder issue until the captain confessed Friday that the pain had intensified in the series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wright Collins said Wright, who originally injured the shoulder on a headfirst slide on June 12, still tried to talk the manager into letting him remain in Friday's lineup. Collins would not allow that, knowing Wright blew out his right hamstring last season trying to play through a relatively minimal issue.

Angels Blog | Orange County Register

Angels, Pirates swap struggling closers: Frieri for Grilli

KANSAS CITY – In what General Manager Jerry Dipoto conceded was a simple “change of scenery” deal, the Angels swapped problems with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. The Angels sent embattled former closer Ernesto Frieri to the Pirates for...

Newsday

Terry Collins seeks all the help he can get regarding Mets' outfield

To help sort through the logjam in the Mets' outfield, manager Terry Collins joked Thursday about getting some help from Pirates counterpart Clint Hurdle.

Mets Blog | ESPN New York

Backup SS Campbell may never see action

PITTSBURGH -- Terry Collins said Eric Campbell is his backup shortstop, but the manager hopes to never use Campbell at the position. The Mets decided to demote backup middle infielder Wilmer Flores with the activation of Juan Lagares for Thursday's series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That left an imbalance, with six outfielders and only one backup infielder -- Campbell. Tejada Flores Campbell Campbell has played two career professional games at shortstop -- both this season with Las Vegas.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Neil Walker due to return at second tonight

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Pirates’ plan to activate Neil Walker from the disabled list today remained on track after Walker batted against Gerrit Cole in a simulated game Monday, manager Clint Hurdle said.

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

Rick Renteria defends late batting changes

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria played the matchups in the eighth inning when his team was attempting to comeback from a 2-0 deficit. After being shut down for seven innings against starter Brandon Cumpton, lefty reliever Tony Watson came in for the Pirates to start the eighth. Watson has a 0.79 ERA on the season and for his career lefties have managed a .563 OPS against him. Righties don’t fare much better, with a collective OPS of .

MLB

NL WC: Hurdle discusses challenging night at home

10/1/13: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was a busy man at home the night before his team's matchup with the Reds in the NL Wild Card Game