Pregame: Hurdle discusses lineup construction, potentially moving McCutchen out of third spot
-P- In last night'sĀ Postgame: Notes-and-Quotes, we looked at one of the consequences of Andrew McCutchen batting third. Namely, that many of his plate appearances are being gobbled up by bases empty / two outs situations. Indeed, McCutchen currently leads the league with the most plate appearances in that base/out state.
Gamethread: Charlie Morton takes on Reds
Here's tonight's lineup against Alfredo Simon and the Reds:
Starling Marte LF Neil Walker 2B Andrew McCutchen CF Pedro Alvarez 3B Russell Martin C Ike Davis 1B Travis Snider RF Jordy Mercer SS Charlie Morton P
Pirates outright Travis Ishikawa
The Pirates have outrighted Travis Ishikawa, Rob Biertempfel writes. This means Ishikawa has cleared waivers, which comes as no surprise. He can become a free agent if he wants, and it's not yet clear if he will. Clearly, having Ike Davis in the picture changes the Pirates' first base...
Brandon Cumpton will reportedly start for Pirates Thursday
Brandon Cumpton will start in place of Wandy Rodriguez tomorrow, Dan Zangrilli tweets. I initially thought Jeff Locke would take Rodriguez's place, but Cumpton makes sense, when you think about it -- Locke is making his way back from injury and had only pitched five innings in...
Tyler Glasnow to pitch for Bradenton Friday
Tim Williams reports that Tyler Glasnow will make his 2014 debut on Friday for Bradenton. He reportedly hit 100 MPH seven times in his last rehab start, although he did struggle with his control. Glasnow had been out with back tightness.
Pirates' postgame: Notes and quotes from a 4-1 loss
Johnny Cue-to holds onto ball, silences bats
Johnny Cueto was repeatedly serenaded by chants of "Cue-to" from the crowd of 11,926 tonight. The Reds starter survived the evening without dropping the ball, unlike the last time he pitched at PNC Park in front of a much larger crowd.
For the evening Cueto went nine innings, allowing three hit...
Pirates MiLB recap: 4/22/14
The Pirates' upper level pitching depth is looking good after two more strong outings for Indianapolis and Altoona. And Gregory Polanco did some stuff.
-- Casey Sadler (pictured) threw seven shutout innings as Indianapolis beat Toledo, 11-6....
Johnny Cueto dominates as Reds win 4-1
Johnny Cueto cruised to a relatively easy complete game, allowing only a ninth-inning solo home run to Andrew McCutchen as the Pirates lost 4-1.
If this is the penance the Pirates have to pay for whatever evil spell they cast over Cueto in the Wild Card game, then I'm fine with it. Despite the "Cue-to" chants echoing through a half-empty PNC Park, thoug...
Gamethread: Edinson Volquez starts against Reds
Here's the Pirates' lineup against Johnny Cueto and the Reds.
Starling Marte LF Neil Walker 2B Andrew McCutchen CF Pedro Alvarez 3B Russell Martin C Ike Davis 1B Travis Snider RF Jordy Mercer SS Edinson Volquez P
Pirates Pregame: Travis Snider suspended for two games, Russell Martin one
-P- The suspensions stemming from Sunday's brawl have been announced by Major League Baseball:
4 players suspended for Brewers-Pirates incident on Sunday: Martin Maldonado 5 games, Carlos Gomez 3, Travis Snider 2, Russell Martin 1.— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR)
Russell Martin challenges Martin Maldonado to fight
Russell Martin has challenged Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado to a fight after Maldonado punched Travis Snider on Sunday.
"I’d be fun to see how Maldonado acts if it’s a one-on-one-type situati...
Ike Davis, Neil Walker key 6-5 walk-off win against Reds
Ike Davis' grand slam and Neil Walker's walk-off single paced the Pirates as they defeated the Reds 6-5 in an action-packed game Monday.
Francisco Liriano hit Billy Hamilton with the first pitch of the game, and Hamilton raced around the bases on a groundout and a fielder's choice to make it 1-0 Reds. The Reds added another when Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier hit c...
Pirates MiLB recap: 4/21/14
It was a good day for catchers as Indianapolis and Bradenton won in squeakers, and Altoona in a blowout.
-- Indianapolis got a walkoff 6-5 win over Louisville when Adalberto Santos hit a one-out triple to score Tony Sanchez, who had doubled. &nb...
Gamethread: Francisco Liriano takes on Reds
Here's the Pirates' lineup against Mike Leake and the Reds:
Starling Marte LF Russell Martin C Andrew McCutchen CF Pedro Alvarez 3B Neil Walker 2B Ike Davis 1B Jose Tabata RF Clint Barmes SS Francisco Liriano P
Pirates place Wandy Rodriguez on disabled list
The Pirates have placed Wandy Rodriguez on the disabled list with knee inflammation, and have promoted Jared Hughes to take his place on the active roster.
That Rodriguez is headed to the DL should come as no surprise to anyone who has tried to watch him pitch these last few weeks. I'm not sure how serious the knee trouble is, but this DL stint will allow Rodriguez to...
Pirates lose 3-2 in 14-inning game that features bases-clearing brawl
The Pirates lost in a messy, brawl-filled game that lasted over four hours and ended with the Brewers up 3-2 after 14 innings.
I was driving for a lot of it and caught what I could on radio, so I'll leave the stuff about the brawl to Davi...