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Date Added: 2006-01-10 20:00:38
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The Matt Morris Report: 7/31/14
The farm system saw several offensive outbursts, including a two-HR game by Jose Osuna. -- Indianapolis beat Buffalo, 6-4.  Casey Sadler gave up a two-run HR in the 1st, but recovered to allow just one more run in seven total innings.  He gave up ...

Thoughts on the Pirates and the trade deadline
A few thoughts on the Pirates' performance at the trade deadline today: -P- It appears the Red Sox and Rays wanted big-leaguers in return for Jon Lester and David Price, and seen from that perspective, it's clear why the Pirates didn't get either pitcher. The Red Sox were weak in the outfield, but for the Pirates to give up anyone in their starting outfield for...

Tigers acquire David Price
The Tigers have acquired David Price. Tampa will apparently get big-league players back in return, which sort of makes sense, in that the Tigers' minor league system isn't the best. I...

Orioles acquire Andrew Miller
The Orioles have acquired Andrew Miller for pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez, a very good pitching prospect who's currently holding his own (if not thriving) for Double-A Bowie as a 21-year-old, was a lot to give up, but Miller was probably the best reliever on the marke...

Pirates trade rumors: Bucs discussing David Price trade
This morning, at least, the Pirates discussed a David Price trade with the Rays, Ken Rosenthal writes. Price represented the most valuable starting pitcher on the market even when Jon Lester was still on it. Obviously, it would take a ton to get him. It's fun to imagine t...

Pirates claim RHP Angel Sanchez
CORRECTION:  The Pirates claimed RHP Angel Sanchez off waivers from the White Sox.

Cardinals trade for John Lackey
The Cardinals have acquired John Lackey, which is annoying. Lackey was a quiet presence on this market, but he's a very effective starter, posting 2.5 WAR already this year and 3.1 last year. Right now, the Cardinals appear to be the team seizing the day in ...

Pirates trade rumors: Bucs ask about Emilio Bonifacio
The Pirates have asked the Cubs about Emilio Bonifacio, Joel Sherman reports. With Josh Harrison in the fold, I wouldn't think another 2B/3B/OF would be high on the Pirates' list of priorities, but so much depends on a bunch of moving parts (like Starling Marte and Clint B...

Red Sox trade Jon Lester to Athletics
The Red Sox have traded Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes and a Comp Round B pick, everyone reports at once. If this is what the Red Sox wanted, it looks like the Pirates ...

Thoughts on Bristol's loss to Princeton
As someone mentioned in the last thread about Bristol, this was really poor timing for a visit, all things considered -- it's hard to get anyone too excited about rookie ball when the Pirates are trying to acquire Jon Lester. I went to Bristol's game tonight against the Princeton Rays, though, and I'd like to make a record of my thoughts before I forget them. Maybe I'll draw attention to ...

The Matt Morris Report: 7/30/14
So will there be big changes for the Pirates? I don't know, this is the minor league report. West Virginia was off, Jamestown was rained out and no report was available for the DSL Pirates. -- Indianapolis couldn't hold an early 4-0 lead and lost t...

Giants 7, Pirates 5
I'm at the Bristol game right now, but here's a thread to discuss the Pirates' 7-5 loss to San Francisco, featuring The Weirdest Baserunning Play Of All Time.

An interview with Bristol manager Edgar Varela
I spoke to Edgar Varela, the manager of the Pirates' new rookie affiliate in Bristol, in his office Wednesday afternoon. Varela has been with the Pirates organization for the past several years, but this is his first year as a manager. He also, I later found, played for Bristol as a 21-year-old draftee of the White Sox in 2002. Stats in rookie ball don't much -- as we disc...

Pirates trade deadline: Coming around on Jon Lester
Just a few quick thoughts on Jon Lester: Absent context, the only correct answer as to whether the Pirates should trade for Lester is, "It depends." Some of the ideas that have floated around (Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow;

Gamethread: Charlie Morton starts as Pirates go for sweep
The Pirates' lineup is again Alvarez-free for today's 3:45pm game: Josh Harrison 3B Gregory Polanco RF Andrew McCutchen CF Neil Walker 2B Ike Davis 1B Travis Snider LF Jordy Mercer SS Chris Stewart C Charlie Morton P

Trade deadline thread
It's certain to be a day of empty speculation, unfounded rumors, conspiracy theories, loony trade ideas and Peter Gammons posts.  Discuss it all here!

Francisco Liriano strikes out 11 as Pirates move into playoff position
Francisco Liriano used a filthy changeup to dominate the Giants Tuesday, striking out 11 en route to a 3-1 Pirates win. It was a great win in more ways than one -- not only did Liriano look like his 2013 self, but the Giants (obviously), Brewers and Cardinals all lost, moving the Pirates a bit closer to a playoff berth. Atlanta, a potential Wild Card competitor, is do...

The Matt Morris Report: 7/29/14
No report yet on the DSL Pirates. -- Indianapolis lost to Buffalo, 7-1.  Starter Adam Wilk struggled with his control and allowed six runs in six innings.  The Indians had only four hits. -- Altoona

Gamethread: Francisco Liriano takes on Giants
Here's the Pirates' lineup against Tim Hudson: Josh Harrison 3B Gregory Polanco RF Andrew McCutchen CF Neil Walker 2B Russell Martin C Ike Davis 1B Travis Snider LF Jordy Mercer SS Francisco Liriano P

Pirates reportedly emerging as contender for Jon Lester
The Pirates are a "fast-emerging dark horse" in the bidding to acquire Jon Lester from the Red Sox, Jeff Passan and Tim Brown write. Josh Bell is apparently a central piece in the talks. I would take all thi...

Pirates rumors: A.J. Burnett talks 'all but dead'
Jayson Stark writes that the possibility of the Pirates trading for A.J. Burnett is "all but dead." [T]he Pirates have been unable to get assurances that Burnett won't pick up his player option for...

Pirates trade rumors: Bucs looking for lefty reliever
The Pirates are looking for a lefty reliever, Jon Morosi tweets. That they're looking for a reliever, of course, makes sense. That it needs to be a lefty is a little surprising, since they have two. They do, however use Tony Watson as more of a standard setup man, and Justin Wilson hasn't been markedly b...

Bucs Dugout Podcast: Looking ahead to the trade deadline
David Todd and I discuss how the Pirates should approach the deadline, what the Pirates should be willing to give up for David Price, and what's going on with Ernesto Frieri.

Which teams make frustrating plays the most frequently?
It's extremely frustrating to watch a player from a team you care about strike out with a man on third and one out in a high-leverage situation. Perhaps even more annoying is a fielding error in a high-leverage situation. TOOTBLANs are always irritating, and so are giving up walks after 0-and-2 counts. Somewhere in the middle of Sunday's interminable four-hour game, I...

Vance Worley dominates Giants in 100-pitch complete game
Vance Worley dominated the Giants, facing just two batters over the minimum en route to a 100-pitch complete-game shutout of the Giants Monday night. The Pirates did most of their damage in the first. They led off with a walk, a single and then another walk off Madison Bumgarner, and then Gaby Sanchez brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. Neil Walker and Russell Ma...

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