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Morton Keeps Shutout Streak Alive In Victory

The pitching staff of the Pittsburgh Pirates continues to make a case for being known as the best in all of baseball. Charlie Morton may not be the power pitcher and strikeout king that the three pitchers in front of him are, but his stuff is just as effective.

Morton would toss seven innings of shutout baseball and pick up win number five on the season with a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. His ERA would lower to 1.62 after he allowed four hits to go with three strikeouts and one walk. It is pretty nice having a guy with numbers like that as your fourth starter. The ball would then be handed to Tony Watson in the eighth and Mark Melancon in the ninth. Those two would run the Pittsburgh shutout streak to thirty straight innings...

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Morton, Pirates Beat Brewers 2-0

After the past two games to open up this home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates needed to win tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. Charlie Morton took the mound for the Bucs tonight, and he did exactly what his team needed him to do, stifling the opposing offense on his way to a 2-0 victory at PNC Park.

Morton improved to 4-0 on the season, giving up three hits and three walks while striking out six batters in 7.1 innings of work. Tony Watson finished up the eighth, and Mark Melancon earned his 19th save of the season with a hitless ninth inning.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning on an infield single by Starling Marte, scoring Gregory Polanco, who led off the game with a double. Pedro Alvarez hammered a 434 foot homerun to deep right field in the second to put the Bucs in front 2...

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Pirates Can’t Solve Jungmann in 4-1 Loss

After an impressive 7-3 road trip that ended this past weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates have suddenly lost their offense at PNC Park. Their 4-1 loss to Taylor Jungmann and the Milwaukee Brewers tonight was the second consecutive outing in which the Bucs’ bats were completely ineffective against their N.L. Central rivals.

Jungmann made his MLB debut tonight and out-dueled his mound opponent, Francisco Liriano. The Brewers’ rookie gave up just one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in seven innings of work, while Liriano surrendered three runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in eight innings. While Jungmann earned his first victory (1-0), Liriano fell to 3-5 on the season.

Jason Rogers’ solo homerun in the second inning put the Brewers in front early...

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Pirates Commit Four Errors, Outlast Braves 10-8

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves tonight in the first game of their three game weekend series, but this was an ugly, dissatisfying game. Sure, a win is a win, but this game was one of the worst the Bucs have played this season. In the end, though, the Pirates snuck out with a 10-8 victory.

Pittsburgh used a total of six pitchers, including Charlie Morton, who gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits with three walks in five innings of work. Tony Watson, surprisingly, gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits with a walk and recorded only two outs in the eighth inning. Mark Melancon, despite a sloppy ninth inning, earned his 17th save.

After falling behind 2-0 after the first inning, the Pirates responded in the second inning on an RBI single by Francisco Cervelli. The...

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Morton Lifts Pirates To Victory

There was some concern among fans when Charlie Morton was activated from the DL and placed back into the starting rotation. So far through two starts, those fears have been pushed aside. Morton picked up his second win in as many starts, as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres tonight 5-2.

Morton was his vintage groundball inducing self tonight over the course of his seven innings of work. He allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits, while striking out two and walking one batter. Tony Watson took the bump in the eighth and struck out all three batters he faced, which were all pinch hitters. That led the way for Mark Melancon to earn his 13th save of the year. He would allow on hit and strike out one batter.

The early parts of the game were a back and forth affair...

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Cervelli’s HR Leads Pirates To 4-2 Victory

Don’t look now, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing good baseball. Solid starting pitching paired with timely hitting from up and down the lineup has this team rolling through their current home stand, including today’s 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins at PNC Park.

Charlie Morton made his 2015 debut on the mound for the Pirates, and after a shaky start, he settled in, earning his first victory of the season. Ground Chuck gave up two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and zero walks in seven innings of work. Tony Watson pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Mark Melancon earned his 11th save of the season with a perfect ninth.

The Pirates got two hits each from Starling Marte, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, Francisco Cervelli, and Jordy Mercer. However, all of their runs came on...

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Pirates Offense Looks To Improve This Week Against Chicago

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans already, and we’re just twelve games into the season.  After opening up the 2015 campaign by being swept at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark, the Bucs responded well and took two of three from the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Their first home stand of the season has been similarly up and down.  Following a frustrating series loss to the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park, they once again responded with a great weekend in front of their hometown crowd, completing a three-game series sweep of the Brewers yesterday afternoon.

Pittsburgh is 5-1 against the Brewers this season, and 1-5 against everyone else...

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FFTS Reaction – Francisco Liriano Signing & More

The Pittsburgh Pirates completed the biggest free agent signing in the team’s history yesterday but inking a deal with Francisco Liriano worth 3 years, $39 million.  As we learned throughout the day, the two sides had been close to a deal for nearly a week, and that Liriano preferred to remain in Pittsburgh.

This is a huge deal for the Pirates.  By signing Liriano, they Bucs are putting together a high quality starting rotation, which will also include Gerrit Cole, A.J. Burnett, and Vance Worley, while Charlie Morton is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

Shortly after the deal with Liriano was announced, sources began murmuring the Pirates’ continued interest and pursuit of Edinson Volquez.  Clearly, the Bucs’ focus this offseason is on starting pitching, as it should...

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Pirates Officially Lose Martin, Cardinals Trade For Heyward

Over the past two years, the St. Louis Cardinals have been responsible for preventing the Pittsburgh Pirates from winning the N.L. Central division title.  The two teams finished first and second respectively in 2014, and both promise to be contenders once again next season.  The Pirates officially lost one of their key players from 2014 today, while the Cardinals added a potentially dynamic piece to their club.

Russell Martin agreed to a five year, $82 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays today.  After two solid seasons in Pittsburgh, Martin was the most sought-after catcher on the free agent market by far, and decided to return to his hometown while cashing in one huge pay check.  The Chicago Cubs were rumoured to be the front-runners ever since Martin declined the Pirates’ qualif...

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Pirates Win Again, Shut Out Red Sox 4-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their quest for the postseason with their final interleague series of the season, beginning tonight in the first of a three game set against the Boston Red Sox.

Charlie Morton made his return to the starting rotation tonight, and, while he wasn’t lights out, held the Red Sox in check throughout his limited start, as the Pirates put enough runs on the board to secure a rather comfortable 4-0 victory at PNC Park.

While the Red Sox didn’t score a run in the game, the Bucs certainly used a lot of arms out of the bullpen. In addition to Morton, who gave up four hits and two walks in five innings while earning his sixth victory of the season (6-12), Pittsburgh got scoreless appearances from Bobby LaFromboise, Jared Hughes, John Holdzkom, Tony Watson, and Mark...

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