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Lack of offense finally did the Pirates in, and two errors by rookie shortstop Chase d'Arnaud led to two Cincinnati runs, as the Pirates lost the finale of their three-game set to the Reds 3-1. Jeff Karstens had another strong outing, giving up just one earned run over seven innings.

The closest Pirates hitters came to seeing a crooked number on Wednesday afternoon was the 47 on the back of Reds starter Johnny Cueto's jers

07/20/2011 - 15:25
David Golebiewski
James McDonald pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and the bullpen kept the Reds off the board the rest of the way as the Pirates shut out Cincinnati for a second consecutive night, winning 1-0 at PNC Park.

The Pirates stayed atop the NL Central standings on Tuesday night, shutting out the Reds 1-0 in front of a crowd of 26,058 at PNC Park.

07/19/2011 - 22:36
David Golebiewski
Charlie Morton battled through an 83 minute rain delay to throw five shutout innings and the offense did just enough to take advantage, as the Pirates hung on for a 2-0 win over the Reds Monday night at PNC Park. The win puts the Pirates alone in first place atop the N.L. Central.

During his first two starts against the Reds this season, both complete-game victories in Cincinnati, Charlie Morton finished off the NL Central foe in quick fashion: two hours, 36 minutes on April

07/19/2011 - 00:06
David Golebiewski
Jeff Karstens wasn't even supposed to be a member of the Pirates' 2011 starting rotation, much less its anchor. Yet Karstens, who joined the starting staff after Ross Ohlendorf suffered a shoulder injury, took the mound Friday night in Houston with an ERA lower than the likes of Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia and Tim Lincecum.

Not bad for a former 19th-round draft pick of the Yankees who has been labeled an organizational soldier, a trade throw-in and a swingman du

07/15/2011 - 10:49
David Golebiewski
Neal Huntington was named senior vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 25, 2007, after spending almost a decade in the Cleveland Indians front office. The 41-year-old native New Englander—a Division III second-team All-American first baseman at Amherst College in Massachusetts—has changed the entire way the Pirates have done business since taking the reins, often with mixed results.

Huntington immediately set out to rebuild a bereft minor league system, and the franchise spent their the limited funds in different ways, pouring money into Latin American scouting and spendin

07/14/2011 - 23:50
David Golebiewski
Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in five runs, Neil Walker had two doubles and a triple, and Paul Maholm allowed one run and four hits over 7 2/3 innings as the Pirates throttled the Cubs 9-1. The Bucs will enter the All-Star break with their best record in 19 years.

After initially getting the cold shoulder from Giants manager and National League All-Star skipper Bruce Bochy, Andrew Read more ...

07/10/2011 - 16:41
David Golebiewski
Jeff Karstens allowed one run in seven-plus innings, Brandon Wood homered and the Pirates won their third straight game, 5-1 over the Houston Astros Tuesday night. The Bucs are a game behind St. Louis in the N.L. Central.

After his starts, Jeff Karstens often dons a black T-shirt with a catch phrase from Eastbound & Down's bombastic star, Kenny Powers: "Ar

07/05/2011 - 22:24
David Golebiewski
Jose Tabata was carted off the field in the first inning and two of the Pirates' season-long strengths -- defense and relief pitching -- faltered in a 4-2 loss on Sunday afternoon in front of a record crowd of 39,511 at PNC Park.

The Pirates tied a season high with four errors and a well-worked bullpen that allowed just one run during the first five games of the hom

06/26/2011 - 17:55
David Golebiewski
For the second consecutive night, the Pirates knocked off the class of the AL, beating the Red Sox 6-4. Lyle Overbay's three-run shot in the bottom of the 4th gave Pittsburgh a lead it never relinquished and Joel Hanrahan picked up his 22nd save of the season.

The last time that Tim Wakefield made a start in Pittsburgh, Three Rivers Stadium still stood.

06/26/2011 - 01:24
David Golebiewski
Jose Tabata and Lyle Overbay each had two hits and an RBI to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

The patient, powerful Red Sox lineup rolled into Pittsburgh and made Paul Maholm work on Friday night, pushing the lefty's pitch count into the triple-digits and breaking into the Bucs' bullpen by

06/25/2011 - 00:39
David Golebiewski
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