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A few weeks ago, I chronicled Charlie Morton's transformation from Charlie Brown to "Ground Chuck," an earth-scorching sinkerball pitcher who ranks second in the majors with a ground ball rate of nearly 63 percent.
05/30/2011 - 12:13
David Golebiewski
Brooks Conrad hit a two-run pinch-hit homer off Jeff Karstens in the top of the 11th inning to lead the Braves over the Pirates 4-2 Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park. Steve Pearce had three hits for the Pirates, including a solo homer that tied the game at 2 in the seventh inning

When Steve Pearce entered the Pirates' clubhouse Wednesday and looked at the lineup, he did a double-take. He would hit second, a spot that he had batted out of in the majors just once before.

05/25/2011 - 16:40
David Golebiewski
Charlie Morton turned in another sterling performance, allowing seven hits and two runs over seven innings, but Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens one-upped him, shutting down the Pirates on just six hits in 7 2/3 innings as the Braves topped the Bucs 2-0 at PNC Park on Tuesday night.

Looking to establish a new career high in wins while facing off against his former team Tuesday night, Charlie Morton pitched well enough to beat most any pitcher.

05/24/2011 - 21:50
David Golebiewski
The Tigers avoided a sweep with a 2-0 shutout over the Pirates behind a brilliantly pitched game by Rick Porcello, who allowed just one hit over 8 innings. Paul Maholm was on the mound for yet another hard luck loss for Pittsb

By this point, Paul Maholm must be wondering what kind of Faustian bargain he must make to get some support from his teammates' bats.

05/22/2011 - 21:10
David Golebiewski
Neil Walker homered and drove in a career-high five runs and Jeff Karstens allowed one run over six innings to lead the Pirates past the Detroit Tigers 10-1 on Friday night. Jose Tabata scored three runs and the bullpen pitched three shutout innings to close the door on the visitors.

Neil Walker Bobblehead Night might not be until Saturday night, but the Pirates' second baseman had plenty of heads spinning in the Tigers' dugout on Friday as interleague play kicked off.

05/20/2011 - 22:42
David Golebiewski
A 6-3, 235-pound player possessing a vicious left-handed cut capable of making opposing pitchers feel as if they’ve just been gored, Pedro Alvarez has garnered the nickname “El Toro,” or The Bull.

Alvarez’s premium power and willingness to work the count made him the second overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft, and the Vanderbilt product mashed his way to Pittsburgh last June after he hit .284

05/18/2011 - 14:05
David Golebiewski
Thursday night's Pirates-Dodgers game went into a lengthy rain delay after the end of the second inning before the contest was finally postponed at 10pm. No make-up date has been set. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen did not start the game, benched by manager Clint Hurdle for failing to run on a dropped third strike in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game.

Thursday's scheduled game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was postponed due to rain. The makeup game has yet to be determined.

05/12/2011 - 21:51
David Golebiewski
It’s a compelling narrative: Charlie Morton, an underachieving former top prospect who entered the year with a major league ERA that only Boeing could love, totally revamps his pitching approach and emerges as a key cog in the Pirates’ rotation.

Since lowering his arm slot, adopting a Roy Halladay-esque delivery and eschewing his breaking stuff in favor of a sinker, Morton has sent many a batter back to the dugout mumbling after they chopp

05/11/2011 - 22:37
David Golebiewski
The Pirates and Dodgers engaged in a pitching duel for five innings before the wheels fell off and LA scored 4 in the sixth and 5 in the eighth en route to a 10-3 scalding of the Pirates. Andrew McCutchen homered twice for the Pirates in the loss.

Dodgers 10, Pirates 3
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

05/10/2011 - 22:52
David Golebiewski
Neil Walker, Lyle Overbay and Ryan Doumit hit back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles in the bottom of the eighth, and Jeff Karstens delivered a strong start as the Pirates downed the Dodgers 4-1 Monday night.

Pirates 4, Dodgers 1
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

05/10/2011 - 08:08
David Golebiewski
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