MLB Rumors: Pittsburgh Pirates

Who starts in NL wild card? 

September, 26, 2014
Sep 26
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If the season ended after play on Thursday, the San Francisco Giants would be squaring off against the Pittsburgh Pirates in next Wednesday's wild card showdown. Although the Pirates still have a chance to catch the St. Louis Cardinals and avoid that single-elimination contest, the Giants are locked into that affair.

Pirates hoping Martin comes back? 

September, 25, 2014
Sep 25
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are crossing their fingers that they won't be without Russell Martin for long after the catcher had to leave Wednesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring.

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Will Pirates bring Volquez back? 

September, 23, 2014
Sep 23
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The Pittsburgh Pirates took a chance last December when they signed Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $5 million deal. It's paid off, as the pitcher has posted a career-best 3.15 ERA and a team-high 12 victories.

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Could Alvarez land in Boston? 

September, 20, 2014
Sep 20
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Among the many problems facing the Boston Red Sox this season is dismal offensive production at third base. The hot corner has been ice cold, with the Red Sox ranking at or near the bottom in the majors in batting average (.209), slugging percentage (.303) and home runs (9).

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Is Davis the key for Pirates? 

September, 19, 2014
Sep 19
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have gone 11-2 over their last 13 games to get back into the thick of the National League playoff hunt. However, one of the weaknesses of the team this season continues to be the .222 collective batting average at a revolving door at first base.

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The market for Russell Martin 

September, 15, 2014
Sep 15
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With his two-year, $17 million deal nearing its conclusion, Russell Martin picked a perfect time to put up solid offensive numbers.

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Alvarez done in Pittsburgh? 

September, 11, 2014
Sep 11
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It looks like the Pittsburgh Pirates will be without the services of Pedro Alvarez for the remainder of the 2014 season -- and, in fact, there's a chance the infielder may have even played his final game for the organization.

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Pirates looking to make moves? 

August, 25, 2014
Aug 25
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After winning just three of their last 11 games, the Pittsburgh Pirates are still optimistic that they have enough left in the tank to make the playoffs again in 2014. However, while there aren't any glaring weaknesses on their roster, the team is planning to make some moves over the next week in preparation for the final month of the season.

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Alvarez done at 3B? 

August, 20, 2014
Aug 20
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The Pittsburgh Pirates started Pedro Alvarez at first base on Monday -- the first time in his career he manned the position -- and on Tuesday, they didn't start him at all. Not having Alvarez at the hot corner may indeed be the trend gong forward for the team.

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Pirates moving Alvarez? 

August, 12, 2014
Aug 12
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In his major league career, Pedro Alvarez has never played any other position in the field but third base. However, that may soon change as the Pittsburgh Pirates are planning to move Alvarez across the diamond.

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Pirates won't rush McCutchen decision 

August, 9, 2014
Aug 9
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Outfielder Andrew McCutchen has not played since Sunday with what is being called an "avulsion fracture" involving one of his ribs. Whether or not the injury is related to his being hit by a Randall Delgado pitch hardly matters at this point.

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Who fills in for McCutchen? 

August, 5, 2014
Aug 5
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The Pittsburgh Pirates now face the difficult if not impossible task of finding an adequate replacement for All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an oblique muscle injury.

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Could Alvarez move to first base? 

August, 4, 2014
Aug 4
7:14
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At first, it looked like a platoon. Now Pedro Alvarez has officially been displaced as third baseman of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Musings on a Lester deal continue 

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29
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ESPN.com's Jim Bowden reported earlier today that there are several teams who are interested in making a deal for Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, and he listed Toronto, Seattle, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Baltimore, Miami and the Los Angeles Dodgers as being in.

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What will Pirates pursue? 

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29
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With a record of 56-49, putting them just two games out of first place in their division, the Pittsburgh Pirates are certainly in position to be buyers at the trade deadline. The big decision for the team is deciding exactly what pieces they want to add in preparation of a playoff push.

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