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Pittsburgh Pirates: Tyler Anderson Earns First Win of Season With 5 1/3 Solid Innings

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Photo Credit: AP   Baseball is a long season, and if there is anything you can count on is that things have a way of balancing out. After one of the ugliest, hard to watch victories on Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates won a picture perfect outing to earn at least a split of their series against the San Diego Padres . Tyler Anderson went 5 1/3 innings of four hit, one run baseball earning his first victory as a Pirates. He did so matched up against former Bucco Joe Musgrove , who less than a week ago threw the first no-hitter in Padres history. Musgrove only allowed four hits and one run, but the Pirates patience at the plate drew two walks and forced the Padres starter out after just four innings pitched. In true feast or famine fashion for Gregory Polanco , he finally made clean contact with a ball and launched it out into the stands, his first of the season. Adam Frazier drove in two runs on three hits, two doubles, returning to the top of the order with a right-handed pitche

Pittsburgh Pirates: Swing and Miss Slider Part of Sam Howard's Strong Start

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Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports  The bullpen for the Pittsburgh Pirates has been among the busiest in the league. Currently with 46 2/3 innings pitched by relief pitchers, the Pirates bullpen is the sixth most used bullpen in baseball as of Wednesday morning. One of their go-to pitchers has been Sam Howard , a former third round pick by the Colorado Rockies , turned relief pitcher now in his second season with the Pirates. After pitching in Tuesday night's win over the San Diego Padres , Howard has now made appearances in six of 11 games this year for the Pirates, registering 4 2/3 innings. In that span, he has allowed three hits - two of which have been home runs, while walking four and striking out eight. While limiting walks will be a focus going forward, as long as Howard is generating the kind of swing-and-misses he has been, there can be some give-and-take with his control. Howard has registered a strikeout 40% of the time while he is on the mound, a number g

Pittsburgh Pirates: Pitching Struggles, Walks 13 Batters, Still End Up With Win Over Padres

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Photo Credit: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar  It was one of the ugliest, displeasing, games you will ever watch, but the Pittsburgh Pirates ended up with the victory in game two of their four game set against the San Diego Padres . To be honest, there had to be some doubt in whether or not this game would be finished by midnight, even with the 6:35 P.M. start. The first inning took a hour to finish, and it never really sped up at a pace that was  enjoyable. A win is a win though, right? For a lack of a better word, the Pirates survived despite the pitching staff almost handing the Padres back the game - sometimes without the road team even lifting the bat off of their shoulders. Pittsburgh walked 13 batters Tuesday night, and allowed three more to reach base by way of hitting them. Starter Chad Kuhl walked seven batters in just 3 2/3 innings. He threw 92 pitches in that span, only 45 of which were for strikes. In a game where the offense actually chased 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake S

Pittsburgh Pirates: Results Don't Matter For Luis Oviedo, Only Repetition

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Photo Credit While the results wasn't what you would have hoped, Monday night's contest against the San Diego Padres went beyond wins and losses. Before the season started, I tried to come up with my own type of season preview. Something a little bit different. The idea was to highlight three different things I was looking forward to when it comes to the Pittsburgh Pirates 2021 season. Watching Ke'Bryan Hayes ' rookie season unfold was an easy answer. While the team has provided some thrills without Hayes in the lineup, it's a no-brainer that they a far better team with him in the lineup than sitting in the dugout. After that, the fact that the Pirates were selecting first overall again this season was something I was looking forward too. I remember the build up for the first overall pick where they ended up taking Gerrit Cole . That was actually got me into writing. As a way to keep up to date with who the Pirates might take first overall. So the fact the Pirates

Pittsburgh Penguins Acquire Jeff Carter; How Does He Fit on Roster?

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Photo Credit: Getty Images After a couple of months to evaluate his new team, and with the trade deadline looming, the Pittsburgh Penguins under new General Manager Ron Hextell made his first trade in charge, and it's a familiar face for him. Hextall won a Stanley Cup during his time as the Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings , as did Jeff Carter , and the Penguins acquired the veteran from the same organization for a pair of future conditional draft picks. Carter, 36, is a veteran of over 1,000 games in the NHL and currently sits ten goals away from 400 on his career. He scored 46 goals in 2008-2009 with the Philadelphia Flyers , and has ten seasons with at least 20. While he isn't the goal scorer that he once was, Carter still brings value as someone who can generate offense for himself in a bottom-six role. He also is signed for next season, meaning this isn't a rental player situation - and the Kings retained half of his salary for the remainder of his

Pittsburgh Pirates: Mitch Keller Rebounds, Offense Explodes In Win Over Cubs

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Photo Credit: Rich Schultz/Getty Images  The Pittsburgh Pirates ended their six game losing streak with a 8-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs . A seven-run second inning, to go along with a solid outing from Mitch Keller led the way for the Buccos. For the Pirates, it's been a weeks worth of waiting for the offense to finally come alive again, as they registered just 14 runs during their six game winning streak. They scored half of that in the second inning on Saturday night. It was the top of the order that came through, with Adam Frazier , Phillip Evans , and Colin Moran recorded multiple hits, and drove in six of the team's eight runs scored (Bryan Reynolds drove in two himself). In the bottom of the second, after loading the bases and still having nobody out, Jacob Stallings drove in two with a two-run single before Frazier and Reynolds both doubled, scoring a total of three.  But the biggest winner of the night was Keller, who erased his tough outing to start the season w

Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Things To Watch As Home Opener Series Wraps Up

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Photo Credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images  The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped their home opener by the score of 4-2. While threatening in the eighth inning, the Chicago Cubs went to their closer Craig Kimbrel to get an extended save and secure the victory. Now a loser of six straight games, Pittsburgh hopes to salvage their Home Opening series against the Cubs with a pair of games over the weekend. Here are three things I'm looking for from the Pirates that could help them end the losing streak. More Contact From Colin Moran The Pirates cleanup hitter has come up with some big at bats this season already, something he hasn't been a stranger to during his time in Pittsburgh. He's tied for the team lead in hits with seven, four of which are extra base hits. His overall batting line of .280/.379/.600 is actually really good. The slugging percentage may be hard to maintain, but he is hitting his prime years so you never know. Imagine how much better his batting line might be if he

Morning Forecheck: Blackhawks Land Borgstrom, Pearson Contract, Devils' Youngsters

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Photo Credit: Michael Reeves/Getty Images  Welcome to the Morning Forecheck! Where we go over all the latest news and notes going around the NHL. Subscribe to the site at the link above for more updates and follow me on Twitter @AJ_Murfy . Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers Make a Trade With the trade deadline coming up on Monday, the Panthers made a deal to clear up some cap space, opening the door for potentially another deal. The Blackhawks acquired Brett Connolly , Riley Stillman , Henrik Borgstrom , and a 2021 seventh round draft pick in exchange for Lucas Wallmark and Lucas Carlsson . It was a cap clearing move for Florida, who had to part ways with Borgstrom - once one of their prized prospects. In two years at the University of Denver , the now 23 year old Borgstrom recorded 99 points (45 G, 50 A) in 77 games. He has struggled to establish himself at the NHL level, recording just 19 points (9 G, 11 A) in 58 NHL games. Borgstrom is currently playing in the SM-Liiga in Finland

Pittsburgh Pirates Notebook: Narrowing Down Early Season Struggles For Pitching, Hitting

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Photo Credit: Christopher Horner/Tribune-Review There was a brief point before the season started that I had that brief moment of optimism, thinking with how low expectations were the Pittsburgh Pirates might be able to surprise some people. A week into the season, and it might be safe to say they are exactly who we thought they were going to be. It's a long season, and crazy things can happen in a long baseball season, but it's looking like the Pirates season is going to be a tough one to watch. The Long Ball Plaguing Pitching Staff Early So the biggest thing to take note heading into the season was the fact the Pirates were adamant about carrying 14 pitchers into the season as a way to make sure they have enough bodies to finish out a 162 game season.  They'll certainly have to use more than those original 14, but starting with so many gave them enough options to finish out games - well almost finish out every contest - in the case where the starters struggle to long inn