Video: Gerrit Cole Rookie Year Highlights

Former #1 overall pick Gerrit Cole impressively debuted in the big leagues during the summer of 2013. Cole improved his performance throughout the season and carried it into October. Here are some highlights:

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Pirates recall Jared Hughes

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The Bucs have reinstated and activated Jared Hughes from the 15-day disabled list. The 28-year-old reliever missed time due to shoulder inflammation. In 15 MLB appearances this season, Hughes has posted a 4.96 ERA and a 7.7 K/9.

To make room for Hughes in the bullpen, Vic Black has been optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis. Black pitched four innings for the Pirates over the past week.

Updated Pirates Depth Chart

Monday Morning Links 5/13/13


– The platoon of Garrett Jones & Gaby Sanchez is paying off.

– The Pirates are getting hit by pitches at a record pace.

– Former Bucco reliever Matt Capps wonders if his heavy workload while in Pittsburgh is the reason for his numerous injuries.

– Stolmy Pimentel, acquired in the Joel Hanrahan trade, has been sharp this season.

– Pitching prospects Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow were tremendous on Sunday, striking out eight and nine batters, respectively.

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Around the League:

– There was plenty of pink across Major League Baseball on Sunday.

– The Cleveland Indians are in first place.

– Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg? Don’t forget about Jordan Zimmermann in DC.

– ESPN’s Jim Bowden looks at the top ten free agent signings (subscription required).

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Updated NL Central Standings:



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On tap this week:

Monday vs. Brewers 7:05 pm
Tuesday vs. Brewers 7:05 pm
Wednesday vs. Brewers 7:05 pm
Thursday vs. Brewers 7:05 pm
Friday vs. Astros 7:05 pm
Saturday vs. Astros 7:05 pm
Sunday vs. Astros 1:35 pm


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Game #36: Pirates 11, Mets 2

It was a fun Saturday for Pittsburgh sports fans, with both the Pirates and Penguins winning on Long Island today. The Bucs won the first half of the double header big, trouncing the Mets by a score of 11-2.

Francisco Liriano made his season and Pirates debut and was dominant in 5.1 innings of work. He had no problems finding the strike zone and missing bats, striking out nine Mets. The strikeouts are what really did him in though, as he exited the game with 90 pitches thrown. He’ll most likely be progressively stretched out over his next couple starts anyway, so we won’t see him throwing eight innings for a few more weeks. Still, it was great to see the Liriano that was dominant in his early days with the Twins.

Part of Liriano’s success may have been not having to worry about run support, because the offense made sure he had ton of it. Every starting position player had at least one hit, and the team combined to collect 16. Jose Tabata had four, and fell a triple short of the cycle. He drove in three, two of which came on an absolute bomb in the third.

Jordy Mercer furthered his campaign to stay on the roster with two home runs. The second came in the eighth inning, when the game was already a blowout, and was a loooong blast to left-center. Michael McKenry also had a big day at the plate, driving in three. If Russell Martin lands on the DL in the next few days, The Fort will be seeing much more playing time, with rookie Tony Sanchez taking over the backup role.

Clint Barmes also collected two hits and RBIs, with Cutch accounting for eleventh run driven in. The fifth through eighth batters combined for ten hits and eight RBIs, which took the pressure off the guys in the top of the order and allowed Cutch to get the final four innings off. Amazing how guys like McKenry and Barmes find ways to produce.

The fifth inning was the main highlight of the game, with the Bucs batting around the order. Mercer picked up his first homer of the game, which was followed by two walks and a two-run double by Tabata that knocked starter Jon Niese out of the game. McKenry knocked in two later in the inning, and Barmes one, offically making the game a rout.

After Liriano exited, Bryan Morris threw 1.2 innings of relief, which included drilling Jordany Valdespin in retaliation for showboating his monster blast on Friday night. Justin Wilson pitched a perfect eighth, and Tony Watson closed out the game despite giving up a leadoff home run. Saturday’s pitchers combined to strike out 16 batters, bringing the three-day total to 23. That means that $23 are knocked off of outfield box and lower outfield box tickets for next Monday-Friday’s games, so you can get some very nice seats for just $5.

On Sunday, the Bucs will face Matt Harvey, who has been the best pitcher in the league thus far in 2013.

Pirates (20-16) – Mets (14-19)

Win: Liriano (1-0)
Loss: Niese (2-4)



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Official Trailer for “BUCN: The Story of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates”

Since last spring, Bucco fan Greg Allison has been working on a documentary about the Pirates, and it’s nearly set to be released. He uploaded the official trailer on Friday; here’s a look:

Greg plans on releasing the full documentary next Friday, December 28th. We’re excited to see all the footage and interviews he captured over the last several months.

You can check out his blog at, and also follow along on Twitter @piratesfandoc.

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