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Final: Pirates 9, Cardinals 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (68-60) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (71-57)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. St. Louis RHP Jake Westbrook

  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Travis Snider, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Michael McKenry, C
  7. Josh Harrison, 2B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. James McDonald, RHP

357 Comments

  1. Chase D’Arnaud has been recalled.

  2. Jon Heyman ‏@JonHeymanCBS
    justin morneau was claimed on waivers several days ago, w/ no trade completed. so he’s staying in minnesota. #twins

    ******************************

    I’m still a Kendrys Morales guy myself.

    My guess is Hanny to the Angels in the offseason for Morales & Bourjos.

  3. More on Morneau

    Jon Heyman ‏@JonHeymanCBS
    #twins “didnt view morneau as just a giveaway,” said person familiar with their thinking. so they kept him.

  4. Good call up with Walker unable to play, needed another infielder.

  5. @JAL

    I agree. The Pirates don’t need a starter right now to fill Bedard’s slot.

  6. Ryan

    Right, Bedard’s spot doesn’t come up until Saturday

  7. Milo:

    I am fiercely loyal to Dejan so I have rarely even taken a peek at the pay per blog since he moved to the Trib. I did not go over to it when the pay was instituted (although I would glob on to it every now and then because, like Groat said, it was always broken and accessible). I just went over there based on your previous post. The same stuff was being posted as since the last time I visited. People complaining about the technical difficulties and posts by DA Frizzi (with the most annoying avatar) about Clemente every 2 seconds. I’m not sure what that is all about.

    I gotta say that the simplicity of this blog’s format and the fact it is never down, and that it is FREE, is undeniably great.

  8. So there’s a good break. I knew it wasn’t for a few more days.

    Thanks for the exact date.

    Take the extra bat for almost a week.

  9. @Ryan

    You’re right. They need 4 of them.

  10. @John

    I agree. I paid once. Then didn’t go back. Way too much negativity there.

    Its like a blog full of 22′s around there.

    Negative Nancy’s they are…..lol

  11. OshKosh, I’m glad we’re here instead of over there!

  12. Not excited to see Walker out a second straight day with the back issue. I know Chase is the logical choice in this situation and he has hit a little better of late as he was up to .247 with a .321 OBP and .379 SLG. But it does point to our need to develop some hitters.

    On the bright side D’Arnaud does have 33 SB’s and caught just 5 times compared to the Bucs 55% success rate that should help.

    Big game tonight if for no other reason than to get this team to believe and celebrate some success which has eluded them lots this month.

  13. I hope in 2 or 3 years, when the Marauders and the Power guys hopefully become Indians, the team finally has more to choose from in AAA than the constant stream of Mercer/D’Arnaud/Clement/Navarro type players they’ve been churning through.

  14. I’ll admit, I’m a big Chase d’Arnaud fan.

    I’m hoping for the best from him. What I like about him for this call up now is he actually knows how to run bases. Exceptional speed.

    I’d like to see him as the future SS, but I know he’s struggled this year.

  15. Did anyone catch the piece Tim Williams did on Jordy Mercer a couple weeks ago because of a tweet from Kevin Goldstein?

    Goldsteiin called Mercer a utility infielder, at best.

  16. Since I’m still paid up, I go to the old place now and then.

    You cannot be in any way negative or question the FO at that place, else you get ripped. There are several folks that try to rule that place.

    That being said, there are also quite a few classy folks there.

    The only reason I will not completely leave is I will not let myself feel “forced” to leave a place simply because of my love for the PBC and my amazement as to how sleazy the BMTIB is at times.

  17. Whoa, guys. Take all the shots you want at the PG, but you are talking out your nether regions to attack the posters there today as “negative” in your view. . (I’m talking PG+, not Smizik’s) . You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. IMHO

  18. @AW

    It could be I was referring to Smiziks.

  19. @Demon

    I hope I am alive long enough to see this club and this city enjoying what the PBC once was

    And long enough to be at a wedding or two, even if I’m drooling ;-)

  20. My original point wasn’t about posters at all.Negative as well as positive views are what makes a horse race. I was criticizing the hired help. Some of the answers on that chat today were downright amateurish.

  21. Good points, Ryan. Spark on the bases, in the field, somewhere is really going to help now. Chase may be the guy to do it. He’s healthy and playing better. If we could take the next 2, things won’t seem nearly as bleak. Then build on that.

  22. @Milo

    Pretty sure AW was referring to me…

  23. Biz, I’ll send you some bibs ;)

  24. My subscription ran out about 2 months ago

  25. Ryan, Smizik’s is still free, and there are lots of good people still at + that would add to the conversation here, regardless of their views.

  26. I liked Bizrow’s avatar with the Dachshund. Must be a Dachshund family. :)

  27. @Ryan

    I was just clarifying my original statement which was intended to be a compliment to DK. I noticed JAL was asking a few questions, he should have been answering them.

  28. AW:

    I did not mean to infer that the posters were poor.

  29. AW, relax, man, you’re shaking everyone up ;)

  30. Where do you’all (you ‘unz) find the time to check all these sights and chats, etc.? I must be a slow reader. Even the negative ones on here are interesting and somewhat knowledgable. Why go all over? DK makes this one more personable, anyway. He acts like one of us instead of an “award-winning”, Tweet-leading journalist.

  31. @AW

    My friend, I totally agree with you that there are a lot of good folks and good PBC fans at the old place.

    I particularly enjoy Wabbit and Robshelb Daryle too

    As I think Ryan posted the other day, this place folks can say what they think and for the most part, challenges are professional and reasonable in nature

    We both know its not always the same over at the paid site ;-)
    Plus we have Drew

  32. @Biz

    BTW, I signed up for the FF league finally. Thanks for setting it up.

  33. Speakin of the errr…Speakin of Drew…where is he????

  34. @John

    7 and counting ;-)

    Once we get avatars here, I’ll post the puppy Abby and the white sausage Ursula

    Four have been rescue dogs, but it got so hard to lose them, as most are older and have medical problems.

    Jandy, send me the bibs ;-)

  35. Lucky, don’t look at me, it’s all I can do to keep up with yinz guys here!

  36. Biz, comin’ up!

  37. @Lucky

    I have some extra time on my hands. I’m on mental health leave after attending Sunday’s game. Doctors think I’ll be good as new in a matter of months. :)

  38. Biz– you had me until the part about Drew. :-)

    Sorry, but it’s kind of like attacking “family.”. Sure, you have your weird uncle Ned’s (starts with a J), but nothing wrong with the people.

  39. @Ryan, thanks, it will be fun

    @Jandy, I think Drew is helping Drew Jr bring home the winnings from Vegas

    Seriosly, don’t want to speak for him, but from what I understand, he travels a lot

  40. Biz,

    I’m gonna call the dog catcher on you. When we lived in Beaver County, I had to go 3 different times to that facility up by the BV Mall and bail our dog out of jail. They got to know my name. She had a license, but always lost her collar. Got the dog free and paid to bail her out 3 times. :(

  41. @Lucky

    Nothings free!!

  42. Milo,

    I totally understand. I thought about taking a month off myself and sleeping until October 1st.

  43. @AW

    My friend, we are in general agreement. The great majority of folks there are first rate

    Two of the most frequent bloggers, nameless, but one is here frequently, have called me a “Troll”

    I’m not sure what that is, but I was talking about the way the FO is using Mercer yesterday and another blogger just came out of nowhere

    I am so tired hearing about the minor league system’s “success” and being corrected on typos ( a hint for two of them)

    Uncle Ned, sigh……

    Here, people can say what they like

  44. Ok, we need a change of Hidden Vigorish

    If you are lurking or a new poster and you don’t see your current residence on the roster of lunatics, please pop a post as to where you reside.

    Me or someone will catch it…

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation – at the Trib,
    Arizona – Tucson, Chandler, Phoenix, Sunnyslope
    Arkansas – Rogers
    Austrailia – Mackay
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Yuba City, Solana Beach
    Canada – Toronto, Winnipeg
    Colorado – Ft Collins, Estes Park, Denver, Boulder
    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Wallingford
    Costa Rica
    Czech Republic
    Delaware – Newark
    Denmark – Greenland – Thule*
    District of Columbia
    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando, Valrico, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Oviedo, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Palm Beach Gardens, Cape Coral, Coco Beach (Major Nelson and Mary Ann), Niceville (Red Neck Rivera)
    Georgia – Marietta, Atlanta, Sandy Springs
    Germany – Leverkusen/Cologne
    Hawaii – Honolulu
    Idaho – Mountain Home, Coer d’Aline
    Indiana – Indianapolis, Burns Harbor, South Bend
    Iowa – Bettendorf, Humboldt
    Illinois – La Salle, Peru, Payson, Chicago, Palatine (3 inmates there), Lincoln Park, Grayslake, Lincoln Park, Algonquin
    Japan – Tokyo
    Kentucky – Louisville, Bowling Green, Lexington
    Louisiana – Slidell
    Maine – Bangor
    Maryland – Arnold, Odenton, Severn, Baltimore, Waldorf
    Massachusetts – Boston
    Michigan – Kalamazoo, Eaton Rapids, Lansing
    Mississippi – Biloxi
    Mountain Home AFB*
    Montana
    Nebraska – Omaha
    New Hampshire – Barrington
    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury, Lebanon, Lincoln Park, Berkeley Heights, Somerville, Hammock, Barrington
    New York – New York, Smithtown, Manhattan
    North Carolina – Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston, Wilmington, Chapel Hill
    North Dakota
    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana, Westerville, Green, Hilliard, Toledo, Louisville, Columbus, Perrysburg, Pickerington, Youngstown, Cleveland, Olmsted Township, Liberty Township, Warren, Oregon, Wintersville, Austintown
    Pennsylvania – Downtown, Hopewell, Indiana, North Wales, Franklin Park, Forest Hills, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Du Bois, Reading, Crafton, Arnold, Wexford, Mt Lebanon, Canonsburg, Lancaster, Huntington, York, Boiling Springs, Philly suburbs, Morningside, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Bradfordwoods, Norristown, Hanover, Clearfield, Sewickley, DuBois, Plum Boro, Slippery Rock, Wilks-Barre, Sharpsville, Bessemer, Greensburg, Washington, Imperial, South Side, Duncansville, Newville, Sheppton, Grove City, Butler, Allentown, Ross Township, Blairsville, Flood City (Johnstown), Overbrook, Danny’s Hoagies, Baldwin, Economy, Sharpsville, Erie, North Huntington, Bellfonte, West Mifflin, Kennywood, Pleasant Hills, Beechview (Mad Turk, No 200), Macgunie, Mechanicsburg, Uptown, Cambria County, Mon Valley, Salisbury
    The Phillipines
    Rhode Island
    Singapore
    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia
    South Korea – Seoul, Mike
    Tennessee – Smithville, Nashville
    Texas – Tyler, San Antonio, Belton, Houston
    Utah – Salt Lake City, Provo
    Vermont – North Bennington
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Warrenton, Springfield, Virginia Beach, Fairfax, Arlington, Yorktown, Henrico, Aldie
    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls, Spokane, Sammamish
    West Virginia – Martinsburg, Morgantown
    Wisconsin – Madison, Oshkosh, Hortonville

    224 locations represented in the blog,
    One honorable mention member, does anyone remember the name of the Lemonaid guy?
    11 countries
    39 states, plus the District of Columbia
    Two planets, at least confirmed
    Honorable mention, England – London – Lisa
    Asterisks denote confirmed hero’s, military, police officers or firemen/ladies
    8/28/2012 4:09 PM

  45. I do wish this blog had the Windows Word squiggly line for wen i spel sumthing rong

  46. @Biz

    Every time I see Mercer sitting on the bench, all I can think of is Pedro Ciriaco.

  47. @Biz

    Mountain Home AFB* is previously listed, sorta. Its in Idaho.

    Feel bad for that lost sole.

  48. @Lucky

    My girls are legal beagles only longer and shorter

    They all have had licenses, except for Abby, as they are building a new Humane Society on Broadhead, once I get her fixed and that place is open, she will be a legal beagle too.

    Dachsys are couch potatoe in nature, much like their master, mine never go out on their own.

    BEAT EM BUCS

    Cmon boys, tonight you need to bring the A game

  49. Ryan@#128 on the earlier blog

    Your rebuttal to my entry; you said Presley runs worse routes than Tabata.

    My friend the operative word is RUNS. Tabata lopes, jogs, meanders, trundles in every freakin move he makes on the diamond.

    Presley would have been there – maybe even waiting for the ball to descend, while Tabby watched it hit the ground and let Cutch pick it up. I am taking issue with your evaluations of both Tabby and Presley.

  50. @Bob

    That’s really a tough arguement. There’s no way of actually knowing if he would or would not be there.

    Running styles are different. Because Tabata looks to be slower than Presley ( I have no idea who’s faster) does not actually mean that he is.

    Because a guy looks like he’s jogging, doesn’t mean he actually is.

  51. Biz,

    Just kidding. I wouldn’t call any dog catcher on anyone. Even if they ran free. I had to tie up that dog all the time and, when we moved here, she got to roam all over. You could almost see the smile on her face. Nearly got hit a few times, but never did.

  52. @Ryan–haha it’s meeee!

  53. @BB

    I figured as much. I have a buddy of mine who’s been there for about 10 years, absolutely loves it.

    Most though, do not.

    And no, he’s not a nonner.

  54. @Lucky

    I know, we were just yacking, friendly banter

    I do like talking about the girls

    I’m hoping we will be able to have avatars someday here, but won’t criticize anyone that doesn’t want to post one ;-)

  55. haha they told me, “OHH YOU’LL LOOOOVE THE OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE!!” Really…I just spent 3 years in Alaska, but yeah I’ll love Idaho…uh huh…It’s like the desert but colder. Boise is really nice though. I just signed for an apartment there for when I (finally) get home. It’ll end up being around a 50 mile commute one-way, but the interstate is 75 mph, which is really like 90 mph so it’s not that bad.

  56. Erik, we hardly knew ye. Is there a game tonight?

  57. Ryan, I know you are trying to be objective – no problem with that – but don’t allow yourself to be fooled by some cliche “they have different running styles” or “it just looks like he’s jogging”.

    You know if it looks like a duck . . . . . . . . .! Tabata is lazy with no drive and no hustle.
    Gorkys, Marte and Presley all would have gotten to the ball, and caught it. Tabby played like Tabby always plays – with very little purpose. And let us not discuss baserunning amongst these either

  58. I was in Alaska for 3 years as well. Loved it.

    I have heard once you get out of MH, its really nice.

    Boise is supposed to be one of the most liveable cities in the country.

  59. Yeah, Ryan, if we had Presley up here all year, we’d have avoided the losing streak, and his .285 OBP would have us in the playoffs, not to mention his spotty defense.

  60. Re: Triple A help.

    How many guys have to be part of the #FreeXXX meme before it is realized that Triple A success has to be discounted significantly when they reach the majors.

    Matt Hague
    Jordy Mercer
    Starling Marte
    Drew Sutton
    Gorkys Hernandez
    Daniel McCutchen
    Evan Meek
    The one except this year was Doug Slaten – a discount but not significant (but he is 32)

    And this is not limited to the Pirates. See the Twins for how many triple-A’ers they have run up to Minnesota who have not worked out this season. Cleveland Indians as well.

    And Barajas could be replaced by Jose Morales, a competent major league catcher. But no team would cut a personal catcher of the team’s ace. Especially in a pennant race, even a fading one.

  61. @Bizrow,

    I live in Yorba Linda California. I mostly just read (I guess that means I’m lurking) the posts. tried to post several times and they didn’t get through.

  62. Actually Bob, its not a cliche, people do have different running styles and some look like they are “trying” or going “faster” than others.

    What have people always said about Big Ben’s running? Wow, he seems slower than what he actually is.

    I’m not a big fan of Tabata, to be honest, but I’m even less of a fan for Presley.

    I hope they both prove me wrong someday.

  63. #FREEALEXPRESLEY

  64. #FreeIndianapolisAltoonaBradentonWestVirginiaStateCollege

  65. #FreeJoseMorales

  66. @John

    You missed the Pirates Championship team in the Gulf Coast League! How could you??

  67. Steven Pearce – OF – Yankees

    Steve Pearce will serve as the DH and bat cleanup in his Yankees’ debut on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
    Well, there’s something we didn’t expect to see in late August. However, Yankees manager Joe Girardi is playing the matchups with Mark Teixeira (calf) and Alex Rodriguez (hand) on the shelf and left-hander Ricky Romero on the hill for Toronto. Pearce could have some fleeting value in AL-only formats.
    Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter

    From rotoworld.com

  68. Thanks, Tooch

    Duly added to the lunatics

  69. #ImissPlayoffsby2012

  70. been on vacation and not reading regularly – what happened to playoffs?

  71. @Roberto

    There is a reason most guys are in the minor leagues. Because they’re minor leaguers.

  72. @John and your #7
    I too was a former paid member of the Dark Side paid blog. I quit after 3 months over a dispute about payments, and the general unreliability of the site itself. They acknowledged my quitting, but continued to bill me monthly through pay pal, and the amount was so little that I didn’t notice for almost a year. My main dispute was with “automatic” payments, and my main point was validated when they continued to take out a subscription fee for long after I no longer had access. (I did get my money back eventually.) It was also true, and remains true to this day, that I had and have a bone to pick with the PG. It’s simple.. They no longer deliver the paper to my home area which is a short 100 miles from their Pittsburgh distribution point. Pi$$ Poor Management. I loved the content, although it has plummeted in the last two years.
    Sorry for the RANT, but I too LOVE this site, and have no interest in seeing the same old posters on the paid site, especially the one with the dumb dog wearing the Pirate hat who talked incessantly about his grandchildren. And though I frequently disagree with Dejan’s take on things, i consider him the best Sports scribe in the area. And, though I only post occasionally (probably a good thing) I read this blog religiously.
    Stuart66

  73. The weekend Dejan left, I cancelled my subscription to the PG and when I called, I told them why

    The place is dominated by several bloggers, and I do not, nor have not ever seen that here

  74. #FREETODOMINATE

  75. Biz, Me either!
    Stuart

  76. Ryan and Stu66

    How bout some domination from the PBC? ;-)

  77. @bizrow

    Wright-patterson air force base, Ohio

    Let’s go Bucs

  78. @Stuart:

    I appreciated your post. I live about 90 miles from Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel stopped home delivery to my county several years ago. That paper has a baseball writer, Tom Haudricourt, who is one of the best (even though he writes mostly about the Brewers!). I miss getting my hands on that paper. It is a universe apart from how I was raised to sit at the breakfast table looking at a monitor instead of a paper. I know that I am aging but it is just not the same. I lament that loss more than anything with modern technology.

    @Slackboss: Not sure what happened to Playoffs. He got caught up in the tense Sunday blog over the Pirates. Don’t know if he took his bat and ball and left the playground or if he is simply busy at work. Hope he is well.

  79. Thanks McG

    And an askerisk to boot ;-)

  80. Chase D. may be a fine back-up infielder, but is he really going to help this team win when the starters keep giving up 5 or more runs? Sprinkle in the AAA starting pitchers the next couple weeks so everyone can get a couple days extra rest for the last month. Can’t they try something new? I’m glad to see Bedard released. JMac and AJ could use some extra time off to see if they can turn it around. Also, I’m not too upset with the trade for Snider (though I was a big Lincoln fan), but giving up the 1st round pick for Gabby was ridiculous. And trading Casey and cash for Qualls was insane–Pirates could have claimed him earlier when the Phillies DFA’d him!

  81. Biz,

    I counted posts. That’s your eleventy-second one of the month! 8). #freetodominate

  82. Well Biz. To your #74 post?

    I suppose I’ll just have to post more.

    And to that nice stuff you n Jandy said about me?

    My wife would like rebuttal.

  83. stuart–there’s a reason I don’t pay to be there anymore (having to do with the PG). I was totally referring to the bloggers as not being the problem ( and the idea they were all negative as being ridiculous), and your reference to the one poster was “Uncle Ned.” :-) No dispute there, but that isn’t why I don’t pay.

  84. stuart

    I live 45 miles from Pittsburgh and I can’t even buy a copy at the local Sheetz.
    I read it on line but will not buy into PG+

  85. OshKosh–you must have been taking lessons from Lucky. Very tactful post.

  86. @Biz

    I would love to see the Buccos dominate the opposition.

  87. Playoffs,

    If you’re out there, we all miss ya’. Don’t let a couple people bother you. If you’re at work, we all understand. Milo is on mental health leave and Drew is on leave to count his winnings from Vegas. The rest of us as per normal. Let us know how ya’ are.

  88. Thanks, AW. If I have tact, it’s from having 5 kids, 4 of them boys. And all the boys still live at home, believe it or not.

  89. Did someone tick Playoffs off?

  90. Sunday’s game thread was unusual, to say the least, Ryan. And with the game results, that added fuel to the fire.

  91. @ Ryan – I know he had his obvious moments with 22. But I thought 22 had settled down a bit and was starting to post some good information with statistical analysis.

    Ironic that 22 has gotten so mad at team’s performance he does not post as frequently and now the search committee is looking for Playoffs.

  92. @ Ryan – Also it has been a few days since we have seen the over/ under could you possibly tell me who was in the top spot?

  93. Really?

    People losing their minds or what? Did DK have anything to say about it all? He’s usually a pretty good moderator.

    I tend to avoid the blog during the game.

  94. Maybe Playoffs is actually Bedard…

  95. @JRay

    Shut up

  96. Ah, I see. 22 was in the house.

    He took the threats from DK seriously it seems and has turned the “this team sucks” bantra off.

  97. @JR

    Good one though

  98. Is bantra a word or did I just combine 2 different ones? Hmm

  99. JRay,

    You are at 1925 fake units. pattonbb is second with 1900

  100. CURRENT PARTICIPANT TOTALS
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    pattonbb ** 1900
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    Chico ** 1530
    Curt ** 1200
    radio wave ** 1080
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    Mike C. ** 1000
    cosmo ** 975
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    Bucco_Jax ** -1
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    Boise Bucco ** -900
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    First Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES FITTED NEW ERA 59FIFTY HAT

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY HAT

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) 2012 Topps Roberto Clemente Card

  101. That ain’t Playoffs. Just wanted Ryan to see the standings and how far behind he is. Of course, he’s on Pacific Time.

  102. Nice, but where did patonbb come from? Who is that guy trying to make a competition of this?

  103. Hmmm, How did I drop down so much??

    It all started with Houston.

  104. @ Ryan – When did you become the Houston Astros of the Over/Under competition?

  105. I’ve been on your heels for a while JRay. Don’t nap.

    Milo referred to Playoffs as the “the self-appointed blog monitor”. Couple that with a pretty tense back-and-forth with a couple others that night, not to mention a disgustingly poor Bucco game, and he might be taking a break.

    Too bad, by the way.The window is fun, but his ability to defend this team, no matter how ugly they look, without sounding like an “apologist” always makes for interesting reading to me.

    DK: Where’s Playoffs?

    Need him back. Unless, of course, he’s been hired by the Pirates to scout shortstops, in which case he’s off to a higher calling.

  106. @ Lucky – Speaking of Pacific Time can I tell you how upsetting it is to be stuck in the office with game time at 4 pm out here, another night of rushing home in rush hour.

  107. HA! With all your other good qualities, JRay, you’ve got a sense of humor, also. How was that D-Backs game last night?

  108. I have no idea……that last series against them, blew my score apart.

  109. patton,

    I thought Milo was referring to that Poz guy. Guess I missed that.

  110. @Jray

    I’m with ya on the time…..I do like it though. get home and put the game on…..

    Even better for football.

  111. @ Lucky – Dbacks game was fun my seven year old made it until the end of sixth inning.before he got cotton candied out. Got to see Bronson Arroyo (former Bucs minor leaguer) with the GWHR….the Reds just find ways to win games.

  112. @DK

    Maybe that’s what his new job was all about?

    So it got pretty ugly huh?

    I might have to go back to it just to read.

  113. Son and fiancee are at the game tonight…hope JMac and company make them (and us) VERY happy! Four days till September…need an attitude adjustment and some fairy dust. I really, really don’t want to switch to football yet. Miracles, anyone?

  114. Missed the blog game threads this past weekend while making the pilgrimage to PNC Park for the Friday and Saturday night Brewers games. Hopefully nobody missed my witty insightful comments. I’ll try to contribute tonight- at least until the power goes out. Thanks Isaac.

  115. Key tonight is JMac.

    If he pitches effectively, the Pirates have a chance, if he does what he did last outing, its another one of those games.

    He must attack the strike zone, not try to pick it apart.

  116. JRay,

    Arroyo has hit some HR’s in his career. Too bad you had to see one.

  117. Whoa…I have the Bucco game on mlb tonight.

    Nice.

  118. @Patton

    I have it every night…ha ha

  119. DK,

    Why the RT of the Yankees-Jays lineup? The Pearce factor?

  120. So this means I win for the season, right???

  121. @Lucky–maybe to show that a .196-hitting catcher can still contribute to a first-place ballclub?

    Russell Martin’s hitting 5th in that lineup too…

  122. It seems after 1, JMac took my adive.

    Pretty quick inning.

  123. First two runners on, potential for an early big inning, time for Cutch and Jones to get it going.

  124. Am I in trouble ?

  125. @Arriba Wilver:

    Thank you.

  126. yup

  127. Go back to Cutch being Cutch……..ug

  128. Phew — Tabby made it. I never know how fast he can go with that groin.

  129. Cutch now with 27 K’s in 99 AB’s in August. Early run on Jones Sac, will take it.

  130. Jakey not missing many bats early on-lets take advantage.

  131. haha Pedro thinks it’s a day game

  132. Keep it rolling Fort.

  133. I’m sure Tabby was jogging around the base paths.

  134. BB

    That’s his one hit for the game.

  135. Welp, can’t complain for a 1st inning there.

  136. We won the first inning. Eight more.

  137. Allen Craig is a great hitter, but he runs like Barajas.

  138. Beltran is the one I worry about the most.

  139. this damn Molina – he kills us

  140. I know he does…..such a good player all around.

  141. Anyone lately seems to have the ability to stab us in the heart

  142. Nice

    On that note, enjoy the game all…….

  143. JMac is looking good so far. Maybe they are all running scared because of the Bedard situation.

  144. I’m watching Yanks vs. Toronto
    Steve Pearce struckout first atbat.
    They said that the Yankees have sent Casey McGhee down to single A Tampa-
    What strange trip it has been .

  145. Is McGeeheehee hurt or what? Pearce must have been flashing his Pittsburgh form in his first at bat.

  146. McGehee is NOT hurt- Waiting for Sept 1 to be brought back.

  147. Oh my.

  148. KO’d Molina, but out

  149. great effort by JHay

  150. let’s hope JHay’s effort awakens the sleeping Pirates

  151. Brian Sabean is very upset.

  152. Best collision at the plate I’ve seen in a while. Wow..

    Now, if LaRussa was on the bench, a Bucco would catch one in the ribs. Lets see how Matheny handles this.

  153. There’s a 100% effort right there by J Hay!

  154. What real baseball? Good clean and hard play by both players at the plate.

  155. Here comes another fine for Harrison!

  156. WOW, these guys are mashing tonight

  157. A 4-bagger.

  158. HOLY CRAP PEDRO STILL THINKS IT’S DAYTIME

    DON’T ANYONE TELL HIM THE LIGHTS ARE JUST REALLY BRIGHT

  159. Welcome back el toro!!

  160. Lefty batters simply just don’t hit the ball there at PNC Park. You can count the opposite field homers to left in any given season on one hand. Goodness.

  161. I thought it was a pop-up at first. Holy crap! Pedro is sooooooooooooooooooo strong.

    All you Pedro detractors don’t know what you are talking about!

  162. For real though, great job by Pedro. Look at the lineup tonight–Tabata with a hit, Cutch with a double, GFJ with a sac fly, Pedro’s 2-2, the lineup’s really coming through tonight. Let’s keep it going!!!

  163. Tonight’s all access night is just for bob hasis. :)

  164. I bet good money that harrison gets beaned.

  165. I would have lost good money. Lol

  166. Lol…Huntington ought to release someone every day

  167. @Boise

    “Cutting won’t be difficult. Stopping will be.” Chuck Noll.

  168. @Boise

    True. But the next victim on the chopping block would have been J-Mac, based on his post-AS break performances.

  169. @Milo–that’s the quote of the day!!!

  170. Can we get Chuck Noll to run the PBC?

  171. Just settling in to see a fine turn by Barmes for the DP….so JHay runs over Molina on a play at the plate, Alvarez belts a HR and J-Mac is looking like his first half self.

    What a night.

  172. And now Tabata with a running catch in the OF on a ball he had to hustle to get…these aren’t your fathers August Pirates or whatever the saying is.

  173. I’m glad to see them winning this game tonight, so far. I must be a glutton for more punishment because during the rain delay last night, I went and got game tickets for the Cubs series and the final Friday night game against the Reds. And then today, my boss offered his entire team tickets to next Tuesday’s game in work’s box. So, I went from have only one game left (Labor Day) to going to 4 more games. I would love to see a couple more wins this year and stop the personal 4 game losing streak.

  174. way to go, Cutch

  175. The players would Never say this to any reporter, at least not on record, but maybe the release energized them…shows them that the GM’s paying attention and wants to help out the club.

  176. Don’t look now but Tabata has been on base three times from the leadoff spot, Cutch with a couple of hits maybe getting back on track, Alvarez a double, HR and three hit night and is now hitting a respectable .246.

    Nice to see some life from the team tonight.

  177. Haha, or maybe I’m just looking too deep into it and Westbrook’s just pitching an awful game…

  178. Fort gets a big darn hit

  179. @TDB–maybe you’ll get lucky and see some wins!

    Way to go Fort, keepin’ the scoring alive!

  180. Every Pirate player with a hit tonight except Barmes after Fort smash.

    Cardinals go BUSH LEAGUE hitting JHay, he ran Molina on a clean baseball play. Hurdle has every right to be upset we never have a chance to protect our guys.

    Just horrible umpiring.

  181. Sissies! Take your getting shelled like a Man, Westbrook!

  182. @Matt–there’s your HBP

  183. Maybe this will unite the new look Pirates! And on cue Barmes gets into the hit parade! Every player with a hit now, take that StL.

  184. BAAARRRRRMMMMEEEESSSSSS with the 2 RBI single, breakin’ this game open

  185. Wow, every position player with a hit, and even J-Mac drew a walk.

    Maybe Neil Walker needs to be cut next

  186. Barmes comes thru – this guy is really stepping up these days!

  187. So, I guess Molina getting run over because he was 5 feet up the line counts as a beaning? That’s why we also get a warning?

    What a bunch of…..stuff.

  188. I think it was more ’cause Molina got run, plus he got injured, put out of the game, and is a noted Bucco killer…

    A HBP is fine by me

  189. Scatata weakly grounds out / time for Snider to get a bingle

  190. There was nothing dirty in what Harrison did by running over Molina. By the same token, westbrook did nothing but follow the unwritten rule of the game. He didn’t throw at Harrison’s head or anything. Glad to see us playing well tonight. This may just be what we needed tonight to get some psitive momentum going! Go buccos

  191. OK Cutch / put these babies from St. Louis down for the count!!!

  192. now THIS is fun!

  193. I don’t have an issue with Westbrook hitting Harrison. It is part of the game. I just can’t stand when the umpires warn both benches after 1 guy gets hit.

  194. Now JMac better hang tough and not get sloppy

  195. Barmes should have went in with spikes in the air!

  196. In a game like this, does a warning even matter?

    I don’t know the suspension rules, but if it’s 7-0 and JMac nears 100 pitches, why not plunk a dude in the back.

  197. @Jandy

    Baseball is fun?

    Its been 20 years or so..

  198. JMB sounds like a plan!

  199. Biz..c’mon…this is fun..admit it dude :p

  200. JMB, suspension, 5 games

    It might screw up the BMTIB’s plans

    But I say Drew it ;-)

  201. Its interesting, because I remember when Chapman hit Cutch, many of the writers in Pittsburgh said, don’t hit anyone. The Pirates are in the middle of a pennant race, and it would create too much of an issue.

    Wonder if the St Louis writers will chastise the Cardinals for Westbrook’s action tonight?

  202. All those runs were nice in the 5th.

    But the most amazing thing about that inning is that the pitching coach nor the manager made a visit to the mound. Love it.

    #speedupthegame

  203. 1960, 1971, 1979, they were fun, and truly amazing

    I’m old, I want IT ALL

    Or at least a start

    Hope but expect, thats my story and I’m stuck with it

  204. Looks like Pedro likes hitting 5th.

  205. Nice shut down inning by J-Mac after putting up the four spot.

  206. Biz….sometimes older IS better

  207. Did J-Mac just strike out a .300 hitter with 3 straight curveballs that Shumaker just watched go by? That must have been an awesome site!

  208. WOW!!! Pedro with 2 homers tonight!!!!!

  209. Jandy,

    You are right, as always!

  210. Really likes batting 5th.

  211. I like the Fort, regardless

  212. damn…did he do that on his own???

  213. Pedro 4-4, now with 25 HR’s and hitting .248 maybe we will cut him some slack.

  214. See post #206

  215. Save some for tomorrow.

  216. A Pedro sighting.

  217. TC…sure does

  218. and he’s fielding well also

  219. Wow Pedro’s shot went 469 feet longest HR hit by a Pirate in history on PNC!

  220. Wow.

    When Pedro is on, great googely moogely.

  221. Alvarez has raised his season average 8 pts with his 4 for 4 day. Now also hitting .300 for August.

  222. And not to go unnoticed in the offensive barrage, J-Mac with 7 innings of 2 hit ball and 6 K’s.

  223. More impressive… his diving stop and throw from 3rd earlier this game, or that jack?

    ok, well, the jack, sure… but man, this is an amazing game he’s having tonight. And at the time when he is needed most. Would love to see this start quite the roll. And no reason why it can’t. Cards tomorrow, then 9 against Milwaukee, Houston and the Cubs.

    If it’s going to happen, it starts now.

  224. https://twitter.com/DemitriusThorn

    That dude wearing the Pedro getup in the stands is having a good day too. haha.

  225. 6 outs to go

    JMac has to do it again next start

  226. JMB he’s cracking me up lol

  227. Longest homer by Bucco ever at PNC Park. Ridiculous. If he stays healthy and plays in Pittsburgh long enough he’s going to eventually put one into the river on the fly. You figure this one was longer than Daryl Ward’s so it would have had it been pulled.

  228. FWIW, after that stretch, it’s 3 against the Reds, then 10 more against the Cubs, Brewers and Astros.

  229. Two more teams needed

    Yahoo

    Dejan’s Lunatics (ID# 362238)
    Password 1203

  230. Couldn’t the hometown scorekeeper have given Clement the hit?

  231. The Cardinals are the only team McDonald can get out. And conversely, the Pirates are the only team Westbrook can’t. Baseball, you just can’t predict it.

  232. Lucky #213…not always…but sometimes…and when it counts ;)

  233. Guess what, Pedro is coming up next inning. Come on you bum, hit a triple!

  234. Travis Snider with two hits and a walk to reach base three times today. Hitting .300 with the Bucs with a .370 OBP, not too bad.

  235. So, Pedro needs to bat fifth moving forward. Move Neil to 2nd full-time and Snider, as well as he’s hit, can hit 6th (or Sanchez, if he’s platooning). Pedro is at the cusp of .250, which, anyone will tell you, is what we’ve all wanted from him all along, combined with prodigious blasts.

  236. JRay..yup! Snider is having a good game

    Hey Biz???

  237. Yes, this is promising… And they certainly have the schedule to make a move. But they have to play well. They have to win the games.

    We’ll see.

  238. Milo, seriously???

  239. Keith,

    My thoughts exactly.

  240. How can JMac do it next time out when he is being sent to the pen and being replaced by Jeff Locke?

    And Jordy Mercer will start every remaining game at shortstop.

  241. OK I’ve seen enough of Resop

  242. TC..good point

  243. Yes?

    Still awake

    6 outs to go

  244. @Jandy

    Agreed! Don’t let them make any sort of a comeback. Bring someone else in NOW!

  245. Pedro’s 2nd homer was 469 feet, the longest ever by a Pirate at PNC Park. The longest was 484′ by Sammy Sosa (steroid aided) in April of 2002.

  246. Count outd, 5 to go

  247. Lucky,
    Pitchers will have some issues with Cutch, Jones, Alvarez when they’re all hitting. That’s lineup protection, something the Bucs haven’t seen in a long while.

  248. Biz, are we having fun now??? =)

  249. come on Clint go get Resop, It feels like a big comeback coming

  250. This just in: JMac and Pedro will be sent down to Indy after tonight’s game to help the Indians with their drive to a championship.

    We will get a championship!!!

  251. Pedro is EVERYWHERE tonight!

  252. Outside of Headley, Snider looks to be the best pickup the Pirates could have made. Hustles, has a little speed, plays all-out on defense, and can rake at times. Add that he gets on base better than any Pirate not named McCutchen, and he’s a find.

  253. August 28th, 2012, now to be known as Pedro Alvarez Day. Mayor Luke make it happen.

  254. Well that will get Resop out of it nicely. Pedro doing a little bit of everything tonight.

  255. Someone probably already said this, but the guys on the radio earlier tonight said that Pedro was 8 for 16 against Pedro lifetime. Before tonight. I guess that would be 11 for 19 now. Impressive.

  256. I love this tweet:

    Dejan Kovacevic ‏@Dejan_Kovacevic

    #Pirates just announced they’ll be re-signing LHP Erik Bedard, then releasing him again, every day rest of season.

  257. Can this hitting and run support carry over into tomorrow for Wandy?

  258. Biz… I took one of the spots in the league. Been meaning to get in sooner, but I’m a slacker.

  259. Why is Snider’s face always so red?

    I mean, we have to find something wrong with every player. :-)

  260. Is tomorrow a day game or an evening game?

  261. TC’s on a roll :p

  262. Chase d’Arnaud for team MVP.

    Just look at what this team has done with him on the big club as opposed to without him.

  263. From #246, I meant against Westbrook obviously. Sorry

  264. This is Murry Dickson, right ?

  265. I probably plunk Allen Craig this inning, just because.

  266. @ Playoffs

    Bring back the Window Please!!!

  267. I had to come back.

    What a game.

    Even with the offense, a huge kudos goes out to JMac. Exactly what was needed and the offensive outpour would not have happened without JMac’s performance.

    Great job!

  268. BTW, Pedro struck out, shouldn’t he be sent down or traded by now?

  269. Thanks Jandy.
    I have to get these in before Drew gets back on the blog

  270. Tabby laying out for a fly out with a nice diving catch. With a Tabby roll at the end.

  271. Tabata is on a rolll too :)

  272. Did I just see that, Jose Tabata with a running, sliding grab on a short fly ball.

  273. Takahashi is shocked he was brought in.

  274. Just as I speak, there’s that lazy bum Tabata making another nice catch.

    Presley would’ve caught that standing still though.

    I’M KIDDING!! (sorta)

  275. @ Ryan – And to think I had the OVER on Pedro 3.5 hits and 1.5 HR’s tonight!

  276. Keep up the good work, TC :)

  277. Who on the Pirates staff speaks Japanese?

  278. AW lol…yeah he looked shocked

  279. I like Taki’s curveball…slow bender.

  280. JRay

    I had JMac over 6.1 innings pitched.

  281. Raise it, ya shuttlecocks!!! (in honor of buggee)

  282. 69 wins.

    That’s more than we had in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005.

    Happy August 28th everyone.

  283. There was NOOOOOOOOOOOO doubt about it. You can raise the jolly roger as the Bucs sink the cardinals 9-0

  284. Me too…for 1000

  285. See Jandy, isn’t this fun!

  286. Clement was technically hitless…pinkslip him, we need to win this series tomorrow

    Sorry buddy, the scorekeeper screwed ya

  287. What happened with Clement?

  288. Sorry, I find something distasteful in dancing on Bedard’s professional grave in Pittsburgh. Besides the fact that the signing didn’t work out. he seemed to be professional throughout his struggles.

    Bedard was hardly the biggest reason the Pirates were swooning in August. Instead of being happy with tonight, it has to be connected into ripping Erik? What’s wrong with this picture.

  289. If releasing Bedard unleashed this attack tonight, a question for the BMTIB,
    What took so long???

  290. JMac. Nuff said. If they can just get the pitching straightened out …

  291. TC dayum right it is!!!!!

  292. @Roberto

    Erik Bedard has made nearly $23 million throughout his career. He can handle a little ribbing. Besides, HE STINKS.

  293. @Jandy

    Much like the BMTIB

    I will push fun to tomorrow/next year/whenever

    No slackers in football

    Gettem tomorrow, or tonight is Nuttin

    BEAT EM BUCS

    Memo to TC

    What is your problem with Dejan?

    Just askin

  294. Karen….isn’t that the truth??? :)

  295. I originally liked the Bedard signing. After his performance on opening day, I thought it was going to be a really good signing. But after opening day his pitching was hit or miss, more hit than miss. It turned out to be a bad signing by NH. He gambled and lost.

  296. AW,

    You got it wrong. Igarashi was shocked that Takahashi was brought into the game.

  297. @RF–you’re right, he was absolutely professional. I’d hate to think that another free agent this winter would look at the Bedard signing, then look at the Bucs release of him, and think, “man, I wouldn’t want that to happen to me,” and choose to not sign with the Pirates for that reason. Bedard was 100% professional the whole time, even when someone created the Fake Bedard Thoughts Twitter account (which was pretty funny, for a whole day…) But at the end, he had to have known that it was coming, he probably thought that it was coming a lot earlier. Some day, maybe he’ll take a look back on season and ask himself, if he was the GM, would he have made the same move?

  298. Biz,
    I think he is a very good writer and provides great information about the Bucs.
    I don’t have a problem with him. A few issues…maybe. I’ll explain it to you someday when I meet you.

    But it looks to me that someone else here tonight has problems with him.

  299. @Lucky

    He was really shocked when they signed Steve Pearce.

  300. Milo,

    As were we all. And when he batted cleanup tonight for the Yanks.

  301. Roberto-Wow, just WOW. Way to find a negative in a 9-0 win.

  302. some people just can’t be happy

  303. Lucky—I can’t spell Igawhoshi.

  304. Off to bed…4am comes too soon…night!

  305. Isn’t Pearce on like his 15th ML team, This year.

  306. I probably won’t explain this good enough: But I liked Bedard’s attitude.
    When he was on the mound it looked like nothing rattled him.
    In between hitters he would rub the baseball and look around with a certain look on his face, like “Wow, there sure are a lot of people here today” – or- “Wow, it’s hot out here. I hope I get these guys out soon so I can go get a drink of gatorade. Awesome that we get free gatorade”.

    AJ Burnett’s demeanor works for him out on the mound. Bedard didn’t take everything so serious. Of course I was there in person this past Sunday and I wish Bedard would have taken a bit more serious.

    But hey, it’s a game. Not everyone has to be a macho man.

  307. AW,
    I think he doesn’t care for a certain person’s tweet. (see #265)

  308. @TC–it seems that Charlie Morton could’ve used some of that attitude at times. JMac, certainly. I’m still holding out hope for #electricstuff…

  309. @Boise

    Your point about how free agents will look at the team is something I thought about as well. If the Bucs DFA any free agent mid season that doesn’t perform well, they will have to overpay for every free agent. I don’t disagree with the DFA of Bedard, but these calls for DFA’ing Barajas and Barmes are a joke.

    Bedard pitched VERY well for us in the beginning of the year and got little run support. Never heard him say one negative word about the losses being hung on him.

  310. As Karen said WOW!! Now that’s the Pirates I love!

    @cosmo No one on the Pirates needs to speak Japanese, he travels with his
    personal translator.

  311. @ TC

    Teke mention something about Bedard being low key, not an excitable person in the room. I threw the ball, some got hit, some left the park. no emotion.

    just sayin

  312. McLouth went 3-4 tonight. His average is up to .215.

    Bring him back now! Fire the hitting coach!

    Is it too late to resign Bedard?

  313. I dont care about Bedard’s attitude or what anybody has to say about him.

    He’s been in this league for awhile, he’s a big boy and knows that these things happen if you don’t perform.

    I’m sorry, but if someone works for me and performs at his level, they’d be getting fired too. (well, not really since I can’t officially fire people)

    This is the business side of sports, can’t handle, go sell insurance.

    I’m sure somebody might give him another opportunity.

  314. cosmo,
    I didn’t say I was a fan of his post game interviews.
    But it did seem to p*ss off the media in this town. :-)

  315. @ Nancy52

    Wow, didn’t know that, thanks

  316. Bedard is Canadian and spoke French.
    I heard in an pregame radio interview ( YES he did one of those and spoke alot) Bedard said that in the offseason in Canada he only speaks French.

    Maybe he needed his own translator.

  317. “I find something distasteful”

    “These calls…are a joke”

    For someone who is so unfailingly, automatically supportive,
    there seems to be a deep, deep well of anger.

  318. 9-0.

    I’m pretty happy.

    Period.

  319. Gotta love Clint Hurdle,

  320. The Pirates are 69-60.

    The Pirates in games Erik Bedard started: 9-15

    Erik Bedard’s pitching line: 125.2 IP, 129 H, 56 BB, 118 K 5.01 ERA, 1.47 ERA

    This is the big leagues, he was paid handsomely to perform, unfortunately not only did he not perform well, the team played six games under .500 in his starts.

    And I am sure if I made 4.5 million I would not mutter a negative word either.

    The fact remains the Pirates are a better team without him and that is ALL that should matter when you play for keeps!

  321. oops that was 1.47 WHIP

    @ Arriba – Did Clint say something in his presser?

  322. I’m happy they cut the guy.
    But I didn’t hate him. Thanks for the contribution, later dude.

    And I am of the opinion that there is NO guarantee that the Pirates would have been any better than 9-15 with Jeff Locke, Justin Wilson, or Kyle McPherson as a starter (or the combination of the 3)

  323. Foo is NOT gonna love that, Arriba.

    You better buckle up.

    Cause he’s gonna find that distasteful.

  324. Maybe Bedard’s true calling was coach of the Montreal Canadiens? They wouldn’t DARE fire him there!

  325. I find a 5.01 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP distasteful. In English and French.

  326. @Boise

    No. He soff.

  327. @ Thundercrack – No guarantee for sure, but you have to try and see if you can get better results with any of the three you mention. And keep trying until you find better results.

  328. Hahahaha

  329. JRay, I agree.

    But even though Clint didn’t agree with this today, I still think teams like to rely on veterans for as long as possible.

  330. JRay–he always does. Nothing in particular. Just being Clint. BTW, Leyva was shown after because he had a mic on him, and the Cardinal’s 3B seemed to be OK with the play at the plate with Harrison at the time.

  331. Drop back six months. Subtract Maholm. Add AJ and Bedard.

    I was thrilled.

    There.

    I said it.

    The first step to recovery is not being bitter towards everyone else.

  332. If we drop back, and then fall forward and be bitter, the debate is much more lively.

    If this is considered a debate.

  333. I want potential free agents to know that failure is not tolerated. I don’t want a player who is afraid to play in Pittsburgh because he might get cut if he doesn’t perform… I want players who EXPECT poorly performing players to get DFA’d. I do NOT want another round of Jeromy Burnitz.

    The biggest reason why the thought of DFA’ing Barmes and Barajas is a joke is that there’s no other option available that’s a definite (or even probable) improvement. And that even if those guys lost their starting jobs, they’d still be qualified and useful as backups. The only place they could demote Bedard to was the pen, and he wasn’t suited to that. He served no purpose, and he is now gone.

    I will admit, however, that his lack of emotion bugged me. I work with people who don’t care how the product turns out so long as they keep getting paid, and fair or not, his attitude always reminded me of that. That sort of “professionalism” is not needed, especially on a young team.

  334. Strasburg gave up 7 runs in 5 innings, including 5 runs in the 3rd inning.

    Mike Rizzo is considering DFA’ing Strasburg and bringing Bedard.

  335. These calls for DFA’ing are a joke

  336. @ RF –

    I think the Nationals fans can forgive one bad start from Strasburg when he has done this so far for them:

    Strasburg – 15-6 3.05 ERA 1.14 WHIP 186 K’s in 150 IP

  337. After losing 10-0 to the Rockies last night, the Dodgers trail 8-3 tonight. How are all those new players working out so far?

    If things hold Pirates will leap LA and be just 2 back of STL for final playoff spot.

  338. KDKA had a long sports bit on the Pirates game in the news. Very unusual. Lots longer than the couple of seconds they gave to Mike Wallace’s return.

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