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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (53-35) vs. Oakland Athletics (53-37)

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Dan Straily

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Jose Tabata, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Garrett Jones, 1B
  7. Jordy Mercer, 2B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Cole, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel and I are on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. cmat0829 says:

    INGE IS ON THE BENCH!! yeah!!

  2. Bizrow says:

    Any word on PRNW?

  3. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    Max “wager” is 100 units on any single line.
    All “wagers” must be in multiples of 5 units.
    Play as few or as many lines as you’d like.
    As always, this is for fun and entertainment purposes.


    Tonight’s Line
    Total HITS + WALKS + RUNS SCORED + RBI’s by Pedro Alvarez in tonight’s game
    Line is 3.5

    Please Note – All games must be considered official games in order for line(s) to be valid. Any postponement, cancellation, or suspension of game(s) will void line(s).

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    P.S. – The Window has secured tickets to the Pirates / Mets games on this Friday and Saturday.
    Anyone of you fine lunatics looking to meet up for a brew or two, send me an email at buccooverunder at gmail-dot-com

  4. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Not feeling well..

  5. Frankie says:

    Give me 100 on the over

  6. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Barmes at 2 hits yesterday…couldn’t ask for more from him.

    Nice to see Inge on the bench.

    With the exception of NW not in the lineup, I like how this lines up. With Tabby swinging the bat well right now, I like him in the 2 hole.

  7. Bizrow says:

    100 on the OVER, thanks Playoffs

  8. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    100 on the Under.

  9. Brotherhood of the Redus says:

    Are Inge’s days numbered?

  10. bman says:


    I’ll go with 60 on the UNDER

  11. Arriba Wilver says:

    One can only hope.

  12. Ben says:

    80 on the under

  13. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Yes I believe he will be paid until the conclusion of this season.
    So 74 more games.
    73 after tonight.

  14. Bizrow says:

    He will go over with one swing of the bat ;-)

  15. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    That’s basically what this one comes down to.
    Is Pedro going yard tonight or not?

    I could tell ya which one I’d wager on, but there are rules about “wagering” at one’s own establishment.

  16. Jandy says:

    100 on the under, Mr. Playoffs. If that doesn’t make Pedro hit 2 homers with RISP nothing will! ;)

  17. Dom says:

    100 under.

  18. Dom says:

    The A’s are 10-0 against us.

  19. The Gunner says:

    Inge will be gone soon folks, either Harrison or DeJesus will take his place; most likely Harrison

  20. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I read that wrong, can we go 100 on the over please?

  21. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    even a guy on 1st base is in scoring position for Pedro….I like you’re thought process…

    Take one for the team.

  22. Nate83 says:

    75 on the over.

  23. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    And he will do a great job at taking his place. He can’t hit either.

  24. Arriba Wilver says:

    That ends tonight. (He said hopefully). Hey, it’s Pup Night.

  25. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    No problem!

  26. The Gunner says:

    then you can criticize JH to your heart’s desire

  27. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Thought of the day…..

    If there is a big crowd tonight, does that negatively impact the Pirates Charities telethon that will be happening on tonight’s Root broadcast?

    If enough people show up at the stadium will they cancel the telethon?

  28. Dom says:

    We have 29 games to go till the streak comes to an end. I believe we had 20-some games to go in each of the last two years before we collapsed.

  29. Arriba Wilver says:

    Don’t follow what you are saying, Dom. We’ve won more this year to this point than the last 2 years. Don’t get the point.

  30. 21sthebest says:

    And auction night! I wonder if we’ll get to watch any baseball!

  31. Bizrow says:

    + 1

  32. Bizrow says:

    + 1

    Dachsys rule

  33. I like this lineup, even with Barmes in it.

  34. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Keep Calm & Break .500

  35. blazer says:

    Lot of things to add up for Pedro so I will take the over for 100 please.

  36. Irish says:

    50 on Over, Thanks!

  37. Dom says:

    Just saying that we had about this many wins in 2011 and 2012 when things started to fall apart.

  38. 21sthebest says:

    Golden retrievers!

  39. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    you got it

  40. Arriba Wilver says:

    You mean . . . a month later?

  41. Dom says:

    Anyone know why the Pup nights are only on Tuesdays?

  42. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    He bores me. I’d rather keep Inge up than deal with JH.

  43. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Chive on!!

  44. Arriba Wilver says:

    Dogs won’t agree to go on any other night of the week. I think Drew will confirm this.

  45. Thundercrack says:

    Instead of the starting lineup, can you please just list the bench players for each game.

    We’ll take it from there.

    Thank you

  46. Lad9 says:

    100 on the over please Mr. Playoffs. Go Buccos!

  47. TCB says:

    100 on the over. Need to score some runs tonight.

  48. Stuart says:

    Because that is the “twitter” night also, and most “tweets” appear to been written by dogs or chimpanzees. Just Sayin. It will also give Root sports even more reasons to show us the stands, and the fans, and the cute dogs rather than the action on the field or in the dugout.

    Maybe Robbie Instantkowski can interview a senior dog during a critical point of the ball game.


  49. Stuart says:

    I’ll take a hundred on the under tonight.


  50. stickyweb says:

    No, but that’s some nice wishful thinking Playoffs.

  51. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    you got it

  52. Arriba Wilver says:

    At least we’d know what was appropriate to criticize.

  53. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  54. Arriba Wilver says:

    Sorry, I gotta go with the UNDER for 100, and hope I’m wrong.

  55. JHadar says:

    You replace a guy who hits .190 with one who hits .215 and by golly you’ve improved by 13% at that position.


    you still leave some legitimate room for criticism.

  56. stickyweb says:

    I’ll take 100 on the UNDER tonight. Sorry El Toro, It’s GI Jones’ night to shine.

  57. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    The key is/was to get to 81 wins by August 1.
    That way you only have to win 1 game in the last 2 months.

    It appears they are going to fall short of that….

  58. Thundercrack says:

    As long as Robbie stays out of the aisle he should be OK.

  59. JHadar says:

    Westies — at least you can’t convince them they don’t.

  60. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Twitter Night + Pup Night + Telethon Night = Me envying the deaf

  61. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I don’t do this often, but…..


  62. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Speaking of twitter;

    Did anybody follow Blass when he had an account? Holy crap, there’s a reason he doesn’t anymore…freakin hilarious!

  63. theplanisworking says:

    What? Are the ushers that ugly??? ;)

  64. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Rob: “We are here with Puddles. Puddles is a 15 year old Yellow Lab who’s mother was once owned by former Bucco pitcher Scott Sauerbeck.”

    Puddles: –sniffs micrphone–

    Rob: “Puddles, what do you like the most about this Buccos team?”

    Puddles: –yawns–

  65. theplanisworking says:

    You forgot to include the dogs.
    Maybe if they poop enough, they will cancel the telethon.

  66. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    WIN / WIN scenario!

  67. theplanisworking says:

    You mean they are going to auction off the twits???

  68. JHadar says:

    Oh, and please try to be more clear about which JH you can criticize to your heart’s desire.

  69. theplanisworking says:

    I am actually looking forward to the telethon tonight.
    Maybe they can auction off Zagurski’s silverware?
    Maybe they can auction off a win?

    Maybe they can just auction off Inge???

    One can only hope.

    Oh, and I will definitely be using the “mute” feature tonight.
    Just sayin’.

  70. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Donnie Iris just came up on my random playlist.
    Has to be a good sign.

  71. JHadar says:

    Must be city dogs, country dogs go pretty much whenever they feel like it.

  72. JAL says:

    Harrison on way to Pittsburgh but no word if walker going on DL or he will there in case they put Walker on the DL tomorrow. Was sent down July 2 so his 10 are not up which means he can only be put on the roster if someone goes on the DL.

  73. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Case closed……

  74. theplanisworking says:

    Mr. Playoffs………….

    May I please have 100 Jerry Lewis-style Hippos on the Over??

    Thank you for supporting Bobby’s Kids. ;)

  75. Brandie says:

    My Dear Mr. Playoffs,

    Please may I have 50 on the over for Pedro? Thank you kindly.

  76. Brandie says:

    Black Labs, especially mine. Regular Einstein.

  77. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Not you buddy…

  78. Brandie says:

    If they can draft one to play RF, why all the fuss? :-)

  79. Arriba Wilver says:

    Deja Vu.

  80. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Zagurski’s jersey; doubles as a tent for this upcoming camping season.

  81. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Right. Gotta be Walker to the DL.

  82. Brandie says:

    Maybe the cuteness of the pups will induce enough folks to part with scads and scads of cash so we can finally end the telethon. Very clever, marketing people. Very clever indeed.

  83. Dom says:

    I think you meant a month earlier for this year. I think we’ll end up with 82+ wins.

  84. Nate83 says:

    I guess it is a good thing they didn’t give a long term contract to Walker. Seems like a wait and see what happens scenerio may be a better situation for the Pirates. Hopefully he finishes strong this year and has a nice bounce back year next season.

  85. Brandie says:

    Oh for pitty’s sake…leave Zagirthski out of this.

  86. Brandie says:

    Here we go again…

  87. theplanisworking says:


    Lets get some $$$$$ together and buy Inge, so we can cut him! ;)

  88. Brandie says:

    See above post.

  89. theplanisworking says:

    Yes folks, you too can own this stylish tent, hand-crafted by Omar!

  90. Brandie says:

    Cut him with what? Safety scissors? He is the nicest bad penny that keeps turning up. In a way, I feel for him.

  91. Arriba Wilver says:

    Dom–“Just saying that we had about this many wins in 2011 and 2012 when things started to fall apart.”

    I actually meant exactly what I said. We had about this many wins a month later the last 2 years.

  92. Dom says:


    Why can’t they see that DeJesus is the better option? He’s gotten what three chances this season? I know of at least two and he’s failed on every one of them. How many times are they going to make the same mistake?

  93. Stuart says:


    Rob – “Fluffy, can you tell us a little bit about how it feels to be here at PNC?”

    Fluffy – “Lets Go Bucs – Lets go Bucs, Lets go Bucs etc.”

    Rob – “Fluffy is this your first time at PNC?”

    Fluffy “Lets Go bucks (ad infinitum) “WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”

    Rob – “you heard it here first folks”


  94. JD says:

    100 on the over please. Lets Go Bucs!

  95. Brandie says:

    As many times as it takes…

  96. Brandie says:

    Brandon Inge. The Rodney Dangerfield of Your 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates!

  97. Brandie says:

    You know the front office is doing this just to spite you.

  98. Bill Born says:

    100 on the under Please.

  99. AJS says:

    Anyone see ole robbie get yelled at to sit down by a Chitown usher the other day? That was hilarious. Apparently he couldn’t figure out that the correct way to interview someone in the stands while the game was in action was to find a seat to sit down next to them. i think it was Hurdles’s dad he was talking to. Priceless.

  100. Arriba Wilver says:

    Tough crowd.

  101. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I thought it was Jo-Jo?

  102. Arriba Wilver says:

    Rodney was better. :-)

  103. theplanisworking says:

    Omar the tent maker. I know him well. I buy most of my clothes from him. ;)

  104. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I thought that was Whitesnake.

  105. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I always used JoJo the tent maker, but since you know him personally, I’ll go with you on this.

  106. theplanisworking says:


    Actually, Inge is like the Jeff Foxworthy of this team, only not funny.

  107. Brandie says:

    Them too. Think Aleah, or however you spell that chick’s name.

  108. Stuart says:

    Yes, unfortunately I saw that, and also heard “Company Man” Brown criticizing the usher for having the interests of the fans who wanted to actually see the ball game rather than Instantmakowski’s butt.


  109. theplanisworking says:

    Tuesdays are 1/2 price night with Omar.
    Now I have to choose between parachute pants, ot the ballgame/telethon.

    Better get my camel ready, I guess………

  110. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Hey, back off, that’s my first Zags joke….and I thought it was a good one.

  111. Brandie says:

    You all slay me!

  112. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I bet she was hot back then…..But I think she spelt it with many more “L’s” and “A’s” in her name

  113. Stuart says:

    Brandie, Careful, or you will be snarking with some of the rest of us.


  114. Brandie says:

    Just messin’ with ya! I guess if Brandon Inge = Jeff Fox worthy, then Mike Zagurski = Louie Anderson? Or did Jimmy Anderson = Louie Anderson? And Ralphie May? And Gabriel Iglesias?

  115. Thundercrack says:

    Feels good Nor Cal, doesn’t it?

  116. Brandie says:

    Honestly, I thought the front office was messing with me for years. Who can forget Raul Mondesi?

  117. Brandie says:

    I recognize and humbly defer to your sharp wit. Good take, sir.

  118. theplanisworking says:

    I still wish for the days of….. Aki Iwamura!
    Or Bobby Church.

  119. Brandie says:

    D Bell, anyone? Jimmy Anderson? We could be here all night.

  120. JHadar says:

    Well one of the benefits of geezerity is that I had, but then you had to go and bring him up.

  121. theplanisworking says:

    Or………. Brandon Inge!
    Oh wait, he is still with us (in spirit)…………

  122. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    That’s what………..nevermind.

  123. Patrick(ri) says:

    One of those chances was a very short stay. Another involed one at-bat. His only real chance was in April, which was fraught with baserunning blunders(a real rarity on this team).

  124. Arriba Wilver says:

    We don’t need to go back that far. But we’ve been bringing Harrison/Presley to the rescue the last couple or 3 years. How’s that been working out for ya’ll?

  125. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Jimmy Anderson doesn’t count, he was a draft pick.

  126. Karen22 says:

    Oh, what the hey…100 on the OVER. I’m MIA for a couple of days and apparently so are the Pirates? Harrumph…let’s get back to business, eh?

  127. Arriba Wilver says:

    How was the wedding?

  128. Ghost says:

    + 2
    But anyway, “The house always wins.” ;)

  129. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    got a slight tingling sensation..

  130. Brandie says:

    As far as Anderson goes, one of or some of those much higher up than me decided he was a good idea. At any rate, the point is they can’t all be winners.

  131. Brandie says:

    Cue Rim Shot.

  132. Ghost says:

    Good volley of posts!

  133. cosmo says:

    100 on the over tonight.

  134. Stuart says:

    Yes, once “operation Shutdown” is mentioned what, or who else can you say.

    Wait – Joggin George Hendricks!


  135. Brandie says:

    Karen. Good to see you. Hope the wedding was awesome.

  136. Stuart says:

    TRUCE! Lets go back to the dogs (the canine ones that is).


  137. Ghost says:

    Laugh out loud material, right here. Bravo, you guys!

  138. Brandie says:

    Could that be your Spidey Sense?

  139. Arriba Wilver says:


  140. Ghost says:

    My personal fave was Franquelis Osoria. He pitched like doggie doo, but man, could he do it day after day!

  141. Ghost says:

    And speaking of Mondesi, I’ve always admired and reveled in how he engineered his escape out of Dodge.

  142. Stuart says:

    In my best Marlon Brando/Colonel Kurtz voice…”THE NAMES!”


  143. Stuart says:

    I think Kirk Gibson did that also.


  144. Bizrow says:

    A lively lot here tonight

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  145. Ghost says:

    Gibson feigned fearing for his family’s lives so he could run away, then resurfaced with the Angels just as soon as the Pirates terminated his contract?

    And I love the Colonel Kurtz imagery!

  146. Ghost says:

    Love that “Hippo’s Pond” is in here. It’s like Pooh’s Corner.

  147. Stuart says:

    Thanks, anytime we start talking about some of our past “true” all-stars, I feel like I am traveling up the Mekong in some sort of crazy flashback!


  148. Stuart says:

    Yes, but I’m not sure if the “hundred acres” is enough for a Hippo to graze!


  149. dadtackular says:

    100 el toros on the over

  150. Jason81 says:

    100 on the OVER, please!

  151. Ghost says:

    Stuart, I think you’re right. Hippo probably sneaks into every last one of those other locales Bizzy lists when no one is looking. He poops, he grazes, he poops some more, then mosies on to the next spot.

  152. pattonbb says:

    “Ah Leah… we go again!”

  153. Ghost says:

    Better mosey on myself. Got stuff to do with the kids.
    Be back tonight, all!

  154. Joey Mellons says:

    100 rubber tire pellets on the under.

  155. MadTurk says:

    It’s BI on the DL, he read some posts here and his feelings got hurt.

  156. pattonbb says:

    Cryin’ Ryan Braun met with mlb investigators last week and refused to answer any of their questions about his connection to Biogenesis. There’s a story floating around that when Tony Bosch turned his phone records over to mlb, Braun’s number showed up “dozens” of times. He’s about to get 100 games.

    It’s the little things in life that bring me joy.

  157. pattonbb says:

    100 on the UNDER, please.

  158. bizrow says:

    That is Roger’s chosen “residence”

    This list is all for fun, ok by me ;-)

  159. bdhumbert says:

    I am going for 100 on the over not because I believe – but because I hope :-(

  160. JUCOFan says:

    100 on the under please!

  161. bdhumbert says:

    And why is he even on the roster – DeJesus is hitting 300+ at Indy…

    Time to trim and adjust for the second half…

    Fort to Indy
    Barmes to retirement
    Inge to retirement

    Bring up T Sanchez
    and the bench is suddenly a whole lot better…

  162. Milo Hamilton says:

    Weather is going to be a factor tonight. Looks like a long night ahead.

  163. JAL says:

    DeJesus is not on the 40 so if someone replaces a player on the 15 day DL has to be from the 40.

  164. Milo Hamilton says:

    Looks like they just sent the starting pitchers into the clubhouse. Great night for an auction.

  165. radio wave says:

    Playoffs: I will take 75 on the under for tonight. Thank you

  166. Chico says:


    100 on the over if I’m not too late…

  167. theplanisworking says:

    I always preferred Agnes…. love them crazy chicks with a gun! ;)

  168. florida steeler says:

    Can someone explain this auction night to me?? People from the Burgh bid and pay for all items and then Nutting collects the money and disburses to his chosen charities??
    Why doesn’t he just write a check?? Many of the receivers are very worthy but this is given by the people in Pittsburgh and not Nutting and the Pirates.

  169. The Gunner says:

    I like your most of your proposed moves. Inge needs to go and start clipping coupons. Barmes needs to become a utility man for the rest of 2013 as he can play all 4 infield positions – then retire after we win the World Series. If Sanchez didn’t have a case of the YIPS, I’d be OK with flip flopping him and The Fort but, unfortunately, now is not Sanchez’s time. DeJesus, Lambo and even Presley deserve an opportunity, too.

    C’mon BMTIB, don’t let your faithful fans down……………….again!

  170. florida steeler says:

    I hope you are correct.

  171. Brandie says:

    Gotta love a rain delay. Evening all. Just came from an early birthday dinner for yours truly with the family.

  172. The Gunner says:

    We all know what an opportunistic son of a gun Nutting is

  173. theplanisworking says:

    THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Is why I love this blog ! :)

  174. theplanisworking says:

    HA! ;)

  175. Milo Hamilton says:

    They could be waiting the better part of an hour just for it to start raining.

  176. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe we can auction him a “get out of jail free” card??

  177. theplanisworking says:

    Night, Muppet.

  178. florida steeler says:

    ha-ha and Nutting could write the check and get credit.

  179. bizrow says:

    PNC Park was the areas “charity gift” to the PBC

    Guess its raining in the burgh

  180. Keith says:

    Unfortunately, I’ll take 100 on the UNDER.

  181. Brandie says:

    I think I will just go by that name from here on out. Or, Animal, if you will. Evening, Plan.

  182. florida steeler says:

    You are correct. The money Nutting and the players make should pay for these charities.

  183. Keith says:

    Apparently Alvarez has switched from “Daydro” to “Awaydro.” Did you know he’s hitting nearly .300 with 13 of his HR on the road? That leaves, well, an unmentionable number and 9 HR at home. Weird.

  184. Milo Hamilton says:

    Prediction – they never start the game.

  185. tdb1977 says:

    I have decided to help save this team, that I will not partake in the window right now. Just a couple of weeks ago, when they were rattling off wins like crazy – I never placed a beat with my fake units. Now that I have started making wagers again, they have started losing. To end the 20 year jinx and to make the playoffs this year, I am going to stand pat :)

  186. theplanisworking says:

    2nd prediction………….. the telethon will never end………

  187. Milo Hamilton says:

    Still not raining. 30 minutes.

  188. tdb1977 says:

    Its pouring in Carnegie. Rain is coming down in buckets and this storm is ssssllllloooooowwwwww mmmmmoooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnngggggggggg. Already picked up close to a .5″ of rain in the 30 minutes its been pouring.

  189. Dave G says:

    I watch on MLB TV. No video during rain delays, so I’m oblivious to the auction stuff that’s probably going on.

    But I know that the Penguins do something similar, and I don’t recall anyone complaining about that.

  190. JAL says:

    Walker officially to the DL, Harrison on the roster

  191. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thus my prediction they don’t play.

  192. Brandie says:

    I may have to second both predictions.

  193. tdb1977 says:

    DH tomorrow? :)

  194. tdb1977 says:

    The Pirates are posting information about the auction on twitter – currently 6200 to go and see the Pirates play in Colorado, 2500 to have a softball game at PNC Park, 3300 for a 2014 weekend trip to spring training, and 4100 for an autographed Pirates Uniform

  195. Milo Hamilton says:

    What the Penguins do is nothing close to this. They sell some gift bags during the pregame show. Doesn’t interfere at all with the broadcast of the actual game. This is over the top intrusive.and frankly embarrassing. Makes the broadcast borderline unwatchable. We’re getting a gift from God tonight.

  196. Keith says:

    Boo. To Walker, not necessarily Harrison. Yea to no Inge.

  197. +1 to both Gunner and bd.

  198. tdb1977 says:

    the 4100 for the autographed Pirates Uniform includes the following:

    The newest addition for the 2013 Pirates Charities on ROOT SPORTS is a Pirates memorabilia collector’s dream with various unique items autographed by members of the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Autographed items include:

    A baseball from Pirates starter Jeff Locke
    A catcher’s mitt from Pirates backstop Russell Martin
    A home white jersey from Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez
    A black alternate jersey from Pirates outfielder Starling Marte
    A 1971 “Sunday Alternate” jersey Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer
    A batting practice jersey from Pirates reliever Mark Melancon
    A bat from Pirates infielder Neil Walker
    Batting gloves from Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen
    A Batting helmet from Pirates infielder/outfielder Garrett Jones
    A cap from Pirates closer Jason Grilli
    Cleats from Pirates outfielder Travis Snider
    The lineup card from the July 9 game – and bubble gum – from Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle

  199. Milo Hamilton says:

    They’ll schedule it, but the forecast is actually worse for tomorrow. Both teams are off Thursday. Could get a day game in before the A’s have to fly home.

  200. Brandie says:

    Sounds like some stellar items.

  201. The Gunner says:

    Yep, the Nuttings & Rooneys sure ripped off the common folks for both PNC Park & Heinz Field. Either we common folks are just plain stupid or these owners are professional con artists.

  202. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  203. Milo Hamilton says:

    According to DK, they’re announcing 8:45 as start time.

  204. Brandie says:

    We shall see.

  205. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is just another instance of this group doing what they do best, over think things. And people wonder why some of us worry.

  206. Milo Hamilton says:

    Is it your birthday Brandie ?

  207. Dom says:

    What are you referring to?

  208. Arriba Wilver says:

    I live in the South Hills. Still have not seen any rain that would prevent them from playing.

  209. Arriba Wilver says:

    Isn’t it up to the umps at this point, though?

  210. Arriba Wilver says:

    Or is that the other way around? Up to the umps once the game starts?

  211. Milo Hamilton says:

    Not playing while it’s not raining.

  212. Arriba Wilver says:

    The good news is we can’t lose if we don’t play,

  213. Arriba Wilver says:

    There should also be peace in the Middle East.

  214. Milo Hamilton says:

    Not until they turn in the lineup cards. Now tomorrow is a different story being the last game for Oakland in Pittsburgh.

  215. Dadtackular says:

    Not raining in Payson, Illinois. Can’t see why they aren’t playing either.

    DK: Amazing. You play until it rains. Period.

  216. twentytwo22 says:

    They did this to avoid a Charlie Morton situation and it blew up in their face. Now it will start raining after 45 minutes or so of playing and Cole will get the start that they tried to avoid in the first place. Without a delay Cole would have been ‘safely’ removed from the game after 6 innings and 80 pitches.

    I hope they get the game in with no problems because I hate DH. It seems easier to win tonight and win tomorrow than it is to sweep a DH.

  217. Milo Hamilton says:

    It would be hilarious if it started pouring right after 1st pitch.

  218. DJ says:

    Can they auction off Inge’s retirement? We can then all bid.

  219. Drew71 says:

    Watching the Lolligagger scene.

    It’s a miracle.

  220. Brandie says:

    Next Thursday. We celebrated early because my in-laws will be out of town next week.

  221. Brandie says:

    It would serve them right.

  222. Milo Hamilton says:

    Happy Birthday in advance, I’ll be wasting away in Margaritaville next Thursday.

  223. theplanisworking says:

    NO! Then the telethon would go on forever……………….

    On the bright side, I am waiting for them to open bidding on Zagurski’s bib from Golden Corral. ;)

  224. Milo Hamilton says:

    The only thing this telethon is missing is PJ Maloney.

  225. Brandie says:

    Thank you. Have an awesome time.

  226. Brandie says:

    He reminds me of the mascot from Bob’s Big Boy.

  227. Arriba Wilver says:

    I pointed out where I was for a reason, Dad.

  228. Brandie says:

    Or auction off the RF spot.

  229. theplanisworking says:

    He IS Bob’s Big Boy !!! ;)

  230. JD says:


  231. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Blue Jays released catcher Ramon Hernandez from his AAA contract today. I mention this because the Pirates have been interested in the past. He is 37. Just an FYI.

  232. Bob Hasis says:

    Or the entire cast from WQED

  233. Thundercrack says:

    But our bench will still stink

  234. Milo Hamilton says:

    Kweilin Nassar. :)

  235. Bob Hasis says:

    and of course the unforgettable Jim. . . what’s his name

  236. Dave G says:

    Looks like a washout ahead. Radar is lit up like Christmas over here in Ohio.

  237. tdb1977 says:

    Cole is being pretty efficient after the first inning. Looks like he is pitching his brains out tonight after throwing 22 in the first.

  238. tdb1977 says:

    All they need to do is get into the bottom of the 5th and the sky can open up. The game will be official at that point.

  239. theplanisworking says:

    You have to be kidding me.

  240. tdb1977 says:


  241. Reading says:

    Well, that wasn’t totally predictable. Ex-Pirate going yard.

  242. Milo Hamilton says:

    Jim Cunningham. Had to look that one up because he’s so, well, forgettable.

  243. DJ says:

    87 mph change-up center cut. That would be a little of pitchers’ fastball, but unfortunately those pitchers who get hit hard.

  244. Milo Hamilton says:

    Maybe they can get something going here against future Hall of Famer Dan Straily.

  245. Parrothead01 says:

    Half the Pirates strike outs come on chasing low sliders out of the zone. It has been commented many times that Cole has a good slider. Why won’t he throw it or why why won’t Martin call for the slider. Is his slider not as good as advertised.

  246. pattonbb says:

    “You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”

    Come on rain…….

  247. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    I’ve got paint drying on the walls in my basement.
    Sadly it’s more exciting to watch that then watch the Bucs offense.

  248. Milo Hamilton says:

    Maybe breathing in the fumes might help as well.

  249. Parrothead01 says:

    So true.

  250. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    You read my mind.
    Gonna take a huff or two right now…

  251. Milo Hamilton says:

    Two hits. That’s awesome.

  252. Parrothead01 says:

    Is there a worse team in baseball at hitting off speed pitches. He’ll is there a worse hitting team period.

  253. Milo Hamilton says:

    Up next – a chance to bid on calligraphy lessons from bench coach Jeff Bannister. And remember, it’s for the kids.

  254. theplanisworking says:

    But, havent people said everything is fine? I mean, just a little bench help is all that is needed?
    Stay the course? Dont disrupt that all-important chemistry?

    Hippos just don’t understand.

  255. Parrothead01 says:

    The only positive I see from the Pirates hitting is that it has become do bad Huntington can’t stand pat. The heck with chemistry. If Huntington doesn’t find a couple hitters, a potentially could go down the drain.

  256. Reading says:

    Maybe, with the telethon proceeds, the Pirates can buy a full set of T. Emanski videos. Back-to-Back-to-Back hits.

  257. Parrothead01 says:

    That was supposed to say potentially great season.

  258. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  259. Reading says:

    All opposing pitchers morph into HOFers.

  260. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    They are the only instructional videos endorsed by former MLB All Star Fred McGriff.

  261. Bob Hasis says:

    I have written this before; I have never seen anyone take more meaningless, haphazard swings (and misses) and his head and eyes are nowhere near the ball – than Marte.

    Sliders and curves down and outside and he is committing to a swing. It is unbelievable.

    Now if the pitcher leaves anything up, that is different. Marte must stop guessing wrongly

  262. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    At the very least, no one team in the NL is running away with anything right now.
    If ever there was a time to “swoon” a little, it is now.

  263. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    He does up there at least twice a game and bats like his car is double parked and running.
    Really gets annoying when that happens late in a game when they are trailing.

  264. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  265. twentytwo22 says:

    Tabata swings at ball 4 twice and then flies out. McCutchen tries to do it all himself and hits it to the warning track. Because Jones with a 2-0 count tried to hit a homer as well. Quality offense. When all you want to do is pull the ball you look stupid on offspeed pitches out of the strike zone.

    You can’t expect the Pirates to hit Dan Straily.
    You can’t expect them to hit Donavan Hand.
    You can’t expect them to hit Tyler Thornburg.
    You can’t expect them to hit Jonathan Pettibone.
    You can’t expect them to hit Edwin Jackson.
    You can’t expect them to hit Charlie Villanueva.
    You can’t expect them to hit anyone.
    It’s not fair.

    You can however expect Brandon Cumpton to be recalled and pitch 5 scoreless innings.
    That’s OK.

    Can Ray Searage coach hitting?

  266. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Can’t read too much into that.
    Moves most certainly will be made.

    Just gonna have to wait out the next 3 or so weeks to see what actually happens.

  267. Milo Hamilton says:

    Serious question. Do you ever get the feeling that you’re posting the exact same things that you were at the exact same time last year ? Give or take a few weeks. I swear I could go back & just copy & paste mine. It’s like the Twilight Zone.

    But I guess that when the same players establish track records, then do the same things we shouldn’t be surprised. But as I’ve been saying for the last couple days, this looks vaguely familiar.

  268. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Pedro pays the OVER with the ROYAL SAMPLER

    1 HIT
    1 RBI
    1 WALK

  269. Reading says:

    The Crime Dog.

  270. pattonbb says:

    You have no idea what I would be willing to give in order to have an in-his-prime “Crime Dog” at 1st base right now.

  271. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    I know exactly how you feel.
    It’s perpetually waiting for “the other shoe to drop.”

  272. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Ladies and gentlemen…Gaby Sanchez

  273. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Who didn’t see THAT coming?

  274. theplanisworking says:

    I wish I shared your optimism.
    We arent TBMTIB.
    We arent the smartest men in the room.

    I just hope we dont trade for some more AAAA players and prospects this year………… (here is looking at you, Mr. Snider.)

  275. Bob Hasis says:

    Marte has – before tonight I believe – 13 walks and 83 K’s. Unbelievable

    I think he has a nervous affliction. Even when on first, it’s as though he has got to be on the move. Granted that is a weapon but he always appears to be restless, or too eager for something to happen

  276. theplanisworking says:


  277. DJ says:

    Still waiting for a signature moment from Sanchez this season . . . and waiting . . . and waiting.

  278. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Alright, I’ve had enough.
    I’m going to bed.
    Later lunatics!

  279. theplanisworking says:

    Pirate hitters swing at balls near the dugout.
    Pirate hitters look at strikes right down the middle.

    Am I the only one seeing this??

  280. Milo Hamilton says:

    Two bleeping hits. But Hockey With the Hurdle’s went up to $7,000. Woo Hoo !!!!!!!!

  281. theplanisworking says:

    l might bid 7100 to check him into the boards………….

  282. pattonbb says:

    maybe they auctioned away the wrong bats tonight.

  283. Milo Hamilton says:

    Why in God’s name would anyone want tonight’s scorecard, let alone pay actual money for it ?

  284. Reading says:

    Decrepitude, I say. Decrepitude. Three straight Series Ls. T. Petty: “And I’m free. Freefalling.”

  285. DJ says:

    Line drive city . . . like Mike Easler . . . like Al Oliver.

  286. florida steeler says:

    That a boy Gaby–keep up the lousy work and don’t tell me about 1,000 against left handed pitchers. the guy is no clutch.

  287. Patrick(ri) says:

    I almost bid on the San Diego trip a few years back. Walk threw in breakfast with Bob. I thought that would have been a hoot. A signed scoresheet, not so much.

  288. DJ says:

    Yes, see above. I cannot remember a single signature moment this season . . . or last season, for that matter.

  289. theplanisworking says:

    I guess so.

  290. Parrothead01 says:

    No, it is and has been painfully obvious.

  291. Reading says:

    Okay. Bat to ball. Everybody. Okay.

  292. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ll bid $1,000 for an honest to goodness line drive.

  293. Patrick(ri) says:

    Sympathy with Milo’s deja vu unease. However, we should pinch ourselves — four Bucs at the All Star game and a couple more who were deserving. There IS a difference this season.

  294. Reading says:

    Dripping with power.

  295. theplanisworking says:

    Ok, Hippos cant afford $10,100.

    And I would have so loved to………..

  296. Reading says:

    Front of the mound.

  297. florida steeler says:

    Snider had his hit for the month last night. How do they keep this guy on the roster?? He has been awful ever since he was drafted.

  298. theplanisworking says:

    Harrison to PH…………………….. and an out……..

  299. DJ says:

    Well, Mr. Meats whiffs. No surprise there.

    Snider may be the only ballplayer I have seen gain 15 pounds during the season.

  300. Reading says:


  301. Milo Hamilton says:

    That was a pretty safe bet.

  302. Parrothead01 says:

    Travis Snider is next Brandon Moss. Can’t do squat for the Pirates and will go to another te and hit cover off ball. Seems like a stupid comment, but Moss looked as bad or worse when he was a Pirate.

  303. Milo Hamilton says:

    Keep telling yourself that. Maybe there is.

  304. Bob Hasis says:

    I think several of our bloggers are bidding vehemently for this one

  305. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Bringing in the closer while losing to keep him sharp smells a lot like the Pirates of yore

  306. DJ says:

    Clint might want to convene the Pirate Council after the game, except he gets to ask the questions.

    Grilli’s next save opportunity might be in the All Star Game.

  307. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pirates poised to fall to 13th in the NL in batting average ahead of only the Mets & Marlins. A good pinch hitter should fix that.

  308. Chuck H says:

    The bench was bad now, so who do they bring up from Indy? Harrison, and now the bench is better? No way. They have better hitters at Indy, so why don’t they give them a shot? Whomever they get will be an improvement. My God, There has never been a more inept team in my memory of the Bucs. 9 hits yesterday, but only 1 run-now 2 hits off a no-name pitcher and relief pitchers. The owners of this team suck. I could run it better. DON’T GO BUCS!!!

  309. Reading says:

    Ball over fence. Anybody? Anybody? McCutchen? Pedro? Anybody?

  310. Bob Hasis says:

    Balfour has more nervous peculiarities than Marte

  311. DJ says:

    Would like to see a Ballfair.

  312. DJ says:

    . . . here we go.

  313. theplanisworking says:

    A hit !!!!!!!!!


  314. Milo Hamilton says:

    He is so overdue.

  315. Patrick(ri) says:

    Payoff for not doube switching him out of the game

  316. tdb1977 says:

    A rare commodity tonight.

  317. tdb1977 says:

    McCutchen looks lost this year at the plate.

  318. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I thought Cutch might get a hit, but then I remembered that someone was on base

  319. Milo Hamilton says:

    Now three guys are going to try to hit it 600 feet. Quality at bats to come, I’m sure.

  320. theplanisworking says:


  321. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Pedro was out when the ump called the first pitch a strike (bad call)

  322. theplanisworking says:


  323. Patrick(ri) says:

    Got to try a steal.

  324. Reading says:

    Really bad.

  325. pattonbb says:

    He’s hitting .300.

    Wish they all could be that lost.

  326. Milo Hamilton says:

    This looks vaguely familiar to me.

  327. DJ says:

    Pulling off the ball. Repeatedly.

  328. theplanisworking says:

    Lower The Jolly Hippo, again.

    3 hits. 3.

    This team needs help.
    This team needs help.
    This team needs help.

    Now. Call up Lambo, DeJesus, anyone. See what they got, and if they dont help, get busy acquiring help.

    Great pitching being completely wasted.

  329. DJ says:

    Balfour not going to throw him a fastball. Pitcher knows it. Pedro knows it. But still cannot hit the slider.

  330. 2014 or bust says:

    Just can’t hit. Period. Same issue for last several years. Pitching will get us to .500 this year– I hope! Maybe next year we can grab a hitter or 2 and get to playoffs. Hope we don’t completely self destruct again.

  331. pattonbb says:

    Filthy slider.

  332. DJ says:

    Agreed. But they all look that way when you’re swinging over them even when you know they are coming.

  333. pattonbb says:

    Look on the bright side….if Bochy wants Harvey to start the All Star game, then we won’t face him this weekend. Should be able to win a couple against the Mets. At least one.

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