October 8, 2013 |
The home team had the chance to clinch the National League division series. The father threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The son waited to see if he would play. Too bad for the Van Slyke family that father and son were 2,500 miles apart Monday. Andy Van Slyke, the center fielder for the last Pirates team to advance to the NL Championship Series, threw out the first pitch in Pittsburgh. Scott Van Slyke, a reserve outfielder for the Dodgers, sat on the bench at Dodger Stadium.
October 6, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - A.J. Burnett calls Pittsburgh Pirates teammate Andrew McCutchen the most humble superstar with whom he has played. "Just as loose as can be all the time," Burnett said. "He wears his pride on his sleeve when he plays. " When McCutchen gets to the plate, though, he fills another role for the Pirates. "He's the catalyst," Burnett said. "And he's been the catalyst. " Never more so than Sunday, when McCutchen had two hits and two walks, started three rallies and scored twice to lead the Pirates to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of a National League division series, moving Pittsburgh to within a victory of its first League Championship series in 21 years.
October 2, 2013 |
SCHEDULE Game 1: Thursday, 2 p.m. Pittsburgh (A.J. Burnett, 10-11, 3.30) at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 19-9, 2.94) Game 2: Friday, 10 a.m. Pittsburgh (Gerrit Cole, 10-7, 3.22) at St. Louis (Lance Lynn, 15-10, 3.97) Game 3: Sunday, TBA St. Louis (Joe Kelly, 10-5, 2.69) at Pittsburgh (Francisco Liriano, 16-8, 3.02¿ Game 4: Monday, TBA* St. Louis (TBA) at Pittsburgh (TBA) Game 5: Wednesday, TBA* Pittsburgh (TBA) at St. Louis (TBA)
September 27, 2013 |
The final weekend of the regular season is upon us. The Dodgers are in the playoffs. The Angels are not. That does not mean baseball fans should hit the snooze button until the Dodgers open postseason play. Here are nine questions to keep in mind between now and Clayton Kershaw's first pitch in Game 1 of the National League division series: 1. If the Dodgers are already in and the Angels are out, which is the team to root for this weekend? The Pittsburgh Pirates. The team last appeared in the postseason in 1992, with an un-enhanced Barry Bonds in left field.
September 25, 2013 |
Dorothy had to follow the yellow brick road to find her heart's desire. Barry Clifford is following his own metaphorical yellow brick road, an underwater trail littered with gold and artifacts to find his heart's yearning -- the treasure from a pirate vessel sunk in 1717 off of the coast of Massachusetts. In 1984, Clifford discovered the site of the wreck of the Whydah and has since retrieved more than 200,000 artifacts, some of which are displayed in the Whydah Sea-Lab and Learning Center at the Whydah Museum in Provincetown, Mass.
September 19, 2013 |
Walt Disney Co. and producer Jerry Bruckheimer will not renew their first-look deal when it expires in 2014, ending a relationship that resulted in 27 movies and lasted more than 20 years. Bruckheimer, whose summer tentpole "The Lone Ranger" was a costly disappointment, "is looking to produce more mature films outside the scope of the Disney brand," Burbank-based Disney said in a statement late Thursday. Before "Lone Ranger," Bruckheimer teamed with Disney on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "National Treasure" film franchises.
September 10, 2013 |
Those waiting for the further adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow will have to wait a little longer. In what will probably be seen as another blow to the once seemingly invincible producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the release date of the fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise has been changed from July 10, 2015, to the ominous sounding “unset.” The change was noted in a brief message sent out Tuesday afternoon as a “Walt...
August 28, 2013 |
Left-hander Jeff Locke was optioned by the Pittsburgh Pirates to double-A Altoona (Pa.) on Wednesday. Locke (9-5) has one victory in eight starts and a 6.18 earned-run average since the All-Star break. Opponents are batting .340 against him during the span. The Pirates also optioned rookie catcher Tony Sanchez to Altoona. The moves were made to make room on the 25-man roster for outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck, acquired Tuesday in a trade with the New York Mets. Pirates' Jason Grilli is close to returning Pirates All-Star closer Jason Grilli pitched a simulated game and is nearing a return from a strained right forearm.
August 24, 2013 |
It is not even Labor Day, but the champagne is on ice in Pittsburgh. Not in the Pirates' clubhouse, mind you. But a wave of merriment is about to wash over town, where a beaten-down fan base can rise up to toast the end of one of baseball's most painful streaks. The Pirates could clinch their first winning season since 1992 this week. It gets better. The Pirates could not win 82 games over six months for the last 21 years. They could win 82 games over five months this year.
August 23, 2013 |
Dorsey and San Pedro, two longtime City Section powers, played in a scrimmage on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Both schools were hitting hard on defense while trying to get their offenses in gear. San Pedro will probably start its first sophomore at quarterback in Coach Mike Walsh's 23 seasons. Jacob Miller played with poise and confidence. The Pirates will be relying on Pete Palacios at running back and linebacker. Dorsey quarterback Noah Whitney didn't have his standout receiver, David Williams (sidelined with an injury)