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Victor Martinez Has 'No Respect' For Pirates

Jul 2, 2015 7:03 AM

Victor Martinez said after Tuesday night's loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 14 innings that he had no respect for the team's players and coaches.

Martinez specifically named Gerrit Cole, who hit him with a fastball in the ribs an inning after Justin Verlander plunked Starling Marte.

"Yeah, everyone knows that," Martinez said when asked if he thought Cole's pitch was intentional. "I mean, I have no respect for no one on that team, including Cole and their coaching staff. If they think that Verlander hit Marte with a 1-2 count — he was battling that at-bat — if they really think we did it on purpose, they're playing the wrong sport."

The Pirates lead the National League with 44 hit-by-pitches.

"It's just about owning the inner half of the plate," Cole said, about the process of policing the game. "It's just about pitching aggressively."

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

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Justin Verlander Expected To Make Next Start

Jun 29, 2015 1:20 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says Justin Verlander will start Tuesday night against the Pirates.

The right-hander didn't pitch at all this season until June 13 because of an arm problem, and after making two starts, he was scratched from Wednesday's game against the Indians because of back stiffness.

ESPN.com

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Max Scherzer Throws No-Hitter Against Pirates

Jun 20, 2015 6:35 PM

Max Scherzer pitched a no-hitter Saturday, losing his perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning when he hit a batter in the Nationals' 6-0 win over the Pirates, according to an ESPN.com report.

ESPN.com

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Adjustment To Back Foot Has Turned Around McCutchen's Season

Jun 19, 2015 7:17 AM

Andrew McCutchen struggled early this season, but has turned things around drastically as of late.

As recently as last season, McCutchen's swing included a repeated motion involving his back foot. Right around the time of contact, his right foot would come up, drive forward and slam back down.

"McCutchen didn’t design his swing specifically concentrating on his back foot, but what this demonstrates is good and mostly complete weight transfer. Because of that weight transfer to the front leg, McCutchen’s foot leaves the ground," writes Jeff Sullivan.

Early this season, McCutchen was swinging without the same back foot motion. The foot wasn't really coming up, but lately he has started to replicate the motion we saw last season. 

The explanation may be the left knee pain McCutchen was dealing with. It may not have allowed him to fully transfer weight to his front leg, which kept his right foot on the ground.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

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Pirates Committed To 'Now And The Future' In Trade Market

Jun 15, 2015 6:12 AM

As has been the case in recent seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates will approach the trade deadline with an eye on both winning this fall and remaining in contention over the long-term.

"A couple years ago there was an argument that we had two legitimate holes that we had to fill and we didn't at the trade deadline. We heard it a lot," Neal Huntington said. "We wanted to see how it would progress and where it would go from there. We were able to add Byrd and Morneau. We gave up a lot to get Marlon Byrd, in hindsight. We knew it the day we did it. Those are the types of trades that unravel an organization if you do those too frequently or too many of them. They unravel a smaller, mid-market team very quickly.

"It will be interesting to see where the trade market plays out. We always walk that balance between now and the future. We want to do everything we can to put this club in a position to make the playoffs this year, win a World Series this year. At the same time, we want to be able to be in that position as many years in the future as we can."

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Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.

 

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks

Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft ended on Wednesday after the 1,215th pick was made.

Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

Here's the breakdown by position:

109 catchers

53 first baseman

51 second baseman

102 shortstops

53 third baseman

211 outfielders

one utility player

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft

Jun 9, 2015 10:29 AM

The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but overall position players were a hot commodity.

Twenty-one of the 36 first-round picks were position players, including seven of the first 10 selections.

There was a run on pitchers in the middle of the round. There were just three left-handed pitchers taken in the first round.

In 2014, 20 of the 34 first-round picks were pitchers and seven south paws were selected.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players

Jun 9, 2015 10:18 AM

The first round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft was nearly split between college and high school players.

Nineteen of the 36 selections, which included several compensation picks, were out of college. If you include Brady Aiken, who was pitching for IMG Academy before undergoing Tommy John surgery, there were 17 high school players selected in Monday night's first round.

College players dominated the top 10. Seven landed among first 10 players drafted.

 

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values

Jun 8, 2015 6:03 PM

Here are the slot values that Major League Baseball has assigned to each of the first round picks in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft:

Each team was informed of that values back in April.

1. Diamondbacks — $8,616,900
2. Astros (Brady Aiken) — $7,420,100
3. Rockies — $6,223,300
4. Rangers — $5,026,500
5. Astros — $4,188,700
6. Twins — $3,889,500
7. Red Sox — $3,590,400
8. White Sox — $3,470,600
9. Cubs — $3,351,000
10. Phillies — $3,231,300
11. Reds — $3,141,600
12. Marlins — $3,051,800
13. Rays — $2,962,100
14. Braves — $2,842,400
15. Brewers — $2,692,700
16. Yankees — $2,543,300
17. Indians — $2,393,600
18. Giants — $2,333,800
19. Pirates — $2,273,800
20. Athletics — $2,214,000
21. Royals — $2,184,200
22. Tigers — $2,154,200
23. Cardinals — $2,124,400
24. Dodgers — $2,094,400
25. Orioles — $2,064,500
26. Angels — $2,034,500
27. Rockies (Michael Cuddyer) — $2,004,600
28. Braves (Ervin Santana) — $1,974,700
29. Blue Jays (Melky Cabrera) — $1,944,800
30. Yankees (David Robertson) — $1,914,900
31. Giants (Pablo Sandoval) — $1,885,000
32. Pirates (Russell Martin) — $1,855,000
33. Royals (James Shields) — $1,825,200
34. Tigers (Max Scherzer) — $1,795,100
35. Dodgers (Hanley Ramirez) — $1,756,100
36. Orioles (Nelson Cruz) — $1,711,900

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First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Pirates Keeping Jeff Locke In Rotation
Jeff Locke has a 5.34 ERA after another rough outing, but the Pirates will remain patient with the 27-year-old left-hander.

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Pedro Alvarez's HR Lands In Allegheny River
Pedro Alvarez hit a home run out of PNC Park on Tuesday night.

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McCutchen: Knee 'Not A Factor At All' In Slow Start
Andrew McCutchen, who was the NL MVP in 2013, is hitting .229/.314/.373.

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Pirates Think Josh Harrison Is Pressing Following Extension
Josh Harrison, 27, is hitting .173/.209/.282 with two home runs and six RBI after a breakout 2014 season that saw him hit .315/.347/.490 in 550 plate appearances.

Paul Zeise/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates Acquire Jayson Aquino From Jays For Cash
The Pirates acquired pitcher Jayson Aquino from the Jays on Sunday and optioned him to Single-A Bradenton.

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McCutchen Has Had Similarly Poor Stretches Before
Andrew McCutchen, who is hitting .210/.302/.320 in his first 26 games, has had rough 26-game stretches in his Major League career.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
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Keith Law/ESPN

McCutchen Takes 'Full Responsibility' For Pirates' Play
Andrew McCutchen has acknowledged that his typical slow start is becoming something more alarming as the Pirates struggle.

Associated Press

Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
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Fan 'Alert' After Being Struck By Foul Ball At PNC Park
Monday night's game between the Cubs and Pirates at PNC Park was delayed 23 minutes when a fan was hit by a foul ball.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

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Pirates Sign Josh Harrison Through 2020
Josh Harrison's contract is worth $27.3 million and could reach up to $50.3 million if both options are exercised, according to multiple reports.

ESPN

Pirates, Polanco Will Revisit Extension After Season
The Pirates were discussing a contract extension with Gregory Polanco, but those talks have been tabled until after the 2015 season.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

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Pirates May Extend Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen's current contract keeps him under team control through 2018 for a very affordable $38 million.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates Studying Success Of NBA's Warriors
The Pirates have taken note of how the Warriors get more out of players by playing them less.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Alvarez Beats Pirates In Salary Arbitration
Pedro Alvarez will make $5.75 million in 2015.

Associated Press

Vance Worley Wins Arbitration Case Against Pirates
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