Analysis of the Aki Iwamura acquisition

By John Perrotto Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington summed up the trade pretty well when he was asked why he dealt reliever Jesse Chavez to the Tampa Bay Rays for second baseman Aki Iwamura on Tuesday. “It’s a lot easier to replace 60 innings of relief than 600

Lack of run support has negated improvements in other areas

By Paul Ladewski CHICAGO – Leave it to home plate umpire Mark Carlson to do what the Pirates haven’t done often enough this season. Actually knock an opponent pitcher out of the box. But not even the ejection of Chicago Cubs hot head Carlos Zambrano was enough to shake the Pirates out of their latest

Pirates complete sweep of Marlins, win 7-4

Pirates improve to 9-6 on the season Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Adam Laroche who has been among the major leagues worst hitters in the month of the April the past three seasons, is off to his best start in a Pirates uniform. Laroche went 4-for-5 while bother Andy Laroche drove in a pair of runs

Hampton stifles Pirates in 4-1 win

By John Perrotto Ross Ohlendorf and Mike Hampton both faced 23 batters Wednesday night at PNC Park in the Pirates’ 4-1 loss to the Houston Astros. Ohlendorf, the Pirates’ right-hander, threw the first pitch for strikes to 14 of those batters. Hampton, the Astros’ left-hander, threw 17 first-pitch strikes. That might not seem like a

4/9 lineup: LaRoche brothers scratched

3B Andy LaRoche and 1B Adam LaRoche will be scratched today for the Pirates. Adam LaRoche will be replaced by Eric Hinske and Roman Vasquez will remain in the starting lineup at thirdbase. Pirates Lineup Nyjer Morgan LF Freddy Sanchez 2B Nate McLouth CF Ryan Doumit C Eric Hinske 1B Brandon Moss RF Ramon Vazquez

Pirates rally in the 9th inning; beat Cards 6-4

Jack Wilson’s three run double with two outs in the ninth inning capped off a four run inning as the Pirates rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Monday evening. The Pirates got a strong pitching performance from starter Paul Maholm who pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs and striking out one. Tied