Pirates take 2 of 3 from the Tigers


Pirates move four games behind Brewers for first place Ross Ohlendorf picked up his first win in his last five starts as the Pirates took two of three from the Detroit Tigers to move four games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the National League Central. Ohlendorf had his strongest outing of the season, limiting the Tigers to one run and two hits over 6 innings to end a two game losing streak. Delwyn Young, replacing the slumping Brandon Moss, had three hits and Andrew McCutchen was 2 for 3 as Tigers pitcher Dontrelle Willis gave up a career-high eight walks and six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings and took the loss. Young pushed his batting average to .358 and has earned himself more playing time as the Pirates begin a three game road trip in Minnesota on Tuesday. The Andrew McCutchen era is off to aRead More »

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 funk in a 5-2 setback at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon. Throw out a rare 10-run outburst in the series opener two nights earlier, and the Pirates scored 13 runs in their last seven games. “We’ve been there the last few years,” said firstbaseman Adam LaRoche, who had one of the eight singles that his team totaled for the day. “It’s just one of those stretches where nothing goes right.” Outfielder Reed Johnson broke a 2-2 deadlock with a solo home run against reliever Jesse Chavez in the eighth inning. The Cubs added a pairRead More »

Pirates acquire Delwyn Young from the Dodgers


TIOPS contributor and baseball insider John Perrotto of piratesreport.com has learned, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired acquired outfielder Delwyn Young in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named. The switch-hitting Young, 26, batted .246 in 83 games for the Dodgers last season and will likely replace infielder Luis Cruiz on the roster, according to Perrotto. Young can also play