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Pirates trade Brian Friday to Braves for Christian Marrero

 

This is a pretty obvious depth move. The Pirates have quite a few Triple-A middle infield types and Brian Friday was the odd man out. The Pirates’ 2007 3rd round pick was hitting just .232/.324/.304 in 194 at-bats in what is his third year in Indianapolis.

The player to be named later in the deal is OF Christian Marrero. Marrero, 26, will report to Indianapolis after hitting .248/.352/.392 in 222 at-bats between Double-A and Triple-A this year in Atlanta’s organization. He’s not exactly a “prospect” anymore and is clearly just an organizational type.

 
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Game 100 Live Chat: Pirates vs Astros

Published on July 28, 2012 by in Live Blogs

 
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Video: Andrew McCutchen Featured on MLB Network

Published on July 28, 2012 by in Features

Here’s a pretty cool feature on Andrew McCutchen that was done by Alanna Rizzo and MLB Network. The more and more I hear things about the guy, the more I love him.

Enjoy.

 
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Michael McKenry Leads Comeback Win over Astros

Final: Pirates 6, Astros 5

WP: Tony Watson (5-1, 4.45 ERA)
LP: Rhiner Cruz (1-1, 7.41 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (31, 2.18 ERA)

That was a wild and crazy game.

The Astros started things off with three straight hits to lead off the second inning that ultimately led to them jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Chris Johnson then hit a solo home run in the third. Johnson finished with a stellar day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a single shy of the cycle.

Alex Presley homered in the fourth inning to wreck Jordan Lyles‘ perfect game. But Houston answered right back with a Ben Francisco home run to extend their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth.

In the fifth inning, Pedro Alvarez led off with a single. Then, Michael McKenry deposited a line drive into the left field seats for a two-run homer to cut the Astros lead to 4-3. McKenry also led off the seventh with a double and later scored on a Josh Harrison sacrifice fly to tie the game up at four.

The Astros, though, didn’t let up, scoring a run off Jared Hughes in the seventh, thanks to a lead off triple by Johnson.

But McKenry wasn’t done. With one out in the ninth, he singled to left field before giving way to pinch-runner, Jordy Mercer. Drew Sutton and Casey McGehee then drew back-to-back pinch-hit walks to load up the bases. Starling Marte then hit a 1-0 pitch to deep center field to score Mercer to tie up the game. Drew Sutton then scored from third base thanks to a wild pitch by Xavier Cedeno to give the Pirates the lead. It was a pretty crazy inning.

Joel Hanrahan was able to finish things off with his 31st save, but did allow a single and a stolen base to make things interesting.

Michael McKenry is now hitting .267/.341/.567 with nine home runs in 120 at-bats. He is having an absolutely unreal season.

Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 4 with two doubles. They were his first extra base hits in nine games as he had been on a “mini slump.” That’s if you count a .348 average over his last seven games a slump…

The Reds keep winning, so the Pirates remain two games back in the NL Central as they move to a 57-42 on the season. They are still 3 1/2 games up for one of the wildcard standings.

 
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Game 99 Live Chat: Pirates vs Astros

Published on July 27, 2012 by in Live Blogs

 
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Friday Trade Rumors: Headley, Hanrahan

Published on July 27, 2012 by in Features, Rumors

- Jayson Stark writes that the Pirates are among four teams that are aggressively pursuing Padres 3B Chase Headley, but does add that they are less motivated to make a deal at the current moment than they were before. Headley might be the best available hitter in this year’s deadline. His .267/.359/.428 line may not seem all that great, but his .277/.374/.497 road splits are. Keep in mind Headley plays in the worst hitter’s park in baseball.

- Ken Rosenthal tweeted out that the Pirates are “not currently optimistic about their search for a hitter.” He added that there are very few impact bats available, and the ones that are come with a very high price tag. However, the market can be pretty volatile leading up to the deadline.

- Pirates.com beat writer Tom Singer said today that closer Joel Hanrahan could be a part of a “blockbuster” deal with teams willing to give up “two Major League bats for him.” Charlie from Bucs Dugout wrote a good piece about Hanrahan’s season, which if you look at his performances has actually been pretty disappointing. If a team is willing to deal “two bats” for Hanrahan and those bats are actually good bats, then I don’t see how you would not make that trade. Now, I don’t think any sane GM would trade two quality ML hitters for a closer, but who knows? Ned Colletti still runs a team last time I checked, so anything is possible.

 
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