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July 5, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - The Phillies' pitchers have become quite adept at performing nightly dances with disaster. Yes, they sure do know how to get down. We saw the tired act again Wednesday night at PNC Park, and it left this rudderless team with a 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates despite a ninth-inning home run by Domonic Brown, his 22d of the season. "It's going to be hard for us to be consistent," manager Charlie Manuel said when asked about his team's pitching problems. "I hope we are, but who we got is what we've got to use. " The Phillies' league-worst earned run average went up to 4.19, a mind-boggling fall for the team that had the best ERA in baseball just two seasons ago. The pitching staff managed to survive a series of turbulent situations to take the first game of this series Tuesday night, but got burned in the fifth and sixth innings Wednesday by the team with the best record in baseball.
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July 4, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - It has been a long time since the Phillies had Pirates envy. Pittsburgh's last winning baseball season - 1992 - turned 21 this year, and when a team strings together that many clunkers, it can drive fans to drink. Halfway through the season, however, the PNC Park patrons are overcome with joy about a Pirates team that entered this three-game series against the Phillies with a nine-game winning streak and the best record in baseball. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has been impressed with the Bucs, particularly their bullpen.
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July 3, 2013
At PNC Park, Pittsburgh Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.17 ERA) vs. Pittsburgh LHP Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06)   Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. LHP John Lannan (1-2, 4.83) vs. Pittsburgh RHP Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 2.76)   Thursday at 1:35 p.m. LHP Cole Hamels (2-11, 4.58) vs. Pittsburgh RHP Gerrit Cole (4-0, 3.70)
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July 3, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - When you listen to Justin De Fratus talk, it is difficult to imagine that his future lies somewhere other than the back of the bullpen. More than anything, it is the stare, the manner in which his eyes lock on their target like the grip on a four-seamer. But it is also the sincerity with which the righthander approaches his craft. Take last night's 3-1 victory over the Pirates. As De Fratus trotted to the mound with two out in the eighth inning, the bases were loaded with Pirates: tying run at second, go-ahead run at first.
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July 3, 2013 | From Inquirer Wire Services
PITTSBURGH - As the owner of the locker just to the right of the main entrance to the common area of the Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse, outfielder Garrett Jones has a panoramic view of his teammates as he sits at his stall. Since he first established himself as a major-league regular with Pittsburgh three years ago, the players he has seen when he surveys the clubhouse has changed dramatically. So have the results. The 2013 Pirates are the toast of baseball, owners of the majors' best record at the precise midpoint of their season (51-30)
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June 24, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
PITTSBURGH CLOSER Jason Grilli and Los Angeles Angels counterpart Ernesto Frieri each gave up three runs yesterday. The final outcome came down to one pitch that Mike Trout missed. Pedro Alvarez homered for the fourth straight game, Starling Marte capped a three-run ninth inning with a tying single, and the visiting Pirates added four more in the 10th to beat the Angels, 10-9, and complete their first interleague sweep on the road. Trailing 6-3 entering the ninth, the Pirates pulled even against Frieri - his second blown save in 19 chances.
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June 13, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
STARLING MARTE'S precocious talent can sometimes get him in trouble at the plate. The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder can be in such a hurry to get on base, his bat tends to get ahead of itself. A well-timed piece of advice helped him break out of a slump last night against the visiting San Francisco Giants. Told by several teammates to wait a beat longer before swinging, Marte slapped a career-high four hits and scored four times as the Pirates pulled away for a 12-8 victory. "I think you know it goes back to pitch selection, seeing the ball, trying to maintain discipline throughout the at-bat," manager Clint Hurdle said.
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June 11, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Speed is Gerrit Cole's stock in trade. The top pick in the 2011 draft has a 99-m.ph. fastball and zipped through Pittsburgh's farm system, needing just 26 starts to move from single A to triple A last summer. The Pirates sent him back for more seasoning after spring training, but you kind of knew he wouldn't stay down. The next start for the burly righthander, 22, will be his major-league debut on Tuesday night, when the Pirates host the San Francisco Giants. As fate would have it, the defending World Series champions will have two-time Cy Young Award winner (and former phenom)
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May 31, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
RUSSELL MARTIN hit a bases-loaded single off the left-center wall in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0 victory over the visiting Detroit Tigers last night. Neil Walker opened the inning with a sharp single to right off Luke Putkonen (1-1) and Andrew McCutchen walked. Gaby Sanchez loaded the bases by bouncing a single through the left side of the infield. Martin then ripped a 2-1 pitch into the gap to give the Pirates their 16th win in 20 games.
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May 26, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
ESPN used to have a show that listed five reasons you couldn't blame someone for something even though it appeared as if that someone really deserved the blame. One episode focused on why you couldn't blame Mitch Williams for the Phillies' 1993 World Series loss. The exercise here will be similar. This will focus on why you can't blame Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. for letting Jason Grilli opt out of his contract in the middle of the 2011 season. That move looks terrible now because Grilli leads the National League with 19 saves and has a 1.25 ERA for the Pittsburgh Pirates entering play Saturday.
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