The Times West Virginian


  • McCutchen stays hot; Pirates top Cubs, 4-0

    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has coined a phrase for where star center fielder Andrew McCutchen is at the moment.
    “(He’s) McHot,” Hurdle said.
    For once, it might be an understatement.
    The reigning National League MVP had two doubles and two RBIs to lift the Pirates to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night. McCutchen is batting .428 (18 of 42) this month, with 15 of his hits going for extra bases.

    June 13, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Pirates’ Polanco is a picture-perfect prospect

    On Tuesday evening there moved on Twitter a captivating photograph from deep within the bowels of PNC Park — yes, even beautiful structures such as Pittsburgh’s gem of a stadium have inner passages that can be called nothing less than bowels — the kind of photograph that belongs in the Hall of Fame of Baseball Photographs, if there was one.

    June 12, 2014

  • Polanco makes highly anticipated debut; Pirates fall to Cubs

    Anthony Rizzo homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 Tuesday night, spoiling Gregory Polanco’s much-anticipated debut.
    Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Francisco Liriano, who left in the fourth with discomfort on his right side.

    June 11, 2014

  • COLUMN: Pittsburgh makes right move with prospect

    It’s about time the Pittsburgh Pirates called up highly touted rookie Gregory Polanco.
    The Pirates left 10 baserunners stranded Sunday in dropping a 1-0 heartbreaker to the Milwaukee Brewers after making five errors the previous day in a 9-3 setback to the same ballclub. The Pirates desperately need another big bat in the lineup and Polanco would seem to be that “bat.”

    June 10, 2014

  • Pirates call up prized OF Polanco

    Gregory Polanco is headed to the majors.
    The Pittsburgh Pirates called up their coveted outfield prospect late Monday night after placing second baseman Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list.

    June 10, 2014

  • McCutchen homers; Pirates top Cubs, 6-2

    Andrew McCutchen made a “minor” adjustment in the batter’s box a couple weeks ago hoping to give him a fraction of a second longer to see what’s coming.
    Consider the experiment a success.

    June 10, 2014

  • Gallardo outduels Locke in Brewers 1-0 victory

    Yovani Gallardo was pitching so well he just needed one run to get a win. His catcher got him all the support he needed, with some help from an eager fan.
    Gallardo pitched seven crisp innings, Jonathan Lucroy doubled and scored on Aramis Ramirez’s groundout, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Sunday.

    June 9, 2014

  • Pirates wallop Brewers, 15-5

    Russell Martin had three hits, including a three-run double during an eight-run sixth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled to a 15-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night, handing nemesis Kyle Lohse his first loss since April 1.

    June 7, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Pirates can learn from Jeter’s story

    Much has been made over the past month about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ reluctance to promote their wunderkind outfielder Gregory Polanco from the Indianapolis Indians of the International League, where he seemingly is leading the league in everything except for broken bats.

    June 5, 2014

  • Padres get just 1 hit, still beat Bucs, 3-2

    The San Diego Padres had only one hit — a bunt single by Everth Cabrera in the first inning — and still beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 thanks to Francisco Liriano’s wildness.
    The Padres played ultimate small-ball, scoring on a sacrifice fly, an error and a bases-loaded walk to avoid a three-game sweep.

    June 4, 2014

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