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April 30th Daily Links: Around the NL Central

aBucs ready to play non-NL Central opponent

Pirates & Orioles rained out for 2nd straight day, will play single-admission DH on Thursday

Brewers are for real, not an April fluke, thanks to pitching

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman expected back in 7-to-10 days

Ernie Banks seeking to reunite Sammy Sosa, Cubs,0,5678646.story


April 19 Daily Links: Around the NL Central


Mike Tyson Throws out First Pitch in Pittsburgh

Reds’ Aroldis Chapman cleared to throw batting practice

Renteria wants better focus from Cubs

Goodbye Zoltan

Are Cardinals Fans the Best in Baseball?

St. Louis Cardinals Avoid Pitfalls of Big Contracts

Why Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez Will Be in the Running for MVP in 2014

April 13th Daily Links: Around the NL Central

aBrewers hold off Pirates, Secure 8th Consecutive Win

Clubhouse Leadership has Different Dynamic for Rebuilding Cubs

Jameson Taillon Injury: Updates on Pirates Pitcher’s Elbow Surgery and Recovery

Pittsburgh Pirates Picking Up Right Where They Left Off

Goodwill & the St. Louis Cardinals Host Earth Day Electronics Drive

Pirates vs Cubs Series Highlights

Wrigley Field April 8-10th

Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

Game 1: 7-6 Pirates

W: Watson (2-0, 2.08)

L: Strop (0-1, 2.45)

SV: Grilli (2)

The Cubs erased the Bucs’ early lead with the help of Starlin Castro’s three-run jack. Castro homered again, and Emilio Bonifacio went 3-for-5, but the Pirates never let the Cubs get ahead. Russell Martin broke a 6-6 deadlock in the eighth to put the Bucs on top for good.


Game 2: 7-5 Cubs

W: Hammel (2-0, 2.63)

L: Rodrigues (0-2, 5.73)

All 5 of the Pirates runs came from solo shots– Alvarez 2, Martin 2, Snider 1. Wrigley is home-run friendly but when you hit 5 out of the park you expect to win the game. Cubs had other plans for the game with back to back home runs of their own.

Game 3: 5-4 Pirates

W: Cole (2-0, 3.46)

L: Russell (0-1, 6.75)

SV: Grilli (3)

Starting with Travis Snider‘s two-run pinch-hit homer and ending with Alvarez’s fifth home-run of the season, the Bucs overcame an uneven Gerrit Cole start and some shaky defense that put them at a four-run deficit after four.


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