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2 hrs ago | Stuff.co.nz

Kiwi John Holdzkom compared to MLB royalty

John Holdzkom was compared to the great Mariano Rivera today after the New Zealand Diamondblacks pitcher helped the Pittsburgh Pirates continue their playoff push with a 4-0 win over the defending Major League Baseball champions, the Boston Red Sox. The 26-year-old reliever is fast becoming a fan favourite after pitching a perfect seventh inning at Pittsburgh's PNC Park, throwing 12 strikes in his 18 pitches.

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Related Topix: Sports, Baseball Players, Mariano Rivera, National League, Major League Baseball, Pittsburgh Pirates, Russell Martin

6 hrs ago | Cincinatti Reds

Reds' offense manages just one hit vs. Arrieta

He threw a complete game and shutout for the first time in his career, allowing the lone hit and one walk. Cueto was credited six earned runs with five hits and five walks -- two with the bases loaded -- over 5 2/3 innings.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Cincinnati Reds

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Where have you gone Andy Van Slyke?

Game 150: Pirates 4 Red Sox 0

It's hard to imagine this game going more perfectly for the Pirates. Charlie Morton looked about as solid as he's looked all year with the Pirates, throwing five shutout innings, striking out six Red Sox, walking two, and scattering four hits.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Josh Harrison, Baseball Players, Tony Watson, Charlie Morton, Daniel Nava, Bobby LaFromboise

Pittsburgh Pirates

Starting Morton pays off for Bucs vs. Red Sox

It's the proverbial substance of a baseball team on a roll. The players cannot make a wrong move.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Pittsburgh Pirates

Sports Media 101

Boston Red Sox Vs Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday Preview

Red Sox 101 provides 24/7 obsessive sports coverage of the Boston Red Sox as a part of Sports Media 101 . For news, op/ed, game reviews, team updates and even rumors you will find all of it on Red Sox 101.

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Related Topix: Sports, American League, Major League Baseball, American League East, National League, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Allen Craig, Baseball Players, Jonathan Lucroy

Rant Sports

St. Louis Cardinals' Mike Matheny Will Win 2014 NL Manager of the Year

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has picked up right where Hall of Famer Tony La Russa left off. In his third full season as bench boss for the red birds, they are poised to win their second consecutive NL Central title.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals, Baseball Players, Yadier Molina

Rum Bunter

The Pirates Interesting Rotation Gamble

The Pittsburgh Pirates are betting their offense is up to the task against Boston Red Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo tonight. The right hander has battled in his six starts allowing eight homers since joining the big league team and has an ERA of 6.14 in his past three starts.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Baseball Players, Jeff Locke, Anthony Ranaudo, Charlie Morton

Climbing Tal's Hill

Will the Houston Astros avoid 90 losses this season?

In 2011, the Houston Astros lost 100+ games for the first time in franchise history . That season, they finished in dead last and were 40 games out of first place in the NL Central.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Jose Altuve, Baseball Players, Houston Astros, Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Brett Oberholtzer

TwinCities

Milwaukee Brewers: Final 12 games against division foes

When their 2014 schedule was announced, the Milwaukee Brewers knew their final trip of the season to St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati could have a lot riding on it. But there was no way to know at the time just how much.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Milwaukee Brewers, Baseball Players, Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller, Carlos Gomez

Red Reporter

Red Reposter - Down the Stretch Edition

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer posted the latest edition of his BAR this morning , with this one's focus on the sad numerical state of the 2014 Cincinnati Reds . Their magic number for being eliminated officially from the NL Central race sits at just 1, and he also notes that only a miraculous 11-1 finish to the season could see the Reds finish above .500.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Cincinnati Reds, Baseball Players, Bryan Price, Jacob deGrom

Coast Reporter

Wacha to start Thursday for Cardinals; Motte, 4 others added to roster

Michael Wacha's lone rehab start lasted just two innings, but it was enough for the St. Louis Cardinals to plug him back into the rotation in a high-pressure game. "His resume speaks for itself," general manager John Mozeliak said.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Tony Cruz, Michael Wacha, Tyler Lyons, Jason Motte

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Red Reporter

Reds lose on Rizzo's walk-off. CHC 1, CIN 0.

Yorman Rodriguez picked up the first hit of his Major League career in a pinch-hit appearance in yesterday's game, and since the residents of this bloghole were too previously disposed to write a recap, we missed getting to dote on him. Fortunately, Yorman opted to swat another hit tonight, and since nobody else on the offense managed to do much of anything, he gets an Honorary Memorial Honorary Star of the Game named after Nuxy the great.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Baseball Players, Kris Negron, Yorman Rodriguez, Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs

Bryant, Tseng earn Cubs' top Minors honors

Cubs fans will see Kris Bryant at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, but he won't be in the lineup. Not yet.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Chicago Cubs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ron Cook: Through it all, Josh Harrison never forgets to have fun

The big hits keep coming, one after another. Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison had two more Sunday, taking another step toward the franchise's 25th National League batting championship.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Josh Harrison, Baseball Players, Matt Szczur, Neil Walker, Andrew Lambo

The Miami Herald

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Mike Leake, Baseball Players, Travis Wood, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Jorge Soler

Viva El Birdos

How are the St. Louis Cardinals defying the gravity of their run differential?

After weeks of chasing the Brewers in the National League Central, the St. Louis Cardinals caught up to Milwaukee on August 31 before taking sole possession of first place on September 1. Making the feat uncanny was the Cards' -7 run differential on the day they ascended to the top of the Central. By Pythagorean expected record, the Redbirds should have had a losing record, yet there they were, 73-63, alone in first.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals, Jaime Garcia, Adam Wainwright

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates surging despite Trade Deadline inactivity

In the last 10 days, the Pirates have gotten multiple looks at Felix Doubront and Tsuyoshi Wada -- two starters who joined the Cubs' rotation after the early July deals of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A's, who subsequently also acquired Boston ace Jon Lester . All those moving pieces seemed relevant to the situation of the Bucs, who were roundly questioned for having stayed pat at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Felix Doubront, Baseball Players, Tsuyoshi Wada, Jeff Samardzija, Jon Lester, Pittsburgh Pirates

Post-gazette.com

Bob Smizik: Can hitting carry the Pirates?

The conventional wisdom is that the Pirates, should they make the postseason, don't have the starting pitching to win out against teams like Washington and Los Angeles. It's true that pitching usually trumps hitting in the postseason.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Baseball Players, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Charlie Morton

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Milwaukee Brewers

Peralta, Brewers look to trim Central deficit in St. Louis

The Brewers are in the thick of the National League Wild Card race, but they're a series win against the Cardinals away from making the NL Central race even more interesting. Trailing the Pirates by 1 1/2 games for the second Wild Card and the Cards by five games in the Central, Milwaukee visits St. Louis for a three-game series beginning Tuesday night.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Jonathan Lucroy, Baseball Players, Wily Peralta, Lance Lynn, Johnny Cueto, Yadier Molina

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs can make last effort to pull out of NL Central cellar

Jun 25, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton makes a play on Chicago Cubs left fielder Ryan Sweeney during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports After a nice stretch where the Chicago Cubs played solid ball, going 12-8 towards the end of August and into September, the wheels came off somewhat in the ten days.

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Related Topix: Sports, National League, Major League Baseball, Chicago Cubs, Baseball Players, Travis Wood, Jorge Soler, Johnny Cueto

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