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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Preview

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Pirates ended a string of 20 straight losing seasons by posting 92 wins, capturing one of the two National League wild card spots and advancing to the Divisional playoff round a season ago.That was some way to break out of a slump that lasted two decades.Now, the pressure is on the Pirates to continue their winning ways and not fall back into obscurity. If the two seasons prior to their first winning campaign since the Clinton Administration are any indication, Pittsburgh is definitely on the upswing. In 2011, Pittsburgh finished with 72 wins, which was 15 better than the previous year, and the team pushed the .500 mark in 2012, ending with 79 wins.With the organization trending in the right direction, now the pressure of a repeat is on.If manager Clint Hurdle's Pirates can pull off consecutive postseason appearances for the first time since 1992-'93, it will be due in large part to reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen.Last season, McCutchen's numbers w...

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  1. Pirates blanked by Indians 2-0

    James McDonald didn't complain or make excuses. He did his part to end Pittsburgh's slide.The Pirates, though, couldn't give him one run.Justin Masterson blanked Pit...

  2. Sanchez helps Pirates take out Braves

    Gaby Sanchez stroked a go-ahead two-run homer and James McDonald spun six innings of one-run ball as the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, at PNC Par...

  3. Pirates P McDonald scratched, placed on DL

    Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald will not make his scheduled start against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday and the team has placed him on the 15-day disable...

  4. D-backs reinstate Hill from DL

    The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated second baseman Aaron Hill from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.The 2012 NL Silver Slugger Award recipient suffered a fracture...

  5. Braves hand ball to streaking Maholm against Pirates

    Streaking lefty Paul Maholm gets a fourth look at his former team on Saturday night when the Atlanta Braves meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third game of a four-g...

  6. Pirates try to extend Braves' slump with series victory

    Erratic lefty Jonathan Sanchez will try to clinch a series win for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday when they host the suddenly slumping Atlanta Braves to close out ...

  7. Pirates get to Phillies bullpen in win

    Brandon Inge drove in the winning run in the eighth inning to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the third of four games from...

  8. Pirates eye rare series win in Philadelphia

    It's been 10 years since the Pittsburgh Pirates won a road series against the Philadelphia Phillies.The Pirates can end their lengthy drought in the City of Brotherl...

  9. Pirates earn rare series win in Philadelphia

    Garrett Jones' go-ahead two-run double was part of a three-run eighth inning that lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the fi...

  10. Struggling Sanchez takes the hill in St. Louis

    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said left-hander Jonathan Sanchez will make his next start despite his recent struggles.That start will take place Friday on ...

  11. McDonald goes for Pirates in Milwaukee

    Righty James McDonald can make it three starts since his last loss on Tuesday night when the Pittsburgh Pirates return to Miller Park for the second test of a three-...

  12. Pirates score four runs in the eighth to down Brewers

    Brandon Inge singled in the go-ahead run as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored four times in the eighth inning to rally for a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Mi...

  1. Oakland Athletics scratch LHP Scott Kazmir with left triceps stiffness

    The Oakland Athletics scratched left-hander Scott Kazmir from their spring game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday due to left triceps stiffness.Brandon Moss and Nic...

  2. Santiago pitches 4 shutout innings for Angels in 3-2 loss to Cubs

    Los Angeles Angels lefty Hector Santiago kept up his push for a starting spot, pitching four shutout innings Friday in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs in a split-squa...

  3. Cubs add arms in McDonald, Hammel

    Mesa, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with pitchers James McDonald and Jason Hammel on one-year contracts Thursday.McDonald joins the Cubs ...

  4. Clint Barmes hits 2-run homer, James McDonald steady as Pirates beat Braves 9-2

    Clint Barmes went 2 for 2 with a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 9-2 on Sunday.Non-roster invitee Brad Hawpe added a two-run single ...

  5. Mike Trout has grand slam, 5 RBIs as Angels beat Cubs 15-3

    Mike Trout wasted little time in showing off his million-dollar swing.The young star hit a grand slam onto the berm by the left-field foul pole and drove in five run...

  6. McDonald shines, but Pirates fall to Astros 1-0

    James McDonald is growing up in front of manager Clint Hurdle's eyes. Too bad Pittsburgh's offense isn't doing the same.The right-hander sparkled yet again — allowin...

  7. Pirates lose 7th straight, fall to Cubs 7-4

    James McDonald was unable to give the Pittsburgh Pirates the lift they needed.McDonald's wildness resulted in an early exit and the Pirates dropped their seventh str...

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