Pirates Vs. Reds: Charlie Morton Leads Bucs To Victory

The Pirates made a minor roster move in advance of their game Friday night in Cincinnati.

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Pirates Vs. Reds: Charlie Morton Pitches Nine Strong Innings In 6-1 Win

Charlie Morton pitched a complete-game five-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, with the Reds’ only run coming on a solo homer by Jay Bruce in the ninth inning. The start was the latest development in what just might be a career turnaround for Morton, who has been much more effective in 2011 than he was in a disastrous 2010. In contrast with his two previous starts of the season (which also were generally effective), Morton also kept batters from walking Friday, allowing just two free passes.

The Pirates’ offense, which had been absent in the Bucs’ abbreviated previous series against the Brewers, also turned out on Friday – the Pirates got homers from Neil Walker and Garrett Jones, and Jose Tabata had four hits, while Chris Snyder had three. Andrew McCutchen continued to struggle, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, but overall, this might have been the Pirates’ strongest win of the season.

(Many commentators have noted that, in contrast to last season, when the Pirates played fairly well at home but couldn't do anything on the road, this year they've done the opposite. On Friday they left behind a miserable home series against the Brewers and then played well in their first game back on the road, so expect to hear a lot more from that narrative, at least until tomorrow.)

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Pirates Vs. Reds: Bucs Add Joe Beimel, Drop Garrett Olson

The Pirates kick off a series with the Cincinnati Reds Friday night at 7:15, and they'll have a slightly different roster when they do. The Pirates have added lefty reliever Joe Beimel to the 25-man roster, as Beimel is now through rehabbing his arm injury, and have designated fellow lefty reliever Garrett Olson to make room for him, which means that Olson is unlikely to pitch for them again unless no other team wants him. Olson pitched respectively in a couple of outings for the Pirates this year, but he himself was just acquired on waivers a few weeks back and wasn't a particularly valuable commodity, and the Pirates had no pressing need for a second lefty in the bullpen.

Charlie Morton starts tonight for the Pirates, and he'll attempt to build on a decent start to his 2011 season, hopefully without some of the problems with walks that were the only real problems with his first two starts. The opposing pitcher will be Bronson Arroyo, who has pitched very well so far this year, with 11 strikeouts and no walks in 13 innings. With the way the Pirates' offense has been going recently, there's no reason not to expect him to continue that trend Friday night.

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