Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates are enjoying quality seasons midway through this year. With each team presenting a legitimate threat to make the playoffs in their respective leagues, the question is, which is most likely to achieve that goal?
Raul Ibanez homered for the fourth time in four games, but Seattle missed a couple of late chances and lost to Pittsburgh 4-2 Wednesday. The Pirates won their season-high sixth in a row.
Starling Marte hit two of Pittsburgh’s five home runs and Jeff Locke pitched seven sharp innings to lead the Pirates past Joe Saunders and the Seattle Mariners 9-4 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Felix Hernandez scattered six hits and Jesus Montero broke a tie with a solo home run in the seventh inning off A.J. Burnett to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Wednesday.
Finally settled in Seattle, Aaron Harang appears ready to return to form. Two days shy of his 35th birthday, he allowed two runs in six strong innings of a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, proof his nomadic April is firmly behind him.
Former Pittsburgh Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy says, “Is anybody dumb enough to believe that the whole reason they want their shot is to get into the shower with a bunch of other guys?”
The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday the organization has purchased the controlling stake in ROOT Sports to form a new regional sports network partnership.
With a little time, Starling Marte and the Pirates could make waves throughout baseball.