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MLB: Pirates Acquire 1B Justin Morneau From Twins
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MLB: Pirates Acquire 1B Justin Morneau From Twins

Sep 1 2013, 8:42pm CDT | by

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.  Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes Morneau, who will sport No. 36 for the Pirates...

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MLB: Pirates Acquire 1B Justin Morneau From Twins

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The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. 

Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes Morneau, who will sport No. 36 for the Pirates, "arrived mid-game and was greeted by handshakes, smiles and a bear-hug by catcher Russell Martin just after 9 p.m." 

The Pirates sent outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later to Minnesota to complete the deal. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the team will pay the remainder of Morneau's salary which is believed to be an estimated $2.3 million. 

"We felt that this move gives us a better chance to play in October, give us a better chance to win a division, and gives us a better chance to advance deep into October, if not win it all

"We felt we're at a little bit of an interesting point in the franchise's history. These are not moves we want to make habits of. But we felt like this move allows us to get to October better."

On his part, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle doesn't deny the fact they're a better and stroner team with Morneau on board, per ESPN. 

"We've got more depth, we've got more options than we had four days ago. We're a better team. We're a stronger team." 

USA Today Sports' Bob Nightengale reports Morneau has been hampered by the effects of a concussion injury the past few seasons with the Twins, who were not eager to re-sign him as they believe his $14 million salary is too steep. 

Nonetheless, his signing should shore up the Pirates' postseason aspirations following them acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets last Tuesday. 

Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP, had a .259 average to go along with 32 doubles, 17 home runs and 74 RBIs for the Twins in the 2013 MLB season. 

 
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Bumgarner pitches one-hit gem against Rockies

Aug 27 2014 12:08am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak. The two-time All-Star retired the first 21 batters before Justin Morneau doubled down the right field line to end the bid for perfection. That was the only baserunner that Bumgarner (15-9) gave up. He fanned the next three hitters and matched his career high ...
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Bumgarner pitches one-hit gem against Rockies

Aug 27 2014 12:08am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak. The two-time All-Star retired the first 21 batters before Justin Morneau doubled down the right field line to end the bid for perfection. That was the only baserunner that Bumgarner (15-9) gave up. He fanned the next three hitters and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts. San Francisco’s husky left-hander was atte ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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Bumgarner pitches one-hit gem against Rockies

Aug 27 2014 12:08am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it — the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander. Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts, and the Giants beat the Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night t ...
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Bumgarner pitches one-hit gem against Rockies

Aug 27 2014 12:08am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it — the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander. Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts, and the Giants beat the Rockies 3 ...
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Bumgarner pitches one-hit gem against Rockies

Aug 27 2014 12:08am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it — the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander. Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts, and the Giants beat the Rockies 3-0 on Tues ...
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Bumgarner pitches one-hit gem against Rockies

Aug 27 2014 12:08am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it — the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander. Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts, and the Giants beat the Rockies 3 ...
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6 days ago

Bumgarner pitches one-hit gem against Rockies

Aug 27 2014 12:08am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it — the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander. Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts, and the Giants beat the Rockies 3-0 on Tuesd ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 days ago

Bumgarner pitches one-hit gem against Rockies

Aug 27 2014 12:08am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it — the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander. Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts, and the Giants beat the Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three- ...
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