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Malky Mackay and Iain Moody have refrained from commenting publicly after a dossier containing serious allegations of misconduct against them was submitted to the Football Association by Cardiff City, the pairs former employers, prompting an investigation by the governing body.

However, the League Managers Association risked exacerbating an already fraught situation when it put out a statement defending Mackay, admitting the existence of questionable text messages but claiming that he was letting off steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter.

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Pirates 3, Braves 2
As Greg Brown said… “How good does that feel?” Pretty good, Greg. The Pirates won for the first time in a week and did so in comeback, walkoff fashion. It certainly wasn’t the prettiest win, as the Braves helped quite a bit with a crucial error to set up the winning run and a wild […]

As Greg Brown said… “How good does that feel?”

Pretty good, Greg. The Pirates won for the first time in a week and did so in comeback, walkoff fashion. It certainly wasn’t the prettiest win, as the Braves helped quite a bit with a crucial error to set up the winning run and a wild pitch to score the tying run, but I don’t think the Bucs really care about style points right now.

The return of Gerrit Cole was very stylish, however. He allowed a quick run and didn’t get any run support, but he did an outstanding job slowing down an offense that had absolutely gone to town the last two nights, and he looked good doing it. The velocity was there, the breaking ball was there, and the efficiency (97 pitches in 7 innings) and strikeouts (6) were there. Very encouraging to see. It’s far from a given that Cole will regain his late-2013 dominant form down the stretch, but if he’s healthy – which he looks to be – that’s a good possibility. This was a big step forward for him. His only issue was control – 4 walks (1 intentional) including a leadoff free pass that led to a run.

Of course, for most of the game it looked like the Pirates had finally gotten a good pitching outing, but couldn’t hit. Braves lefty Alex Wood shut things down after Josh Harrison led off the game with a double and was promptly picked off – just a horrible mistake. But, Gaby Sanchez got things started in the eighth with a walk, Travis Snider doubled him to third, and the Pirates actually managed to get both home (via a groundout and wild pitch). Snider – who all of a sudden has replaced Gregory Polanco in the lineup…with good reason – is on fire and continued that in this game with two hits, and that double–a rocket down the line on an 0-2 pitch–was the biggest play of the night.

Tony Watson and Mark Melancon worked quick 8th and 9th innings, and the Braves showed mercery by not using Craig Kimbrel in a tie game (I can’t stand when Hurdle doesn’t use his best arms in tie games on the road, but he’s not alone). Mercer’s bloop single and an error by the Upton brothers in left center set up Gaby Sanchez’s walkoff sac fly. Gotta feel good for Gaby coming through in a clutch spot (though I’m not sure why Ike Davis didn’t pinch hit) – he hasn’t had a lot of moments like this as a Pirate.


  • Brent Morel was sent to Indy as Cole was activated off the DL. Michael Martinez went to Indy when Cutch was activated on Tuesday. So that’s two thirds of the “terrible trio” gone, and Jayson Nix is next when Clint Barmes finishes his rehab. This looks like a real roster again.
  • Speaking of Barmes, it seems like he’s been on rehab forever. He homered on Wednesday for Indy.
  • Charlie Morton – who went on the DL to open up Cole’s new spot in the rotation – has a sports hernia. He may be able to pitch through it later on this year but that isn’t a certainty, and he could require offseason surgery. Not great news for Chuck, but I suppose that might explain some of his recent struggles.
  • Standings update: Pirates are 2.5 back of the 2nd Wild Card heading into Thursday’s games. The Bucs are off but the Giants will complete their game with the Cubs.
  • Milwaukee this weekend. Bucs are six back. If there’s going to be any hope for the division, a series win is a must. Yes, it’s Miller Park. Gulp. The weekend shapes up as a continuation of the slide (with this win as a blip on the screen) or a monumental momentum shift back in the positive direction. (Seriously, things would be looking up in a BIG way if the Bucs can somehow pull off two wins up there).

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Original article: Pirates 3, Braves 2

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