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About Aaron Russell

I live in Denver and love baseball. I am married to my beautiful wife and we have two boys.

Aaron Russell has written 207 articles so far, you can find them below.


Francisco Cervelli Activated And In Starting Lineup

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was activated off the disabled list Sunday and is the starting lineup against rookie Drew Anderson. Cervelli has been on the DL since mid-June with a concussion. He was batting .257 with nine homers before being placed on the list. He hits righties better than lefties with a .284 average... Read More

2 years ago

Gregory Polanco Out; Austin Meadows In

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco will take a seat Sunday against the Phillies. Austin Meadows will fill in at right field. The Bucs will face rookie Drew Anderson, a right-hander who went 5-3 with 4.15 ERA in Triple-A. Meadows has an .884 OPS at home, but is scuffling against righties. He has never faced Anderson,... Read More

2 years ago

Pirates Select Contract of Alex McRae

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up pitcher Alex McRae from the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. McRae has 80 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched, but walked 39 batters. He had a .290 batting average against and a 1.58 WHIP. Pittsburgh also reinstated Michael Feliz from the disabled list Saturday. To make room for these two pitchers, the... Read More

2 years ago

Starling Marte Batting Second Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte will bat second and play centerfield on Saturday. He is batting .500 and has three stolen bases since he was given a couple days off at the beginning of July. He will face a familiar face in Jake Arietta. Marte has 36 plate appearances against Arietta and is batting .250... Read More

2 years ago

Francisco Cervelli Could Be Reinstated Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli worked out with the team on Saturday, and could be back on the roster as earlier as Sunday. Cervelli was a serviceable catcher for fantasy owners with a .257 batting average and nine homers and 36 RBI before heading to the disabled list with a concussion. Elias Diaz has been... Read More

2 years ago


Joe Panik Leaves Game With Groin Injury

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik left Friday's game with a left groin strain. According to John Shea, "[Bruce] Bochy said Panik is going to the DL." Alen Hanson took his place at second after the injury. Panik missed all of May after having surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left... Read More

2 years ago

Odubel Herrera Knocks In Four Runs Friday In Big Win

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera homered off Pittsburgh's Trevor Williams in the third inning to drive in three runs. It was his 15th homer of the season. He would finish 2-for-6 with four RBI and a walk. Herrera has been extremely inconsistent this season, and he has been ice cold of late. In the last... Read More

2 years ago

Rhys Hoskins Has Big Night Friday

Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins had a great night at the plate Friday. The young phenom went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two walks. Since returning from the disabled list in early June, he has a .390 on-base percentage with eight homers and 27 RBI. If Hoskins doesn't get the right pitch, he will... Read More

2 years ago

Lance McCullers Jr. Strikes Out 12 on Friday

Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. was superb on Friday. According to Christian Boutwell, "McCullers struck out a career-high 12 in the Astros' 11-4 win against the White Sox. Working on three extra days of rest since his previous start on June 28, the Astros' right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning." He... Read More

2 years ago

Jose Bautista Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam Friday

New York Mets outfielder Jose Bautista stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday against Chaz Roe. He would hit a grand slam to win the game for the Mets, his only hit on Friday. He did walk twice, though. Bautista has bounced around this season but seems to have found... Read More

2 years ago


Starling Marte Steals Three Bases Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte stole three bases Friday in Pittsburgh. He now has 21 steals on the season. The first one was historic for Marte, as it was his 200th career steal. The steals now put him in the top five for steals leaders. The outfielder is batting .269 with a a .318 on-base... Read More

2 years ago

Corey Dickerson Gets Three Hits

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson went 3-for-4 with an RBI on Friday. He reached base in the first and third innings with singles, and then tripled in the fifth. He is now batting .309 with a .787 OPS. Dickerson and the Pirates will face Jake Arrieta on Saturday, and Dickerson has good numbers against the... Read More

2 years ago

Trevor Williams Has A Short Outing

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams couldn't get out of the third inning on Friday night. His final line is 2 1/3 innings with five runs on five hits with two walks and zero strikeouts. He threw 82 pitches. This is Williams' third straight start giving up three or more runs. In those starts he... Read More

2 years ago

Pirates Recall Jordan Luplow

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates have called up outfielder Jordan Luplow from Triple-A Indianapolis. Luplow does not have any major league at-bats this year, but was called up in 2017 for 27 games. In his last 10 games in the minors, Luplow went 15-for-36 with 13 RBI. He is joining an already crowded outfield, so... Read More

2 years ago

Josh Bell Will Lead Off Tonight

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell will bat leadoff Friday against the Phillies. According to Bill Brink, "Bell has led off one game before in his major league career: Sept. 30, 2016 against the Cardinals." He will face right-handed pitcher Nick Pivetta. Bell has never faced Pivetta and has a .244 batting average with 43... Read More

2 years ago


Chad Kuhl Has MRI, Conservative Treatment Plan In Place

According to Rob Biertempfel, Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl had an MRI and was diagnosed with a strained right forearm. [Director of Sport Medicine Tom Tomczyk said, "Doctors have recommended a conservative treatment (i.e. no surgery) at this time." Kuhl left after the fourth inning of the June 26 game against the Mets. There... Read More

2 years ago

Starling Marte Successful In Return

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte had a successful return to the lineup on Wednesday. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run, and it appears the couple of days off helped the outfielder. Marte and the Pirates will have an off day Thursday and then begin a weekend set with the Phillies. He will... Read More

2 years ago

Francisco Cervelli Could Begin Rehab Assignment On Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (concussion) has been cleared by the Pirates medical staff and could begin his rehab with the Double-A Altoona Curve on Saturday. Cervelli has been on the concussion disabled list since June 20. Getting back in the lineup may be difficult for Cervelli because Elias Diaz has been hitting well in the past... Read More

2 years ago

Starling Marte Back In Lineup Wednesday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is back in the starting lineup Wednesday. He was given a couple of days off to work on his swing. He will face Dodgers lefty Rich Hill. He is is 1-for-6 with an RBI lifetime against Hill. Marte has a .694 OPS with 12 RBI and seven walks against left-handed... Read More

2 years ago

Clay Holmes Will Make First MLB Start Wednesday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Clay Holmes will make his first start in the majors Wednesday when he toes the rubber in Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers. He has a whopping four innings pitched in the majors. He gave up one run on two hits and has two strikeouts in two appearances. In Holmes'... Read More

2 years ago


Elias Diaz Continues To Hit The Ball Well

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz continued his impressive run of at-bats Tuesday against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. Diaz hit two doubles off the perennial All-Star and future Hall of Famer. He finished the night 2-for-4 and scored two of the three Pirates runs. Diaz is swatting .343 with nine runs and seven RBI since June 23.... Read More

2 years ago

David Freese Knocks In Three Runs Tuesday

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman David Freese was red hot in Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers. He went 3-for-3 with two singles and a homer and accounted for all three Bucs RBI. Freese is batting .455 in the last three games and will face lefty Rich Hill on Wednesday. It has yet to be determined if... Read More

2 years ago

Ivan Nova Allows Five Homers to Dodgers on Tuesday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova became the first pitcher in Pirates history to give up five homers in a game on Tuesday. His final line was five-plus innings, nine hits, seven earned runs, five homers against, two walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Dovydas Neverauskas didn’t fare much better, as he gave up a homer on his... Read More

2 years ago

Joe Musgrove Placed On Disabled List

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (finger) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday. He has a right index finger infection, and the DL move was made retroactive to Sunday. According to Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "The team has not announced who will take Musgrove’s turn in the rotation, although Clay Holmes, who... Read More

2 years ago

Ivan Nova Gets The Ball Tuesday Against Dodgers

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova will get the start Tuesday opposite Clayton Kershaw. In his last four starts, Nova is 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA and 21 strikeouts. The Dodgers are coming off a drumming of the Pirates Monday night, but Super Nova will look to continue his great pitching. He has a 2.31... Read More

2 years ago


Josh Bell Back In Lineup Tuesday

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against Clayton Kershaw. In the past week, Bell has an .888 OPS with six hits and three walks. He is a better hitter against left-handed pitchers in his career than righties with an .801 OPS against southpaws versus a .723 OPS against... Read More

2 years ago

Elias Diaz Homers Monday Against Alex Wood

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz hit a 415-foot homer to center field off Alex Wood on Monday at Dodgers Stadium. The run would be the only tally of the night for the Pirates. Diaz has been a more than capable substitute while Francisco Cervelli is on the disabled list. For the fantasy owners that have scooped... Read More

2 years ago

Corey Dickerson Hits Well In Loss

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson was a pleasant surprise in the 17-1 loss Monday against the Dodgers. He went 3-for-3 and is sporting an OPS of .791. In his last five games, Dickerson is 7-for-16 with a homer and one strikeout. The slugging numbers need to come up, but the hits are there. He is... Read More

2 years ago

Nick Kingham Roughed Up Monday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Nick Kingham did not have his best stuff Monday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers ran him out of the game in the fourth inning. His final line for the game was three-plus innings, eight hits, seven runs (five earned), three walks, two errors and a balk. He had only two strikeouts. Tanner... Read More

2 years ago

Jose Osuna Optioned; Enny Romero Cut For Nick Kingham

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jose Osuna was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday. Osuna only had 16 plate appearances in the month of June. He managed two hits and had four strikeouts. Enny Romero was also designated for assignment on Monday in order to make room for Nick Kingham. Kingham will start Monday against the Dodgers... Read More

2 years ago


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