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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.


Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell Homer Monday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Josh Bell both homered in their game Monday in New York. Polanco hammered a full-count pitch to center field, his 10th of the season. Bell would smash a two-run homer four innings later in the sixth. It was Bell's first home run since May 31 and only... Read More

2 years ago

Felipe Vazquez Slams Door on Mets

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was brilliant in his only inning pitched on Monday against the New York Mets. The closer struck out the side on 15 pitches, including several that were 100 mph or more. That gives Vazquez 38 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings and makes him 15-for-19 in save opportunities this season. The... Read More

2 years ago

Starling Marte With Two Stolen Bases And Three Runs On Monday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte had himself a night on Monday. The lineup was moved around and the starting center fielder was up to the challenge of hitting leadoff. Marte had two stolen bases and scored three runs Monday against the Mets. He now has 16 stolen bases on the season and 41 runs. Marte... Read More

2 years ago

Josh Harrison Batting Third

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison will bat in the three hole Monday against Seth Lugo and the Mets. Harrison, who usually leads off for the Bucs, will get an opportunity to drive in runs after manager Clint Hurdle said, "I'll kind of rearrange some things probably." Harrison is hitting .272 with 19 RBI but... Read More

2 years ago

Jameson Taillon Takes Ball Against Mets

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon is expected to start Monday's game against the New York Mets. Taillon is currently 4-6 with a 4.03 ERA and 76 strikeouts. MLB.com states, "Both of Taillon's career starts versus the Mets came in his rookie season (2016), when he allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks... Read More

2 years ago


Michael Feliz To DL, Clay Holmes Recalled

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Michael Feliz was placed on the 10-day DL Sunday with shoulder inflammation. Feliz has 39 strikeouts in 32.2 innings, but has a 1.47 WHIP and 5.51 ERA. His xFIP, which is based on outcomes that do not involve fielding, is 3.93 which shows he should have better numbers. Feliz will be... Read More

2 years ago

Gregory Polanco And Jordy Mercer Sit On Sunday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco and shortstop Jordy Mercer are scheduled to have Sunday off. Polanco has an OPS of .745 in the month of June, but has not started in the last four games. Clint Hurdle, manager of the Pirates, said “I've only got three spots and four outfielders. He's doing fine. Trying to... Read More

2 years ago

Richard Rodriguez Faces 10 Batters, Strikes Out Half

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez came in to Saturday's game to face the Diamondbacks in the fifth inning. He struck out five of the first six hitters he faced. He allowed a home run to Paul Goldschmidt in the seventh, and then retired the next three in order. Rodriguez has 36 strikeouts on 30.1... Read More

2 years ago

Starling Marte Gets 14th Stolen Base

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte swiped his 14th base on Saturday. That puts him in a tie for eighth this year; he is tied with players like Billy Hamilton and Mookie Betts. Marte's batting average and OBP, .276 and .327 respectively, puts amongst the top base stealing options for fantasy owners.

2 years ago

Pirates Activate Corey Dickerson, Option Adam Frazier To Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Corey Dickerson from the family emergency list and have optioned Adam Frazier to Triple- A Indianapolis. Dickerson has been absent from the lineup since June 20. Frazier was 1-for-3 with a walk while having his cup of coffee with the Bucs. Dickerson will return to the starting lineup Saturday. Make... Read More

2 years ago


Corey Dickerson Is Back From Family Emergency Leave

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson is back in Pittsburgh after being placed on the family emergency list on June 20. It is yet to be determined if he will be activated Saturday or Sunday. He is the usual starting left fielder for the Pirates. Dickerson is hitting .302 with 32 RBI and five homers this... Read More

2 years ago

Ivan Nova Masterful Friday In Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova pitched a gem of a game Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went eight innings with three hits, eight strikeouts, no walks and no runs scored. Nova was not supported by his offense and was forced to take the no-decision. He is now 2-0 with a 0.94 ERA... Read More

2 years ago

Francisco Cervelli on Seven Day Concussion List

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has been placed on the seven-day concussion list. "Per the Pirates, Cervelli reported symptoms to the medical staff after last night's game," wrote Adam Berry of MLB.com. Jacob Stallings has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Elias Diaz will be the signal caller Friday against Arizona, and he is 2-for-3 against Patrick... Read More

2 years ago

Starling Marte Is a Good Bet Friday Against Arizona

According to the Pittsburgh Pirates Twitter account, outfielder Starling Marte has hit safely in 27 of his 29 career games played against Arizona, going 43-for-127 (.339) with 14 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 23 RBI (he's hit safely in each of his first 20 games thru April of 2016) and he has gone 6-for-16... Read More

2 years ago

Sean Rodriguez In Left Field Friday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Sean Rodriguez is getting the start in left field Friday night against Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Rodriguez has 17 hits in 107 at-bats this year, and he has struck out 40 times. There's no word on why Gregory Polanco, who is hitting .500 against Corbin with three RBI, is not... Read More

2 years ago


Danny Espinosa signed by Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms with free-agent infielder Danny Espinosa. Espinosa has been bouncing around and was most recently with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. He could be a good stabilizing force for the left side of the Phillies infield, who currently have J.P. Crawford on the disabled list for a minimum of... Read More

2 years ago

Nationals Not Willing To Pay High Price For J.T. Realmuto

The Washington Nationals will not trade for Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, at least not with what the Marlins are asking for in return. Mike Rizzo, the president of the Nationals, told MLB Network Radio this morning, "We know what the return has to be on Realmuto and we are not willing to meet that... Read More

2 years ago

Chad Kuhl Gets Bitten By The Diamondbacks

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl could only go two-plus innings on Thursday against Arizona. Kuhl gave up eight runs (all earned) on eight hits, including two homers. He hadn't given up that many runs in the past five games combined. Kuhl is now sporting a 4.56 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and 77 strikeouts.... Read More

2 years ago

Starling Marte Reaches Milestone In Loss

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 1-for-3 in Thursday night's game against Arizona. The only hit of the game for Marte was a significant one, though, as it was his 800th career hit and it drove in his 300th career run. The 29-year-old from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is now only a mere 2,200 hits... Read More

2 years ago

Jordy Mercer Hitting Well in June

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has hit safely in 11 of 14 games in the month of June. In one of the games he didn't get a hit, he walked twice. He is batting .304 in June with five runs and seven RBI. Mercer is not a super sexy player for fantasy owners, but he... Read More

2 years ago


Jung Ho Kang Is Day-To-Day With Wrist Discomfort

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang is listed as day-to-day with left wrist discomfort. "He did not identify one particular mechanism of injury," Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said." Kang is hitting .269 with four RBI at Triple-A Indianapolis. He is not in the lineup for the Thursday game against the Norfolk... Read More

2 years ago

Travis Swaggerty Makes Professional Debut

Pittsburgh Pirates first-round draft pick, outfielder Travis Swaggerty, will make his very first professional baseball start Thursday for the West Virginia Black Bears. He was the No. 10 overall pick in the MLB draft earlier this June. The young man out of South Alabama has some speed and a good arm. The power numbers steadily... Read More

2 years ago

Austin Meadows In Left Field Thursday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows will be in left field and bat second Thursday. The Bucs prospect is hitting .323 in 27 games this year. Meadows will get the majority of the playing time while Corey Dickerson is on the family medical leave list. This will be Meadows' opportunity to break into the four-man outfield... Read More

2 years ago

Pirates Rotation Set For Series With Diamondbacks

Due to the deluge at PNC Park Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation has been pushed back a day and will set up this way for the four-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks: Chad Kuhl on Thursday against Zack Godley, Ivan Nova to go Friday and face Patrick Corbin, Joe Musgrove pitching Saturday against Zack Greinke and... Read More

2 years ago

Pirates And Brewers Game Officially Postponed

Wednesday's Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers game has officially been postponed. There is no date set for the makeup game. The two teams play each other September 21-23, and both teams are off the day before. The Pirates will attempt to host the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, and the Brewers will head back to Milwaukee to... Read More

2 years ago


Jung Ho Kang Out With Wrist Discomfort

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang was removed from the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians game on Wednesday due to left wrist discomfort. There was a ton of Twitter buzz that he may have gotten the call to join the Bucs, but that's not the case for now. Kang is hitting the... Read More

2 years ago

Pirates Prospect Kevin Kramer Homers Again

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman/shortstop (No. 7 prospect) Kevin Kramer hit his 11th home run of the minor league season on Wednesday. The infielder had only hit total 10 dingers in all of his first three seasons in the minors. Kramer went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the win over the Norfolk Tides. He is now... Read More

2 years ago

Jung Ho Kang Removed From Triple-A Roster

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang was removed from Wednesday's Indianapolis Indians lineup. The Twitter account for the team sent a tweet out early Wednesday afternoon with the words "Lineup changes... Jung Ho Kang removed from the starting lineup [looking eyes]." All the speculation is that Kang got the call to be with the... Read More

2 years ago

Jose Osuna Starts At First Base

Pittsburgh Pirates corner infielder Jose Osuna will get the start at first base Wednesday. Sean Rodriguez, playing left field, and catcher Elias Diaz will also get starts against the left-handed Brent Suter. David Freese will also spell Colin Moran at third base. According to Rob Biertempfel, weather may be a factor for the game. With... Read More

2 years ago

Chad Kuhl To Take Mound Wednesday

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl will be on the mound Wednesday in the rubber match against the Milwaukee Brewers. Kuhl has excellent numbers against the Brewers, going 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in six outings. He is 5-4 on the season with a 3.76 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. The sinker-baller will be opposed by... Read More

2 years ago


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