Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano throws to the plate during the first inning of their baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) by Joe Resnick ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have been making a lot of noise this season and are tempting their long-suffering fans again with the possibility of a winning season for the first time since rookie Gerrit Cole was still in diapers. Francisco Liriano took a shutout into the seventh inning, and Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Gaby Sanchez homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. “It was awesome just to be able to do that, and we had a lot of fun doing it,” said McCutchen, who ended a homerless drought of 98 at-bats. “This is the way we should come out and play every day. We don’t have to depend on just one or two guys. Everybody’s coming through. To have a complete lineup like that from top to bottom is always fun.”
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Pedro Alvarez strikes out against Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tony Cingrani in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 17, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 4-1. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) As of Monday morning the Pittsburgh Pirates had a six game lead on the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres as far as a claiming a potential wild card spot in the MLB National League race toward the post season. The only thing that worries me, I mean really really, worries me is the Bucs’ lack of consistency on offense. I am really concerned that once the offense catches up to the pitching there might be a slew of arms that might be too worn out to be effective even if Pittsburgh advances.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte (6), Travis Snider (23) and Andrew McCutchen celebrate a baseball game win over the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Milwaukee. The Pirates won 5-2. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) by Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jason Grilli gets it. Really, he does. The angst. The dread. The perpetual waiting for it to all fall apart. The Pirates closer totally understands why Pittsburgh’s tormented, long-suffering fan base treats every victory with a mix of glee and trepidation.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte, left, Travis Snider, center, and Andrew McCutchen celebrate after a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Sunday,…
HOT HITTER–Pittsburgh Pirates’ Russell Martin, right, is congratulated by teammate John McDonald after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) by R.B. Fallstrom ST. LOUIS (AP) — It was a milestone day for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who took the NL Central lead for the first time since last July and reached 15 wins in April for the first time since 1992.
RELIABLE RESERVE–Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Josh Harrison throws to first base during a baseball spring training workout, Feb. 13, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie…