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50 Charlie Morton SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/235 | Birthdate: 11/12/1983 | Birthplace: Flemington, NJ | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 42/16 | Average Draft Position: 238.65
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Charlie Morton runs into trouble in second straight start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton dropped his second decision in a row Friday, in a 5-3 loss to the Brewers.

Morton cruised to an early 2-0 lead after three innings of work, but ran into trouble soon after. The Brewers scored three runs in the fourth inning, and added one each in the fifth and sixth, both off the bat of Carlos Gomez.

Morton was charged with five earned runs on eight hits and a pair of walks in six innings, while striking out three batters. He is 0-2 with a 4.32 ERA heading into his fifth start, scheduled for Wednesday against Cincinnati. 


Charlie Morton takes first loss of season vs. Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton was not at his best on Sunday, suffering his first loss of the season in a 4-1 defeat to Milwaukee. He allowed four runs - two earned -- on six hits and three walks while striking out three over seven innings pitched.

Morton owns a 3.32 ERA and a 14:5 K:BB ratio over 19 innings pitched in three starts. He'll get another crack at his first win of the season Friday against Milwaukee.

Charlie Morton surrenders five runs in no-decision Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton gave up five earned runs on eight hits and one walk in six innings while striking out five Tuesday, but he didn't factor into the decision in his team's 7-6 win over the Cubs.

Morton couldn't solve Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, who smacked two home runs off the Pirates starter. He did reasonably well against the rest of the offense, however. Morton takes a 3.75 ERA and 11:2 K:BB ratio into Sunday's start in Milwaukee.


Charlie Morton OK after getting nailed by liner


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Pirates starter Charlie Morton reported that he's fine after being removed from the Wednesday game when he was struck on the thumb of his glove hand by a Nate Schierholtz line drive, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Precautionary x-rays showed no fracture.


Charlie Morton pitches six scoreless innings in no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton gave up just four hits and one walk in six scoreless innings while striking out six but didn't factor into the decision in his team's 4-3 win over the Cubs.

The Pirates couldn't have asked for more out of Morton, who gave up just one earned run in 11 spring innings before pitching well in his season debut. However, he wasn't able to pick up the win after the bullpen let him down in the 16-inning game. Morton will get a second chance at getting his first win against the Cubs in Chicago Tuesday.


Charlie Morton pitches three scoreless innings in spring capper


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton allowed one hit and struck out one in three scoreless innings in his team's 3-0 win over the Phillies Friday.

Morton has surrendered just one earned run in 11 innings this spring. He's set to open the season Wednesday against the Cubs.


Pirates announce rotation plans for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Pirates announced their rotation plans for the start of the season, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Assuming he will be ready to pitch, Francisco Liriano will remain the starter for opening day. He will be followed by Charlie Morton, Wandy Rodriguez and Gerrit Cole. Liriano will then make another start before Edinson Volquez gets his first start of the season.


Charlie Morton solid over three innings Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton was solid over three innings Sunday.

Morton gave up five hits and one earned run. He was hurt by a Pedro Alvarez error in the second inning. Morton should have been out of the inning if not for a fielding error, and two runs wound up scoring. Those two runs were not charged to Morton. He struck out one batter, and issued one walk.

Morton posted a 3.26 ERA in 116 innings last year.


Charlie Morton throws three scoreless innings Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Tigers.

Morton has put together five scoreless frames over his first two spring appearances, giving up just one hit and one walk without recording a strikeout. He'll open the season in the rotation after going 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA and 85:36 K:BB ratio in 116 innings over 20 starts last season.


Charlie Morton looks good in spring opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton got off to a solid start in his spring training debut Thursday, in an 8-2 loss to the Yankees.

Morton tossed a pair of scoreless innings in the start, limiting the Yankees to just one baserunner on a walk. He also struck out one batter while facing the minimum in his two innings of work, while picking up three outs via groundball.

Morton signed a three-year, $21 million contract this offseason and will be one of the team's top pitchers yet again. Morton posted a 7-4 record and 3.26 ERA in 116 innings over 20 starts a year ago.  


Charlie Morton motivated to live up to contract


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton said he's motivated to live up to the three-year, $21 million contract he signed in the offseason, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"There are new responsibilities that come with it, and that cancels out any relief I might have felt from it," Morton said. "I feel there is a greater responsibility on me to hold up my end of the bargain and earn it. It's almost like whatever load may have been taken off my back, I have a new outlook on things. I have a new responsibility.

“I don't want to think about money when I'm pitching. I don't think that's beneficial anytime. But it is healthy to set goals and have expectations for yourself that are based on some sort of objective thought process."


Pirates sign Charlie Morton to three-year extension


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/11/2013) Yahoo! Sports reports that the Pirates signed starting pitcher Charlie Morton to a three-year contract extension Wednesday. The deal will pay the sinkerballer $21 million through 2016 and includes a $9.5 million team option for 2017 as well as incentives and a $1 million buyout.

Morton was arbitration eligible and set to become a free agent after the 2014 season. In 2013, he made 20 starts in his return from Tommy John surgery, going 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA.


Charlie Morton not among non-tenders


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/2/2013) The Pirates will tender a contract to arbitration-eligible starting pitcher Charlie Morton, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In returning from Tommy John surgery, Morton made 20 starts for the Pirates this season, going 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA.


Charlie Morton takes Game 4 loss


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2013) Pirates starter Charlie Morton put forth an admirable performance on the mound Monday afternoon during his start in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals. 

Morton took the loss on the start as the Cardinals managed to even up the series at two games apiece. He threw 92 pitches over 5 2/3 innings as he gave up two earned runs on three hits and four walks. He kept the Pirates in the game, but they couldn't rally in the 2-1 loss. 

Morton, who struck out four batters and gave up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday in the sixth inning, had a solid season for the Bucs over 20 starts. He went 7-4 with a solid 3.26 ERA and 85 strikeouts over 116 innings. 


Charlie Morton named potential Game 4 starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2013) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton will start Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals Monday if necessary.

Morton went 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 85:36 K:BB ratio in 116 innings over 20 starts. He hit 16 batters with pitches, the highest total in the National League.

Morton faced the Cardinals three times during the regular season, going 0-2 with a 7.90 ERA, 2.05 WHIP and 8:5 K:BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings.


Charlie Morton doesn't register in victory


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton left Saturday's final start of the regular season in Cincinnati with the lead. Unfortunately, he couldn't win the game because he left after just 4 1/3 innings and didn't qualify for the decision.

Morton took the no-decision as he allowed three earned runs on five hits and five walks over just 4 1/3 innings on 92 pitches thrown. He got the quick hook as Pittsburgh went to Vin Mazzaro to finish off the fifth inning. Morton's ERA is now at 3.26 and he finishes his season for the Pirates with a 7-4 record over 20 starts with 85 strikeouts over 116 innings.

Morton, 29, may get a chance to pitch in the postseason if the Pirates can best the Reds in the wild card playoff game.

Charlie Morton pitches another gem


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) Pirates starter Charlie Morton took the hill Monday night in Chicago. Although he couldn't pull the win, he still was a very dominant pitcher out there for the Bucs as they ended up winning and clinching a playoff berth.

Pittsburgh earned the 2-1 victory with a home run in the ninth inning as Morton took the no-decision. He still went seven outstanding shutout innings on the night, allowing just three hits and one walk with five strikeouts over 89 pitches. He lowered his ERA to 3.14 on the year.

Morton keeps his record at 7-4 on the year. He hasn't won a start since Sept. 2 at Milwaukee, but has given up just one run over his last 15 innings with 14 Ks over that span in two no-decisions. Morton will make one more start during the regular season for the Pirates and it could be a big one. He's scheduled to start the regular-season finale at Cincinnati on Sunday.

Charlie Morton K's nine in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton matched a career-high with nine strikeouts Wednesday, in a 3-2 loss to the Padres.

Morton limited the Padres to just one run in eight strong innings of work, and exited the game in line for his eighth win of the season. Unfortunately, the bullpen faltered in the ninth inning, forcing Morton to settle for a no-decision. He struck out nine and walked three, while allowing just two hits in his eight innings.

Morton lowered his ERA to 3.35 in 104 2/3 innings. His next start is set for Monday against the Cubs. He likely has one start remaining after that this season. 


Charlie Morton fails to factor into decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton, who had been dealing with a foot injury, made the start but failed to factor into the decision Friday night against the Cubs. The right-hander surrendered three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings of a 5-4 defeat.

Morton has allowed nine runs over his last 13 2/3 innings pitched. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at home against San Diego.


Charlie Morton will start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton will make his start Friday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Morton's start was confirmed by manager Clint Hurdle. He was dealing with a foot injury, but threw a bullpen session Wednesday. He has a 3.44 ERA in 91 2/3 innings. 


Charlie Morton plans to start Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he still plans to start Friday against the Cubs. Morton was forced to leave his previous start with a foot injury. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen Wednesday. If he can't make the start, the Pirates will likely use Brandon Cumpton as a backup option.

Charlie Morton slated for bullpen session Wednesday


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton is slated for a bullpen session Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Morton was forced to leave his previous start Sunday after just five outs with a foot injury and his bullpen session will likely determine when his next start comes.

Charlie Morton exits with foot discomfort


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/8/2013) Charlie Morton pitched only 1 2/3 innings for the Pirates on Sunday, as he left the game with discomfort in his left foot, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Morton was relieved by Stolmy Pimentel after having allowed five earned runs to the Cardinals on six hits and two walks with no strikeouts.

Morton's outing raised his ERA on the season to 3.44 over 16 starts.


Charlie Morton earns third straight victory


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton pitched his way to a third straight victory Monday against the Brewers. Morton (7-3) allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six in seven innings.

Morton allowed an RBI single in the second inning and Jean Segura scored on a fielding error in the seventh inning. Morton has not allowed more than one earned run in three straight starts and hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in six straight starts. He has gone at least seven innings four times in his last six starts.

The right-hander is scheduled to start Sunday against the Cardinals, but he could move up to Saturday, if the Pirates choose to skip their fifth starter. Morton is 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in two starts against St. Louis this season.


Charlie Morton earns sixth win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton stayed hot and moved to 6-3 in Wednesday's start against the Brewers, surrendering just one unearned run on five hits and three walks while striking out two in 6 2/3 innings in his team's 7-1 win over the Brewers.

Morton has ripped off five straight quality starts to close out August, lowering his ERA to 3.14 to go with a 1.29 WHIP and 57:21 K:BB ratio. He takes on the Brewers again Monday.