The Pittsburgh Pirates broke their worst stretch of the 2011 season last night, winning 5-0 against the San Francisco Giants, and snapping a ten game losing streak. They've dealt with a lot of injuries this year, and you could argue that things really started to fall apart on July 23rd, when they lost Alex Presley from the lineup. The Pirates have gone 4-13 since that date. The loss of Presley, combined with the earlier loss of Jose Tabata, weakened the Pirates' outfield. It also removed speed and defense from the team, and removed the spark from the top of the lineup.
Presley and Tabata could both be returning soon, which should provide a big boost to the starling lineup. The Pirates also have some other injury updates, with several also having the potential to boost the team and help them rebound from their worst stretch of the season.
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