Travis Snider’s Grand Slam Lifts Pirates to 5-4 Win

On a night that was hot, then rainy, then blustery, Travis Snider’s swing was the real force of nature. Snider didn’t start against right-hander Matt Garza, but the Cubs bullpen arrived for the 6th inning and he took some cuts in the batting cage to get ready to pinch-hit. The situation: bases loaded in the 6th inning, down 3-1 and facing former teammate Shawn Camp. “He tends to get a lot of guys to chase outside the...

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Pirates Notebook: Jeff Karstens Talks Rehab, Role With Team

Pitcher Jeff Karstens threw a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon in his continued rehabilitation back to the Major Leagues. Karstens is scheduled to make another rehab start Thursday or Friday. In his last start Saturday for Altoona, Karstens gave up two hits and two walks for two unearned runs in the first innings, then settled in to pitch three scoreless frames. He had previously thrown 42 pitches in three innings for Bradenton, and...

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Sorry, Jeff Locke, You Won’t Keep Dominating

Jeff Locke, let’s talk. Heh. Rhymes. Jeff, your pitching has played a role of significance in the Pirates’ 26-18 start and a spot in the playoffs if Bud Selig took ether and ended the season on May 21. You have pitched five quality starts in your last six outings in the last month, allowing an average of fewer than four hits per start. Combine those with your earlier starts, and you find yourself 11th of 59 qualified NL...

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Pirates Win Series on Locke’s Sharp Start, Alvarez’s Homer

It’s a negative that the Pirates could only score eight runs in three games against the Houston Astros, baseball’s worst run-preventing team. It’s a negative that that they could only crack open four total hits on average starting pitcher Lucas Harrell, and needed 15 hitters Sunday to hit the ball out of the infield. But when a Pirates batter finally hit one out of infield… boom. Pedro Alvarez roped...

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Pirates Notebook: Andrew McCutchen Scratched From Lineup

What a two months it has been for Starling Marte. The Pirates left fielder has evolved from a potential-packed-but-raw leadoff hitter to a possible All-Star. Marte was set to have a day off before the team’s scheduled off-day Monday, but Andrew McCutchen is a late scratch due to right knee soreness, so Marte will instead play center field. Let’s look at what Marte has done this season: He is making contact on more pitches,...

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