McDonald Pulled From Rotation, McPherson Replaces Him

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle announced on Sunday that James McDonald has been removed from the rotation, and rookie Kyle McPherson will replace him in the five-man staff, getting his first Major League start on Wednesday in Pittsburgh against Milwaukee. As the season continues to wind down, and each game continues to get more important as the Pirates are just two games out of the second spot in the Wild Card, the club had to do what...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Snap Skid; Is McDonald’s Spot Safe?

The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field in Chicago on Saturday afternoon just one game over .500 and three games back of St. Louis for the second spot in the Wild Card race. Looking to snap their seven-game skid and turn things around, the club needed the offense to spark and the pitching to hold the club in the game, while making solid defensive plays. The Pirates were able to put it all together and end their losing streak by beating...

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Pirates Notebook: Should McDonald Skip A Start in the Rotation?

The second half of the season for James McDonald continues to be a struggle. McDonald has had just two solid starts for the Pirates since the All-Star break. Those outings were a two-hit, six-inning shutout against the Cardinals on August 17th, and a two-hit, seven-inning shutout against St. Louis once again on August 28th. In McDonald’s other 10 starts, the right-hander has allowed 48 runs over 48.0 frames, good for a 9.00 ERA....

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Pirates Notebook: Streak Gets to Six; Karstens Moved to Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates losing streak reached a season-high six games on Wednesday after falling 2-1 to Cincinnati. While the pitching staff kept the club in the game, the offense continues to struggle. That has been the story during the streak for the Pirates. Aside from losing 12-2 in the blow out on Friday against Chicago, Pittsburgh lost each of their next five games by two runs or less. The Bucco bats have failed to score more...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Release 2013 Regular Season Schedule

The Pirates today released the 2013 regular season schedule. The Bucs open up the season at PNC Park versus Chicago Cubs on Monday, April 1. In addition there will be a total of 39 N.L. Central Divisional home games throughout the regular season – including the first nine home games of the season — against the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds as the five teams battle for the...

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