Kristy Robinson

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: No Quitting in the Bucs During Rough Stretch

    The Pirates are going through a rough stretch. After getting shutout 11-0 to Los Angeles on Tuesday, Manager Clint Hurdle said “it is our worst patch of play probably during the season.” While the starting staff and bullpen has been struggling, the offense hasn’t been able to click consistently either. The club...

  • Analysis
    As Pirates Address Playoff Roster, Justin Wilson Could be Second Lefty from ‘Pen

    The Pirates organization have had the beginning conversations of the players they are considering on bringing up for September callups. Although this year, Pittsburgh has to also have conversations on a possible playoff roster as well. If the Pirates stay in contention -- they are currently 6.0 games back in the National League Central Division...

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    Pirates Notebook: Karstens Tinkering with Curve; McDonald Gets Bumped in Rotation

    Jeff Karstens has been working on some adjustments over his last several starts. Since returning from the disabled list due  to a shoulder injury, which caused him to miss over two months, Karstens has posted a 3.79 ERA after his four earned run outing on Monday against Los Angeles. “I don’t think...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Barmes Has Biggest Swing of His Season

    This Pittsburgh Pirates team battles, and never gives up. Even when things look like they’re starting to turn for the worse, they’ve been able to prevail and beat the odds. It proved to be true on Sunday afternoon, in perhaps the wildest first four innings played this 2012 season. “We’re pretty good,”...

  • Analysis
    Fresh Starts for Snider, Sanchez, Qualls Can Help Boost Pirates

    A change of scenery can sometimes help a player. The new surroundings, new teammates and the opportunity to start somewhere fresh can make a difference. The Pirates new faces in Chad Qualls, Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider have come into a new clubhouse and have fit in with Pittsburgh. "The change of scenery, if...

  • Transactions
    Juan Cruz Reinstated from DL; Jared Hughes Optioned to Triple-A

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated right-hander Juan Cruz from the 15-day disabled list and have optioned right-hander Jared Hughes to Triple-A Indianapolis. Right shoulder inflammation sent Cruz to the disabled list on July 21 (retroactive to the 18th). Cruz made two rehab appearances with Double-A Altoona. His most recent came on Thursday...

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    Pirates Notebook: Burnett Shows Two Sides; Velocity Returns for Grilli

    When the Pirates have had struggles or been battling through a losing streak, A.J. Burnett was the stopper for Pittsburgh. Burnett entered game action having won four straight decisions and 13 of his last 14. When the team needed a pick me up, the veteran right-hander was the stopper for the club....

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    Pirates Notebook: McDonald Struggling in 2nd Half; Bucs Going With 6-Man Rotation

    James McDonald has struggled the second half of the season. The McDonald that Pittsburgh saw in the first half of the season was impressive. He entered the break with just a 2.37 ERA and looked to be the club’s ace of the staff. His evolution drew so much attention that some were surprised he...

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    Pirates Notebook: Locke Shines in 2012 Debut, But His Role is Undecided

    Jeff Locke was impressive in his 2012 debut for the Pirates on Thursday at PNC Park. The left-hander, who was recalled on Wednesday, was promoted to serve the club with length from the bullpen — a role that he’s never been called upon to do in his professional career. But the 24-year-old...

  • Analysis
    Grilli Sees Recent Dip in Velocity, Qualls’ Experience Will Plug Him In Late

    Jason Grilli had an impressive first half of the season. So much in fact that there were even questions as to why the Pirates eighth inning man wasn't chosen to pitch in the National League All-Star game. Grilli posted just a 1.87 ERA over 35 appearances. He held the opposing batters to...

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