Pirates Notebook: Evolution of Jeff Locke; Reinforcements on the Horizon

The Jeff Locke on the mound this September compared to this time last year is a different pitcher. With more experience not only at the Major League level, but also at the Triple-A level as well, Locke is more confident this season.  The left-hander incorporated a new turn in his delivery during spring training, and put together his best season to date  in the minors since being drafted out of High School in 2006 by Atlanta. Manager...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Showing Progress; Rotation Set for Cincinnati

It’s been a frustrating second half of the season for James McDonald. But there have been signs that the right-hander is bouncing back to his first half form. McDonald had to battle on Saturday at PNC Park against Chicago. The only clean inning he threw was the first. But he was able to stay away from the big innings, which had caused him trouble in some recent outings prior. “That was big,” McDonald said. “For...

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Pirates Notebook: Worst Game Of the Season; Walker Takes First Swings in Cage

After the Pirates lost 12-2 to Chicago on Friday, Manager Clint Hurdle summed up the game by being honest. It stunk. “Our worst game of the season,” Hurdle said. “We stunk tonight. There’s always a sense of pride that you take out on the field, to play your best every night that you go out there. Sometimes your best stinks. That’s where we were tonight.” The Pirates have played well defensively for the most...

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Starling Marte Returns From Disabled List

Outfielder Starling Marte has been recalled from his rehab assignment and activated from 15-day disabled list. He is in the Pirates starting lineup batting second and playing in left field today. Marte was placed on the disabled list on August 19 due to a right oblique strain that he suffered running the bases. Marte went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his first rehab assignment on Tuesday as the designated hitter with State...

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Simplicity Has Been Key for Garrett Jones This Season

All eyes have been on Andrew McCutchen’s MVP season this year with Pittsburgh. And he’s worthy of it. The center fielder has put up impressive numbers this season, but because of all the attention on McCutchen, perhaps another Pirates player that’s been having a career season has been overlooked. Garrett Jones has put together a solid season so far with the Pirates. His average is up, hitting for a .292 clip after...

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