Pirates Focus In-House, Rather Than Waiver Claims

With just two days remaining until the August 31 trade waiver claim ends, Manager Clint Hurdle said the focus for the Pittsburgh Pirates down the stretch is internal. “I think right now as we tier things down, our focus starts in house, and then it moves down from there,” Hurdle said. “[Or] if something that would happen that would grab us. There are guys out everyday on trade waivers, and there are guys still out on...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Blanks Cardinals; Weekend Rotation Set

The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff shined at PNC Park on Wednesday night. Wandy Rodriguez and the bullpen blanked St. Louis, which extended their consecutive scoreless streak to 21 frames. Not since the sixth inning of Monday night’s loss had the Cardinals plated a run off Pittsburgh’s arms. The feat was impressive considering the Cardinals entered game action on Wednesday atop the National League in average, hitting...

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Walker Feels Encouraged Low Back Isn’t Long-Term

Neil Walker was out of the starting lineup again on Wednesday, after being scratched from the lineup after batting practice on Monday. Walker arrived to the ballpark  today, where he underwent treatment and stretching with the training staff to get back full from tightness in his lower back. “Today is much better than the last couple days,” Walker said. “I’ve seen a couple doctors. It’s nothing to be too alarmed...

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Pirates Weighing Options on Bedard’s Spot in Rotation

With Erik Bedard out of the rotation, the Pirates have several days to figure out how they plan on moving forward. The club has an off day on Thursday before opening up a three-game set in Milwaukee on Friday. Bedard’s spot in the rotation doesn’t come up until Saturday,  which is also September 1st when the Pirates can expand the rosters. “We’re still working through that as we line up our rotation through this...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Locked in at the Plate; McDonald Needs to Seek Greatness

When Pedro Alvarez is locked in at the plate, watch out. That was no more evident than on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Alvarez had a four hit night, but it was two huge swings of the bat that dropped jaws. “I shared with him after his last at-bat where he struck out, I said, ‘Look. All you got to do is hit two homers, get four hits, and they’ll clap for you when you strike out around here’,” Manager Clint Hurdle joked. With Andrew...

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