Pittsburgh Pirates September Callups Preview

As September 1st approaches, the Pirates organization is currently in a position unlike they have seen in the past. The club sits eight games over .500 and three games back of St. Louis for the second Wild Card Spot. When looking at which players to bring up to join the club in Pittsburgh, instead of just bringing up prospects to take a look at them, they could still possibly be in midst of a pennant race. “The past decisions on...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles in August; Sanchez Working on Versatility

The Pirates have been struggling in the month of August. While their pitching has been impressive for most of the season, their team ERA ballooned to a 4.58 ERA this month as the club has posted just a 9-16 record. A.J. Burnett was the next Pittsburgh starter to struggle on the bump on Monday at PNC Park. After allowing four runs over 5.2 innings (shortened by the rain delay), the right-hander has now sported a 6.00 ERA this month...

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Pirates Notebook: Two Outs Hurt Bucs; Pirates Continue to Make Waiver Claims

Two-out hits hurt the Pirates on both sides of the ball on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. The Brewers did their damage from two-out knocks off Erik Bedard, while Pittsburgh wasn’t able to capitalize on two-out hitting. Six of the seven runs the pitching staff surrendered game with two-outs, while the Bucs stranded eight of their 12 batters after attempting to rally back with two-outs. “There is nothing better than getting a...

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Hurdle Doesn’t Believe McCutchen is Repeating 2011 Second-Half Slump

Andrew McCutchen has had an impressive 2012 season. So much in fact that when Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle was asked about the All-Star center fielder, he said he was one of the most intelligent players he’s ever worked with in the 35-plus seasons he’s spent in professional baseball. “I don’t think I’ve ever met a more intelligent, mentally tough, balanced young man in my life. In my life,” Hurdle said before...

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Takahashi Activated; Qualls Placed on Disabled List

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Hisanori Takahashi on Sunday afternoon and placed Chad Qualls on the 15-day disabled list retro to Saturday, August 25 with irritation of his left big toe. Takahashi was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on Friday and reported to Pittsburgh last night after the game. He’s posted a 4.93 ERA over 42 appearances this season.

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