Pirates Notebook: Profiling the Trade Deadline Additions

In the past 24 hours the Pittsburgh Pirates have added three big league players and a minor league pitcher to their club. On a busy trade deadline day, the Pirates continued with their plan since General Manager Neal Huntington took over 2007 — to improve the Major League team without sacrificing the future. The Pirates enter game action on Tuesday in second place in the National League Central Division, just three games back of...

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Daniel McCutchen to Join Pirates Bullpen

According to a source, right-handed reliever Daniel McCutchen is expected to join Pittsburgh to replace Brad Lincoln’s spot in the bullpen. McCutchen posted a 3.40 ERA over 45.0 innings this season at Triple-A. Lincoln was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays last night in a deal that sent outfielder Travis Snider to the Pirates.

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Pirates Notebook: Bedard Is the Latest Starter to Struggle; Cruz Working His Way Back

After seeing James McDonald’s post All-Star break struggles continue on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates needed the Erik Bedard that — after some adjustments — has been dominant his first two starts in the second half of the season on the mound in Chicago on Monday. And over the first three innings, it looked like the Pirates would get the start they needed. Bedard struck out his first batter in each of the first three...

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Pirates Trade Brad Lincoln to Toronto for Travis Snider

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander Brad Lincoln. The 24-year-old Snider was Toronto’s first round selection in the 2006 First Year Player Draft and made his Major League debut with the Blue Jays in 2008. The left-handed hitter entered tonight’s action with a.235 average, three homers and eight RBI in nine games with Toronto. In 61 games with Triple-A...

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Victor Black Dominating With an Upper 90s Fastball and Plus Slider

When spring training broke camp, the Pirates decided to promote Victor Black aggressively to the Double-A level, despite just 6.2 innings in high-A. Black, Pittsburgh’s first round supplemental pick in the 2009 draft, had only compiled 71.2 innings over parts of three seasons since getting drafted. Several injuries, including a shoulder and bicep injury, halted the prospect’s development. “At first I was concerned...

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