Pirates Notebook: Bucs Playing With Confidence, Finishing the First Half Strong

PITTSBURGH, PA — Today marked the halfway point of the season. If the first half is any indicator for what is in store in the second part of the season, Pittsburgh Pirate fans and the city better buckle up, because it’s going to be a fun team to watch. The club entered game action on the Fourth of July tied for first place in the National League Central with the Cincinnati Reds. After clawing back from a four-run deficit...

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Pirates Notebook: Perhaps This Year IS Different

PITTSBURGH, PA — Drew Sutton hasn’t been wearing Black and Yellow for very long, but he had quite the moment on Tuesday night. After Joel Hanrahan blew just his third save of the season to the Houston Astros on a two out, two-strike RBI double, the game went to the bottom of the ninth inning tied at seven. The club had already rallied back from a four-run deficit in the game and tied the game up in the seventh inning. So...

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Tabata Sent to Triple-A to Reignite His Game, But It’s Not Quite Marte Time

PITTSBURGH, PA — There came a point in time that the Pirates organization had enough with outfielder Jose Tabata, and decided that a demotion to Triple-A Indianapolis would help him reignite his game. That move came on Tuesday, when Pittsburgh optioned him to Indianapolis and recalled outfielder Gorkys Hernandez. The move, however, was focused on getting Tabata back on track, while getting consistent at-bats, reps, games and...

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Pirates Option Jose Tabata to Triple-A, Gorkys Hernandez Recalled

PITTSBURGH, PA — The Pittsburgh Pirates demoted outfielder Jose Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, and recalled Gorkys Hernandez from Triple-A Indy. Tabata is hitting just .230/.295/.341 on the season. Last week, Manager Clint Hurdle said sending the outfielder to Triple-A was an option, due to his lack of hustle and production in the lineup and on the field. Tabata is batting .267 over his last 10 games. Hernandez made...

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Were the Pirates Snubbed on the All-Star Rosters?

PITTSBURGH, PA — Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan were both named to the National League All-Star team on Sunday for their second straight season. Both players have posted numbers worthy of the nominations. McCutchen entered game action on Monday as the only player in the Majors with at least 15 home runs, 51 RBI and 14 stolen bases this season. Hanrahan is just one of four pitchers in the Majors with at least 60 saves since...

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