Kristy Robinson

  • Analysis
    McDonald Pulled From Rotation, McPherson Replaces Him

    Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle announced on Sunday that James McDonald has been removed from the rotation, and rookie Kyle McPherson will replace him in the five-man staff, getting his first Major League start on Wednesday in Pittsburgh against Milwaukee. As the season continues to wind down, and each game continues to get...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Bucs Snap Skid; Is McDonald’s Spot Safe?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field in Chicago on Saturday afternoon just one game over .500 and three games back of St. Louis for the second spot in the Wild Card race. Looking to snap their seven-game skid and turn things around, the club needed the offense to spark and the pitching...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Should McDonald Skip A Start in the Rotation?

    The second half of the season for James McDonald continues to be a struggle. McDonald has had just two solid starts for the Pirates since the All-Star break. Those outings were a two-hit, six-inning shutout against the Cardinals on August 17th, and a two-hit, seven-inning shutout against St. Louis once again on...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Notebook: Streak Gets to Six; Karstens Moved to Bullpen

    The Pittsburgh Pirates losing streak reached a season-high six games on Wednesday after falling 2-1 to Cincinnati. While the pitching staff kept the club in the game, the offense continues to struggle. That has been the story during the streak for the Pirates. Aside from losing 12-2 in the blow out on Friday...

  • Analysis
    Pittsburgh Pirates Release 2013 Regular Season Schedule

    The Pirates today released the 2013 regular season schedule. The Bucs open up the season at PNC Park versus Chicago Cubs on Monday, April 1. In addition there will be a total of 39 N.L. Central Divisional home games throughout the regular season -- including the first nine home games of the season -- against the...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Losing Streak Reaches Five; Karstens, Walker Feel Good After Sim Game

    The Pittsburgh Pirates streak extended to five games after losing their second straight in Cincinnati on Tuesday. After falling in extra-innings on Monday night, the Pirates were able to put up double-digits in hits (11), but still struggled on the offensive side of the ball, plating just three runs as the Reds scored...

  • Analysis
    McCutchen Showing Signs of Sparking on Offense

    Despite the offensive struggles from the Pirates over the past several weeks, Andrew McCutchen looks like he's getting back on track. And the team needs him to do so. Pittsburgh has lost 21 of their past 30 games, which includes a four game losing streak after Cincinnati walked off in extras on Monday night....

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Missed Opportunities Hurt Bucs in Extras

    After getting swept from Chicago over the weekend in Pittsburgh, Manager Clint Hurdle was repetitive with what needed to be done to get the Pirates out of their rough stretch. “Everything is in front of us,” Hurdle said on Sunday after the loss. “We need to win games. You don’t need more...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Recall Chase d’Arnaud, Bryan Morris; DFA Evan Meek

    The Pittsburgh Pirates today recalled Chase d'Arnaud and Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis. They also selected the contract of Rick VandenHurk from Triple-A. In order to make room on the 40-man for VandenHurk, Evan Meek was designated for assignment. d'Arnaud posted a .252/.325/.383 line over 98 games at Triple-A this season. d'Arnaud...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Need to Put a Foot Down on Current Struggles

    It's not a secret that the Pirates haven't been playing their best baseball over the last several weeks. The team knows it, the Manager knows it, the fans know it, but what will be most critical is how they recover from it. Pittsburgh posted a losing record in the month of August...

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