Pirates Notebook: Locke Struggles in Start; Walker Could Get Shut Down

With the Pirates taking ample looks at Jeff Locke in the rotation for the final month of the season, the rookie has shown flashes of good stuff. Pittsburgh’s rotation heading into the offseason has several possible vacant spots and Locke has an opportunity to prove that he belongs in it. In two of his four starts in the Majors this season, Locke has held the opposing team to three runs or less. However, in those other two, the...

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Huntington, Stark, Smith Will Be Retained for 2013

General Manager Neal Huntington, along with Assistant Kyle Stark and Greg Smith will be retained for the 2013 season, according to Pirates President Frank Coonelly. Despite Pittsburgh seeing a second straight second-half collapse, the front office will remain intact. Stark and Smith were also recently criticized for the training methods they used in the Fall Instructional League this month. Coonelly issued a statement on Wednesday....

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Pirates Notebook: Rodriguez Settles; Club Makes History in Homers and Strikeouts

From the start of things on Tuesday in New York, it didn’t look as if the efficient Wandy Rodriguez was on the mound. He’s shown two different sides since the Pirates acquired him from Houston at the trade deadline. At the beginning he was trying to do too much and justify the trade resulted in him struggling. But once he got more comfortable, Rodriguez went on a solid streak for Pittsburgh. After tossing two innings in...

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Pirates Notebook: Offense Struggles to be Consistent

The Pirates lineup continues to struggle to be consistent over their last several weeks. After belting out 18 hits in the win on Sunday, it looked as if maybe the team had found a spark to finish off the season strong. That wasn’t the case against the New York Mets on Monday at Citi Field. Not until the eighth inning were the Pirates able to plate a run off the Mets bullpen. Andrew McCutchen legged out a triple into the gap in...

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McPherson Ready to Make an Impact in the Majors

It’s been a whirlwind season for rookie Kyle McPherson. From starting the season on the minor league disabled list, to getting his arm back healthy in Double-A, then dominating in his short stay at the Triple-A level, McPherson saw the deserving jump to the Majors. The hard work that McPherson put in this challenging year has paid off. And he doesn’t plan on going anywhere. “It’s like living out of a suitcase,...

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