Kristy Robinson

  • Analysis
    Pirates Focus In-House, Rather Than Waiver Claims

    With just two days remaining until the August 31 trade waiver claim ends, Manager Clint Hurdle said the focus for the Pittsburgh Pirates down the stretch is internal. "I think right now as we tier things down, our focus starts in house, and then it moves down from there," Hurdle said. " if something...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Pitching Blanks Cardinals; Weekend Rotation Set

    The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff shined at PNC Park on Wednesday night. Wandy Rodriguez and the bullpen blanked St. Louis, which extended their consecutive scoreless streak to 21 frames. Not since the sixth inning of Monday night’s loss had the Cardinals plated a run off Pittsburgh’s arms. The feat was impressive considering the Cardinals...

  • Injury Updates
    Walker Feels Encouraged Low Back Isn’t Long-Term

    Neil Walker was out of the starting lineup again on Wednesday, after being scratched from the lineup after batting practice on Monday. Walker arrived to the ballpark  today, where he underwent treatment and stretching with the training staff to get back full from tightness in his lower back. "Today is much better than the...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Weighing Options on Bedard’s Spot in Rotation

    With Erik Bedard out of the rotation, the Pirates have several days to figure out how they plan on moving forward. The club has an off day on Thursday before opening up a three-game set in Milwaukee on Friday. Bedard's spot in the rotation doesn't come up until Saturday,  which is also September 1st when the Pirates can...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Locked in at the Plate; McDonald Needs to Seek Greatness

    When Pedro Alvarez is locked in at the plate, watch out. That was no more evident than on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Alvarez had a four hit night, but it was two huge swings of the bat that dropped jaws. “I shared with him after his last at-bat where he struck...

  • Analysis
    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...

  • Pirates Notebook
    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...

  • Pirates Notebook
    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...

  • Analysis
    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...

  • Transactions
    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...

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