Pirates Notebook: Bucs Spark Hit Parade; Huntington Addresses SEALs Criticism

The Pirates offense has been struggling to hit consistently in the month of September. Pittsburgh entered game action Sunday with a five game skid, and having scored more than just one run in only one of those games. In back-to-back games against the 100-plus lost Houston Astros, the Pirates were only able to score two runs, each solo-home runs. Looking for a spark to finish the 2012 season on a high-note over their final stretch,...

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Pirates Notebook: Correia Racking Up the Strikeouts; McPherson Remains in Rotation

Kevin Correia was dealing against Houston before a costly error was taken advantage of by the Astros in the eventual loss, which sailed the Pirates to three games below .500 and their fifth straight. Correia retired four straight before Jed Lowrie singled into shallow center field to lead off the seventh inning. Matt Dominguez hit a grounder to short, which would have been a routine double play, but Clint Barmes kicked the ball into...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Struggle to Find a Spark

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to struggle to find a way to create a spark. The lineup hasn’t been able to provide offense, while the bullpen, which was once a strength, has become a recent weakness. With 12 games remaining in the regular season, the collapse has pushed the club not only out of playoff reach, but possibly out of their first winning season in two decades. “It seems like we’re just not coming together as a...

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Pirates Need to Finish in Final Two Weeks of Season

Prior to the Pirates heartbreaking loss on Thursday at PNC Park, Manager Clint Hurdle said that he didn’t expect the team to work their way back to .500. It was just several weeks ago that the Pirates were in the National League Central Division hunt. On July 28th, Pittsburgh was a season-high 16 games over .500. After the Bucs took a 7-4 lead into the eighth inning last night against Milwaukee, the bullpen blew the lead, which...

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Pirates Notebook: Heart-breaker Drops Bucs Below .500

Prior to the game on Thursday, Manager Clint Hurdle said he’s been trying some things to help spark the lineup. The offense struggled in the first two games of the three-game set against Milwaukee. They combined for just one run — an Andrew McCutchen long ball, which snapped their 23 scoreless drought without scoring a run — on nine hits in the series. “There’s times you do move things around to try and catch a...

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