Rodriguez, Bullpen lead Pirates past Cubs

On Opening Day the Pittsburgh Pirates offense could not get anything to go right, spoiling a 10-strikeout performance by starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. Wednesday the team got another stellar performance from its starting pitcher and this time the bats did just enough to push Pittsburgh to their first win of the season. Wandy Rodriguez allowed just two hits and struck out six Chicago Cubs in 6 2/3 innings while Andrew McCutchen, Gaby...

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Injury Updates: Liriano, Karstens, Morton

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle addressed the status of several of the team’s injured pitchers prior to today’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Francisco Liriano threw off a mound yesterday and Charlie Morton threw a simulated game today, Hurdle said. “All our guys are making progress,” he said. Jeff Karstens is still nursing an inflamed right shoulder. Hurdle said he expected Karstens to begin throwing...

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Bats Fail Burnett in 3-1 Opening Day Loss

If before Monday’s season opener at PNC Park against the Chicago Cubs someone told you A.J. Burnett would have 10 strikeouts and the Pirates’ bullpen would not allow a hit, chances are you would have been pretty happy about Pittsburgh’s chances to win. Well, Burnett did strike out 10 Cubs while Justin Wilson, Jared Hughes and Mark Melancon combined to not allow a hit after Burnett’s exit with two outs in the...

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Pirates Notebook: Opening Day Start a First for A.J. Burnett

It can be hard to find many “firsts” for a player that is entering his 15th season in the big leagues, but when A.J. Burnett takes the mound on Monday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs he’ll be having one of those moments — his first career Opening Day start. Burnett, now in his second season in Pittsburgh, has spent time with the Marlins, Blue Jays and Yankees in addition to the Pirates but has never been...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Bench

We’ve already touched on the platoons of Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider/Jose Tabata in the previews of the infield and outfield, so for today’s preview of the bench players the focus will be on Michael McKenry, John McDonald and Josh Harrison. Michael McKenry — Catcher McKenry gives the Pirates a serviceable backup catcher behind Russell Martin after filling that role in 2012 and 2011 with Rod Barajas....

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