Pirates Notebook: McCutchen, Walker Power Bucs to Strong First Half Finish

PITTSBURGH, PA — When Andrew McCutchen steps to the plate, more often than not, he does something special. In the final game before the All-Star break, McCutchen put on a display of why he’s worthy of National League MVP conversations. After Neil Walker doubled off San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum with one-out in the first inning, McCutchen took a 3-2 pitch from the right-hander that he launched for his 17th home run of...

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Pirates Notebook: McCutchen Won’t Repeat Second Half Slump

Andrew McCutchen had learned a lot from his second half struggles last year with the Pirates. After hitting .291 heading into the All-Star break, the club fell out of first place and McCutchen tried to do too much at the plate. He hit just .216 in the second half of the season. The All-Star center fielder has put up numbers that have put him in MVP discussion. He’s hit for a .360/.413/.610 line and is tied on the team with 16...

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Pirates Notebook: Bedard Not Same Pitcher Since Injury

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Erik Bedard started the season out very strong in his first season as a Pirate. The lefty sported a 2.48 ERA over his first five starts in April and pitched more than seven innings twice during that span. But since exiting his seventh start of the season with back spasms, the lefty hasn’t been the same guy. Bedard said after the game that he was healthy. But his numbers have not been pretty since then....

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Looking Like the 2011 Version

PITTSBURGH, PA — Jeff Karstens has been very sharp over his last two outings with Pittsburgh, showing a glimpse of what we saw from the right-hander during the 2011 season. After missing two months of this season due to right-shoulder inflammation, and a set back during a rehab outing with a hip flexor injury, Karstens first trip back the mound was shaky. Karstens allowed six earned on 11 hits over five frames, wondering if...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Playing With Confidence, Finishing the First Half Strong

PITTSBURGH, PA — Today marked the halfway point of the season. If the first half is any indicator for what is in store in the second part of the season, Pittsburgh Pirate fans and the city better buckle up, because it’s going to be a fun team to watch. The club entered game action on the Fourth of July tied for first place in the National League Central with the Cincinnati Reds. After clawing back from a four-run deficit...

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Pirates Notebook: Perhaps This Year IS Different

PITTSBURGH, PA — Drew Sutton hasn’t been wearing Black and Yellow for very long, but he had quite the moment on Tuesday night. After Joel Hanrahan blew just his third save of the season to the Houston Astros on a two out, two-strike RBI double, the game went to the bottom of the ninth inning tied at seven. The club had already rallied back from a four-run deficit in the game and tied the game up in the seventh inning. So...

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