• Pirates Notebook: Notes from the First Series

    Three games into the 2013 season the Pirates are 1-2 and for the most part have not been able to consistently put the ball into play. Andrew McCutchen, not surprisingly, has not been one of the players that hasn’t had that problem. Yesterday in the Pirates Pregame we talked about his commitment...

  • Seeing Similarities in the Pirates’ Two Losses

    The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t complete a ninth-inning comeback in their 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs and it there was a sense of déjà vu to the game. Much like in the Opening Day loss, the Pirates got a strong outing from its starting pitcher. James McDonald allowed just two hits and...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pirates Notebook: Garrett Jones as a Number Two Hitter?

    Garrett Jones hit in the number two hole today. Garrett Jones hit in the number two spot today. Tomorrow he will do the same thing. When people have been thinking about possible lineups for the 2013 season, I don't think that many had Jones as an option to bat second. However, Pirates...

  • Pirates Notebook: Karstens Has Enough Time to be Ready For the Season

    Jeff Karstens has enough time to be ready for the regular season. Jeff Karstens threw two innings at Pirate City this afternoon, going up against the Triple-A squad. After the start, Karstens mentioned how he's 1-2 outings behind everyone else in camp. The right-hander will extend to three innings the next time...

  • Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets Hit Hard, Irwin Drawing Some Attention

    Jeff Locke had a bit of a rough outing today at McKechnie Field. The left-hander was hit hard, with eight hits in 3.1 innings, although he managed to limit the damage with only two runs allowed. Part of the low run count was due to Phil Irwin stranding two in the fourth,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Pitchers Buying Into The Pickoff; Burnett Has His Best Outing

    A.J. Burnett picked off a runner in the first inning today. It's starting to become a familiar sight this Spring to see a Pirates pitcher picking off a runner at first. On Thursday, James McDonald started the game by allowing a single, then erased the runner with a pickoff to first. Today,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Believes Marte Could Be a Dynamic Leadoff Hitter

    The Pirates could use a lot of nights like tonight from Starling Marte during the 2013 season. The outfielder led off the game with a single, after working the count in a long at-bat. He then went on to steal second, and moved to third when the throw from the catcher went...

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