Pirates Notebook: Snider’s Slam Swing Sustains Strong Start

Maybe Brad Lincoln hits a pinch-hit home run if you give him a chance. Travis Snider did so to lead the Pirates to a 5-4 victory Tuesday, all a part of a successful 2013 campaign with the Pirates after being swapped for Lincoln. His approach has been strong this season: swinging at the fewest pitches in his career, especially outside the strike zone; making the most contact on pitches in his career. Thus, Snider has reduced his...

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Travis Snider’s Grand Slam Lifts Pirates to 5-4 Win

On a night that was hot, then rainy, then blustery, Travis Snider’s swing was the real force of nature. Snider didn’t start against right-hander Matt Garza, but the Cubs bullpen arrived for the 6th inning and he took some cuts in the batting cage to get ready to pinch-hit. The situation: bases loaded in the 6th inning, down 3-1 and facing former teammate Shawn Camp. “He tends to get a lot of guys to chase outside the...

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Pirates Notebook: Jeff Karstens Talks Rehab, Role With Team

Pitcher Jeff Karstens threw a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon in his continued rehabilitation back to the Major Leagues. Karstens is scheduled to make another rehab start Thursday or Friday. In his last start Saturday for Altoona, Karstens gave up two hits and two walks for two unearned runs in the first innings, then settled in to pitch three scoreless frames. He had previously thrown 42 pitches in three innings for Bradenton, and...

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Pirates Win Series on Locke’s Sharp Start, Alvarez’s Homer

It’s a negative that the Pirates could only score eight runs in three games against the Houston Astros, baseball’s worst run-preventing team. It’s a negative that that they could only crack open four total hits on average starting pitcher Lucas Harrell, and needed 15 hitters Sunday to hit the ball out of the infield. But when a Pirates batter finally hit one out of infield… boom. Pedro Alvarez roped...

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Pirates Notebook: Andrew McCutchen Scratched From Lineup

What a two months it has been for Starling Marte. The Pirates left fielder has evolved from a potential-packed-but-raw leadoff hitter to a possible All-Star. Marte was set to have a day off before the team’s scheduled off-day Monday, but Andrew McCutchen is a late scratch due to right knee soreness, so Marte will instead play center field. Let’s look at what Marte has done this season: He is making contact on more pitches,...

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Pirates Lose 4-2: Andrew McCutchen, A.J. Burnett Still Good at Baseball

Seeing the Houston Astros again must make the Pirates nostalgic for last year, when Andrew McCutchen and A.J. Burnett strapped the team to their back in the first half and carried them to first place on their own will. So it was again for the Pirates (25-18) in a 4-2 loss Saturday night at PNC Park. McCutchen hit two doubles and scored the two Pittsburgh runs while Burnett struck out seven hitters and allowed only one run on his...

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