• Pirates Notebook: Rodriguez Tosses Solid Outing; Plans With Wilson Haven’t Changed

    Wandy Rodriguez didn’t impress over his first four starts with Pittsburgh after being traded from Houston. The left-hander posted a 5.58 ERA over 24.2 innings, before taking the mound at PNC Park on Friday. Not having started since the 15th, Rodriguez did pitch two innings of relief in the Bucs 19-inning marathon...

  • Pirates Notebook: Garrett Jones Has Been a Key to the Pirates’ Season

    Garrett Jones has been huge for the Pirates all season, but his big swings of the bat on Tuesday night in San Diego gave the team a chance to battle back and win. Jones entered game action having gone 48-for-151 (.318 avg ) with 10 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 35...

  • Pirates Notebook: McPherson and Wilson Shine in Debuts; Upcoming Rotation Set

    McPherson and Wilson Shine in Debuts by Tim Williams After yesterday’s 19-inning game depleted the bullpen, and made Wandy Rodriguez unavailable for today’s start, the Pittsburgh Pirates opted to make a few roster moves to bring up some help from Indianapolis. The Pirates called up left-hander Justin Wilson and right-hander Kyle McPherson,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bucs on Winning End of 19-inning Game

    Not since the heartbreaking 19-inning loss to the Atlanta Braves in 2011, which began the slide for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, had the club played a game that lasted this long.  The Bucs have played just four extra-inning games in the 2012 season, the longest lasting 12 frames. That was until...

  • Pirates Notebook: Rotation Could be Shuffling Again; Marte and Mercer Injury Notes

    The Pirates had opportunities to capitalize and rally back against St. Louis on Saturday. But their several failed attempts dropped them to seven games out of the National League Central in a big series against the Cardinals. The red birds moved within one game behind the Pirates for the second spot in the Wild...

  • Pirates Notebook: McDonald Tosses Best Outing of Second Half

    After getting six days of rest and throwing two sides since his last start on Friday against San Diego, the Pirates were looking for James McDonald to take a big step forward towards getting back on track. The right-hander did just that in St. Louis facing a tough Cardinals lineup, and scattered...

  • Pirates Notebook: Jones Breaks Out Big Bat; Burnett Gets Gritty

    The Pirates have struggled on both sides of the game over their recent rough stretch. But Pittsburgh showed a gritty performance on Thursday to snap their three game skid against Los Angeles. It wasn’t a pretty performance, but it was a needed win for the club. Two big swings of the bat...

  • Pirates Notebook: Rodriguez Struggling Since Trade; Do Pirates Need to Look For Help?

    Since the Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for three prospects, the left-hander hasn’t pitched well. After allowing five earned runs to Los Angeles in the Pirates third straight loss and their sixth of their last seven games, Rodriguez hasn’t posted numbers as expected. Since the trade, Rodriguez has a...

  • Pirates Notebook: No Quitting in the Bucs During Rough Stretch

    The Pirates are going through a rough stretch. After getting shutout 11-0 to Los Angeles on Tuesday, Manager Clint Hurdle said “it is our worst patch of play probably during the season.” While the starting staff and bullpen has been struggling, the offense hasn’t been able to click consistently either. The club...

  • Pirates Notebook: Karstens Tinkering with Curve; McDonald Gets Bumped in Rotation

    Jeff Karstens has been working on some adjustments over his last several starts. Since returning from the disabled list due  to a shoulder injury, which caused him to miss over two months, Karstens has posted a 3.79 ERA after his four earned run outing on Monday against Los Angeles. “I don’t think...

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