• Pirates Notebook: McKenry Taking Advantage of Opportunities

    During the 2011 offseason, Michael McKenry went down to the Fall Instructional League to work on his hitting with Manager Clint Hurdle. Working with his skipper continued throughout spring training when McKenry focused on some adjustments at the plate. McKenry is already sound behind the plate, earning the nickname “The Fort” for...

  • Pirates Notebook: Profiling the Trade Deadline Additions

    In the past 24 hours the Pittsburgh Pirates have added three big league players and a minor league pitcher to their club. On a busy trade deadline day, the Pirates continued with their plan since General Manager Neal Huntington took over 2007 — to improve the Major League team without sacrificing the future. The...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bedard Is the Latest Starter to Struggle; Cruz Working His Way Back

    After seeing James McDonald’s post All-Star break struggles continue on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates needed the Erik Bedard that — after some adjustments — has been dominant his first two starts in the second half of the season on the mound in Chicago on Monday. And over the first three innings, it...

  • Pirates Notebook: McDonald Continues Second Half Struggles; Correia Requests Trade

    James McDonald struggled in his first two starts after the All-Star break. He allowed 10 earned runs over 9.2 innings with nine walks to just four strikeouts. McDonald’s last trip to the bump at PNC Park on Tuesday against Chicago was a step forward. Although he allowed five earned runs over six...

  • Pirates Notebook: Team Effort Leads to Another Comeback; McKenry Continues to Hit

    There is a reason why the roster consists of 25 men, and why it takes everyone to pull out a win. The Pittsburgh Pirates proved that to be true on Friday night in Houston. The Pirates tied the game up at four in the seventh inning with a pinch-hit sac fly from...

  • Pirates Notebook: Marte Impressive in Debut; Jones Hitting Lefties

    Manager Clint Hurdle always gives the same message to rookies when they first arrive to the big leagues — respect everything and fear nothing. The message must have resonated with the 23-year-old Startling Marte in his Major League debut on Thursday in Houston. Because that’s exactly what he did. The outfielder stepped...

  • Pirates Notebook: Correia Could Be the Odd Man Out of the Rotation

    Kevin Correia took the mound at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon fighting for a spot in the rotation. The Pirates traded for left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday night, which will make one of Pittsburgh’s current starters an odd man out. Rodriguez is expected to be added to the active roster on Thursday,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Breaking Down the Wandy Rodriguez Trade

    The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to add a starting pitcher and bat by the deadline. And on Tuesday night, the club made a trade in order to improve the ball club on the mound. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was acquired from the Houston Astros along with cash in exchange for prospects Colton Cain, Robbie...

  • Pirates Notebook: Adjustments Continue to Pay Off For Bedard

    During the All-Star break Erik Bedard used the time off between starts to work on some adjustments. The left-hander took advantage of three side sessions after Manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Ray Searage saw some tweaks that he could work on before the second half of the season started. “We’ve identified...

  • Pirates Notebook: Karstens Getting Back to Last Season’s Form

    Jeff Karstens has been working hard to get back to his 2011 form. After missing two months of the season on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury, Karstens has shown over his last four starts that he’s getting there. Karstens tossed seven scoreless frames in the Pirates 3-0 shutout over...

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