• Pirates Notebook: Burnett Continues to be the Ace of the Staff

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired A.J Burnett from the New York Yankees on February 19 this spring, the veteran right-hander had an opportunity to join a young ball club and become the ace of the staff. And that’s what he continues to do start after start after start. “I’ve never had a 35-year-old ace...

  • Pirates Notebook: Correia Made Adjustment With Focus Toward More Strikeouts

    Kevin Correia isn’t a strikeout pitcher. In the first half of the 2012 season, Correia struck out a season-high four batters just three times on the season. But over his last two starts, Correia has combined for 11 strikeouts over 11.0 innings pitched — more than he had combined over his five starts prior....

  • Pirates Notebook: Who Says the Bucs Don’t Have Power?

    Entering game action on Wednesday, Andrew McCutchen (.531 avg, 1.594 OPS) and Neil Walker (.490 avg, 1.357 OPS) were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Majors in the month of July in average and OPS. But despite those two combining to go 0-for-8 on the day, Pittsburgh was still able...

  • Pirates Notebook: Extra Time Pays Off For Bedard; McCutchen and Walker Stay Hot

    When Manager Clint Hurdle had the opportunity to shuffle the rotation for the second half of the season, he decided to use it to his advantage. Heading into the All-Star break, Erik Bedard was struggling on the mound. Over his last five starts, he allowed 21 runs over 23.2 innings. After his...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bucs Can’t Pull Off Comeback Win; McCutchen Wins Two Awards

    The Pirates have been able to pull off the comeback win 24 times this season. It’s been kind of the theme for the 2012 Bucs, battling back. Last year, the team was only able to pull off 36 over the entire season. So when Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate after enduring a...

  • Pirates Notebook: Sloppy Play Leads to Loss; Tabata Struggling in Triple-A

    All it took was one bad inning from the Pittsburgh Pirates to see the club lose the series in Milwaukee and fall a 1/2 game back in the National League Central. A.J. Burnett was cruising along in his 16th start of the season for Pittsburgh. The right-hander was impressive through a few...

  • Pirates Notebook: Walker Heats Up in July; Why Pitch to McCutchen?

    Just like the months in the summer heat up, so does Neil Walker at the plate. After hitting .278 in April and .238 in the month of May, Walker’s bat has started to become red hot in July. “I feel good at the plate,” Walker said. “And I’m happy about that. July...

  • Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles Against Milwaukee, Presley Set For Rehab Assignment

    Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the rotation for the second half of the season and gave the first start to James McDonald. And based on his impressive season, the right-hander deserved it. McDonald entered the All-Star break ranked third in the National League in ERA (2.37) and second in batting average against (.196)....

  • 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...

  • 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....

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