Pirates Notebook: First-Pitch Strikes Key for Rodriguez

Wandy Rodriguez returned from injury Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates and promptly mowed down the hottest team in baseball. Rodriguez was sharp from the beginning and allowed just one hit in seven innings and combined with Mark Melancon and Vin Mazzarro to face the minimum of 27 batters in the Pirates’ 6-0 win against the Braves at PNC Park. Of the 21 batters Rodriguez faced, he either threw a first-pitch strike or got the...

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Locke Struggles with Consistency in Pirates Loss

Prior to Thursday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves, Clint Hurdle talked about how the back end of the starting rotation knows there is competition on the way, and after Jeff Locke’s performance in a 6-4 Atlanta win the Pirates manager elaborated on just what it is Locke needs to improve on. “The one thing that continues to I think just challenge him is his overall consistency,”...

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Pirates Notebook: Top of the Lineup Heating Up

Wins are for the most part an antiquated statistic in baseball, but sometimes a win can carry a bit of significance. A.J. Burnett got his first one of the 2013 campaign Wednesday night at PNC Park, but that was not what people will remember about the game. Burnett not only got strikeout No. 2,000 for his career, he flirted with perfection and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a two-out double to Carlos...

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A.J. Burnett: Anatomy of a One-Hitter

So many events have to go right for a no-hitter to happen. We sometimes lose sight of that, living in this Golden Age of 23 no-hitters in the last six years. Even with no-hitters becoming almost as common an occurrence as Clint Barmes home runs, they still require a potent combination of talent and good fortune to come true (you know, like a Clint Barmes home run). When looking at A.J. Burnett taking a perfect game into the 6th inning...

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Pirates Pregame: Rodriguez Will Start Friday Against Braves

Wandy Rodriguez was throwing today during the pregame media session with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, and apparently things went well. Hurdle said he would have more information about Rodriguez’s status after tonight game. “I’ll definitely have something for you after the the game,” he said. “Or if you hear a big scream and jump up and down then you know it’s all good.” There were no screams...

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Pirates-Cardinals Rained Out

The Pittsburgh Pirates led the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 entering the third inning on Tuesday night when heavy rain and lightning descended on PNC Park. After a rain delay of more than an hour the game was officially postponed. A makeup date will be announced at a later time.

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