• Pirates Notebook: Burnett Finding Joy in Baseball Again

    PITTSBURGH, PA — Not since Dock Ellis in 1974 has a Pittsburgh starting pitcher won more than six straight starts (Ellis won eight). But on Friday night in front of a sell out crowd at PNC Park, A.J. Burnett put himself in with pretty good company by winning his seventh straight in...

  • Pirates Notebook: Guidance Key for McDonald’s Impressive Season

    PITTSBURGH, PA — Last season James McDonald had trouble pitching lengthy outings. But this year there is a whole different guy on the mound. McDonald continues to knock down different challenges this season. On Thursday night at PNC Park McDonald threw his first Major League complete game in the Pirates 9-1 series...

  • Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Gets Another Opportunity to Start on Saturday

    PITTSBURGH, PA — Manager Clint Hurdle has been patient with several players throughout the season. He’s shown patience with Pedro Alvarez. Even when he was bumped out of the cleanup spot and benched for a few days for his swing, the club didn’t send him to Triple-A. They showed patience that he would...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hot Hitting Continues Against the Twins

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Josh Harrison broke camp with the Pirates out of spring training knowing that he was going to be limited to a bench role with the club. But the super utility man makes the most out of his opportunities when he is in the starting lineup. Harrison put up a...

  • Pirates Notebook: Is Lincoln at Risk of Being Replaced in the Rotation?

    Prior to the game on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said the plan was to keep Brad Lincoln in the rotation until Jeff Karstens returned from the disabled list. That, however, was before Lincoln lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up four runs to the Tribe. After...

  • Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Looking Locked in at the Plate

    CLEVELAND, OH — Pedro Alvarez has been locked in at the plate the past two games against the Cleveland Indians. The third baseman drove in a career-high six RBI on Sunday and nine overall over his last nine at-bats. In the Pirates win on Saturday, Alvarez connected for two long balls. “Just...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bucs See a Power Surge

    CLEVELAND, OH — After the Pirates failed to score a run in the 2-0 shutout on Friday night in Cleveland, Manager Clint Hurdle said their biggest challenge at the plate this season has been not being ready for good pitches to hit. The club whiffed 10 times on the day and connected for...

  • Pirates Notebook: McDonald Is Hard to Hit; Jones Seeking Consistency

    CLEVELAND, OH. — When James McDonald takes the mound, he’s hard to hit. When he’s got fastball command, and his secondary pitches are working, the opposing team doesn’t have much luck trying to square up a base knock. He’s already flirted with two no-hitters in 2012. And on Friday night against the...

  • Pirates Notebook: A Bad Week All Around For the Pirates Rotation

    The Pittsburgh Pirates flew into Baltimore tied for first place with the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. They were on a four-game winning streak, a sweep of the Kansas City Royals, and a season-high five games over .500. The Bucs headed into their 60th game of the season on Tuesday with a 32-27...

  • Pirates Notebook: Correia’s Luck is Running Out

    A day after right-hander Brad Lincoln struggled in his third spot start of the season, the Pirates saw another rough outing from a starter in Kevin Correia. While the starting staff has been very solid this season, Correia, the club’s fifth starter, has posted an ERA over 5.00 since the end of...

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