• Pirates Notebook: McCutchen’s Power is Just Fine

    A month into the 2012 season, all eyes were on Andrew McCutchen and the fact that he had not yet gone deep for a home run. Game after game, McCutchen continued to pick up hits, doubles, swiping bases, but his lack of long ball power started to raise some concern outside the...

  • Pirates Notebook: Verlander No Hits Pirates Through Eight

    Right-hander Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Detroit. With one out, Josh Harrison took a 1-2 breaking ball for a single into center field to break up the no-no. Verlander went on to induce two groundouts for the complete game shutout. The only two...

  • Pirates Notebook: James McDonald Taking Steps Forward Thanks to Slider

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired James McDonald from the Los Angeles Dodgers (along with prospect outfielder Andrew Lambo) for closer Octavio Dotel in 2010, the club knew that they were getting a talented arm. The righty made 11 starts with Pittsburgh that year after spending most of his Major League career with...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bedard Makes First Start Since Injury

    Left-hander Erik Bedard made his first start on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals since his scheduled start was bumped back by two days due to back spasms. The lefty allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out seven while throwing 92 pitches, 62 strikes. It...

  • Pirates Notebook: Should the Pirates Replace Correia in the Rotation?

    After the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-hander A.J. Burnett during the off-season, Kevin Correia looked to be the odd man out of the rotation. Having six options, it looked as if Correia would start the season in the bullpen with the opportunity for a spot start if needed. But after Burnett’s fluke accident...

  • Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Steps Up in Spot Start, McLouth Needs to Produce

    Since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on April 18, Brad Lincoln was used in relief with the Pittsburgh Pirates. And in that role, the right-hander was very good. He entered game action with just an 0.63 ERA over 14.1 innings, which is third-best in the National League among relievers. “Whatever’s in play now -–...

  • Harrison’s Walk off Hit Ends Extra Inning Affair

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After playing over three and a half hours in the rain at PNC Park on Sunday, burning through the bench and most of the bullpen, the Pittsburgh Pirates walked off against the Houston Astros in the 12th inning in a 3-2 win. “They never give up,” starter A.J. Burnett...

  • Morton Sharp as the Offense Comes Out Swinging in 5-2 Win

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates bats came out swinging off the Houston Astros on Saturday night at PNC Park. After seeing the offense struggle the night before, the club pounded out five runs off lefty Starter J.A. Happ in the 5-2 win. In fact, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said after Friday...

  • Lack of Offense Spoils McDonald’s Impressive Outing

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates entered game action hitting for just a .225 average, ranking 15th in the National League. The lack of offense resulted in several missed opportunities on Friday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Bucs had a runner on third with no outs twice but failed to drive him in...

  • Pirates Notebook: Presley Working to Regain Last Seasons Swing

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- After starting the season off hot -- hitting for a .303/.321/.395 line in 76 at-bats over his first 19 games of the season, Alex Presley has since fizzled off. The left fielder spent the majority of the season batting leadoff, but was bumped to the two spot in place...

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