Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets First Big League Win in Final Start

It took a while –10 big league starts and 67.2 innings to be exact — for Jeff Locke to notch his first Major League win, but the lefty rookie was able to get that notch that in his solid final start of the 2012 season. Locke has come a long way from the left-hander that made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh last September against the now Miami Marlins. Locke tossed 16.2 frames in the big leagues last season. Getting...

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Pirates Notebook: Twenty

Heading in to 2012 it was 19-consecutive losing seasons since the Pirates have fielded a winning team in Pittsburgh. And after a painful loss from a blown save and a bad base running blunder, that streak was extended to twenty. From where the Pirates were on July 28th — sitting at 58-42 and a season-high 16 games over .500, on pace to win 94 games — to where they are on September 30th has been a heartbreaking collapse. The...

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Pirates Notebook: McPherson Makes A Lasting Impression

Kyle McPherson may have only thrown 20.1 innings in the Majors before taking the mound on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but the 24-year-old looked nothing like a rookie against the National League Central best Cincinnati Reds. Looking to make a lasting impression in his final start of the 2012 season, and to put himself into conversation for a spot in the Pirates rotation out of spring training next year, McPherson was impressive in...

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Pirates Notebook: Bailey Tosses No-Hitter to Ensure Bucs Losing Season

The only thing that could have been worse for the Pirates than losing their 81st game of the season to ensure a losing year would be if it was lost in grand fashion. And that’s exactly what happened at PNC Park on Friday night in Pittsburgh. Facing the Reds’ Homer Bailey, who had sported a career 2.83 ERA against the Pirates, the right-hander was un-hittable against Pittsburgh’s lineup. Literally. Bailey needed 115...

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Pirates Notebook: Rough Start From Correia Sends Club 80th Loss; McCutchen, Walker Updates

The Pittsburgh Pirates needed a strong start from Kevin Correia on Thursday for their final road game of the 2012 season. Facing a Cy Young Award candidate in New York’s R.A. Dickey, and their 20th consecutive losing season on the line, Correia gave the club the chance to notch their 77th win through his first four frames. But a four-run fifth pushed the Mets out in front. The Pirates offense scratched their way back, but came...

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Pirates Notebook: Locke Struggles in Start; Walker Could Get Shut Down

With the Pirates taking ample looks at Jeff Locke in the rotation for the final month of the season, the rookie has shown flashes of good stuff. Pittsburgh’s rotation heading into the offseason has several possible vacant spots and Locke has an opportunity to prove that he belongs in it. In two of his four starts in the Majors this season, Locke has held the opposing team to three runs or less. However, in those other two, the...

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