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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Pirates Notebook: Rodriguez Settles; Club Makes History in Homers and Strikeouts

From the start of things on Tuesday in New York, it didn’t look as if the efficient Wandy Rodriguez was on the mound. He’s shown two different sides since the Pirates acquired him from Houston at the trade deadline. At the beginning he was trying to do too much and justify the trade resulted in him struggling. But once he got more comfortable, Rodriguez went on a solid streak for Pittsburgh. After tossing two innings in...

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Pirates Notebook: Offense Struggles to be Consistent

The Pirates lineup continues to struggle to be consistent over their last several weeks. After belting out 18 hits in the win on Sunday, it looked as if maybe the team had found a spark to finish off the season strong. That wasn’t the case against the New York Mets on Monday at Citi Field. Not until the eighth inning were the Pirates able to plate a run off the Mets bullpen. Andrew McCutchen legged out a triple into the gap in...

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