Pirates Notebook: McPherson and Wilson Shine in Debuts; Upcoming Rotation Set

McPherson and Wilson Shine in Debuts by Tim Williams After yesterday’s 19-inning game depleted the bullpen, and made Wandy Rodriguez unavailable for today’s start, the Pittsburgh Pirates opted to make a few roster moves to bring up some help from Indianapolis. The Pirates called up left-hander Justin Wilson and right-hander Kyle McPherson, and both made their Major League debuts tonight. Neither player started, with Kevin...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs on Winning End of 19-inning Game

Not since the heartbreaking 19-inning loss to the Atlanta Braves in 2011, which began the slide for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, had the club played a game that lasted this long.  The Bucs have played just four extra-inning games in the 2012 season, the longest lasting 12 frames. That was until Pittsburgh and St. Louis battled through 19 innings, six hours and seven minutes to notch their 67th victory of the season. It was...

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Pirates Notebook: Rotation Could be Shuffling Again; Marte and Mercer Injury Notes

The Pirates had opportunities to capitalize and rally back against St. Louis on Saturday. But their several failed attempts dropped them to seven games out of the National League Central in a big series against the Cardinals. The red birds moved within one game behind the Pirates for the second spot in the Wild Card after losing the one-run game. 10 men were left on the bases as the club went a combined 1-for-14 with runners in...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Tosses Best Outing of Second Half

After getting six days of rest and throwing two sides since his last start on Friday against San Diego, the Pirates were looking for James McDonald to take a big step forward towards getting back on track. The right-hander did just that in St. Louis facing a tough Cardinals lineup, and scattered just two hits over six shutout frames. “This was a huge step forward for us. We’re going to need him to get something done this...

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Pirates Notebook: Jones Breaks Out Big Bat; Burnett Gets Gritty

The Pirates have struggled on both sides of the game over their recent rough stretch. But Pittsburgh showed a gritty performance on Thursday to snap their three game skid against Los Angeles. It wasn’t a pretty performance, but it was a needed win for the club. Two big swings of the bat from Garrett Jones plated a career-high six RBI as he continues to have an impressive month of August, following solid months in June and July....

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Pirates Notebook: Rodriguez Struggling Since Trade; Do Pirates Need to Look For Help?

Since the Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for three prospects, the left-hander hasn’t pitched well. After allowing five earned runs to Los Angeles in the Pirates third straight loss and their sixth of their last seven games, Rodriguez hasn’t posted numbers as expected. Since the trade, Rodriguez has a 5.58 ERA (15 ER, 24.2IP) over four starts after getting his third loss as a Pirate on Wednesday....

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