Pirates Notebook: Pitching Blanks Cardinals; Weekend Rotation Set

The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff shined at PNC Park on Wednesday night. Wandy Rodriguez and the bullpen blanked St. Louis, which extended their consecutive scoreless streak to 21 frames. Not since the sixth inning of Monday night’s loss had the Cardinals plated a run off Pittsburgh’s arms. The feat was impressive considering the Cardinals entered game action on Wednesday atop the National League in average, hitting...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Locked in at the Plate; McDonald Needs to Seek Greatness

When Pedro Alvarez is locked in at the plate, watch out. That was no more evident than on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Alvarez had a four hit night, but it was two huge swings of the bat that dropped jaws. “I shared with him after his last at-bat where he struck out, I said, ‘Look. All you got to do is hit two homers, get four hits, and they’ll clap for you when you strike out around here’,” Manager Clint Hurdle joked. With Andrew...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles in August; Sanchez Working on Versatility

The Pirates have been struggling in the month of August. While their pitching has been impressive for most of the season, their team ERA ballooned to a 4.58 ERA this month as the club has posted just a 9-16 record. A.J. Burnett was the next Pittsburgh starter to struggle on the bump on Monday at PNC Park. After allowing four runs over 5.2 innings (shortened by the rain delay), the right-hander has now sported a 6.00 ERA this month...

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Pirates Notebook: Two Outs Hurt Bucs; Pirates Continue to Make Waiver Claims

Two-out hits hurt the Pirates on both sides of the ball on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. The Brewers did their damage from two-out knocks off Erik Bedard, while Pittsburgh wasn’t able to capitalize on two-out hitting. Six of the seven runs the pitching staff surrendered game with two-outs, while the Bucs stranded eight of their 12 batters after attempting to rally back with two-outs. “There is nothing better than getting a...

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens, McKenry Playing Wiffle Ball; Tabata in Better Frame of Mind

When Jeff Karstens takes the mound, Michael McKenry is usually the guy behind the plate. It’s been that way for the past two seasons more often than not, but the two work well and have fun together. “It’s a lot of fun because there’s a lot of trickery involved, different aspects of the game that you can fiddle with and play with,” McKenry said. “He’s a lot of fun to catch. It’s like playing wiffle ball every...

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Pirates Notebook: Rodriguez Tosses Solid Outing; Plans With Wilson Haven’t Changed

Wandy Rodriguez didn’t impress over his first four starts with Pittsburgh after being traded from Houston. The left-hander posted a 5.58 ERA over 24.2 innings, before taking the mound at PNC Park on Friday. Not having started since the 15th, Rodriguez did pitch two innings of relief in the Bucs 19-inning marathon game in St. Louis. Rodriguez looked much sharper and tossed a quality start. “He has really tried to validate...

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