Pirates Notebook: Barmes Has Biggest Swing of His Season

This Pittsburgh Pirates team battles, and never gives up. Even when things look like they’re starting to turn for the worse, they’ve been able to prevail and beat the odds. It proved to be true on Sunday afternoon, in perhaps the wildest first four innings played this 2012 season. “We’re pretty good,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’re not perfect. We’ll confuse you. We’ll probably anger you from time to...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Shows Two Sides; Velocity Returns for Grilli

When the Pirates have had struggles or been battling through a losing streak, A.J. Burnett was the stopper for Pittsburgh. Burnett entered game action having won four straight decisions and 13 of his last 14. When the team needed a pick me up, the veteran right-hander was the stopper for the club. Burnett looked to become the Pirates first 15 game winner since Todd Ritchie in 1999. But Padres’ starter Jason Marquis was near...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Struggling in 2nd Half; Bucs Going With 6-Man Rotation

James McDonald has struggled the second half of the season. The McDonald that Pittsburgh saw in the first half of the season was impressive. He entered the break with just a 2.37 ERA and looked to be the club’s ace of the staff. His evolution drew so much attention that some were surprised he wasn’t chosen to pitch in the All-Star game for the National League. But the version that has been on the bump since the break has...

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Pirates Notebook: Locke Shines in 2012 Debut, But His Role is Undecided

Jeff Locke was impressive in his 2012 debut for the Pirates on Thursday at PNC Park. The left-hander, who was recalled on Wednesday, was promoted to serve the club with length from the bullpen — a role that he’s never been called upon to do in his professional career. But the 24-year-old looked nothing like a rookie on the mound in Pittsburgh. “I think there’s nerves anytime you pitch at any level. If you’re not...

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Pirates Notebook: Correia Adjusts in Spot Start; Presley in Triple-A to Get More At-Bats

It’s been two weeks since the last time Kevin Correia made a start for Pittsburgh. He was moved into the bullpen when the club acquired Wandy Rodriguez a few days before the trade deadline. Correia made one appearance during that span in relief, where he struggled and allowed four earned over two frames, in adjusting to the new role. Not since when he was with the San Francisco Giants from 2003-08 had Correia been used in long...

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Pirates Notebook: Marte is as Advertised; Correia Adjusting to New Role

It’s only been less than two weeks in the big leagues for Starling Marte, but we’ve already seen flashes of exciting plays from the 23-year-old that makes you see his special potential. He showed off his power in his very first pitch in his very first at-bat launching a home run in his 2-for-4 debut. We’ve seen him show off his cannon arm by nailing a runner trying to stretch a single into a double. And we’ve...

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