Pirates Notebook: Adjustments Continue to Pay Off For Bedard

During the All-Star break Erik Bedard used the time off between starts to work on some adjustments. The left-hander took advantage of three side sessions after Manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Ray Searage saw some tweaks that he could work on before the second half of the season started. “We’ve identified some things,” Hurdle said prior to Bedard’s 19th start of the season. “He worked them on three side...

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Getting Back to Last Season’s Form

Jeff Karstens has been working hard to get back to his 2011 form. After missing two months of the season on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury, Karstens has shown over his last four starts that he’s getting there. Karstens tossed seven scoreless frames in the Pirates 3-0 shutout over the Florida Marlins. The 29-year-old has pitched at least seven frames in each of his last four starts, while allowing six earned runs...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Continues to be the Ace of the Staff

When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired A.J Burnett from the New York Yankees on February 19 this spring, the veteran right-hander had an opportunity to join a young ball club and become the ace of the staff. And that’s what he continues to do start after start after start. “I’ve never had a 35-year-old ace on any staff I’ve ever had,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “This is a veteran guy that had an opportunity to...

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Pirates Notebook: Correia Made Adjustment With Focus Toward More Strikeouts

Kevin Correia isn’t a strikeout pitcher. In the first half of the 2012 season, Correia struck out a season-high four batters just three times on the season. But over his last two starts, Correia has combined for 11 strikeouts over 11.0 innings pitched — more than he had combined over his five starts prior. After striking out five Florida Marlins over five frames in the Pirates 4-3 win at PNC Park on Friday, Correia said...

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Pirates Notebook: Who Says the Bucs Don’t Have Power?

Entering game action on Wednesday, Andrew McCutchen (.531 avg, 1.594 OPS) and Neil Walker (.490 avg, 1.357 OPS) were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Majors in the month of July in average and OPS. But despite those two combining to go 0-for-8 on the day, Pittsburgh was still able to pull together a huge win in Colorado on Wednesday to take their 17th series win. Perhaps another sign that things really are different this year. When the...

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Pirates Notebook: Extra Time Pays Off For Bedard; McCutchen and Walker Stay Hot

When Manager Clint Hurdle had the opportunity to shuffle the rotation for the second half of the season, he decided to use it to his advantage. Heading into the All-Star break, Erik Bedard was struggling on the mound. Over his last five starts, he allowed 21 runs over 23.2 innings. After his last trip to the mound, Bedard said wasn’t doing anything different, that just they were hitting his pitches. It wasn’t his health...

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