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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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Can’t Pull Off Comeback Win; McCutchen Wins Two Awards

The Pirates have been able to pull off the comeback win 24 times this season. It’s been kind of the theme for the 2012 Bucs, battling back. Last year, the team was only able to pull off 36 over the entire season. So when Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate after enduring a rain delay in the ninth inning with two runners on, one out, and a left-handed reliever on the mound, there was a glimpse of hope. With one swing of the bat,...

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Pirates Notebook: Sloppy Play Leads to Loss; Tabata Struggling in Triple-A

All it took was one bad inning from the Pittsburgh Pirates to see the club lose the series in Milwaukee and fall a 1/2 game back in the National League Central. A.J. Burnett was cruising along in his 16th start of the season for Pittsburgh. The right-hander was impressive through a few jams, and his veteran experience on the bump allowed him to continue to put up zeros. In the first inning, Norichika Aoki took the first pitch from...

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