Pirates Notebook: Burnett Finding Joy in Baseball Again

PITTSBURGH, PA — Not since Dock Ellis in 1974 has a Pittsburgh starting pitcher won more than six straight starts (Ellis won eight). But on Friday night in front of a sell out crowd at PNC Park, A.J. Burnett put himself in with pretty good company by winning his seventh straight in the Pirates 4-1 victory over Detroit. “As long as we are winning out there, it’s all good,” Burnett said. “It’s not about me out...

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Pirates Notebook: Guidance Key for McDonald’s Impressive Season

PITTSBURGH, PA — Last season James McDonald had trouble pitching lengthy outings. But this year there is a whole different guy on the mound. McDonald continues to knock down different challenges this season. On Thursday night at PNC Park McDonald threw his first Major League complete game in the Pirates 9-1 series win over the Minnesota Twins. “It would have been funner to get it earlier, but it was all worth it,”...

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Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Gets Another Opportunity to Start on Saturday

PITTSBURGH, PA – Manager Clint Hurdle has been patient with several players throughout the season. He’s shown patience with Pedro Alvarez. Even when he was bumped out of the cleanup spot and benched for a few days for his swing, the club didn’t send him to Triple-A. They showed patience that he would work himself out of his slump. And he’s done just that driving in nine runs over his last four games while...

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Pirates Notebook: Hot Hitting Continues Against the Twins

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Josh Harrison broke camp with the Pirates out of spring training knowing that he was going to be limited to a bench role with the club. But the super utility man makes the most out of his opportunities when he is in the starting lineup. Harrison put up a 10 game hit streak –hitting .347 during that span — from mid-May until the end of the month. While swinging the hot bat, Pirates Manager Clint...

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Pirates Notebook: Is Lincoln at Risk of Being Replaced in the Rotation?

Prior to the game on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said the plan was to keep Brad Lincoln in the rotation until Jeff Karstens returned from the disabled list. That, however, was before Lincoln lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up four runs to the Tribe. After the game, Manager Clint Hurdle didn’t indicate whether the plan was to still stick with Lincoln in the rotation for one more...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Looking Locked in at the Plate

CLEVELAND, OH — Pedro Alvarez has been locked in at the plate the past two games against the Cleveland Indians. The third baseman drove in a career-high six RBI on Sunday and nine overall over his last nine at-bats. In the Pirates win on Saturday, Alvarez connected for two long balls. “Just trying to go up there and relax and compete,” Alvarez said of his adjustments. “Just try to go up there and take some good...

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