Pirates Notebook: Bucs Have One of the Best Offenses in June

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has exploded in the month of June. In the club’s 14-5 pounding over the third-place St. Louis Cardinals, they connected for a season-high 19 hits. The 14 runs driven in pushed the Pirates total in June to 139 — the most runs scored this month by any team in the Majors. It was just last month that the club was struggling on offense. While the starting pitching and bullpen continued to keep the...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Snap Losing Streak With 11 Runs

The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their three game streak on Wednesday after pounding out season highs in hits (14) and runs (11) en route to beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-7 at Citizens Bank Park. It was their first win in Philly this season and just their sixth over their last 26 games played there. The 11 runs scored by Pittsburgh was the most since they scored 11 on September 22, 2010. Pedro Alvarez was the lone bat of the...

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Pirates Notebook: Not a Good Return For Karstens

Jeff Karstens was activated off the disabled list on Monday and made his first start of the season since April 17 against Arizona. However, the right-hander struggled, and the sloppy defense behind him didn’t help the cause. Three of the four runs scored in the first frame were charged to Karstens in his fourth start of the season. The rough first frame started after Jimmy Rollins doubled down the first base line to lead off the...

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Pirates Notebook: Did Lincoln Earn Himself Another Start?

PITTSBURGH, PA — Brad Lincoln used his four days off between starts in order to focus on several things — fastball command, keeping his front side closed, and not allowing damage with two outs. “Just don’t try to change anything,” Lincoln said. “Don’t try and be something that you’re not. Don’t try and recreate something out there on the mound that you’ve worked hard on in your bullpens and stuff like...

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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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