Pirates Notebook: McDonald Continues Second Half Struggles; Correia Requests Trade

James McDonald struggled in his first two starts after the All-Star break. He allowed 10 earned runs over 9.2 innings with nine walks to just four strikeouts. McDonald’s last trip to the bump at PNC Park on Tuesday against Chicago was a step forward. Although he allowed five earned runs over six frames, he saw his curve back and racked up six strikeouts. The damage came in two frames, just a few bad pitches, while his other four...

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Pirates Notebook: Team Effort Leads to Another Comeback; McKenry Continues to Hit

There is a reason why the roster consists of 25 men, and why it takes everyone to pull out a win. The Pittsburgh Pirates proved that to be true on Friday night in Houston. The Pirates tied the game up at four in the seventh inning with a pinch-hit sac fly from Josh Harrison. After that the club lost their lead after Jared Hughes — who had a 9.0 inning scoreless streak when he took the mound, while leading rookies in ERA —...

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Pirates Notebook: Marte Impressive in Debut; Jones Hitting Lefties

Manager Clint Hurdle always gives the same message to rookies when they first arrive to the big leagues — respect everything and fear nothing. The message must have resonated with the 23-year-old Startling Marte in his Major League debut on Thursday in Houston. Because that’s exactly what he did. The outfielder stepped to the plate against the Houston Astros’ lefty Dallas Keuchel for his very first Major League...

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Pirates Notebook: Correia Could Be the Odd Man Out of the Rotation

Kevin Correia took the mound at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon fighting for a spot in the rotation. The Pirates traded for left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday night, which will make one of Pittsburgh’s current starters an odd man out. Rodriguez is expected to be added to the active roster on Thursday, in which the club will make a corresponding roster move. “We’re going to wait until we get our guys together and round...

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Pirates Notebook: Breaking Down the Wandy Rodriguez Trade

The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to add a starting pitcher and bat by the deadline. And on Tuesday night, the club made a trade in order to improve the ball club on the mound. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was acquired from the Houston Astros along with cash in exchange for prospects Colton Cain, Robbie Grossman and Rudy Owens. “As we talked really from day one of the trading season, we’ve been open to strengthening our club...

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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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