Pirates Notebook: Pirates Remain Two Games Back; This Year Feels Different

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates were coming off a huge win on Thursday night in Cincinnati where they took 2-of-3 from the first place Reds in the National League Central.  And after the Bucco bats broke out for four runs on 10 hits off the Kansas City Royals in Interleague play, Pittsburgh remain just two games out of first place. While it’s been the pitching that’s held the team near the top of their division for...

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Pirates Notebook: Surprise Win Off Chapman; Should Correia Move to Bullpen?

Sometimes the game of baseball can surprise you. The Pittsburgh Pirates entered game action just 3.0 games behind the first place Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. Despite a team average of just .223, which is ranked No. 29 in the Majors this season, the bats have started to heat up over their last 10 games. The pitching has held the club near the top of the standings this season, but it was both that picked each other...

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Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Struggles in Second Spot Start

With Charlie Morton on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation, Brad Lincoln had the opportunity on Wednesday to make a spot start for Pittsburgh. Since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, the right-hander has been used primarily in the bullpen, where he’s thrived. Lincoln made one spot start for the Pirates three weeks ago, throwing six solid innings (just two earned runs) in the 3-2 win in Miami. Lincoln has...

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Pirates Notebook: Struggling Bats Come Alive

The Pittsburgh Pirates bats broke out for eight runs on 12 hits on Tuesday against first place Cincinnati. Most of the damage came from three players — who combined to drive in six of the club’s eight runs — that have struggled to get their bats going this season. Clint Barmes and Casey McGehee have disappointed in their first year with Pittsburgh, and Alex Presley looked lost at the plate in May and was demoted to...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Snubbed For Pitcher of the Month Award?

Those in Pittsburgh or fans of the Pirates are well aware of James McDonald’s solid 2012 season. He posted a 2.97 ERA over five starts in April, and followed that up with an even better month of May. The right-hander posted a 1.54 ERA over five outings. He whiffed 39 batters over 35.0 innings and has not surrendered more than three runs in any of his first 10 assignments. If that wasn’t impressive enough, beginning with...

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Pirates Notebook: Another Rehab Start for Karstens, Lincoln Could Make Two Spot Starts

Right-hander Jeff Karstens met his 80 pitch goal mark during his third rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, but he will make one more outing before rejoining the Pirates. Karstens threw five innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six while throwing 82 pitches, 58 strikes. After tossing two perfect innings, Karstens’ pitch count got ramped up in the 3rd inning after the Indy...

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