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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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Match Their 2011 Win Total at Miller Park

Miller Park has been a house of horror’s for the Pittsburgh Pirates over the years. Entering game action the Bucs were just 4-38 in Milwaukee since 2007. To be fair, none of the current Bucs were with the club when that stretch began in ’07. The only player part of that team is on the other side of the dugout: outfielder Nyjer Morgan. But there was a struggle even last season in Milwaukee. The Pirates won just one game at...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Making an Impact On and Off the Mound

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After another strong outing from veteran A.J. Burnett on Wednesday, the right-hander dropped his ERA down to 3.60 on the 2012 season. But because of one rough outing, Burnett’s impact on and off the mound is even better if you dig a little deeper. Burnett got charged with 12 runs on 12 hits over 2.2 innings in St. Louis on May 2. Burnett entered game action with just a 1.38 ERA over his first two starts,...

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Pirates Notebook: Morton Not in the Same Place as Last Year

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Right-hander Charlie Morton has been struggling with leaving the ball up during the month of May. After posting a 2.65 ERA over his first three starts in April, Morton has a posted a 5.70 ERA after his eighth start of the season on Tuesday at PNC Park against Cincinnati. “There were some sequences that weren’t sharp,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s still I think repeating his...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Continues to be Pirates Ace

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — James McDonald continues to be the Pittsburgh Pirates ace this 2012 season. Facing a hot Cincinnati Reds lineup, McDonald was not fazed on Monday at PNC Park. Coming into Pittsburgh having won eight of their last nine games and sitting at the top the National League Central, McDonald cruised through their lineup on his way to eight scoreless innings — the first time in his Major League career. “He...

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Pirates Notebook: Bats Break Out for Season-High 10 Runs

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has struggled to score runs this season. But on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, the bats came out swinging against the Chicago Cubs. The club pounded out 10 runs — the most they’ve scored in a game during the 2012 season. It passed their previous mark of nine on April 30 against the Braves in Atlanta. Most of the damage came in the sixth frame when the Bucs plated six...

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