Pirates Notebook: Karstens Looking Like the 2011 Version

PITTSBURGH, PA — Jeff Karstens has been very sharp over his last two outings with Pittsburgh, showing a glimpse of what we saw from the right-hander during the 2011 season. After missing two months of this season due to right-shoulder inflammation, and a set back during a rehab outing with a hip flexor injury, Karstens first trip back the mound was shaky. Karstens allowed six earned on 11 hits over five frames, wondering if...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Playing With Confidence, Finishing the First Half Strong

PITTSBURGH, PA — Today marked the halfway point of the season. If the first half is any indicator for what is in store in the second part of the season, Pittsburgh Pirate fans and the city better buckle up, because it’s going to be a fun team to watch. The club entered game action on the Fourth of July tied for first place in the National League Central with the Cincinnati Reds. After clawing back from a four-run deficit...

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Pirates Notebook: Perhaps This Year IS Different

PITTSBURGH, PA — Drew Sutton hasn’t been wearing Black and Yellow for very long, but he had quite the moment on Tuesday night. After Joel Hanrahan blew just his third save of the season to the Houston Astros on a two out, two-strike RBI double, the game went to the bottom of the ninth inning tied at seven. The club had already rallied back from a four-run deficit in the game and tied the game up in the seventh inning. So...

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Pirates Notebook: The New Lumber Company?

PITTSBURGH, PA — The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t out to make a statement. Whether people believe this team can contend in the National League Central this season or not, they are focused on each individual game, one day at a time. But how this team has been battling all season long has started to open some new eyes. While the pitching held the club in the games during the first month of the season, it’s been the...

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Pirates Notebook: McKenry’s Hot Bat Making the Case For More Playing Time

Since Rod Barajas was injured on a play at the plate in Philadelphia earlier this week, Michael McKenry has been making the most of his playing time.  When McKenry was acquired from Boston mid-June of last season, he started the majority of the remaning games behind the plate for Pittsburgh. In his first full-season in the Majors, McKenry has had to adjust to the backup role, which can be challenging for any young player. But...

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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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