Pirates Notebook: Hot Hitting Continues Against the Twins

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Josh Harrison broke camp with the Pirates out of spring training knowing that he was going to be limited to a bench role with the club. But the super utility man makes the most out of his opportunities when he is in the starting lineup. Harrison put up a 10 game hit streak –hitting .347 during that span — from mid-May until the end of the month. While swinging the hot bat, Pirates Manager Clint...

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Pirates Notebook: Is Lincoln at Risk of Being Replaced in the Rotation?

Prior to the game on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said the plan was to keep Brad Lincoln in the rotation until Jeff Karstens returned from the disabled list. That, however, was before Lincoln lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up four runs to the Tribe. After the game, Manager Clint Hurdle didn’t indicate whether the plan was to still stick with Lincoln in the rotation for one more...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Looking Locked in at the Plate

CLEVELAND, OH — Pedro Alvarez has been locked in at the plate the past two games against the Cleveland Indians. The third baseman drove in a career-high six RBI on Sunday and nine overall over his last nine at-bats. In the Pirates win on Saturday, Alvarez connected for two long balls. “Just trying to go up there and relax and compete,” Alvarez said of his adjustments. “Just try to go up there and take some good...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs See a Power Surge

CLEVELAND, OH — After the Pirates failed to score a run in the 2-0 shutout on Friday night in Cleveland, Manager Clint Hurdle said their biggest challenge at the plate this season has been not being ready for good pitches to hit. The club whiffed 10 times on the day and connected for just five hits, stranding seven on base. They had several missed opportunities to score, but were unsuccessful at coming through in the clutch....

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Is Hard to Hit; Jones Seeking Consistency

CLEVELAND, OH. — When James McDonald takes the mound, he’s hard to hit. When he’s got fastball command, and his secondary pitches are working, the opposing team doesn’t have much luck trying to square up a base knock. He’s already flirted with two no-hitters in 2012. And on Friday night against the Indians, McDonald scattered just three hits and picked up the tough-luck loss. “The one thing that has...

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Pirates Notebook: A Bad Week All Around For the Pirates Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates flew into Baltimore tied for first place with the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. They were on a four-game winning streak, a sweep of the Kansas City Royals, and a season-high five games over .500. The Bucs headed into their 60th game of the season on Tuesday with a 32-27 record — the most wins for the Pirates at the 60-game mark since the 1992 team was 35-25. Baltimore and Pittsburgh have...

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