Pirates Notebook: Burnett Set to Make Final Rehab Start; Hanrahan, Karstens Updates

Right-hander A.J. Burnett will take the mound at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona for the Double-A Curve on Saturday, baring any setbacks, for his final rehab start before rejoining the Pirates rotation. Burnett, who threw 81 pitches during his third rehab start on Monday, will shoot for as close to 100 pitches as he can get. “We’d like to see him go past 80 and as close to 100 as he can which it all being productive and...

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Strong Pitching Nabs Series Win vs. Dbacks

The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up their first road series victory on Wednesday after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-1, at Chase Field. It also marked the first time the Bucs won back-to-back games since winning two straight during their Opening Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 7-8. In all three starts during the 2012 season, James McDonald has allowed at least one run in the first frame. McDonald allowed two runs...

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Pirates Notebook: Barajas Getting to Know Pirates Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates enter game action on Wednesday with a team ERA of 2.97, which ranked No. 6 best in the Majors, fifth in the National League. Over the 11 games so far this season, Rod Barajas has been behind the dish starting in eight of those games manning the club’s pitching staff. One he was pretty much unfamiliar with before spring training. “He went out of his way to spend a lot of his time with [backup catcher...

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Clutch Hitting From McCutchen, Jones, and Walker Leads Pirates to Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up their fourth win of the year tonight, thanks to some clutch two-out hitting from the middle of their lineup, and eight strong innings from the bullpen. Jeff Karstens left the game in the second inning with right shoulder inflammation after giving up two runs in the first. Karstens came up to bat in the top of the second inning, but was replaced with Jared Hughes to start the bottom half of the frame....

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Bucs Bats Fizzle in Loss to Dbacks

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost game one of a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-1, at Chase Field on Monday. The Pirates jumped out to an early lead off the Diamondbacks. With two outs in the first, Andrew McCutchen singled into left and quickly swiped second base for his third of the season. Casey McGehee hit an infield single to short for the club’s 10th of the season, which is tied for most in the Majors. Neil...

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Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Positive McCutchen Can Do This

He’s been ranked as one of the top center fielders in baseball. And rightfully so. Despite the club struggling with offense to start the 2012 season, Andrew McCutchen has been doing his share. The 25-year-old entered game action on Wednesday with a .333/.405/.394 line in 33 at-bats, with four runs, two doubles, an RBI, three walks and two stolen bases while batting third for the Pirates. In March, McCutchen signed a six-year...

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