Burnett Solid in Debut, Alvarez Knocks in Two in Shutout Over Cardinals

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Plans changed quickly for right-hander A.J. Burnett on Saturday. Originally slated to make his final rehab start with Double-A Altoona, the 35-year-old was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and made his 2012 Pirates debut at PNC Park against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2-0 shutout. Burnett took the mound on a rainy, cold night in Pittsburgh to make his debut in a Pirates uniform since being acquired...

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Presley Hits an Inside the Parker, But Bucs Fall 4-1

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Bucco bats remained quiet combining for just one run on four hits off the St. Louis Cardinals pitchers at PNC Park on Friday night in the 4-1 loss. They entered game action with a National League worst .205 team batting average. After plating a run on two hits in the first frame, the Bucs scattered just two hits over the next eight innings with two walks. Whether it was the Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, or...

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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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