Pirates Notebook: The Bats of Alvarez, Tabata Are Taking Big Steps Forward

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been putting in early work in the cages, working on his swing with hitting coach Gregg Ritchie. And over the past several games it looks like the hard work is starting to pay off. The Pirates faced a lot of criticism for starting Alvarez in the Majors, despite a rough spring training, instead of sending him to Triple-A to get work in. Although it’s a small sample size...

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Bats Come Out Swinging in Game Two of Doubleheader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — In game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday at PNC Park, the club was only able to plate one run off the Colorado Rockies pitchers as right-hander James McDonald flirted with a no-hitter. In game two, however, the Bucco bats came out swinging. “I thought we played good baseball today,” third baseman Pedro Alvarez said. “Tough game the first game, but I thought we bounced back pretty well and...

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McDonald Pitches One-Hit Gem in Game One of Doubleheader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander James McDonald took the bump for game one of the double-header at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon and pitched a gem. The right-hander took a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies into the seventh inning, where he also allowed his first and only run of his outing. “Once I got in the dugout, I said, ‘I had a no-hit. Two more innings is all I need,” McDonald said. “In the seventh...

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Pirates Notebook: Pirates Will Make History by Using 26-Man for Doubleheader

Pittsburgh, Pa. — The Pirates will have the opportunity to expand their roster to 26 on Wednesday for the doubleheader at PNC Park against the Colorado Rockies. According to the new baseball collective bargaining agreement, teams will be allowed to have 26 active players for day-night doubleheaders. The roster expands before the game, and goes back to 25 after the second game. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said they will take...

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Pirates Rally Off Rockies Bullpen in 5-4 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates bats have struggled for most of the season. Entering game action, the Bucs were hitting at just a .202 clip, which is worst in the Majors. But the bats came out swinging off the Colorado Rockies bullpen on Tuesday night at PNC Park. For the first just the third time during the 2012 season, the Bucs combined for double-digit hits (11). The club pounded out 13 hits on April 17 against Arizona, and 11...

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Pirates Notebook: Another Lefty Could Join the Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — When the Pittsburgh Pirates broke camp from spring training in Florida, skipper Clint Hurdle said he was going to go with the best seven arms in the bullpen, despite only one of them being a left-hander. Most Major League teams have the luxury of having two southpaws in the ‘pen, but the Pirates’ right-handers have been effective against left-handers. “Everybody’s got a perfect bullpen drawn...

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