• Pirates Notebook: Evolution of Jeff Locke; Reinforcements on the Horizon

    The Jeff Locke on the mound this September compared to this time last year is a different pitcher. With more experience not only at the Major League level, but also at the Triple-A level as well, Locke is more confident this season.  The left-hander incorporated a new turn in his delivery during spring training, and...

  • Pirates Notebook: McDonald Showing Progress; Rotation Set for Cincinnati

    It’s been a frustrating second half of the season for James McDonald. But there have been signs that the right-hander is bouncing back to his first half form. McDonald had to battle on Saturday at PNC Park against Chicago. The only clean inning he threw was the first. But he was able...

  • Pirates Notebook: Worst Game Of the Season; Walker Takes First Swings in Cage

    After the Pirates lost 12-2 to Chicago on Friday, Manager Clint Hurdle summed up the game by being honest. It stunk. “Our worst game of the season,” Hurdle said. “We stunk tonight. There’s always a sense of pride that you take out on the field, to play your best every night that you...

  • Pirates Notebook: Pirates Match 2011 Win Total; Walker Getting Close to Return

    With the series win over Houston on Wednesday, Pittsburgh notched their 72nd win of the season. It tied their win total from all of last year. The Pirates finished the 2011 campaign with a 72-90 record. “It’s part of what you expect,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “You do, you expect to get...

  • Pirates Notebook: Holt, McCutchen Pick Up Four-Hit Nights

    Since Brock Holt joined the big league club, the infielder has created a spark at the top of the lineup. Holt picked up two hits in his first big league start, and came back even better on Wednesday at PNC Park. With Holt being able to get on base, it put more...

  • Pirates Notebook: Home Runs Hurt McDonald; Holt Gets First Major League Start

    Miller Park is a hitter friendly ballpark, and the ball was flying out of it on Sunday afternoon. There were a total of eight home runs combined between the two teams, four of them from the Milwaukee Brewers chased James McDonald from the game in just the third inning. McDonald was impressive...

  • Pirates Notebook: Burnett Bounces Back After Rough August; Locke Moves In Rotation

    The month of August was not a particularly sharp month for veteran A.J. Burnett. After tossing a two-run 8.2 innings performance in Cincinnati to start the month, the right-hander allowed at least four runs in each of his next four starts, posting a 5.18 ERA overall. But as the calendar changed on Saturday, perhaps...

  • Pirates Notebook: Karstens Exits Outing With Injury; Hurdle Believes Team Can Finish

    Jeff Karstens attempted to battle through a left groin strain on the mound on Friday in Milwaukee, but the decision proved to be costly to the club. During the five days of rest, Karstens worked with the Pirates staff and recreated game adrenaline to test out the injury. The right-hander shortened his side...

  • Pirates Notebook: Pitching Blanks Cardinals; Weekend Rotation Set

    The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff shined at PNC Park on Wednesday night. Wandy Rodriguez and the bullpen blanked St. Louis, which extended their consecutive scoreless streak to 21 frames. Not since the sixth inning of Monday night’s loss had the Cardinals plated a run off Pittsburgh’s arms. The feat was impressive considering the Cardinals...

  • Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Locked in at the Plate; McDonald Needs to Seek Greatness

    When Pedro Alvarez is locked in at the plate, watch out. That was no more evident than on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Alvarez had a four hit night, but it was two huge swings of the bat that dropped jaws. “I shared with him after his last at-bat where he struck...

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