• Pirates Notebook: Burnett Throws Another Gem; McCutchen, Walker Tie Career Highs in Homers

    A.J. Burnett took the mound at 84 pitches in the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park looking to notch his second straight complete game for Pittsburgh. Not since April 12 against the Phillies and April 17 against the Mets in 2005  had Burnett tossed back-to-back complete games. After retiring his first...

  • Pirates Notebook: McDonald Bounces Back in Loss; Correia to Make Spot Start

    The Pittsburgh Pirates starting staff was one of the best heading into the All-Star break, but have had some struggled in the second half. One of those starting five has been James McDonald, who entered the break with an impressive 2.37 ERA. The right-hander’s second half has been a struggle since Manager...

  • Pirates Notebook: Game One Against Reds Ends in Emotion From McCutchen; Pirates Shuffle Rotation

    The three game set against Cincinnati is arguably the biggest series to date for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season and in years. Both clubs have been hot, too. Since May 25, the Pirates (40-20) and Reds (39-22) have the two best records in the Major Leagues. Pittsburgh entered game action in second place just...

  • Pirates Notebook: McKenry Taking Advantage of Opportunities

    During the 2011 offseason, Michael McKenry went down to the Fall Instructional League to work on his hitting with Manager Clint Hurdle. Working with his skipper continued throughout spring training when McKenry focused on some adjustments at the plate. McKenry is already sound behind the plate, earning the nickname “The Fort” for...

  • Pirates Notebook: Profiling the Trade Deadline Additions

    In the past 24 hours the Pittsburgh Pirates have added three big league players and a minor league pitcher to their club. On a busy trade deadline day, the Pirates continued with their plan since General Manager Neal Huntington took over 2007 — to improve the Major League team without sacrificing the future. The...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bedard Is the Latest Starter to Struggle; Cruz Working His Way Back

    After seeing James McDonald’s post All-Star break struggles continue on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates needed the Erik Bedard that — after some adjustments — has been dominant his first two starts in the second half of the season on the mound in Chicago on Monday. And over the first three innings, it...

  • Pirates Notebook: McDonald Continues Second Half Struggles; Correia Requests Trade

    James McDonald struggled in his first two starts after the All-Star break. He allowed 10 earned runs over 9.2 innings with nine walks to just four strikeouts. McDonald’s last trip to the bump at PNC Park on Tuesday against Chicago was a step forward. Although he allowed five earned runs over six...

  • Pirates Notebook: Team Effort Leads to Another Comeback; McKenry Continues to Hit

    There is a reason why the roster consists of 25 men, and why it takes everyone to pull out a win. The Pittsburgh Pirates proved that to be true on Friday night in Houston. The Pirates tied the game up at four in the seventh inning with a pinch-hit sac fly from...

  • Pirates Notebook: Marte Impressive in Debut; Jones Hitting Lefties

    Manager Clint Hurdle always gives the same message to rookies when they first arrive to the big leagues — respect everything and fear nothing. The message must have resonated with the 23-year-old Startling Marte in his Major League debut on Thursday in Houston. Because that’s exactly what he did. The outfielder stepped...

  • Pirates Notebook: Correia Could Be the Odd Man Out of the Rotation

    Kevin Correia took the mound at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon fighting for a spot in the rotation. The Pirates traded for left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday night, which will make one of Pittsburgh’s current starters an odd man out. Rodriguez is expected to be added to the active roster on Thursday,...

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