Pirates Notebook: Burnett and McCutchen Finish With Ovations

A.J. Burnett didn’t have his best stuff in the final game of the 2012 season on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the home crowd from giving him a standing ovation when he walked off the mound in the two-run sixth inning. The frame was highlighted with a pinch-hit single to leadoff the inning from veteran Chipper Jones in his last regular season at-bat before hanging up his cleats after the postseason. Jones would come...

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Pirates Notebook: Correia’s Final Start as a Bucco?

Kevin Correia walked off the mound with two-outs in the seventh inning to a warm applause from the home crowd at PNC Park. The right-hander held the postseason bound Atlanta Braves to just one run in what is likely his final start as a Pittsburgh Pirate. “I don’t think about any contract stuff or where I’m going to be at until after my last start,” Correia said after picking up the win. “It really doesn’t even...

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Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets First Big League Win in Final Start

It took a while –10 big league starts and 67.2 innings to be exact — for Jeff Locke to notch his first Major League win, but the lefty rookie was able to get that notch that in his solid final start of the 2012 season. Locke has come a long way from the left-hander that made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh last September against the now Miami Marlins. Locke tossed 16.2 frames in the big leagues last season. Getting...

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Pirates Notebook: Twenty

Heading in to 2012 it was 19-consecutive losing seasons since the Pirates have fielded a winning team in Pittsburgh. And after a painful loss from a blown save and a bad base running blunder, that streak was extended to twenty. From where the Pirates were on July 28th — sitting at 58-42 and a season-high 16 games over .500, on pace to win 94 games — to where they are on September 30th has been a heartbreaking collapse. The...

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Pirates Notebook: McPherson Makes A Lasting Impression

Kyle McPherson may have only thrown 20.1 innings in the Majors before taking the mound on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but the 24-year-old looked nothing like a rookie against the National League Central best Cincinnati Reds. Looking to make a lasting impression in his final start of the 2012 season, and to put himself into conversation for a spot in the Pirates rotation out of spring training next year, McPherson was impressive in...

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Pirates Notebook: Bailey Tosses No-Hitter to Ensure Bucs Losing Season

The only thing that could have been worse for the Pirates than losing their 81st game of the season to ensure a losing year would be if it was lost in grand fashion. And that’s exactly what happened at PNC Park on Friday night in Pittsburgh. Facing the Reds’ Homer Bailey, who had sported a career 2.83 ERA against the Pirates, the right-hander was un-hittable against Pittsburgh’s lineup. Literally. Bailey needed 115...

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