• Pirates Notebook: Breaking Down the Wandy Rodriguez Trade

    The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to add a starting pitcher and bat by the deadline. And on Tuesday night, the club made a trade in order to improve the ball club on the mound. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was acquired from the Houston Astros along with cash in exchange for prospects Colton Cain, Robbie...

  • Pirates Notebook: Adjustments Continue to Pay Off For Bedard

    During the All-Star break Erik Bedard used the time off between starts to work on some adjustments. The left-hander took advantage of three side sessions after Manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Ray Searage saw some tweaks that he could work on before the second half of the season started. “We’ve identified...

  • Pirates Notebook: Karstens Getting Back to Last Season’s Form

    Jeff Karstens has been working hard to get back to his 2011 form. After missing two months of the season on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury, Karstens has shown over his last four starts that he’s getting there. Karstens tossed seven scoreless frames in the Pirates 3-0 shutout over...

  • Pirates Notebook: Burnett Continues to be the Ace of the Staff

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired A.J Burnett from the New York Yankees on February 19 this spring, the veteran right-hander had an opportunity to join a young ball club and become the ace of the staff. And that’s what he continues to do start after start after start. “I’ve never had a 35-year-old ace...

  • Pirates Notebook: Correia Made Adjustment With Focus Toward More Strikeouts

    Kevin Correia isn’t a strikeout pitcher. In the first half of the 2012 season, Correia struck out a season-high four batters just three times on the season. But over his last two starts, Correia has combined for 11 strikeouts over 11.0 innings pitched — more than he had combined over his five starts prior....

  • Pirates Notebook: Who Says the Bucs Don’t Have Power?

    Entering game action on Wednesday, Andrew McCutchen (.531 avg, 1.594 OPS) and Neil Walker (.490 avg, 1.357 OPS) were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Majors in the month of July in average and OPS. But despite those two combining to go 0-for-8 on the day, Pittsburgh was still able...

  • Pirates Notebook: Extra Time Pays Off For Bedard; McCutchen and Walker Stay Hot

    When Manager Clint Hurdle had the opportunity to shuffle the rotation for the second half of the season, he decided to use it to his advantage. Heading into the All-Star break, Erik Bedard was struggling on the mound. Over his last five starts, he allowed 21 runs over 23.2 innings. After his...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bucs Can’t Pull Off Comeback Win; McCutchen Wins Two Awards

    The Pirates have been able to pull off the comeback win 24 times this season. It’s been kind of the theme for the 2012 Bucs, battling back. Last year, the team was only able to pull off 36 over the entire season. So when Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate after enduring a...

  • Pirates Notebook: Sloppy Play Leads to Loss; Tabata Struggling in Triple-A

    All it took was one bad inning from the Pittsburgh Pirates to see the club lose the series in Milwaukee and fall a 1/2 game back in the National League Central. A.J. Burnett was cruising along in his 16th start of the season for Pittsburgh. The right-hander was impressive through a few...

  • Pirates Notebook: Walker Heats Up in July; Why Pitch to McCutchen?

    Just like the months in the summer heat up, so does Neil Walker at the plate. After hitting .278 in April and .238 in the month of May, Walker’s bat has started to become red hot in July. “I feel good at the plate,” Walker said. “And I’m happy about that. July...

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