Pirates Notebook: Locke Struggles in Start; Walker Could Get Shut Down

With the Pirates taking ample looks at Jeff Locke in the rotation for the final month of the season, the rookie has shown flashes of good stuff. Pittsburgh’s rotation heading into the offseason has several possible vacant spots and Locke has an opportunity to prove that he belongs in it. In two of his four starts in the Majors this season, Locke has held the opposing team to three runs or less. However, in those other two, the...

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Pirates Notebook: Rodriguez Settles; Club Makes History in Homers and Strikeouts

From the start of things on Tuesday in New York, it didn’t look as if the efficient Wandy Rodriguez was on the mound. He’s shown two different sides since the Pirates acquired him from Houston at the trade deadline. At the beginning he was trying to do too much and justify the trade resulted in him struggling. But once he got more comfortable, Rodriguez went on a solid streak for Pittsburgh. After tossing two innings in...

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Pirates Notebook: Offense Struggles to be Consistent

The Pirates lineup continues to struggle to be consistent over their last several weeks. After belting out 18 hits in the win on Sunday, it looked as if maybe the team had found a spark to finish off the season strong. That wasn’t the case against the New York Mets on Monday at Citi Field. Not until the eighth inning were the Pirates able to plate a run off the Mets bullpen. Andrew McCutchen legged out a triple into the gap in...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Spark Hit Parade; Huntington Addresses SEALs Criticism

The Pirates offense has been struggling to hit consistently in the month of September. Pittsburgh entered game action Sunday with a five game skid, and having scored more than just one run in only one of those games. In back-to-back games against the 100-plus lost Houston Astros, the Pirates were only able to score two runs, each solo-home runs. Looking for a spark to finish the 2012 season on a high-note over their final stretch,...

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Pirates Notebook: Correia Racking Up the Strikeouts; McPherson Remains in Rotation

Kevin Correia was dealing against Houston before a costly error was taken advantage of by the Astros in the eventual loss, which sailed the Pirates to three games below .500 and their fifth straight. Correia retired four straight before Jed Lowrie singled into shallow center field to lead off the seventh inning. Matt Dominguez hit a grounder to short, which would have been a routine double play, but Clint Barmes kicked the ball into...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Struggle to Find a Spark

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to struggle to find a way to create a spark. The lineup hasn’t been able to provide offense, while the bullpen, which was once a strength, has become a recent weakness. With 12 games remaining in the regular season, the collapse has pushed the club not only out of playoff reach, but possibly out of their first winning season in two decades. “It seems like we’re just not coming together as a...

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