• Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles Against Milwaukee, Presley Set For Rehab Assignment

    Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the rotation for the second half of the season and gave the first start to James McDonald. And based on his impressive season, the right-hander deserved it. McDonald entered the All-Star break ranked third in the National League in ERA (2.37) and second in batting average against (.196)....

  • Pirates Notebook: McCutchen, Walker Power Bucs to Strong First Half Finish

    PITTSBURGH, PA — When Andrew McCutchen steps to the plate, more often than not, he does something special. In the final game before the All-Star break, McCutchen put on a display of why he’s worthy of National League MVP conversations. After Neil Walker doubled off San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum with one-out in the...

  • Pirates Notebook: McCutchen Won’t Repeat Second Half Slump

    Andrew McCutchen had learned a lot from his second half struggles last year with the Pirates. After hitting .291 heading into the All-Star break, the club fell out of first place and McCutchen tried to do too much at the plate. He hit just .216 in the second half of the season....

  • Pirates Notebook: Bedard Not Same Pitcher Since Injury

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Erik Bedard started the season out very strong in his first season as a Pirate. The lefty sported a 2.48 ERA over his first five starts in April and pitched more than seven innings twice during that span. But since exiting his seventh start of the season with back...

  • Pirates Notebook: Karstens Looking Like the 2011 Version

    PITTSBURGH, PA — Jeff Karstens has been very sharp over his last two outings with Pittsburgh, showing a glimpse of what we saw from the right-hander during the 2011 season. After missing two months of this season due to right-shoulder inflammation, and a set back during a rehab outing with a hip...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bucs Playing With Confidence, Finishing the First Half Strong

    PITTSBURGH, PA — Today marked the halfway point of the season. If the first half is any indicator for what is in store in the second part of the season, Pittsburgh Pirate fans and the city better buckle up, because it’s going to be a fun team to watch. The club entered game...

  • Pirates Notebook: Perhaps This Year IS Different

    PITTSBURGH, PA — Drew Sutton hasn’t been wearing Black and Yellow for very long, but he had quite the moment on Tuesday night. After Joel Hanrahan blew just his third save of the season to the Houston Astros on a two out, two-strike RBI double, the game went to the bottom of...

  • Pirates Notebook: The New Lumber Company?

    PITTSBURGH, PA — The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t out to make a statement. Whether people believe this team can contend in the National League Central this season or not, they are focused on each individual game, one day at a time. But how this team has been battling all season long has started...

  • Pirates Notebook: McKenry’s Hot Bat Making the Case For More Playing Time

    Since Rod Barajas was injured on a play at the plate in Philadelphia earlier this week, Michael McKenry has been making the most of his playing time.  When McKenry was acquired from Boston mid-June of last season, he started the majority of the remaning games behind the plate for Pittsburgh. In his first...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bucs Have One of the Best Offenses in June

    The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has exploded in the month of June. In the club’s 14-5 pounding over the third-place St. Louis Cardinals, they connected for a season-high 19 hits. The 14 runs driven in pushed the Pirates total in June to 139 — the most runs scored this month by any team...

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