• Pirates Notebook: McDonald Snubbed For Pitcher of the Month Award?

    Those in Pittsburgh or fans of the Pirates are well aware of James McDonald’s solid 2012 season. He posted a 2.97 ERA over five starts in April, and followed that up with an even better month of May. The right-hander posted a 1.54 ERA over five outings. He whiffed 39 batters over...

  • Pirates Notebook: Another Rehab Start for Karstens, Lincoln Could Make Two Spot Starts

    Right-hander Jeff Karstens met his 80 pitch goal mark during his third rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, but he will make one more outing before rejoining the Pirates. Karstens threw five innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six while throwing 82 pitches, 58 strikes. After...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bucs Match Their 2011 Win Total at Miller Park

    Miller Park has been a house of horror’s for the Pittsburgh Pirates over the years. Entering game action the Bucs were just 4-38 in Milwaukee since 2007. To be fair, none of the current Bucs were with the club when that stretch began in ’07. The only player part of that team...

  • Pirates Notebook: Burnett Making an Impact On and Off the Mound

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After another strong outing from veteran A.J. Burnett on Wednesday, the right-hander dropped his ERA down to 3.60 on the 2012 season. But because of one rough outing, Burnett’s impact on and off the mound is even better if you dig a little deeper. Burnett got charged with 12...

  • Pirates Notebook: Morton Not in the Same Place as Last Year

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Right-hander Charlie Morton has been struggling with leaving the ball up during the month of May. After posting a 2.65 ERA over his first three starts in April, Morton has a posted a 5.70 ERA after his eighth start of the season on Tuesday at PNC Park against Cincinnati. "There were...

  • Pirates Notebook: McDonald Continues to be Pirates Ace

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — James McDonald continues to be the Pittsburgh Pirates ace this 2012 season. Facing a hot Cincinnati Reds lineup, McDonald was not fazed on Monday at PNC Park. Coming into Pittsburgh having won eight of their last nine games and sitting at the top the National League Central, McDonald cruised through their lineup...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bats Break Out for Season-High 10 Runs

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has struggled to score runs this season. But on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, the bats came out swinging against the Chicago Cubs. The club pounded out 10 runs — the most they’ve scored in a game during the 2012 season. It passed their previous...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hague’s First Major League Walkoff Comes In Odd Fashion

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Growing up playing baseball, kids always dream of their first walk off hit. For rookie Matt Hague, his was not quite the way he envisioned  it. “No. But I’ll take it,” Hague said with a smile. In the bottom of the ninth inning in a 2-2 tie, the first baseman...

  • Pirates Notebook: Pitching Staff Continues to Shine

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh’s pitching staff continues to shine this season. Entering game action, the staff ERA of 3.33 ranked No. 3 in the Majors, second in the National League trailing only the Washington Nationals (2.90). The bullpen’s 2.47 ERA is the best in the N.L. “Very impressive pitching all night tonight...

  • Pirates Notebook: Options to Spark Offense Could Be Internal

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates entered game action on Wednesday just three games under .500 and four games back in the National League Central Division. What’s kept the club afloat this season has been off the mound. The pitching continues to be solid from the starters to the relievers. However, the...

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