Pirates Notebook: Correia Adjusts in Spot Start; Presley in Triple-A to Get More At-Bats

It’s been two weeks since the last time Kevin Correia made a start for Pittsburgh. He was moved into the bullpen when the club acquired Wandy Rodriguez a few days before the trade deadline. Correia made one appearance during that span in relief, where he struggled and allowed four earned over two frames, in adjusting to the new role. Not since when he was with the San Francisco Giants from 2003-08 had Correia been used in long...

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Pirates Notebook: Marte is as Advertised; Correia Adjusting to New Role

It’s only been less than two weeks in the big leagues for Starling Marte, but we’ve already seen flashes of exciting plays from the 23-year-old that makes you see his special potential. He showed off his power in his very first pitch in his very first at-bat launching a home run in his 2-for-4 debut. We’ve seen him show off his cannon arm by nailing a runner trying to stretch a single into a double. And we’ve...

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Pirates Notebook: Early Season Bedard Shows Up in Pirates Win

Erik Bedard had two solid outings out of the chute of the All-Star break. The left-hander struggled in the month of June and beginning of July to end the first half of the season.  Bedard used the break to make some adjustments. Pittsburgh also shuffled the rotation in the second half bumping Bedard in the rotation to give him extra days off in order to get in more work during bullpen sessions. “When you can develop trust and...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Throws Another Gem; McCutchen, Walker Tie Career Highs in Homers

A.J. Burnett took the mound at 84 pitches in the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park looking to notch his second straight complete game for Pittsburgh. Not since April 12 against the Phillies and April 17 against the Mets in 2005  had Burnett tossed back-to-back complete games. After retiring his first two batters with groundouts, Burnett issued back-to-back walks on full count pitches as the rain started to pour in Cincinnati....

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Bounces Back in Loss; Correia to Make Spot Start

The Pittsburgh Pirates starting staff was one of the best heading into the All-Star break, but have had some struggled in the second half. One of those starting five has been James McDonald, who entered the break with an impressive 2.37 ERA. The right-hander’s second half has been a struggle since Manager Clint Hurdle bumped him to the No. 1 spot in the Pirates rotation. McDonald entered game action with an 8.71 ERA over his...

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Pirates Notebook: Game One Against Reds Ends in Emotion From McCutchen; Pirates Shuffle Rotation

The three game set against Cincinnati is arguably the biggest series to date for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season and in years. Both clubs have been hot, too. Since May 25, the Pirates (40-20) and Reds (39-22) have the two best records in the Major Leagues. Pittsburgh entered game action in second place just 3.5 games back in the National League Central division to Cincinnati. The series should be intense and full of emotion, which...

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