Pirates Notebook: McKenry Taking Advantage of Opportunities

During the 2011 offseason, Michael McKenry went down to the Fall Instructional League to work on his hitting with Manager Clint Hurdle. Working with his skipper continued throughout spring training when McKenry focused on some adjustments at the plate. McKenry is already sound behind the plate, earning the nickname “The Fort” for his defense. McKenry wanted to improve upon his .222/.276/.322 line in 2011 with Pittsburgh....

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Pirates Notebook: Profiling the Trade Deadline Additions

In the past 24 hours the Pittsburgh Pirates have added three big league players and a minor league pitcher to their club. On a busy trade deadline day, the Pirates continued with their plan since General Manager Neal Huntington took over 2007 — to improve the Major League team without sacrificing the future. The Pirates enter game action on Tuesday in second place in the National League Central Division, just three games back of...

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Pirates Notebook: Bedard Is the Latest Starter to Struggle; Cruz Working His Way Back

After seeing James McDonald’s post All-Star break struggles continue on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates needed the Erik Bedard that — after some adjustments — has been dominant his first two starts in the second half of the season on the mound in Chicago on Monday. And over the first three innings, it looked like the Pirates would get the start they needed. Bedard struck out his first batter in each of the first three...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Continues Second Half Struggles; Correia Requests Trade

James McDonald struggled in his first two starts after the All-Star break. He allowed 10 earned runs over 9.2 innings with nine walks to just four strikeouts. McDonald’s last trip to the bump at PNC Park on Tuesday against Chicago was a step forward. Although he allowed five earned runs over six frames, he saw his curve back and racked up six strikeouts. The damage came in two frames, just a few bad pitches, while his other four...

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Pirates Notebook: Team Effort Leads to Another Comeback; McKenry Continues to Hit

There is a reason why the roster consists of 25 men, and why it takes everyone to pull out a win. The Pittsburgh Pirates proved that to be true on Friday night in Houston. The Pirates tied the game up at four in the seventh inning with a pinch-hit sac fly from Josh Harrison. After that the club lost their lead after Jared Hughes — who had a 9.0 inning scoreless streak when he took the mound, while leading rookies in ERA —...

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Pirates Notebook: Marte Impressive in Debut; Jones Hitting Lefties

Manager Clint Hurdle always gives the same message to rookies when they first arrive to the big leagues — respect everything and fear nothing. The message must have resonated with the 23-year-old Startling Marte in his Major League debut on Thursday in Houston. Because that’s exactly what he did. The outfielder stepped to the plate against the Houston Astros’ lefty Dallas Keuchel for his very first Major League...

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