Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Looking Locked in at the Plate

CLEVELAND, OH — Pedro Alvarez has been locked in at the plate the past two games against the Cleveland Indians. The third baseman drove in a career-high six RBI on Sunday and nine overall over his last nine at-bats. In the Pirates win on Saturday, Alvarez connected for two long balls. “Just trying to go up there and relax and compete,” Alvarez said of his adjustments. “Just try to go up there and take some good...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs See a Power Surge

CLEVELAND, OH – After the Pirates failed to score a run in the 2-0 shutout on Friday night in Cleveland, Manager Clint Hurdle said their biggest challenge at the plate this season has been not being ready for good pitches to hit. The club whiffed 10 times on the day and connected for just five hits, stranding seven on base. They had several missed opportunities to score, but were unsuccessful at coming through in the clutch....

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Is Hard to Hit; Jones Seeking Consistency

CLEVELAND, OH. — When James McDonald takes the mound, he’s hard to hit. When he’s got fastball command, and his secondary pitches are working, the opposing team doesn’t have much luck trying to square up a base knock. He’s already flirted with two no-hitters in 2012. And on Friday night against the Indians, McDonald scattered just three hits and picked up the tough-luck loss. “The one thing that has...

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Pirates Notebook: A Bad Week All Around For the Pirates Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates flew into Baltimore tied for first place with the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. They were on a four-game winning streak, a sweep of the Kansas City Royals, and a season-high five games over .500. The Bucs headed into their 60th game of the season on Tuesday with a 32-27 record — the most wins for the Pirates at the 60-game mark since the 1992 team was 35-25. Baltimore and Pittsburgh have...

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Pirates Notebook: Correia’s Luck is Running Out

A day after right-hander Brad Lincoln struggled in his third spot start of the season, the Pirates saw another rough outing from a starter in Kevin Correia. While the starting staff has been very solid this season, Correia, the club’s fifth starter, has posted an ERA over 5.00 since the end of April. And what’s most concerning is that he’s been extremely lucky while on the mound. Take a look at his BABIP (batting...

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Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Struggles, But Will Remain In Rotation

Brad Lincoln was given the opportunity to make his third spot start of the season on Tuesday night in Baltimore against the Orioles. The right-hander hasn’t had a defined role this season since being recalled on April 18 when Jeff Karstens was placed on the disabled list. Lincoln has made 13 appearances from the bullpen where he’s also been used in long relief and in the late innings. The 27-year-old struggled in his...

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