Locke Struggles with Consistency in Pirates Loss

Prior to Thursday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves, Clint Hurdle talked about how the back end of the starting rotation knows there is competition on the way, and after Jeff Locke’s performance in a 6-4 Atlanta win the Pirates manager elaborated on just what it is Locke needs to improve on. “The one thing that continues to I think just challenge him is his overall consistency,”...

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Video: Clint Hurdle on Evan Gattis; Pedro’s Home Run

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle discusses Atlanta’s Evan Gattis and his eighth inning pinch-hit home run. Pedro Alvarez speaks to the media about his fourth inning home run, his first of the 2013...

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Pirates Pregame: Arms On the Way

Jeff Locke will start tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park, and if Clint Hurdle’s pregame comments to the media are any indication the Pirates are keeping an eye on the young pitcher with help coming to the starting rotation in the form of Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton. “(Locke) has continued to grow on people as you watch him develop,” Hurdle said. “He’ s even...

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Alen Hanson Returns to the Bradenton Lineup; Gary Green in Town

Alen Hanson was out of the lineup the last three days in Bradenton after committing three errors in Sunday’s game. Hanson has ten errors on the year, and that number could easily be much higher, as some errors were ruled hits. He will return to the lineup tonight, playing shortstop and batting leadoff. The shortstop was held out of the last three games to concentrate on his defense. He worked on simple fielding drills, only...

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Prospect Trends: Some Fast Starts for West Virginia Hitters

The season’s first two weeks have produced some noteworthy performances in the Pirates’ farm system, both good and bad. It’s way too early to start drawing any conclusions from these performances, but it’s not too early to scope out some players who’ll be interesting to follow closely, either with enthusiasm or concern. The biggest extremes have come at West Virginia and Bradenton, as a number of the Power’s hitters have gotten off to...

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Pirates Pregame: Tabata, Not Snider, Starting in Right Field

If you follow enough of the Pirates media on Twitter, then you noticed buzz surrounding the announcement of today’s lineup when it was tweeted by the official Pirates account early this afternoon. Jose Tabata, not Travis Snider, is starting in right field tonight for Pittsburgh after Snider played well last weekend against Cincinnati and had two hits last night against St. Louis. The decision to start Tabata ahead of Snider...

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