Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Continues Hot Hitting in Day Games; Lincoln, McCutchen Updates

After Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs on Friday, the third baseman ripped a bases clearing double to right field off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright to tie the game up at 5. Alvarez has been red hot over his last two weeks, going  17-for-47 (.362) with four doubles, six home runs and 15 RBI in his last 13 games. And on day games, Alvarez is even hotter. Alvarez has hit 11 of his 14 home runs in...

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Pirates Notebook: Tabata Getting Closer to Being Demoted

If Jose Tabata doesn’t get his act together, the outfielder could face a demotion to Triple-A. After Tabata made several throwing errors in right field in the Pirates 8-3 loss to Philadelphia on Monday, the outfielder saw himself get bumped down to seventh in the lineup, and on Thursday was benched. Tabata has been very inconsistent this season. Coming out of spring training it was expected that Tabata and Alex Presley would...

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Pirates Notebook: Two-Out Hits Hurt Bedard

After starting the first two months of the season off well, Erik Bedard has struggled in the month of June. Over five starts in each of April and May, Bedard posted a 2.48 and 3.91 ERA, respectively. However, after giving up four runs in the Pirates 5-4 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, Bedard has sported a 6.58 ERA over 26.0 innings in June. The left-hander entered game action just five strikeouts shy of 1,000 in his career. The lefty...

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Prospect Notebook: Changing the Fastball Academy

We’ve referred to State College as the “fastball academy” the last few years. But this year there’s a new focus for Spikes pitchers: the changeup. “We’re just trying to teach these guys how to pitch,” Spikes’ pitching coach Justin Meccage said. “Mainly the changeup, and how important that changeup is in helping the fastball. We’ve concentrated fast/change, more heavily on the...

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Pirates Notebook: Rotation Still Has Questions; Moves on Horizon

PITTSBURGH, PA — After the Pirates lost 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday at PNC Park, Manager Clint Hurdle said that Jeff Karstens would get the ball on Monday in Philadelphia. Karstens was originally scheduled to make his final rehab start today in Triple-A, but was pulled from the start. Prior to the game Hurdle said they felt he was ready to rejoin the club’s starting rotation. “Command, stuff got better,...

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Prospect Notebook: Clay Holmes Pro Debut, No Bunts For Barnes

The Pittsburgh Pirates gave Clay Holmes a $1.2 M signing bonus to break his commitment to Auburn last year. The bonus was a record for a ninth round pick, and is tied for the biggest bonus in Pirates’ history outside of the third round. The right-handed pitcher signed close to the deadline, which prevented him from making his debut until tonight. He certainly didn’t disappoint. Holmes threw five shutout innings, giving up...

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