Pirates Notebook: Burnett Bounces Back After Rough August; Locke Moves In Rotation

The month of August was not a particularly sharp month for veteran A.J. Burnett. After tossing a two-run 8.2 innings performance in Cincinnati to start the month, the right-hander allowed at least four runs in each of his next four starts, posting a 5.18 ERA overall. But as the calendar changed on Saturday, perhaps so did Burnett, who was impressive in Milwaukee. Burnett took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and held the Brewers to...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles in August; Sanchez Working on Versatility

The Pirates have been struggling in the month of August. While their pitching has been impressive for most of the season, their team ERA ballooned to a 4.58 ERA this month as the club has posted just a 9-16 record. A.J. Burnett was the next Pittsburgh starter to struggle on the bump on Monday at PNC Park. After allowing four runs over 5.2 innings (shortened by the rain delay), the right-hander has now sported a 6.00 ERA this month...

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Pirates Notebook: Jones Breaks Out Big Bat; Burnett Gets Gritty

The Pirates have struggled on both sides of the game over their recent rough stretch. But Pittsburgh showed a gritty performance on Thursday to snap their three game skid against Los Angeles. It wasn’t a pretty performance, but it was a needed win for the club. Two big swings of the bat from Garrett Jones plated a career-high six RBI as he continues to have an impressive month of August, following solid months in June and July....

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Shows Two Sides; Velocity Returns for Grilli

When the Pirates have had struggles or been battling through a losing streak, A.J. Burnett was the stopper for Pittsburgh. Burnett entered game action having won four straight decisions and 13 of his last 14. When the team needed a pick me up, the veteran right-hander was the stopper for the club. Burnett looked to become the Pirates first 15 game winner since Todd Ritchie in 1999. But Padres’ starter Jason Marquis was near...

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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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