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: Burnett Continues to Dominate; Offense Is All McCutchen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The A.J. Burnett that Pittsburgh has seen so far in 2012 has been impressive to watch. Not only is he making a difference while on the mound, but he’s also making a difference in the clubhouse. The Bucs wear “Prepare for Domination” cut off t-shirts that have the No. 34 on the back — Burnett’s motto. If you ask any player in the clubhouse about Burnett, they say he’s a...

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Pirates Notebook: Struggling Bats Come Alive

The Pittsburgh Pirates bats broke out for eight runs on 12 hits on Tuesday against first place Cincinnati. Most of the damage came from three players — who combined to drive in six of the club’s eight runs — that have struggled to get their bats going this season. Clint Barmes and Casey McGehee have disappointed in their first year with Pittsburgh, and Alex Presley looked lost at the plate in May and was demoted to...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Making an Impact On and Off the Mound

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After another strong outing from veteran A.J. Burnett on Wednesday, the right-hander dropped his ERA down to 3.60 on the 2012 season. But because of one rough outing, Burnett’s impact on and off the mound is even better if you dig a little deeper. Burnett got charged with 12 runs on 12 hits over 2.2 innings in St. Louis on May 2.¬†Burnett entered game action with just a 1.38 ERA over his first two starts,...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Staff Continues to Shine

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh’s pitching staff continues to shine this season. Entering game action, the staff ERA of 3.33 ranked No. 3 in the Majors, second in the National League trailing only the Washington Nationals (2.90). The bullpen’s 2.47 ERA is the best in the N.L. “Very impressive pitching all night tonight on the mound,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. Right-hander A.J. Burnett made his...

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