Pirates Notebook: McCutchen’s Power is Just Fine

A month into the 2012 season, all eyes were on Andrew McCutchen and the fact that he had not yet gone deep for a home run. Game after game, McCutchen continued to pick up hits, doubles, swiping bases, but his lack of long ball power started to raise some concern outside the clubhouse. “As far as power, power comes and power goes,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said in early May. “I’m encouraged that Andrew is not out...

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Harrison’s Walk off Hit Ends Extra Inning Affair

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After playing over three and a half hours in the rain at PNC Park on Sunday, burning through the bench and most of the bullpen, the Pittsburgh Pirates walked off against the Houston Astros in the 12th inning in a 3-2 win. “They never give up,” starter A.J. Burnett said. “That’s the thing about these guys, we couldn’t get a hit for eight innings and they wouldn’t give up. That’s our job, keep...

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Barajas’ First Bucco Dinger Gives Pirates Walkoff Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Catcher Rod Barajas has been struggling at the plate since the season started and entered game action hitting for just a .133/.200/.183 line in 60 at-bats. The veteran has been putting in extra work early in the cages, and it proved to pay off  at PNC Park against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Trailing 4-3 in the ninth with Alex Presley on third, Barajas took the first pitch from Washington’s...

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Burnett Roughed up by Cardinals in 12-3 Loss

Right-hander A.J. Burnett looked sharp in his first two starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates allowing just two runs over 13.0 innings while striking out 15. But on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the Cardinals pounded out 12 runs off Burnett and chased him after just 2.2 innings in the 12-3 loss. Back-to-back base knocks into right field by Rafael Furcal and Jon Jay started the first inning for the Cardinals. Matt Holliday...

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Pirates Notebook: Young Arms Learning from Burnett

Right-hander A.J. Burnett has been solid in his two starts with the Pirates so far this season. After coming off the disabled list on April 21, he blanked the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park by tossing seven scoreless innings, holding them to just three hits while striking out seven. In his second outing with Pittsburgh on Friday, Burnett allowed two runs on six hits over 6.0 innings with eight whiffs. The 35-year-old, who has over 12...

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