Burnett Solid, But Bullpen Struggles in Loss to Atlanta

The Pittsburgh Pirates (8-11) lost to the Atlanta Braves (13-7) at Turner Field on Friday night. After battling in a one-run game through six innings, the Bucco bullpen allowed four runs to Atlanta in the 6-1 loss in game one of the three-game set. The Pirates starting pitching continues to shine in 2012. Right-hander A.J. Burnett picked up his second quality start in as many outings since coming off the disabled list. The starting...

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Burnett Solid in Debut, Alvarez Knocks in Two in Shutout Over Cardinals

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Plans changed quickly for right-hander A.J. Burnett on Saturday. Originally slated to make his final rehab start with Double-A Altoona, the 35-year-old was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and made his 2012 Pirates debut at PNC Park against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2-0 shutout. Burnett took the mound on a rainy, cold night in Pittsburgh to make his debut in a Pirates uniform since being acquired...

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Hughes Optioned to Triple-A with Plans of Returning Soon

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Righty reliever Jared Hughes was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon in order to activate right-hander A.J. Burnett from the 15-day disabled list. Hughes’ stay in Indy, however, won’t last long. “It’s been a great opportunity. It will continue to be when I get back here. Right now, it’s whatever’s best for the team. I’m going to do it,” Hughes said. “They said...

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Burnett to Make Debut Tonight; Reinstated From DL

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Pirates have reinstated RHP A.J. Burnett from the 15-day disabled list and he will start the game tonight in Pittsburgh against St. Louis. Right-hander Kevin Correia is experiencing discomfort in his left side and will not be starting the game tonight. Burnett was originally scheduled to make his final rehab start for Double-A Altoona tonight. The Pirates optioned righty reliever Jared Hughes to Triple-A to...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Set to Make Final Rehab Start; Hanrahan, Karstens Updates

Right-hander A.J. Burnett will take the mound at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona for the Double-A Curve on Saturday, baring any setbacks, for his final rehab start before rejoining the Pirates rotation. Burnett, who threw 81 pitches during his third rehab start on Monday, will shoot for as close to 100 pitches as he can get. “We’d like to see him go past 80 and as close to 100 as he can which it all being productive and...

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