Pirates Notebook: Bucs Playing With Confidence, Finishing the First Half Strong

PITTSBURGH, PA — Today marked the halfway point of the season. If the first half is any indicator for what is in store in the second part of the season, Pittsburgh Pirate fans and the city better buckle up, because it’s going to be a fun team to watch. The club entered game action on the Fourth of July tied for first place in the National League Central with the Cincinnati Reds. After clawing back from a four-run deficit...

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Pirates Notebook: Perhaps This Year IS Different

PITTSBURGH, PA — Drew Sutton hasn’t been wearing Black and Yellow for very long, but he had quite the moment on Tuesday night. After Joel Hanrahan blew just his third save of the season to the Houston Astros on a two out, two-strike RBI double, the game went to the bottom of the ninth inning tied at seven. The club had already rallied back from a four-run deficit in the game and tied the game up in the seventh inning. So...

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Alex Presley Making a Strong Return to the Majors

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Since rejoining the Pirates on Tuesday, Alex Presley has been showing some improvement at the plate. Over four games with Pittsburgh, the outfielder has gone 5-for-18 (.278 avg) with a double, triple, home run and has added a much needed spark at the top of the lineup. “Better ownership with his at-bats,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “Not as much chase. Swinging at strikes. Made some...

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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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Alex Presley Recalled; Gorkys Hernandez Optioned to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled outfielder Alex Presley from Triple-A Indianapolis. Presley will bat lead off for the Bucs tonight in the first game of a three game series against the Reds in Cincinnati. After being demoted to Triple-A on May 16, Presley hit for a .277/.385/.631 line over 65 at-bats. The outfielder connected for five home runs over 18 games, four of them came over his last 10. The 26-year-old went 0-for-3 with a walk...

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