Pirates Notebook: Karstens Moving in the Right Direction

Right-hander Jeff Karstens is continuing to progress back from right shoulder inflammation that caused him to exit his third start of the season on April 17 early, and be placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day. After resting his arm for 10 days, Karstens has started throwing on flat ground. Yesterday, the right-hander was throwing from 60 feet at PNC Park. “The program is going good,” Karstens said....

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Pirates Rally Off Rockies Bullpen in 5-4 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates bats have struggled for most of the season. Entering game action, the Bucs were hitting at just a .202 clip, which is worst in the Majors. But the bats came out swinging off the Colorado Rockies bullpen on Tuesday night at PNC Park. For the first just the third time during the 2012 season, the Bucs combined for double-digit hits (11). The club pounded out 13 hits on April 17 against Arizona, and 11...

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Presley Hits an Inside the Parker, But Bucs Fall 4-1

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Bucco bats remained quiet combining for just one run on four hits off the St. Louis Cardinals pitchers at PNC Park on Friday night in the 4-1 loss. They entered game action with a National League worst .205 team batting average. After plating a run on two hits in the first frame, the Bucs scattered just two hits over the next eight innings with two walks. Whether it was the Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, or...

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Pirates Notebook: Presley, Tabata to Share Leadoff Spot

Throughout Grapefruit League action, Alex Presley got the majority of the starts batting leadoff. Jose Tabata followed in the two spot. The trend continued into the regular season with Presley hitting first for the first three games. But on game four of the season, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle decided to switch the lineup up, inserting Tabata into the leadoff spot, allowing Presley to hit second. Hurdle said he will pick and choose...

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Presley Hits Walkoff Infield Single in Bucs Extra Innings Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — With runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, outfielder Alex Presley stepped to the plate. After Pittsburgh tied the game up at 1 in the 6th inning, both the Pirates and the Phillies battled each inning in order to break up the tie breaker. Presley hit a broken bat infield single to the Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. The ball rolled right to the perfect spot giving the speedy...

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