Andrew McCutchen Has the Second Most Team Friendly Deal in Baseball

Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports took a look at the ten most team friendly deals in the game. With the season Andrew McCutchen is having this year, combined with his contract extension last off-season, it should be expected that he’d be on this list. Passan ended up rating him as the second most team friendly deal in baseball, falling only behind Evan Longoria, who surprisingly has only made $8.5 M in his first five years in the...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Throws Another Gem; McCutchen, Walker Tie Career Highs in Homers

A.J. Burnett took the mound at 84 pitches in the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park looking to notch his second straight complete game for Pittsburgh. Not since April 12 against the Phillies and April 17 against the Mets in 2005  had Burnett tossed back-to-back complete games. After retiring his first two batters with groundouts, Burnett issued back-to-back walks on full count pitches as the rain started to pour in Cincinnati....

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Pirates Notebook: Game One Against Reds Ends in Emotion From McCutchen; Pirates Shuffle Rotation

The three game set against Cincinnati is arguably the biggest series to date for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season and in years. Both clubs have been hot, too. Since May 25, the Pirates (40-20) and Reds (39-22) have the two best records in the Major Leagues. Pittsburgh entered game action in second place just 3.5 games back in the National League Central division to Cincinnati. The series should be intense and full of emotion, which...

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Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Month for July

For the second month in a row, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been named the National League Player of the Month. During the month of July, McCutchen hit for a .446/.510/.739 line in 92 at-bats, with seven home runs. His average, runs scored, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage all ranked second during the month of July in the National League. He tied for fifth in homers and his 68 total bases were...

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Pirates Notebook: McKenry Taking Advantage of Opportunities

During the 2011 offseason, Michael McKenry went down to the Fall Instructional League to work on his hitting with Manager Clint Hurdle. Working with his skipper continued throughout spring training when McKenry focused on some adjustments at the plate. McKenry is already sound behind the plate, earning the nickname “The Fort” for his defense. McKenry wanted to improve upon his .222/.276/.322 line in 2011 with Pittsburgh....

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