Pirates Notebook: No Quitting in the Bucs During Rough Stretch

The Pirates are going through a rough stretch. After getting shutout 11-0 to Los Angeles on Tuesday, Manager Clint Hurdle said “it is our worst patch of play probably during the season.” While the starting staff and bullpen has been struggling, the offense hasn’t been able to click consistently either. The club has lost five of their seven games. During that stretch, the starters have combined to post a 6.75 ERA (30...

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Pirates Notebook: Early Season Bedard Shows Up in Pirates Win

Erik Bedard had two solid outings out of the chute of the All-Star break. The left-hander struggled in the month of June and beginning of July to end the first half of the season.  Bedard used the break to make some adjustments. Pittsburgh also shuffled the rotation in the second half bumping Bedard in the rotation to give him extra days off in order to get in more work during bullpen sessions. “When you can develop trust and...

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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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