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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Pirates Notebook: Correia Made Adjustment With Focus Toward More Strikeouts

Kevin Correia isn’t a strikeout pitcher. In the first half of the 2012 season, Correia struck out a season-high four batters just three times on the season. But over his last two starts, Correia has combined for 11 strikeouts over 11.0 innings pitched — more than he had combined over his five starts prior. After striking out five Florida Marlins over five frames in the Pirates 4-3 win at PNC Park on Friday, Correia said...

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Pirates Notebook: Extra Time Pays Off For Bedard; McCutchen and Walker Stay Hot

When Manager Clint Hurdle had the opportunity to shuffle the rotation for the second half of the season, he decided to use it to his advantage. Heading into the All-Star break, Erik Bedard was struggling on the mound. Over his last five starts, he allowed 21 runs over 23.2 innings. After his last trip to the mound, Bedard said wasn’t doing anything different, that just they were hitting his pitches. It wasn’t his health...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Can’t Pull Off Comeback Win; McCutchen Wins Two Awards

The Pirates have been able to pull off the comeback win 24 times this season. It’s been kind of the theme for the 2012 Bucs, battling back. Last year, the team was only able to pull off 36 over the entire season. So when Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate after enduring a rain delay in the ninth inning with two runners on, one out, and a left-handed reliever on the mound, there was a glimpse of hope. With one swing of the bat,...

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