Pirates Notebook: Sloppy Play Leads to Loss; Tabata Struggling in Triple-A

All it took was one bad inning from the Pittsburgh Pirates to see the club lose the series in Milwaukee and fall a 1/2 game back in the National League Central. A.J. Burnett was cruising along in his 16th start of the season for Pittsburgh. The right-hander was impressive through a few jams, and his veteran experience on the bump allowed him to continue to put up zeros. In the first inning, Norichika Aoki took the first pitch from...

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Pirates Notebook: Walker Heats Up in July; Why Pitch to McCutchen?

Just like the months in the summer heat up, so does Neil Walker at the plate. After hitting .278 in April and .238 in the month of May, Walker’s bat has started to become red hot in July. “I feel good at the plate,” Walker said. “And I’m happy about that. July is usually a good month for me. When the weather gets hot, I start to feel a lot better.” And the second baseman has numbers to prove it. During...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles Against Milwaukee, Presley Set For Rehab Assignment

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the rotation for the second half of the season and gave the first start to James McDonald. And based on his impressive season, the right-hander deserved it. McDonald entered the All-Star break ranked third in the National League in ERA (2.37) and second in batting average against (.196). However, both those numbers took a hit in the first game back on Friday in Milwaukee as McDonald struggled from...

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Pirates Notebook: McCutchen, Walker Power Bucs to Strong First Half Finish

PITTSBURGH, PA — When Andrew McCutchen steps to the plate, more often than not, he does something special. In the final game before the All-Star break, McCutchen put on a display of why he’s worthy of National League MVP conversations. After Neil Walker doubled off San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum with one-out in the first inning, McCutchen took a 3-2 pitch from the right-hander that he launched for his 17th home run of...

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Andrew McCutchen Calls On Old Coach For Home Run Derby

PITTSBURGH, PA — When Andrew McCutchen was playing High School in Fort Meade, Florida, he used to joke around with his coach that one day he would be in the Home Run Derby. Little did he know that it would come true in just his fourth season in the big leagues. McCutchen texted his coach, John Sprandlin, to deliver him the news yesterday and ask an even bigger question. “He told me congratulations,” McCutchen said....

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