Pirates Notebook: Bucs Have One of the Best Offenses in June

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has exploded in the month of June. In the club’s 14-5 pounding over the third-place St. Louis Cardinals, they connected for a season-high 19 hits. The 14 runs driven in pushed the Pirates total in June to 139 — the most runs scored this month by any team in the Majors. It was just last month that the club was struggling on offense. While the starting pitching and bullpen continued to keep the...

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Andrew McCutchen Looking Like One of the Best in the Game

After blasting his 14th home run of the season on Wednesday, Andrew McCutchen continues to impress in 2012, while putting his name in conversations among the best center fielders in the game right now. “Just not trying to do too much, staying within myself,” McCutchen said of his approach. “Just swinging at pitches and hitting them. I’m making good contact and hitting them. Learning each at-bat, learning each game....

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Snap Losing Streak With 11 Runs

The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their three game streak on Wednesday after pounding out season highs in hits (14) and runs (11) en route to beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-7 at Citizens Bank Park. It was their first win in Philly this season and just their sixth over their last 26 games played there. The 11 runs scored by Pittsburgh was the most since they scored 11 on September 22, 2010. Pedro Alvarez was the lone bat of the...

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Pirates Notebook: Two-Out Hits Hurt Bedard

After starting the first two months of the season off well, Erik Bedard has struggled in the month of June. Over five starts in each of April and May, Bedard posted a 2.48 and 3.91 ERA, respectively. However, after giving up four runs in the Pirates 5-4 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, Bedard has sported a 6.58 ERA over 26.0 innings in June. The left-hander entered game action just five strikeouts shy of 1,000 in his career. The lefty...

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Pirates Notebook: Did Lincoln Earn Himself Another Start?

PITTSBURGH, PA — Brad Lincoln used his four days off between starts in order to focus on several things — fastball command, keeping his front side closed, and not allowing damage with two outs. “Just don’t try to change anything,” Lincoln said. “Don’t try and be something that you’re not. Don’t try and recreate something out there on the mound that you’ve worked hard on in your bullpens and stuff like...

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