Pirates Notebook: The New Lumber Company?

PITTSBURGH, PA — The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t out to make a statement. Whether people believe this team can contend in the National League Central this season or not, they are focused on each individual game, one day at a time. But how this team has been battling all season long has started to open some new eyes. While the pitching held the club in the games during the first month of the season, it’s been the...

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Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Month

Andrew McCutchen, who was named to his second straight All-Star game on Sunday, was named the National League Player of the Month for June on Monday. McCutchen had a huge month for Pittsburgh. The outfielder hit for a .370 average over 27 games — the third-highest batting average in the Majors and the second-best in the NL. His 73 total bases were tied with Robinson Cano for the most in the Majors, his 40 hits led the N.L., and...

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McCutchen, Hanrahan Named to National League All-Star Team

All-Star selections were announced this afternoon and the Pittsburgh Pirates will have outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan representing the Steel City. McCutchen, 25, enters game action today with 15 home runs, 51 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Despite being the only player in Major League Baseball with at least 15 homers, 50 RBI and 14 stolen bases this season, McCutchen was not named to the starting team. He did make the roster...

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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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