Bucs Need to Get Power Bats Rolling

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — All eyes were on slugging first baseman Albert Pujols while he went homerless over his first 27 games to start the 2012 season. While in Pittsburgh, several Pirates have yet to see the ball go out of the ballpark. It’s expected for a player like Pujols to go deep over 30 times in a season, but Pittsburgh isn’t built to be a home run threatening club. But that’s not to say that several players...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Staff Racking Up Punchouts

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a pitch to contact staff during the 2011 season. That however, has changed so far in 2012. Out of all of the starters in the majors with three or more starts, the Pirates are the only team who have two that rank in the top 15 in K/9. Those starters are Erik Bedard (9.79) and A.J. Burnett (9.77). They’re one of nine teams in the majors that have four starters with a 6.5 or better K/9 ratio, with James...

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Moving in the Right Direction

Right-hander Jeff Karstens is continuing to progress back from right shoulder inflammation that caused him to exit his third start of the season on April 17 early, and be placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day. After resting his arm for 10 days, Karstens has started throwing on flat ground. Yesterday, the right-hander was throwing from 60 feet at PNC Park. “The program is going good,” Karstens said....

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Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Positive McCutchen Can Do This

He’s been ranked as one of the top center fielders in baseball. And rightfully so. Despite the club struggling with offense to start the 2012 season, Andrew McCutchen has been doing his share. The 25-year-old entered game action on Wednesday with a .333/.405/.394 line in 33 at-bats, with four runs, two doubles, an RBI, three walks and two stolen bases while batting third for the Pirates. In March, McCutchen signed a six-year...

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Indians’ Defensive Slips Give Columbus A Second Walk-Off Win

Defensive problems in the bottom of the 12th inning doomed the Indians, and allowed the Columbus Clippers to pick up the walk-off win for the second day in a row. On a chilly night at Huntington Park in Columbus, the Indians and Clippers took a 4-4 tie from the 5th inning until the bottom of the 12th.  With reliever Tim Wood on the mound for the Tribe, lead-off batter (and former Indy Indian) C Luke Carlin slipped a single into center...

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