Pirates Notebook: Burnett Continues to be the Ace of the Staff

When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired A.J Burnett from the New York Yankees on February 19 this spring, the veteran right-hander had an opportunity to join a young ball club and become the ace of the staff. And that’s what he continues to do start after start after start. “I’ve never had a 35-year-old ace on any staff I’ve ever had,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “This is a veteran guy that had an opportunity to...

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Pirates Notebook: Who Says the Bucs Don’t Have Power?

Entering game action on Wednesday, Andrew McCutchen (.531 avg, 1.594 OPS) and Neil Walker (.490 avg, 1.357 OPS) were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Majors in the month of July in average and OPS. But despite those two combining to go 0-for-8 on the day, Pittsburgh was still able to pull together a huge win in Colorado on Wednesday to take their 17th series win. Perhaps another sign that things really are different this year. When the...

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How Much Trade Value Does Brad Lincoln Have?

Yesterday, Rob Biertempfel reported that Arizona and San Diego had some degree of interest in Brad Lincoln for deals for Justin Upton and Carlos Quentin. Lincoln has been putting up strong numbers this year, mostly out of the bullpen, although he’s also shown the ability to start, if needed. He’s got five years of control remaining after this season, and will likely be Super Two eligible in 2014, as he will finish the 2012...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Continues Hot Hitting in Day Games; Lincoln, McCutchen Updates

After Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs on Friday, the third baseman ripped a bases clearing double to right field off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright to tie the game up at 5. Alvarez has been red hot over his last two weeks, going  17-for-47 (.362) with four doubles, six home runs and 15 RBI in his last 13 games. And on day games, Alvarez is even hotter. Alvarez has hit 11 of his 14 home runs in...

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Brad Lincoln Showing the Stuff to Close

Since the Pittsburgh Pirates decided to move Brad Lincoln back into the bullpen after making five starts in the rotation, the right-hander has been nothing but impressive. The former first round pick by Pittsburgh continues to be an asset for the club in any role in 2012, but perhaps his last two outings have been glimpses into his future role — a closer. While it takes a certain kind of mentality to close out a game, it’s...

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