Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Struggles, But Will Remain In Rotation

Brad Lincoln was given the opportunity to make his third spot start of the season on Tuesday night in Baltimore against the Orioles. The right-hander hasn’t had a defined role this season since being recalled on April 18 when Jeff Karstens was placed on the disabled list. Lincoln has made 13 appearances from the bullpen where he’s also been used in long relief and in the late innings. The 27-year-old struggled in his...

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Pirates Notebook: One Game Out of First Place After 5-3 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — In front of a sell out crowd of 39, 312 in Pittsburgh on Saturday night, the club inched their way closer to first place in the National League Central after beating Kansas City, 5-3. The Buccos rallied for five runs in the fourth inning while the Royals made some sloppy plays on defense. The Pirates took advantage of two free passes from the Royals Vin Mazzaro to start the fourth inning. Rod Barajas followed...

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Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Struggles in Second Spot Start

With Charlie Morton on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation, Brad Lincoln had the opportunity on Wednesday to make a spot start for Pittsburgh. Since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, the right-hander has been used primarily in the bullpen, where he’s thrived. Lincoln made one spot start for the Pirates three weeks ago, throwing six solid innings (just two earned runs) in the 3-2 win in Miami. Lincoln has...

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Pirates Notebook: Struggling Bats Come Alive

The Pittsburgh Pirates bats broke out for eight runs on 12 hits on Tuesday against first place Cincinnati. Most of the damage came from three players — who combined to drive in six of the club’s eight runs — that have struggled to get their bats going this season. Clint Barmes and Casey McGehee have disappointed in their first year with Pittsburgh, and Alex Presley looked lost at the plate in May and was demoted to...

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Pirates Notebook: Another Rehab Start for Karstens, Lincoln Could Make Two Spot Starts

Right-hander Jeff Karstens met his 80 pitch goal mark during his third rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, but he will make one more outing before rejoining the Pirates. Karstens threw five innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six while throwing 82 pitches, 58 strikes. After tossing two perfect innings, Karstens’ pitch count got ramped up in the 3rd inning after the Indy...

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