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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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Match Their 2011 Win Total at Miller Park

Miller Park has been a house of horror’s for the Pittsburgh Pirates over the years. Entering game action the Bucs were just 4-38 in Milwaukee since 2007. To be fair, none of the current Bucs were with the club when that stretch began in ’07. The only player part of that team is on the other side of the dugout: outfielder Nyjer Morgan. But there was a struggle even last season in Milwaukee. The Pirates won just one game at...

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Lincoln Gaining Confidence on the Mound

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Brad Lincoln has looked dramatically different on the bump in 2012 then the version Pittsburgh saw last season. Lincoln made 12 appearances (eight starts) with the Pirates in 2011, where he bounced back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen. Although Lincoln has been used primarily in relief (one spot start), he has been dominant for Pittsburgh so far. Something changed for the 27-year-old...

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No Ego in the Pirates Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — While the Pittsburgh Pirates offense has struggled for the majority of the season to score runs, the Bucco bullpen is a different story. The bullpen’s combined 2.47 ERA is ranked No. 3 in all of baseball — the best in the National League. Right-handers Juan Cruz, Jason Grilli, Joel Hanrahan, Jared Hughes, Brad Lincoln, Chris Resop, and the lone lefty Tony Watson, have whiffed 129 batters over 134.2...

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