Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles Against Milwaukee, Presley Set For Rehab Assignment

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the rotation for the second half of the season and gave the first start to James McDonald. And based on his impressive season, the right-hander deserved it. McDonald entered the All-Star break ranked third in the National League in ERA (2.37) and second in batting average against (.196). However, both those numbers took a hit in the first game back on Friday in Milwaukee as McDonald struggled from...

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Pirates Notebook: McCutchen, Walker Power Bucs to Strong First Half Finish

PITTSBURGH, PA — When Andrew McCutchen steps to the plate, more often than not, he does something special. In the final game before the All-Star break, McCutchen put on a display of why he’s worthy of National League MVP conversations. After Neil Walker doubled off San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum with one-out in the first inning, McCutchen took a 3-2 pitch from the right-hander that he launched for his 17th home run of...

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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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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Snap Losing Streak With 11 Runs

The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their three game streak on Wednesday after pounding out season highs in hits (14) and runs (11) en route to beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-7 at Citizens Bank Park. It was their first win in Philly this season and just their sixth over their last 26 games played there. The 11 runs scored by Pittsburgh was the most since they scored 11 on September 22, 2010. Pedro Alvarez was the lone bat of the...

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Can McGehee Bounce Back to His 2010 Form?

CLEVELAND, OH — Over the past three or four weeks Casey McGehee said he felt like something had started to click for him at the plate. Even though he’s started in nine of the last 11 games, McGehee said he noticed a difference even coming off the bench, and that he was starting to feel like his old self. “Just really trying to be stubborn and stick to what I know I’ve been successful with in the past,” McGehee...

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