Pirates Notebook: Verlander No Hits Pirates Through Eight

Right-hander Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Detroit. With one out, Josh Harrison took a 1-2 breaking ball for a single into center field to break up the no-no. Verlander went on to induce two groundouts for the complete game shutout. The only two base runners by the Pirates in the first eight innings were Neil Walker in the first inning and Andrew McCutchen in the sixth, both...

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Morton Sharp as the Offense Comes Out Swinging in 5-2 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates bats came out swinging off the Houston Astros on Saturday night at PNC Park. After seeing the offense struggle the night before, the club pounded out five runs off lefty Starter J.A. Happ in the 5-2 win. In fact, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said after Friday night’s 1-0 loss that “the offense has been the last piece to join the party.” While the pitching staff continues...

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Morton to Make Tweak to Sinker After Pirates 5-0 Loss

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Charlie Morton said after Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds that he’s trying to get back in sync. Morton, who is known for his sinker, didn’t see much sink during his fourth outing of the season. During the 2011 season Morton allowed just six home runs over 171.2 innings — the fewest amount allowed by all Major League pitchers with at least 110 innings pitched. But so...

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Bats Come Out Swinging in Game Two of Doubleheader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — In game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday at PNC Park, the club was only able to plate one run off the Colorado Rockies pitchers as right-hander James McDonald flirted with a no-hitter. In game two, however, the Bucco bats came out swinging. “I thought we played good baseball today,” third baseman Pedro Alvarez said. “Tough game the first game, but I thought we bounced back pretty well and...

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Presley Hits an Inside the Parker, But Bucs Fall 4-1

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Bucco bats remained quiet combining for just one run on four hits off the St. Louis Cardinals pitchers at PNC Park on Friday night in the 4-1 loss. They entered game action with a National League worst .205 team batting average. After plating a run on two hits in the first frame, the Bucs scattered just two hits over the next eight innings with two walks. Whether it was the Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, or...

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