Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Locked in at the Plate; McDonald Needs to Seek Greatness

When Pedro Alvarez is locked in at the plate, watch out. That was no more evident than on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Alvarez had a four hit night, but it was two huge swings of the bat that dropped jaws. “I shared with him after his last at-bat where he struck out, I said, ‘Look. All you got to do is hit two homers, get four hits, and they’ll clap for you when you strike out around here’,” Manager Clint Hurdle joked. With Andrew...

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Irwin Pitches Six Scoreless Innings As Indians Shut Out Toledo

Indianapolis Indians  5,  Toledo Mud Hens  0 (Box)     Indians’ Phil Irwin made his third start since joining the Indians this evening at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.  It was his most successful start of the three, as Irwin earned his second win with 6 scoreless innings of work, while striking out 7 batters.  His teammates posted 14 hits on their way to 5 runs, as the Indians shut out the Mud Hens in the first...

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Pirates Recall Chase d’Arnaud

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled infielder Chase d’Arnaud from Triple-A, filling the roster spot that was created when the team released Erik Bedard. The Pirates needed an extra bench player with Neil Walker currently injured and out of the lineup for the second straight night. They won’t need a starter to replace Bedard until the end of the week. D’Arnaud has been on a hot streak recently in Triple-A. He has an...

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Fifteen Hits, Homers By Sanchez And McPherson Boost Leroux For Indians’ Win

Indianapolis Indians  8,  Columbus Clippers  5 (Box)   Tribe SS Chase d’Arnaud and 2B Brock Holt combined for 7 hits and scored 4 runs, while C Tony Sanchez and DH Dallas McPherson each homered in the Indians’ win over the Clippers at Victory Field tonight.  Tribe starter Chris Leroux appreciated the run support, as he earned his 4th win of the season, for a 4-0 record.  The win gives the Indians a 2 games to 1 win of...

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Top Pirates Minor League Hitting Performances: Week Ending 8/26

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Only players with a 3.0 RC or better are included on the list below. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times,...

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