Pirates Need to Get the Bottom of the Lineup Going

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — When signing veterans Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas over the offseason, the Pirates expected more from them than the numbers they’ve put up so far this season. Barmes and Barajas also expected more out of themselves. The Pirates need to get the bottom of the lineup going. Entering game action on Wednesday, the seventh spot has combined to hit for a .175/.213/.340 line this season, while the eighth spot has...

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Bedard Strikes Out 11 and Alvarez Homers in 6-3 Win Over Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided the sweep and won game three at Busch Stadium on Thursday afternoon, 6-2, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lefty Erik Bedard picked up his second win as a Bucco and Pedro Alvarez continued to swing a hot bat with his seventh homer of the season as the club improved to 11-14. It’s been a while since the Pittsburgh Pirates have seen a legitimate┬ástrike out pitcher in their starting staff. Left-hander...

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Pirates Rally Off Rockies Bullpen in 5-4 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates bats have struggled for most of the season. Entering game action, the Bucs were hitting at just a .202 clip, which is worst in the Majors. But the bats came out swinging off the Colorado Rockies bullpen on Tuesday night at PNC Park. For the first just the third time during the 2012 season, the Bucs combined for double-digit hits (11). The club pounded out 13 hits on April 17 against Arizona, and 11...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Starting Lineup

The Pittsburgh Pirates finished with a .244 batting average during the 2011 season — .247 average in the 1st half, .241 in the 2nd half. Over the offseason, the Pirates signed shortstop Clint Barmes to a two-year deal, and catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year contract with an option for 2013. The Pirates entered Grapefruit League action on Sunday with a team .278 batting average this spring. The club has seven active players that...

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Pirates Notebook: Barajas, Barmes Defense Helping Club

BRADENTON, Fla. — Over the offseason, the Pirates were looking to upgrade their defense both at shortstop and behind the plate. Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas signed with Pittsburgh, and so far this spring they have made the staff better. Barmes, 33, signed a two-year deal in November. Since 2003, Barmes has posted a 7.2 career UZR/150 at shortstop in over 3700 innings. “Barmes is just a dependable defender,” Pirates...

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