Pirates Notebook: Pirates Remain Two Games Back; This Year Feels Different

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates were coming off a huge win on Thursday night in Cincinnati where they took 2-of-3 from the first place Reds in the National League Central.  And after the Bucco bats broke out for four runs on 10 hits off the Kansas City Royals in Interleague play, Pittsburgh remain just two games out of first place. While it’s been the pitching that’s held the team near the top of their division for...

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Pirates Notebook: Surprise Win Off Chapman; Should Correia Move to Bullpen?

Sometimes the game of baseball can surprise you. The Pittsburgh Pirates entered game action just 3.0 games behind the first place Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. Despite a team average of just .223, which is ranked No. 29 in the Majors this season, the bats have started to heat up over their last 10 games. The pitching has held the club near the top of the standings this season, but it was both that picked each other...

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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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Barmes Disappointed in His Early Season Struggles

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After Clint Barmes popped out in his last at-bat on Monday, en route to an 0-for-4 day at the plate, he heard loud boo’s from the crowd at PNC Park. Fans are disappointed in his season so far, but no one is more disappointed than Barmes himself. Barmes since has taken a step back from the game in order to work on his swing. After the club promoted infielder Jordy Mercer to the Majors on Tuesday, Pirates...

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Mercer Joins the Pirates, But Barmes Still the Shortstop

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Infielder Jordy Mercer arrived to the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon at PNC Park just an hour before the club was set to take batting practice. Surrounded by media, the 25-year-old was all smiles as he tried to put into words what getting called up to the Majors felt like. “It’s a dream come true, it really is,” Mercer said. “Words can’t describe it. It’s something you dream about as a...

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