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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Pirates Notebook: Options to Spark Offense Could Be Internal

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates entered game action on Wednesday just three games under .500 and four games back in the National League Central Division. What’s kept the club afloat this season has been off the mound. The pitching continues to be solid from the starters to the relievers. However, the bats have been a different story. The Pirates .218 team average is ranked last in the National League....

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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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