Bedard Battles, but Runs not Coming for Bucs

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Despite making a quality start on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, left-hander Erik Bedard got the tough luck loss (his fourth of the season) after the Pirates bats were able to push only one run across home plate. While posting a 2.63 ERA, Bedard has received a total of just two runs of support in his first four starts of the 2012 season (24.0 innings). “All you can do is battle,” Bedard...

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Bucs Bats Fizzle in Loss to Dbacks

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost game one of a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-1, at Chase Field on Monday. The Pirates jumped out to an early lead off the Diamondbacks. With two outs in the first, Andrew McCutchen singled into left and quickly swiped second base for his third of the season. Casey McGehee hit an infield single to short for the club’s 10th of the season, which is tied for most in the Majors. Neil...

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Bucs Bats Stay Cold in Second Straight Loss to Dodgers

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles has been a tough ballpark for Pittsburgh over the years. And on Wednesday, the trend continued. The club hasn’t had a winning series in L.A. since 2006, when they won 2-of-3 September 19-21. After the Pirates 4-1 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday evening, the club has lost five straight at Chavez Ravine and seven of their last eight. Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed two runs on eight hits over...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucco Bats Need to Step Up

The Pirates have had a tough start to the season, facing some pretty talented starting pitchers. Of the four they’ve faced, three of them have won a Cy Young Award. Despite seeing pitchers duels so far in 2012, the club has managed to win two of the four games. The Pirates’ starting pitching has given quality starts, but the bats need to step up. “They’re gong to have to find a way to score more runs without a shadow...

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Bucs Pitching Starts Season Off Strong

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — If your team has strong starting pitching, your club will have the chance to win the game. That proved to be true for the Pirates during the 2011 season. The club’s starting staff kept the team in first, or near the top of the National League Central Division for the first four months of the season. But once they struggled, and the Bucs endured several injures, the Pirates fell out of first place. To...

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