Pirates Get Losing Hand of Pitchers Duel on Opening Day

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates lost, 1-0, to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. The largest crowd ever in attendance –39,585– to see a ballgame at PNC Park in its 11-year history watched a pitchers duel on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. “It was a great crowd we had today,” All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen said. “It was the most we’ve ever had in the stadium. It was great to be a...

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Pirates Notebook: Finish

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Finish. One word which means so much to the Pittsburgh Pirates. After siting in first place on July 25th last season, and posting a 53-47 record, the Pirates fell hard out of the standings. Having lost to the Atlanta Braves in 19 innings on the 26th with a controversial call at the plate, Pittsburgh never saw first place again after being near the top for the first four months of the season. The team...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Starting Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation improved their overall record and ERA during the 2011 season when they put up a 49-61 record and a 4.21 ERA, improving from a 34-84 record with a 5.28 ERA in 2010. Over the offseason, the club upgraded their starting staff by signing lefty Erik Bedard to a one-year deal in December. They also acquired right-hander A.J. Burnett from the New York Yankees in February for a pair of minor league...

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Bucs Tie and Lose in Split Squad Action

The Pittsburgh Pirates played two games this afternoon in part of a split squad day. And both games had very different results. Lefty Erik Bedard started against the Baltimore Orioles at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Saturday in the Bucs 6-6 tie. Bedard, who will get the Pirates Opening Day nod at PNC Park on Thursday, allowed four runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out two. All four runs scored off Bedard came via the long...

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Bedard Sharp in Bucs Loss to O’s

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 4-1 to the Baltimore Orioles in Bradenton, Fla., on Monday night. Left-hander Erik Bedard made his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring on Monday night at McKechnie Field. Over six-plus innings, Bedard allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits. Bedard walked one and struck out five and threw 79 pitches. After tossing four hitless frames, which included striking out the side...

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