Simplicity Has Been Key for Garrett Jones This Season

All eyes have been on Andrew McCutchen’s MVP season this year with Pittsburgh. And he’s worthy of it. The center fielder has put up impressive numbers this season, but because of all the attention on McCutchen, perhaps another Pirates player that’s been having a career season has been overlooked. Garrett Jones has put together a solid season so far with the Pirates. His average is up, hitting for a .292 clip after...

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Pirates Notebook: Garrett Jones Has Been a Key to the Pirates’ Season

Garrett Jones has been huge for the Pirates all season, but his big swings of the bat on Tuesday night in San Diego gave the team a chance to battle back and win. Jones entered game action having gone 48-for-151 (.318 avg ) with 10 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 35 RBI in his last 43 games. He belted out his first home run of the game in the sixth frame, for his 20th homer of the year. The left-handed hitter came through...

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Pirates Notebook: Jones Breaks Out Big Bat; Burnett Gets Gritty

The Pirates have struggled on both sides of the game over their recent rough stretch. But Pittsburgh showed a gritty performance on Thursday to snap their three game skid against Los Angeles. It wasn’t a pretty performance, but it was a needed win for the club. Two big swings of the bat from Garrett Jones plated a career-high six RBI as he continues to have an impressive month of August, following solid months in June and July....

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Tinkering with Curve; McDonald Gets Bumped in Rotation

Jeff Karstens has been working on some adjustments over his last several starts. Since returning from the disabled list due  to a shoulder injury, which caused him to miss over two months, Karstens has posted a 3.79 ERA after his four earned run outing on Monday against Los Angeles. “I don’t think I’ve pitched terribly, but I also don’t think I’ve pitched well enough to win,” Karstens said. “There’s a fine line...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Continues Second Half Struggles; Correia Requests Trade

James McDonald struggled in his first two starts after the All-Star break. He allowed 10 earned runs over 9.2 innings with nine walks to just four strikeouts. McDonald’s last trip to the bump at PNC Park on Tuesday against Chicago was a step forward. Although he allowed five earned runs over six frames, he saw his curve back and racked up six strikeouts. The damage came in two frames, just a few bad pitches, while his other four...

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