Pirates Notebook: Rotation Still Has Questions; Moves on Horizon

PITTSBURGH, PA — After the Pirates lost 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday at PNC Park, Manager Clint Hurdle said that Jeff Karstens would get the ball on Monday in Philadelphia. Karstens was originally scheduled to make his final rehab start today in Triple-A, but was pulled from the start. Prior to the game Hurdle said they felt he was ready to rejoin the club’s starting rotation. “Command, stuff got better,...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Is Hard to Hit; Jones Seeking Consistency

CLEVELAND, OH. — When James McDonald takes the mound, he’s hard to hit. When he’s got fastball command, and his secondary pitches are working, the opposing team doesn’t have much luck trying to square up a base knock. He’s already flirted with two no-hitters in 2012. And on Friday night against the Indians, McDonald scattered just three hits and picked up the tough-luck loss. “The one thing that has...

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Jones Swinging a Hot Bat in June

Garrett Jones has made a few adjustments at the plate recently. After struggling in the month of May, where he hit just .206/.231/.397 over 22 games, Jones has been swinging a hot bat for the Pirates in June. Over eight games this month, Jones has already belted out two home runs, which matched his total from all of May, and connected for a double while driving in six. Those long balls came on back-to-back starts against National...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Snubbed For Pitcher of the Month Award?

Those in Pittsburgh or fans of the Pirates are well aware of James McDonald’s solid 2012 season. He posted a 2.97 ERA over five starts in April, and followed that up with an even better month of May. The right-hander posted a 1.54 ERA over five outings. He whiffed 39 batters over 35.0 innings and has not surrendered more than three runs in any of his first 10 assignments. If that wasn’t impressive enough, beginning with...

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Pirates Rally Off Rockies Bullpen in 5-4 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates bats have struggled for most of the season. Entering game action, the Bucs were hitting at just a .202 clip, which is worst in the Majors. But the bats came out swinging off the Colorado Rockies bullpen on Tuesday night at PNC Park. For the first just the third time during the 2012 season, the Bucs combined for double-digit hits (11). The club pounded out 13 hits on April 17 against Arizona, and 11...

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