All posts tagged "James McDonald"

  • Pirates Notebook
    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...

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    Pirates Notebook: Breaking Down the Wandy Rodriguez Trade

    The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to add a starting pitcher and bat by the deadline. And on Tuesday night, the club made a trade in order to improve the ball club on the mound. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was acquired from the Houston Astros along with cash in exchange for prospects Colton Cain, Robbie...

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    Pirates Notebook: Who Says the Bucs Don’t Have Power?

    Entering game action on Wednesday, Andrew McCutchen (.531 avg, 1.594 OPS) and Neil Walker (.490 avg, 1.357 OPS) were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Majors in the month of July in average and OPS. But despite those two combining to go 0-for-8 on the day, Pittsburgh was still able...

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    Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles Against Milwaukee, Presley Set For Rehab Assignment

    Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the rotation for the second half of the season and gave the first start to James McDonald. And based on his impressive season, the right-hander deserved it. McDonald entered the All-Star break ranked third in the National League in ERA (2.37) and second in batting average against (.196)....

  • Analysis
    Pirates Shuffle Rotation for Second Half

    The Pittsburgh Pirates rotation will have a new look heading into the second half of the 2012 season. Manager Clint Hurdle said on Sunday that the rotation will kick off on July 13 in Milwaukee with James McDonald. Following McDonald will be Kevin Correia then A.J. Burnett. Jeff Karstens and Erik Bedard...

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    Pirates Notebook: McCutchen Won’t Repeat Second Half Slump

    Andrew McCutchen had learned a lot from his second half struggles last year with the Pirates. After hitting .291 heading into the All-Star break, the club fell out of first place and McCutchen tried to do too much at the plate. He hit just .216 in the second half of the season....

  • Analysis
    Were the Pirates Snubbed on the All-Star Rosters?

    PITTSBURGH, PA -- Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan were both named to the National League All-Star team on Sunday for their second straight season. Both players have posted numbers worthy of the nominations. McCutchen entered game action on Monday as the only player in the Majors with at least 15 home runs,...

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    Pirates Notebook: The New Lumber Company?

    PITTSBURGH, PA — The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t out to make a statement. Whether people believe this team can contend in the National League Central this season or not, they are focused on each individual game, one day at a time. But how this team has been battling all season long has started...

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    Pirates Notebook: Bucs Snap Losing Streak With 11 Runs

    The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their three game streak on Wednesday after pounding out season highs in hits (14) and runs (11) en route to beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-7 at Citizens Bank Park. It was their first win in Philly this season and just their sixth over their last 26 games played...

  • Analysis
    With Guidance From Veterans, McDonald Evolving into Ace

    James McDonald - Photo by Mark Olson After James McDonald tossed his first career complete game his last trip to the mound on Thursday at PNC Park, he explained what was the biggest key for him in his impressive 2012 season. The reason? Guidance from veterans Rod Barajas and A.J. Burnett. "Those...

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