Pirates Notebook: McDonald Tosses Best Outing of Second Half

After getting six days of rest and throwing two sides since his last start on Friday against San Diego, the Pirates were looking for James McDonald to take a big step forward towards getting back on track. The right-hander did just that in St. Louis facing a tough Cardinals lineup, and scattered just two hits over six shutout frames. “This was a huge step forward for us. We’re going to need him to get something done this...

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Pirates Hoping Extra Side Helps McDonald Get Back on Track

The second half of the 2012 season has been a struggle for James McDonald. The right-hander went into the All-Star break with an impressive 2.37 ERA over 17 starts. He whiffed 100 batters over 110.0 innings while holding opposing hitters to just a.196 average and a 0.97 WHIP. McDonald raised eyes when he was snubbed from the All-Star roster, and Manager Clint Hurdle decided to start the second half of the season as McDonald as the...

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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 Struggling in 2nd Half; Bucs Going With 6-Man Rotation

James McDonald has struggled the second half of the season. The McDonald that Pittsburgh saw in the first half of the season was impressive. He entered the break with just a 2.37 ERA and looked to be the club’s ace of the staff. His evolution drew so much attention that some were surprised he wasn’t chosen to pitch in the All-Star game for the National League. But the version that has been on the bump since the break has...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Bounces Back in Loss; Correia to Make Spot Start

The Pittsburgh Pirates starting staff was one of the best heading into the All-Star break, but have had some struggled in the second half. One of those starting five has been James McDonald, who entered the break with an impressive 2.37 ERA. The right-hander’s second half has been a struggle since Manager Clint Hurdle bumped him to the No. 1 spot in the Pirates rotation. McDonald entered game action with an 8.71 ERA over his...

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