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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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 Grossman and Rudy Owens. “As we talked really from day one of the trading season, we’ve been open to strengthening our club...

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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 to pull together a huge win in Colorado on Wednesday to take their 17th series win. Perhaps another sign that things really are different this year. When the...

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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). However, both those numbers took a hit in the first game back on Friday in Milwaukee as McDonald struggled from...

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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 will be No. 4 and 5 in the series in Colorado. “We’ve looked at this a couple different ways,” Hurdle said. “We...

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