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. The All-Star center fielder has put up numbers that have put him in MVP discussion. He’s hit for a .360/.413/.610 line and is tied on the team with 16...

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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, 51 RBI and 14 stolen bases this season. Hanrahan is just one of four pitchers in the Majors with at least 60 saves since...

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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 to open some new eyes. While the pitching held the club in the games during the first month of the season, it’s been the...

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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 there. The 11 runs scored by Pittsburgh was the most since they scored 11 on September 22, 2010. Pedro Alvarez was the lone bat of the...

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With Guidance From Veterans, McDonald Evolving into Ace

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 guys influence me in a lot of ways,” McDonald explained. “Now, I expect seven innings every time. Before I didn’t even think about that. Just that mentality...

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