Pirates Notebook: James McDonald Having a Breakout Season

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress this 2012 season, posting numbers worthy of arguably a nomination for a breakout player in the National League. Over McDonald’s last six starts, he’s whiffed 52 batters over 41.2 innings since his eight strikeout performance on April 25. During that span, McDonald leads the Majors in the strikeout department, which included a career-high 11 against...

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Pirates Notebook: James McDonald Taking Steps Forward Thanks to Slider

When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired James McDonald from the Los Angeles Dodgers (along with prospect outfielder Andrew Lambo) for closer Octavio Dotel in 2010, the club knew that they were getting a talented arm. The righty made 11 starts with Pittsburgh that year after spending most of his Major League career with the Dodgers in the bullpen. In McDonald’s first full season with the Pirates in 2011, he led the club in starts...

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Lack of Offense Spoils McDonald’s Impressive Outing

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates entered game action hitting for just a .225 average, ranking 15th in the National League. The lack of offense resulted in several missed opportunities on Friday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Bucs had a runner on third with no outs twice but failed to drive him in as the Pirates lost game one to the Houston Astros, 1-0. Offense woes have been the story for the club all season. While their...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Staff Racking Up Punchouts

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a pitch to contact staff during the 2011 season. That however, has changed so far in 2012. Out of all of the starters in the majors with three or more starts, the Pirates are the only team who have two that rank in the top 15 in K/9. Those starters are Erik Bedard (9.79) and A.J. Burnett (9.77). They’re one of nine teams in the majors that have four starters with a 6.5 or better K/9 ratio, with James...

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Another Strong Outing from McDonald in Pirates 3-2 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012. On April 25, McDonald took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Colorado. He followed that performance up with punching out a career-high 10 Braves in Atlanta his last trip to the mound. And on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, McDonald tossed 6.1 innings holding the Cincinnati Reds to just one run at PNC Park...

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