McDonald Getting Feel for Changeup, New Turn in Delivery in Loss to Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Right-hander James McDonald looked sharp in his second outing of the spring against the Philadelphia Phillies tough lineup. His only run allowed over his three inning outing came in the 2nd frame. McDonald gave up a leadoff single to Hunter Pence, who scored on a RBI double into deep center by Ty Wigginton. The reasons for his success is from getting the feel of his changeup and a new turn in his delivery....

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McDonald Gets Butterflies in First Spring Outing

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Butterflies. Nerves. Anticipation. That’s how right-hander James McDonald felt when he took the mound for his first Spring Training game on Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. After going through two weeks of Spring Training workouts, conditioning, and bullpens, McDonald was anxious for his first start this morning. “It’s good to feel those nerves again, just to feel that anticipation....

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The Pirates Need Another Starting Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates made one addition to their starting rotation this off-season, adding Erik Bedard to a one year deal. Their rotation heading in to the year looks decent, with Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton, and James McDonald all looking like locks for the rotation. They also have Kevin Correia and Brad Lincoln as the top options for the fifth starter role. That group doesn’t have an ace, but has a few guys who qualify as...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 19

On this date in 1931 former Pirates catcher and coach Don Leppert was born. He started his pro career in 1955 when he signed with the Milwaukee Braves organization. The Pirates acquired him in December 1960 in exchange for minor leaguer Tom Burgess. He made his major league debut on June 18, 1961 and in his first AB he homered off Cardinals pitcher, Curt Simmons. He played 22 total games that season batting .267 with 3 homers. The...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: The Rotation

Perhaps no position reflected the ups and downs of the 2011 season more than the starting rotation.  Coming in to the 2011 season, the rotation was looked upon as the biggest weakness of the team.  The priority over the off-season was to upgrade the rotation, with a lot of fans feeling that the rotation had as many as four spots open.  Charlie Morton was coming off a disaster of a year.  Paul Maholm didn’t post good numbers...

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