Pirates Notebook: Snider’s Slam Swing Sustains Strong Start

Maybe Brad Lincoln hits a pinch-hit home run if you give him a chance. Travis Snider did so to lead the Pirates to a 5-4 victory Tuesday, all a part of a successful 2013 campaign with the Pirates after being swapped for Lincoln. His approach has been strong this season: swinging at the fewest pitches in his career, especially outside the strike zone; making the most contact on pitches in his career. Thus, Snider has reduced his...

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Huntington: Decision To Be Made on Karstens; McDonald and Morton Updates

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington made a rare appearance in Charleston, W.Va. for Sunday’s game between the Lexington Legends and the West Virginia Power and I (along with the Charleston Daily Mail’s Derek Redd, who covers the Power in addition to Marshall University sports) got the chance to ask him a few questions. Huntington gave me an update on the Pirates’ rehabbing pitchers as well as John McDonald. In...

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Pirates Notebook: Andrew McCutchen Scratched From Lineup

What a two months it has been for Starling Marte. The Pirates left fielder has evolved from a potential-packed-but-raw leadoff hitter to a possible All-Star. Marte was set to have a day off before the team’s scheduled off-day Monday, but Andrew McCutchen is a late scratch due to right knee soreness, so Marte will instead play center field. Let’s look at what Marte has done this season: He is making contact on more pitches,...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Takes Mound As NL Strikeout Leader

A.J. Burnett will start Saturday night with the most strikeouts (72) in the National League and 25,000 bobbleheads with his face in the PNC Park stands. While he trails MLB leader Yu Darvish (86 strikeouts), Burnett faces a Houston offense that has struck out the most times in baseball this season. Burnett’s strikeout rate has jumped to a career-best 31.6%, but manager Clint Hurdle wants to make sure his staff ace is not only...

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Injury Update: Morton, Karstens and McDonald

A quick update on some of the Pirates’ pitchers recovering from injury: – Charlie Morton pitched Thursday for Altoona, going four innings while allowing two hits (both home runs) and two runs (both earned) with one walk and one strikeout. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said Morton is on a five-day rotation with three more rehab starts scheduled and that his next start will be for Triple-A Indianapolis. – Jeff...

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