Pirates Notebook: Guidance Key for McDonald’s Impressive Season

PITTSBURGH, PA — Last season James McDonald had trouble pitching lengthy outings. But this year there is a whole different guy on the mound. McDonald continues to knock down different challenges this season. On Thursday night at PNC Park McDonald threw his first Major League complete game in the Pirates 9-1 series win over the¬†Minnesota¬†Twins. “It would have been funner to get it earlier, but it was all worth it,”...

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Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon to Participate in Futures Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates will send two players to the 2012 Futures Game, held during All-Star weekend. Top pitching prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon have both been selected to pitch for Team USA in the event on July 8th in Kansas City. They will be joined by Indianapolis Indians’ pitching coach Tom Filer. Cole was recently promoted to Altoona, after putting up a 2.55 ERA in 67 innings, with a 69:21 K/BB ratio in high-A....

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Minor League Schedule: 6/19/12

Jameson Taillon gets his first start since the All-Star break. In his last four starts, he has allowed a total of 20 earned runs in 19.1 innings. West Virginia began their All-Star break yesterday. Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco and Matt Benedict were all chosen for the South Atlantic League All-Star game, which will be played tonight. Altoona was off yesterday. They resume their schedule tonight at home. State College and the GCL...

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What’s Wrong With Jameson Taillon?

It was only a month ago today that most people were wondering when Jameson Taillon would be promoted to Double-A. The 2010 first round pick had a 1.47 ERA in 36.2 innings over his first seven starts in high-A. Along with that impressive ERA was a 36:7 K/BB ratio, and just 25 hits allowed. That was on May 15th. Taillon was scheduled to make his next start on May 16th. He ended up getting shelled for six runs on seven hits in 5.2...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/13/12

Jameson Taillon starts tonight for Bradenton. He ranks seventh in the Florida State League with his 1.14 WHIP. Altoona was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today with two games consisting of seven innings apiece. Indianapolis is off today. They begin an eight game road trip tomorrow, starting with four in Charlotte, then four against Gwinnett. State College and the GCL Pirates open their schedule on Monday. A full...

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