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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The Power of the Pirates Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has already shown their resiliency this season. Twice this year the ‘pen has been called upon to cover 8.0 innings. And they did so very efficiently. They’ve seen several guys come and go, but at the end of the day, the men in the bullpen have been solid for the Pirates. “I’m pleased with the bullpen,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “They’re...

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Pirates Notebook: Presley Working to Regain Last Seasons Swing

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After starting the season off hot — hitting for a .303/.321/.395 line in 76 at-bats over his first 19 games of the season, Alex Presley has since fizzled off. The left fielder spent the majority of the season batting leadoff, but was bumped to the two spot in place of Jose Tabata, who took off at the plate. “We’ve revisited a lot of the at-bats that we had last year when he first joined the club,...

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Indians Work Around Three Errors For A Win

Indianapolis Indians  6,  Norfolk Tides  4 (Box)   The Indianapolis Indians began their 4-game series against the Norfolk Tides with a win at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia tonight.  The win gives the Tribe a 4-1 record so far on this 8-game road trip, after they won the series in Durham 3 games to 1.  Daniel McCutchen earned his second win of the season, and Doug Slaten picked up his third Save.  The Indians posted 11 hits,...

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Hughes Versatility Earns Him 26th Spot for Doubleheader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Jared Hughes stay in Triple-A Indianapolis was shorter than originally expected. After being optioned on Saturday in order to activate starter A.J. Burnett from the disabled list, Hughes was demoted to the minors due the lack of room in the ‘pen being told he’d back back in Pittsburgh soon. On Wednesday the 6″7′ reliever was all smiles back at his locker in the Pirates...

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