Pirates Notebook: Worst Game Of the Season; Walker Takes First Swings in Cage

After the Pirates lost 12-2 to Chicago on Friday, Manager Clint Hurdle summed up the game by being honest. It stunk. “Our worst game of the season,” Hurdle said. “We stunk tonight. There’s always a sense of pride that you take out on the field, to play your best every night that you go out there. Sometimes your best stinks. That’s where we were tonight.” The Pirates have played well defensively for the most...

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Pirates Notebook: Locke Better Than Line; Pirates Keeping it One Day at a Time

Jeff Locke was pushed into the starting rotation on Monday at PNC Park so the club could get a good look at the young prospect as a starter. Locke made two relief appearances earlier last month with the Pirates and tossed a combined 4.1 scoreless frames in a role that he was unfamiliar with. But that experience allowed him to get his feet wet. Although the left-hander was a September callup last year, Locke is much more confident this...

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Exits Outing With Injury; Hurdle Believes Team Can Finish

Jeff Karstens attempted to battle through a left groin strain on the mound on Friday in Milwaukee, but the decision proved to be costly to the club. During the five days of rest, Karstens worked with the Pirates staff and recreated game adrenaline to test out the injury. The right-hander shortened his side session in order to not aggravate it. He was also monitored and said he was fine to take the ball against the Brewers tonight....

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Blanks Cardinals; Weekend Rotation Set

The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff shined at PNC Park on Wednesday night. Wandy Rodriguez and the bullpen blanked St. Louis, which extended their consecutive scoreless streak to 21 frames. Not since the sixth inning of Monday night’s loss had the Cardinals plated a run off Pittsburgh’s arms. The feat was impressive considering the Cardinals entered game action on Wednesday atop the National League in average, hitting...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles in August; Sanchez Working on Versatility

The Pirates have been struggling in the month of August. While their pitching has been impressive for most of the season, their team ERA ballooned to a 4.58 ERA this month as the club has posted just a 9-16 record. A.J. Burnett was the next Pittsburgh starter to struggle on the bump on Monday at PNC Park. After allowing four runs over 5.2 innings (shortened by the rain delay), the right-hander has now sported a 6.00 ERA this month...

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