Minor League Schedule: 6/6/12

Jeff Karstens goes tonight for Indianapolis, in what will likely be his last rehab start. He could throw as many as 100 pitches tonight. Tim Alderson looks to continue his strong pitching back in the starting role, while Nick Kingham looks to bounce back from a rough start last week. Both State College and the Rookie League GCL Pirates, open their season in twelve days. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A:...

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Pirates Notebook: Struggling Bats Come Alive

The Pittsburgh Pirates bats broke out for eight runs on 12 hits on Tuesday against first place Cincinnati. Most of the damage came from three players — who combined to drive in six of the club’s eight runs — that have struggled to get their bats going this season. Clint Barmes and Casey McGehee have disappointed in their first year with Pittsburgh, and Alex Presley looked lost at the plate in May and was demoted to...

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Pirates Notebook: Another Rehab Start for Karstens, Lincoln Could Make Two Spot Starts

Right-hander Jeff Karstens met his 80 pitch goal mark during his third rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, but he will make one more outing before rejoining the Pirates. Karstens threw five innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six while throwing 82 pitches, 58 strikes. After tossing two perfect innings, Karstens’ pitch count got ramped up in the 3rd inning after the Indy...

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Three Errors Lead To Indians’ Loss In Karstens’ Rehab Start

Syracuse Chiefs  7,   Indianapolis Indians  5 (Box)   The Indianapolis Indians committed three errors tonight at Victory Field, and the Syracuse Chiefs jumped at the opportunity presented to them, to defeat the Tribe.   Jeff Karstens made another rehab start with the Indians, and he suffered the loss. Starling Marte started the game on the right foot — with a huge blast over the left field wall for a solo home run.  The...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Match Their 2011 Win Total at Miller Park

Miller Park has been a house of horror’s for the Pittsburgh Pirates over the years. Entering game action the Bucs were just 4-38 in Milwaukee since 2007. To be fair, none of the current Bucs were with the club when that stretch began in ’07. The only player part of that team is on the other side of the dugout: outfielder Nyjer Morgan. But there was a struggle even last season in Milwaukee. The Pirates won just one game at...

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