Minor League Schedule: 5/26/12

Jeff Karstens will get the start tonight for Indianapolis. After going on the DL on 4/18, he made his first rehab start while with Altoona five days ago. Indianapolis is in first place in their division, three games ahead of second place Toledo. Coverage of the daily games will expand to six teams, one week from today, as both Dominican Summer League teams begin their season on June 2nd. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found...

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Pirates Notebook: James McDonald Having a Breakout Season

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress this 2012 season, posting numbers worthy of arguably a nomination for a breakout player in the National League. Over McDonald’s last six starts, he’s whiffed 52 batters over 41.2 innings since his eight strikeout performance on April 25. During that span, McDonald leads the Majors in the strikeout department, which included a career-high 11 against...

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Karstens Tosses Three Scoreless in First Rehab Outing

Right-hander Jeff Karstens made his first rehab start on Monday for the Double-A Curve in Altoona. Karstens allowed one hit over three scoreless frames. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out one while throwing 37 pitches, 25 for strikes. “I felt good,” Karstens said afterwards. “I was able to come out and throw strikes, work on some things. Anytime it’s your first rehab assignment you have some extra...

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Minor League Schedule: 5/21/12

Jeff Karstens will get a rehab start tonight for Altoona. He hasn’t pitched in a game since April 18th.  He is scheduled to get three innings of work. Indianapolis has a half game lead in their division. They are the only affiliate with a winning record. The Dominican Summer League starts their schedule in twelve days. The Pirates will have two affiliates in the league this year, eliminating the Venezuelan Summer League team in...

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Pirates Notebook: Verlander No Hits Pirates Through Eight

Right-hander Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Detroit. With one out, Josh Harrison took a 1-2 breaking ball for a single into center field to break up the no-no. Verlander went on to induce two groundouts for the complete game shutout. The only two base runners by the Pirates in the first eight innings were Neil Walker in the first inning and Andrew McCutchen in the sixth, both...

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