Jose Tabata Gets His Swagger Back

Towards the end of April, Jose Tabata said that he was working on tweaking his swing. The outfielder was watching old videos from the 2011 season, and put that work into the cages with Manager Clint Hurdle and hitting coach Gregg Ritchie. Tabata knows his strength is to right-center field, and admitted that at the beginning of year he was trying to do too much. After hitting for a .246/.295/.298 line in 57 at-bats in April, Tabata has...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Staff Racking Up Punchouts

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a pitch to contact staff during the 2011 season. That however, has changed so far in 2012. Out of all of the starters in the majors with three or more starts, the Pirates are the only team who have two that rank in the top 15 in K/9. Those starters are Erik Bedard (9.79) and A.J. Burnett (9.77). They’re one of nine teams in the majors that have four starters with a 6.5 or better K/9 ratio, with James...

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Moving in the Right Direction

Right-hander Jeff Karstens is continuing to progress back from right shoulder inflammation that caused him to exit his third start of the season on April 17 early, and be placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day. After resting his arm for 10 days, Karstens has started throwing on flat ground. Yesterday, the right-hander was throwing from 60 feet at PNC Park. “The program is going good,” Karstens said....

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Set to Make Final Rehab Start; Hanrahan, Karstens Updates

Right-hander A.J. Burnett will take the mound at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona for the Double-A Curve on Saturday, baring any setbacks, for his final rehab start before rejoining the Pirates rotation. Burnett, who threw 81 pitches during his third rehab start on Monday, will shoot for as close to 100 pitches as he can get. “We’d like to see him go past 80 and as close to 100 as he can which it all being productive and...

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Locke Strikes Out 8 In First Win

 Indianapolis Indians  4,  Columbus Clippers  3 (Box)     Jeff Locke earned his first win of the season and Tim Wood earned his first save, as the Indians halted a 3-game losing streak with a win over the Columbus Clippers at Victory Field this afternoon. The Clippers out-hit the Indians 11-8, but they also left 8 runners on base, compared to just 3 left on for the Indians.  There were 11 doubles hit in the game, 7 by the...

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