Pirates Notebook: Burnett Takes Mound As NL Strikeout Leader

A.J. Burnett will start Saturday night with the most strikeouts (72) in the National League and 25,000 bobbleheads with his face in the PNC Park stands. While he trails MLB leader Yu Darvish (86 strikeouts), Burnett faces a Houston offense that has struck out the most times in baseball this season. Burnett’s strikeout rate has jumped to a career-best 31.6%, but manager Clint Hurdle wants to make sure his staff ace is not only...

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Minor League Schedule: Karstens and Glasnow Headline Saturday’s Games

5/18/13 Starters: Kris Johnson, Jeff Karstens, Adrian Sampson, Tyler Glasnow, John Kuchno

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Injury Update: Morton, Karstens and McDonald

A quick update on some of the Pirates’ pitchers recovering from injury: — Charlie Morton pitched Thursday for Altoona, going four innings while allowing two hits (both home runs) and two runs (both earned) with one walk and one strikeout. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said Morton is on a five-day rotation with three more rehab starts scheduled and that his next start will be for Triple-A Indianapolis. — Jeff...

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Prospect Watch: Sanchez Has a Doubles Streak Going, Herrera Continues Hot May

Top Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, HR: Carlos Mesa

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Jeff Karstens Goes Three Innings in a Rehab Start For Bradenton

Jeff Karstens made his first rehab start tonight for the Bradenton Marauders, going up against the Clearwater Thrashers. Karstens was scheduled to throw three innings or 50 pitches. He ended up going three innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander needed 42 pitches to get through the outing. Karstens had a rough start to the game, giving up back-to-back singles to Carlos Alonso and...

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