John McDonald Traded to the Indians

Mike DiMauro, a sports columnist at The New London Day, says that John McDonald has been traded to the Cleveland Indians. Spies say John McDonald has just been traded from the Pirates to the Indians, now that Asdrubal Cabrera is injured #MLB — Mike DiMauro (@BCgenius) June 10, 2013 I’m not sure how a writer from a Connecticut outlet would hear about this first. At the same time, I’m not sure why a writer from a...

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Pirates Notebook: Presley Joins at the One-Third Mark

One-third of the season down, two-thirds to go. The Pirates open up their second third of the season (as confusing as that term looks) against the Cincinnati Reds, a team nearly as hot as the Bucs are. Pittsburgh is 16-4 in its last 20 games and leads Cincinnati (14-6 in last 20) by one game entering the series. Vinnie Richichi from 93.7 The Fan asked manager Clint Hurdle what was most encouraging about the first third of the season....

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First Pitch: The Not-So-Great Jordy Mercer Compromise

About two weeks ago the biggest topic surrounding Pirates baseball was the fate of Jordy Mercer. Some argued that he should have remained in the majors, with John McDonald being released, Brandon Inge taking McDonald’s role, and Mercer taking Inge’s role. Some felt he should go to Triple-A and play everyday, fearing that the Pirates would just sit him on the bench while he was in the majors. It was a debate between...

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Huntington: Decision To Be Made on Karstens; McDonald and Morton Updates

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington made a rare appearance in Charleston, W.Va. for Sunday’s game between the Lexington Legends and the West Virginia Power and I (along with the Charleston Daily Mail’s Derek Redd, who covers the Power in addition to Marshall University sports) got the chance to ask him a few questions. Huntington gave me an update on the Pirates’ rehabbing pitchers as well as John McDonald. In...

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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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