Pirates Notebook: Morton Not in the Same Place as Last Year

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Right-hander Charlie Morton has been struggling with leaving the ball up during the month of May. After posting a 2.65 ERA over his first three starts in April, Morton has a posted a 5.70 ERA after his eighth start of the season on Tuesday at PNC Park against Cincinnati. “There were some sequences that weren’t sharp,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s still I think repeating his...

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Pirates Notebook: Options to Spark Offense Could Be Internal

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates entered game action on Wednesday just three games under .500 and four games back in the National League Central Division. What’s kept the club afloat this season has been off the mound. The pitching continues to be solid from the starters to the relievers. However, the bats have been a different story. The Pirates .218 team average is ranked last in the National League....

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Josh Harrison Embracing Super Utility Role

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Josh Harrison has had to add several more gloves this season in his locker. Harrison on Monday made his Major League debut in right field. In front of his locker in the clubhouse prior to the game, the 24-year-old had to count because even he was unsure. The total: six. Two outfield gloves and four different gloves for the infield. “It’s one of those things where, it’s fun to come to the field because you...

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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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Harrison’s Walk off Hit Ends Extra Inning Affair

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After playing over three and a half hours in the rain at PNC Park on Sunday, burning through the bench and most of the bullpen, the Pittsburgh Pirates walked off against the Houston Astros in the 12th inning in a 3-2 win. “They never give up,” starter A.J. Burnett said. “That’s the thing about these guys, we couldn’t get a hit for eight innings and they wouldn’t give up. That’s our job, keep...

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