Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Locked in at the Plate; McDonald Needs to Seek Greatness

When Pedro Alvarez is locked in at the plate, watch out. That was no more evident than on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Alvarez had a four hit night, but it was two huge swings of the bat that dropped jaws. “I shared with him after his last at-bat where he struck out, I said, ‘Look. All you got to do is hit two homers, get four hits, and they’ll clap for you when you strike out around here’,” Manager Clint Hurdle joked. With Andrew...

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Pirates Notebook: Early Season Bedard Shows Up in Pirates Win

Erik Bedard had two solid outings out of the chute of the All-Star break. The left-hander struggled in the month of June and beginning of July to end the first half of the season.  Bedard used the break to make some adjustments. Pittsburgh also shuffled the rotation in the second half bumping Bedard in the rotation to give him extra days off in order to get in more work during bullpen sessions. “When you can develop trust and...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Bounces Back in Loss; Correia to Make Spot Start

The Pittsburgh Pirates starting staff was one of the best heading into the All-Star break, but have had some struggled in the second half. One of those starting five has been James McDonald, who entered the break with an impressive 2.37 ERA. The right-hander’s second half has been a struggle since Manager Clint Hurdle bumped him to the No. 1 spot in the Pirates rotation. McDonald entered game action with an 8.71 ERA over his...

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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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