Pirates Focus In-House, Rather Than Waiver Claims

With just two days remaining until the August 31 trade waiver claim ends, Manager Clint Hurdle said the focus for the Pittsburgh Pirates down the stretch is internal. “I think right now as we tier things down, our focus starts in house, and then it moves down from there,” Hurdle said. “[Or] if something that would happen that would grab us. There are guys out everyday on trade waivers, and there are guys still out on...

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Brock Holt Has Three Hits as Indians Slip Past Toledo

Indianapolis Indians  4,  Toledo Mud Hens  3 (Box)   A ninth inning rally by the Mud Hens made things a little worrisome for the Indians tonight at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio, but closer Tim Wood held on to the thin lead.  The Indians took the win over the Mud Hens, and Wood earned his 21st Save of the season.  Starter Jeff Locke struck out 7 batters in 4.2 innings, and five Tribe relievers combined for another 10 strike...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles in August; Sanchez Working on Versatility

The Pirates have been struggling in the month of August. While their pitching has been impressive for most of the season, their team ERA ballooned to a 4.58 ERA this month as the club has posted just a 9-16 record. A.J. Burnett was the next Pittsburgh starter to struggle on the bump on Monday at PNC Park. After allowing four runs over 5.2 innings (shortened by the rain delay), the right-hander has now sported a 6.00 ERA this month...

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Indians Can’t Keep Above the Surface Against Clippers

Columbus Clippers  5,  Indianapolis Indians  3 (Box)   Clippers’ starter TJ McFarland has not had a good season against the Indianapolis Indians.  In his three previous starts against the Indians, McFarland got beat around.  On July 7th, the Indians scored 8 runs on 10 hits and 4 walks against McFarland in just 2.1 innings.  The following week, on the 15th, the Tribe smacked 9 hits for 4 runs in 5 innings, and on August...

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Pirates Notebook: Rodriguez Tosses Solid Outing; Plans With Wilson Haven’t Changed

Wandy Rodriguez didn’t impress over his first four starts with Pittsburgh after being traded from Houston. The left-hander posted a 5.58 ERA over 24.2 innings, before taking the mound at PNC Park on Friday. Not having started since the 15th, Rodriguez did pitch two innings of relief in the Bucs 19-inning marathon game in St. Louis. Rodriguez looked much sharper and tossed a quality start. “He has really tried to validate...

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