Pirates Notebook: Losing Streak Reaches Five; Karstens, Walker Feel Good After Sim Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates streak extended to five games after losing their second straight in Cincinnati on Tuesday. After falling in extra-innings on Monday night, the Pirates were able to put up double-digits in hits (11), but still struggled on the offensive side of the ball, plating just three runs as the Reds scored five as their current struggles continue. With the loss, the Bucs are just three games over .500 (72-69) after sitting...

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Pirates Notebook: McDonald Showing Progress; Rotation Set for Cincinnati

It’s been a frustrating second half of the season for James McDonald. But there have been signs that the right-hander is bouncing back to his first half form. McDonald had to battle on Saturday at PNC Park against Chicago. The only clean inning he threw was the first. But he was able to stay away from the big innings, which had caused him trouble in some recent outings prior. “That was big,” McDonald said. “For...

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Pirates Notebook: Pirates Match 2011 Win Total; Walker Getting Close to Return

With the series win over Houston on Wednesday, Pittsburgh notched their 72nd win of the season. It tied their win total from all of last year. The Pirates finished the 2011 campaign with a 72-90 record. “It’s part of what you expect,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “You do, you expect to get better. It’s not always the way it works. I use the term with my players, I’m going to be easy to please, but hard to satisfy. It’s...

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Pirates Weighing Options on Bedard’s Spot in Rotation

With Erik Bedard out of the rotation, the Pirates have several days to figure out how they plan on moving forward. The club has an off day on Thursday before opening up a three-game set in Milwaukee on Friday. Bedard’s spot in the rotation doesn’t come up until Saturday,  which is also September 1st when the Pirates can expand the rosters. “We’re still working through that as we line up our rotation through this...

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Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson to Join the Team; Correia Could Start

I just spoke with Kristy Robinson, who is on the road traveling to West Virginia for minor league coverage. According to her sources, Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson are both joining the team today in San Diego. Kristy also mentioned that no starter had been announced, but that Kevin Correia could get the start. Correia pitched two innings last night, so he wouldn’t be able to go deep in to the game. McPherson or Wilson could...

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