Pirates Notebook: Hague’s First Major League Walkoff Comes In Odd Fashion

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Growing up playing baseball, kids always dream of their first walk off hit. For rookie Matt Hague, his was not quite the way he envisioned  it. “No. But I’ll take it,” Hague said with a smile. In the bottom of the ninth inning in a 2-2 tie, the first baseman came to the plate to face the Chicago Cubs reliever Rafael Dolis with the bases loaded and two outs. Having just being recalled from Triple-A...

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Pirates Notebook: Why are Teams Pitching to McCutchen?

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen is having a huge month of May. Even after going 0-for-3 on Sunday, McCutchen is hitting for a .396 average (21-for-53) with a double, triple, seven home runs, 13 RBI, 12 runs scored and a .900 slugging percentage in his first 16 games this month. “I don’t know,” McCutchen said with a laugh on why club’s are still pitching to him, after blasting two two-run homers against Detroit on Saturday....

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Pirates Notebook: Should the Pirates Replace Correia in the Rotation?

After the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-hander A.J. Burnett during the off-season, Kevin Correia looked to be the odd man out of the rotation. Having six options, it looked as if Correia would start the season in the bullpen with the opportunity for a spot start if needed. But after Burnett’s fluke accident during a bunting competition, a spot opened for the right-hander. And after Jeff Karstens was forced to the disabled...

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Correia Gives Quality Start, But Strasburg Strikes Out 13 in Loss

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates were looking to complete their first sweep of the 2012 season on Thursday at PNC Park. But despite right-hander Kevin Correia pitching a quality start, the righty on the other mound was better as the Pirates fell, 4-2 to the Washington Nationals. Nats Right-hander Stephen Strasburg held the Bucs to just two runs (one earned) on five hits over 6.0 innings. He walked three while striking out 13. His...

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Reds’ Cueto Pitches Complete Game as Bucs Fall, 6-1

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Cincinnati Reds Johnny Cueto proved his sub two ERA to be legit on Friday night at PNC Park. Over the last two seasons, Cueto’s 2.15 ERA has lead the Major Leagues (with a minimum of of 150 innings pitched) as the right-hander tossed his fifth complete game in the Pirates’ 6-1 loss in Pittsburgh. The Pirates were only able to score one run off  Cueto, who entered game action with just a 1.38 ERA...

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