Pirates Notebook: Pirates See Record Drop to .500

On July 28th after sweeping the Houston Astros on the road, the Pirates were sitting at a season-high 16 game over .500 and just two games behind the National League Central leading Cincinnati Reds. However, since then, the club has taken a nose dive. After being defeated 3-1 to Milwaukee on Wednesday at PNC Park, the Pirates saw themselves drop to 74-74 on the season. Not since June 2nd had the Bucs been sitting at .500 (26-26)....

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McDonald Pulled From Rotation, McPherson Replaces Him

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle announced on Sunday that James McDonald has been removed from the rotation, and rookie Kyle McPherson will replace him in the five-man staff, getting his first Major League start on Wednesday in Pittsburgh against Milwaukee. As the season continues to wind down, and each game continues to get more important as the Pirates are just two games out of the second spot in the Wild Card, the club had to do what...

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Exits Outing With Injury; Hurdle Believes Team Can Finish

Jeff Karstens attempted to battle through a left groin strain on the mound on Friday in Milwaukee, but the decision proved to be costly to the club. During the five days of rest, Karstens worked with the Pirates staff and recreated game adrenaline to test out the injury. The right-hander shortened his side session in order to not aggravate it. He was also monitored and said he was fine to take the ball against the Brewers tonight....

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Kyle McPherson and Alex Presley to Join Team in Milwaukee

Mike Vukovcan of KDKA reports through a source that right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson and outfielder Alex Presley are en route to Milwaukee, and will be recalled by the Pirates. If the Pirates recall both players by tomorrow, they would qualify for the postseason roster.

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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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