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: McDonald Continues to be Pirates Ace

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — James McDonald continues to be the Pittsburgh Pirates ace this 2012 season. Facing a hot Cincinnati Reds lineup, McDonald was not fazed on Monday at PNC Park. Coming into Pittsburgh having won eight of their last nine games and sitting at the top the National League Central, McDonald cruised through their lineup on his way to eight scoreless innings — the first time in his Major League career. “He...

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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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Three Hits For Presley In Indians’ 5th Straight Win

Indianapolis Indians  4,  Louisville Bats  1 (Box)   Three hits by RF/LF Alex Presley and three triples sparked the Indians to a win over the Louisville Bats, giving the Tribe a 2-0 game lead in this home/away series.  Presley singled, doubled, and tripled, missing his second cycle with the Indians by only a home run.  SS Anderson Hernandez and 2B Brian Friday also tripled.  Justin Wilson earned his fourth win of the season with...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Staff Continues to Shine

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh’s pitching staff continues to shine this season. Entering game action, the staff ERA of 3.33 ranked No. 3 in the Majors, second in the National League trailing only the Washington Nationals (2.90). The bullpen’s 2.47 ERA is the best in the N.L. “Very impressive pitching all night tonight on the mound,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. Right-hander A.J. Burnett made his...

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