Locke and Clement Lead Indians To 8th Consecutive Win

Indianapolis Indians  6,  Louisville Bats  1 (Box)   The Indianapolis Indians provided some fireworks at Victory Field tonight, as a preview of the post-game stadium and city fireworks.  Indians’ batters belted out four home runs, with 1B Jeff Clement contributing two of them.  Starter Jeff Locke earned his 7th win of the season, throwing 7 one-hit innings and allowing just one run. The Indians jumped out to an early lead...

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Matt Hague Trying to Stay Sharp in Bench Role

PITTSBURGH, PA — Adjusting to a bench role can be a tough transition for any young player.  Matt Hague led the International League in games played (141) last season while with Triple-A. Having spent his professional career as an everyday player, the second time around in the Majors has helped Matt Hague adjust. The first baseman donned the name ‘the hit collector’ after a monster spring training where he hit .400...

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Pirates Notebook: Another Rehab Start for Karstens, Lincoln Could Make Two Spot Starts

Right-hander Jeff Karstens met his 80 pitch goal mark during his third rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, but he will make one more outing before rejoining the Pirates. Karstens threw five innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six while throwing 82 pitches, 58 strikes. After tossing two perfect innings, Karstens’ pitch count got ramped up in the 3rd inning after the Indy...

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Hague and Mercer Make it to Bigs After Five Years of Ball Together

When shortstop Jordy Mercer took the field on Wednesday for his first big league start, the 25-year-old saw a very familiar face across the diamond in fellow rookie Matt Hague. Mercer and Hague have always dreamed of one day making it to the Major Leagues. And both get to share the experience of their rookie season together in Pittsburgh. Before the infielders were both drafted by Pittsburgh in 2008, they played together at Oklahoma...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Making an Impact On and Off the Mound

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After another strong outing from veteran A.J. Burnett on Wednesday, the right-hander dropped his ERA down to 3.60 on the 2012 season. But because of one rough outing, Burnett’s impact on and off the mound is even better if you dig a little deeper. Burnett got charged with 12 runs on 12 hits over 2.2 innings in St. Louis on May 2. Burnett entered game action with just a 1.38 ERA over his first two starts,...

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