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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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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