Pirates Notebook: Bucs Snap Losing Streak With 11 Runs

The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their three game streak on Wednesday after pounding out season highs in hits (14) and runs (11) en route to beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-7 at Citizens Bank Park. It was their first win in Philly this season and just their sixth over their last 26 games played there. The 11 runs scored by Pittsburgh was the most since they scored 11 on September 22, 2010. Pedro Alvarez was the lone bat of the...

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Pirates Notebook: Two-Out Hits Hurt Bedard

After starting the first two months of the season off well, Erik Bedard has struggled in the month of June. Over five starts in each of April and May, Bedard posted a 2.48 and 3.91 ERA, respectively. However, after giving up four runs in the Pirates 5-4 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, Bedard has sported a 6.58 ERA over 26.0 innings in June. The left-hander entered game action just five strikeouts shy of 1,000 in his career. The lefty...

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Pirates Have Struggled With Stealing on Both Sides of the Game This Year

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After starting the season off by stealing 13 bases, but getting caught 10 times, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle knew the club needed to refocus. The Pirates were still getting caught about 50 percent of the time in the month of May. Pittsburgh isn’t built with a lineup full of threatening bats, and being aggressive on the base paths is a huge part of the teams identity, Hurdle said. “Not that we’re...

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Pirates Notebook: Surprise Win Off Chapman; Should Correia Move to Bullpen?

Sometimes the game of baseball can surprise you. The Pittsburgh Pirates entered game action just 3.0 games behind the first place Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. Despite a team average of just .223, which is ranked No. 29 in the Majors this season, the bats have started to heat up over their last 10 games. The pitching has held the club near the top of the standings this season, but it was both that picked each other...

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McKenry Learning to Adjust to Backup Role

After the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired catcher Michael McKenry from Triple-A Pawtucket (Red Sox) on June 12 of last season, McKenry went on to start in 58 games over the remainder of 2011. The Bucs’ catchers were plagued with injuries during the 2011 season — needing to use eight different catchers behind the plate. McKenry became the primary catcher when he was acquired, but his role this season is different. And...

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