Another Strong Outing from McDonald in Pirates 3-2 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012. On April 25, McDonald took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Colorado. He followed that performance up with punching out a career-high 10 Braves in Atlanta his last trip to the mound. And on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, McDonald tossed 6.1 innings holding the Cincinnati Reds to just one run at PNC Park...

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Pirates Notebook: Presley, Tabata to Share Leadoff Spot

Throughout Grapefruit League action, Alex Presley got the majority of the starts batting leadoff. Jose Tabata followed in the two spot. The trend continued into the regular season with Presley hitting first for the first three games. But on game four of the season, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle decided to switch the lineup up, inserting Tabata into the leadoff spot, allowing Presley to hit second. Hurdle said he will pick and choose...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Starting Lineup

The Pittsburgh Pirates finished with a .244 batting average during the 2011 season — .247 average in the 1st half, .241 in the 2nd half. Over the offseason, the Pirates signed shortstop Clint Barmes to a two-year deal, and catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year contract with an option for 2013. The Pirates entered Grapefruit League action on Sunday with a team .278 batting average this spring. The club has seven active players that...

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Pirates Notebook: No Reason Meek’s Velocity Won’t Return

BRADENTON, Fla. –Right-hander Evan Meek is working on getting back to the All-Star pitcher that he was in 2010. After posting a 2.14 ERA over 70 appearances in 2010, Meek battled right shoulder tendonitis for most of last season, appearing in just 24 games with Pittsburgh. For some pitchers, it can take a while to regain their velocity in spring training, needing to build up their arm strength and innings. Meek, who last season...

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Walker Scratched with Back Tightness

BRADENTON, Fla. — Second baseman Neil Walker was an early morning scratch from the lineup for today’s 1:05 game at McKechnie Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. Walker, 26, was scratched due to lower back tightness. Walker said today that his lower back was a little tight during Tuesday’s 7-4 win over the Yankees,  got worse afterwards. For precaution this early in spring training, Walker is day-to-day but will...

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