All posts tagged "Pedro Alvarez"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Pitching Blanks Cardinals; Weekend Rotation Set

    The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff shined at PNC Park on Wednesday night. Wandy Rodriguez and the bullpen blanked St. Louis, which extended their consecutive scoreless streak to 21 frames. Not since the sixth inning of Monday night’s loss had the Cardinals plated a run off Pittsburgh’s arms. The feat was impressive considering the Cardinals...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: An Alvarez Hot Streak Would Be Great Right Now

    If there's one thing we've learned this year about Pedro Alvarez, it's that he doesn't just have one good game. He's been a very streaky player, and in most cases when he has a big game, it is usually the start of a nice hot streak. We saw this in mid-April. Alvarez...

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    Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Locked in at the Plate; McDonald Needs to Seek Greatness

    When Pedro Alvarez is locked in at the plate, watch out. That was no more evident than on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Alvarez had a four hit night, but it was two huge swings of the bat that dropped jaws. “I shared with him after his last at-bat where he struck...

  • Analysis
    Alvarez Showing Good Signs After Lengthy Session With Hurdle

    A 162 game season is a lengthy one. Staying consistent throughout the entire year is tough. There's hot streaks and slumps, and Pedro Alvarez has recently been on the downside of things. But after a lengthy session with Manager Clint Hurdle, who also served as a hitting coach with the Texas Rangers...

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    Pirates Notebook: Locke Shines in 2012 Debut, But His Role is Undecided

    Jeff Locke was impressive in his 2012 debut for the Pirates on Thursday at PNC Park. The left-hander, who was recalled on Wednesday, was promoted to serve the club with length from the bullpen — a role that he’s never been called upon to do in his professional career. But the 24-year-old...

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    Pirates Notebook: Early Season Bedard Shows Up in Pirates Win

    Erik Bedard had two solid outings out of the chute of the All-Star break. The left-hander struggled in the month of June and beginning of July to end the first half of the season.  Bedard used the break to make some adjustments. Pittsburgh also shuffled the rotation in the second half bumping Bedard in the...

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    Pirates Notebook: McKenry Taking Advantage of Opportunities

    During the 2011 offseason, Michael McKenry went down to the Fall Instructional League to work on his hitting with Manager Clint Hurdle. Working with his skipper continued throughout spring training when McKenry focused on some adjustments at the plate. McKenry is already sound behind the plate, earning the nickname “The Fort” for...

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    Pirates Notebook: Karstens Getting Back to Last Season’s Form

    Jeff Karstens has been working hard to get back to his 2011 form. After missing two months of the season on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury, Karstens has shown over his last four starts that he’s getting there. Karstens tossed seven scoreless frames in the Pirates 3-0 shutout over...

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    Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles Against Milwaukee, Presley Set For Rehab Assignment

    Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the rotation for the second half of the season and gave the first start to James McDonald. And based on his impressive season, the right-hander deserved it. McDonald entered the All-Star break ranked third in the National League in ERA (2.37) and second in batting average against (.196)....

  • Analysis
    Hurdle and Alvarez Share a Bond

    Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle knows the challenges of high expectations. They were put on him when he was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) by the Kansas City Royals in the 1975 draft. At just 20-years-old, Hurdle made his Major League debut and was on a Sports Illustrated cover being labeled as the...

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