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 looked nothing like a rookie on the mound in Pittsburgh. “I think there’s nerves anytime you pitch at any level. If you’re not...

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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 rotation to give him extra days off in order to get in more work during bullpen sessions. “When you can develop trust and...

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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 his defense. McKenry wanted to improve upon his .222/.276/.322 line in 2011 with Pittsburgh....

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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 the Florida Marlins. The 29-year-old has pitched at least seven frames in each of his last four starts, while allowing six earned runs...

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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). However, both those numbers took a hit in the first game back on Friday in Milwaukee as McDonald struggled from...

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