Bedard Strikes Out 11 and Alvarez Homers in 6-3 Win Over Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided the sweep and won game three at Busch Stadium on Thursday afternoon, 6-2, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lefty Erik Bedard picked up his second win as a Bucco and Pedro Alvarez continued to swing a hot bat with his seventh homer of the season as the club improved to 11-14. It’s been a while since the Pittsburgh Pirates have seen a legitimate¬†strike out pitcher in their starting staff. Left-hander...

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Poor Day From Pirates Defense Leads to 4-3 Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates (9-12) lost 4-3 to the Atlanta Braves (14-8) at Turner Field on Sunday in the third game of four-game set. Right-hander Kevin Correia allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over 4.1 innings. He walked five and didn’t strike out a batter while throwing 101 pitches, 53 strikes. Correia entered game action with a 2.50 ERA on the road since the beginning of the 2011 season, which ranked fourth in the...

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Pirates Notebook: The Bats of Alvarez, Tabata Are Taking Big Steps Forward

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been putting in early work in the cages, working on his swing with hitting coach Gregg Ritchie. And over the past several games it looks like the hard work is starting to pay off. The Pirates faced a lot of criticism for starting Alvarez in the Majors, despite a rough spring training, instead of sending him to Triple-A to get work in. Although it’s a small sample size...

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Bats Come Out Swinging in Game Two of Doubleheader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — In game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday at PNC Park, the club was only able to plate one run off the Colorado Rockies pitchers as right-hander James McDonald flirted with a no-hitter. In game two, however, the Bucco bats came out swinging. “I thought we played good baseball today,” third baseman Pedro Alvarez said. “Tough game the first game, but I thought we bounced back pretty well and...

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Burnett Solid in Debut, Alvarez Knocks in Two in Shutout Over Cardinals

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Plans changed quickly for right-hander A.J. Burnett on Saturday.¬†Originally¬†slated to make his final rehab start with Double-A Altoona, the 35-year-old was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and made his 2012 Pirates debut at PNC Park against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2-0 shutout. Burnett took the mound on a rainy, cold night in Pittsburgh to make his debut in a Pirates uniform since being acquired...

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