Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Third Base

When Pedro Alvarez was struggling in spring training — the third baseman hit just .170 over the 19 games — many fans were passionate about sending him to Triple-A to start the season. Alvarez developed a toe tap at the plate during the offseason, but he and Manager Clint Hurdle decided to nix it and keep things more simple at the plate. Hurdle and the organization took a lot of criticism for breaking camp with Alvarez,...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Seeking Consistency Moving Forward

Pedro Alvarez has had four multi-homer games this season, and his two long ball performance showed off his impressive power at Wrigley Field on Sunday. When Alvarez is locked in at the plate, the third baseman drives the ball out of the ballpark. Literally. Both Alvarez’s home runs — No. 28 and No. 29 on the season — sailed out of the stadium and landed on Waveland Avenue in Chicago. It was part of his 2-for-5 day,...

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Pirates Notebook: Should McDonald Skip A Start in the Rotation?

The second half of the season for James McDonald continues to be a struggle. McDonald has had just two solid starts for the Pirates since the All-Star break. Those outings were a two-hit, six-inning shutout against the Cardinals on August 17th, and a two-hit, seven-inning shutout against St. Louis once again on August 28th. In McDonald’s other 10 starts, the right-hander has allowed 48 runs over 48.0 frames, good for a 9.00 ERA....

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Pirates Notebook: Streak Gets to Six; Karstens Moved to Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates losing streak reached a season-high six games on Wednesday after falling 2-1 to Cincinnati. While the pitching staff kept the club in the game, the offense continues to struggle. That has been the story during the streak for the Pirates. Aside from losing 12-2 in the blow out on Friday against Chicago, Pittsburgh lost each of their next five games by two runs or less. The Bucco bats have failed to score more...

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Pirates Notebook: Holt, McCutchen Pick Up Four-Hit Nights

Since Brock Holt joined the big league club, the infielder has created a spark at the top of the lineup. Holt picked up two hits in his first big league start, and came back even better on Wednesday at PNC Park. With Holt being able to get on base, it put more pressure on the Houston Astros’ starter Jordan Lyles as Andrew McCutchen put together a big night as well. “They showed up big time for us,” Manager Clint...

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