Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Continues Hot Hitting in Day Games; Lincoln, McCutchen Updates

After Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs on Friday, the third baseman ripped a bases clearing double to right field off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright to tie the game up at 5. Alvarez has been red hot over his last two weeks, going  17-for-47 (.362) with four doubles, six home runs and 15 RBI in his last 13 games. And on day games, Alvarez is even hotter. Alvarez has hit 11 of his 14 home runs in...

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Pirates Notebook: Tabata Getting Closer to Being Demoted

If Jose Tabata doesn’t get his act together, the outfielder could face a demotion to Triple-A. After Tabata made several throwing errors in right field in the Pirates 8-3 loss to Philadelphia on Monday, the outfielder saw himself get bumped down to seventh in the lineup, and on Thursday was benched. Tabata has been very inconsistent this season. Coming out of spring training it was expected that Tabata and Alex Presley would...

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Pedro Alvarez Seeking Consistent Hot Bat for Pirates

PITTSBURGH, PA — Something seemed to just change for Pedro Alvarez while in Cleveland for the Interleague series against the Indians. And change quick. The third baseman was just 4-for-34 (.118 average) before blasting a leadoff home run on a 2-0 pitch off Ubaldo Jimenez on Saturday. Alvarez didn’t stop his tear there. He went deep again in the ninth inning. It marked the first time since his rookie season on July 21, 2010...

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Pirates Notebook: Hot Hitting Continues Against the Twins

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Josh Harrison broke camp with the Pirates out of spring training knowing that he was going to be limited to a bench role with the club. But the super utility man makes the most out of his opportunities when he is in the starting lineup. Harrison put up a 10 game hit streak –hitting .347 during that span — from mid-May until the end of the month. While swinging the hot bat, Pirates Manager Clint...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Looking Locked in at the Plate

CLEVELAND, OH — Pedro Alvarez has been locked in at the plate the past two games against the Cleveland Indians. The third baseman drove in a career-high six RBI on Sunday and nine overall over his last nine at-bats. In the Pirates win on Saturday, Alvarez connected for two long balls. “Just trying to go up there and relax and compete,” Alvarez said of his adjustments. “Just try to go up there and take some good...

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