Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Learning New Role in Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Brad Lincoln made two starts with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he posted a 2.25 ERA with no walks and nine strikeouts over 12.0 innings, before getting recalled to Pittsburgh. Lincoln returned to the bigs on April 18 after the club placed righty Jeff Karstens (right shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list. Ever since he’s been in a Pirate uniform in 2012, Lincoln has been solid....

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Pirates Confident in Alvarez, Batting him Cleanup

PITTSBURGH, Pa.  – Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has continued to climb his way up in the lineup. After starting the season batting seventh, Alvarez has slowly but surely hit his way up to the cleanup spot — the place where the organization envisioned for him when he was drafted in the first round (second overall) by Pittsburgh in 2008. When Manager Clint Hurdle posted the lineup for tonight’s 7:05 start against...

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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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