Pirates Notebook: Bucs Continue to Battle Through Close Games

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates have been battling through close games for most of the 2012 season. The largest margin they have lost by was in a 12-3 contest against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 2. There have been 19 one-run games this season, which is tied with Washington for the most in the Majors. On Monday, the Pirates faced the New York Mets at PNC Park. Their first two runs came off lefty starter Johan Santana...

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Karstens Tosses Three Scoreless in First Rehab Outing

Right-hander Jeff Karstens made his first rehab start on Monday for the Double-A Curve in Altoona. Karstens allowed one hit over three scoreless frames. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out one while throwing 37 pitches, 25 for strikes. “I felt good,” Karstens said afterwards. “I was able to come out and throw strikes, work on some things. Anytime it’s your first rehab assignment you have some extra...

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Sutton Traded to Tampa Bay

The Pittsburgh Pirates today traded infielder Drew Sutton to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Sutton was acquired on Sunday from the Atlanta Brave for cash considerations. The 28-year-old was originally expected to report to Triple-A Indianapolis today. Sutton will report straight to the Tampa Bay Major League club in the trade. Sutton, 28, played in 38 games for Triple-A Gwinnett this season...

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Pirates Acquire Drew Sutton from Atlanta

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired infielder Drew Sutton from the Atlanta Braves organization on Sunday in exchange for cash considerations. Sutton will be assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Sutton, 28, played in 38 games for Triple-A Gwinnett where he hit .270 with 19 runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 15 RBI. The infielder has spent the parts of three seasons in the Majors, the last coming in 2011 with the Boston Red Sox. He’s hit...

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Pirates Notebook: Why are Teams Pitching to McCutchen?

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen is having a huge month of May. Even after going 0-for-3 on Sunday, McCutchen is hitting for a .396 average (21-for-53) with a double, triple, seven home runs, 13 RBI, 12 runs scored and a .900 slugging percentage in his first 16 games this month. “I don’t know,” McCutchen said with a laugh on why club’s are still pitching to him, after blasting two two-run homers against Detroit on Saturday....

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