Pirates Notebook: James McDonald Having a Breakout Season

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress this 2012 season, posting numbers worthy of arguably a nomination for a breakout player in the National League. Over McDonald’s last six starts, he’s whiffed 52 batters over 41.2 innings since his eight strikeout performance on April 25. During that span, McDonald leads the Majors in the strikeout department, which included a career-high 11 against...

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Jeff Locke Looking to Bring New Delivery to PNC Park Mound

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — On Monday afternoon rookie Jeff Locke watched alongside Pitching Coach Ray Searage as right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a bullpen at PNC Park. The 24-year-old, who was recalled on Sunday from Triple-A Indianapolis has learned a lot from the 35-year-old vet during his time since joining the club, as well as during spring training. “A.J. has been so good with me,” Locke said. Locke’s time in...

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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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