Presley Optioned to Triple-A; Meek Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Triple-A Indianapolis prior to the game on Wednesday and recalled righty reliever Evan Meek. Presley, 26, posted a .220/.246/.551 line over 118 at-bats (34 games) with Pittsburgh this season. The outfielder broke camp with the big league club for the first time in his professional career. After starting the season off hot — .309 average over his first 19 games, Presley...

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McKenry Learning to Adjust to Backup Role

After the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired catcher Michael McKenry from Triple-A Pawtucket (Red Sox) on June 12 of last season, McKenry went on to start in 58 games over the remainder of 2011. The Bucs’ catchers were plagued with injuries during the 2011 season — needing to use eight different catchers behind the plate. McKenry became the primary catcher when he was acquired, but his role this season is different. And...

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Pirates Notebook: Should the Pirates Replace Correia in the Rotation?

After the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-hander A.J. Burnett during the off-season, Kevin Correia looked to be the odd man out of the rotation. Having six options, it looked as if Correia would start the season in the bullpen with the opportunity for a spot start if needed. But after Burnett’s fluke accident during a bunting competition, a spot opened for the right-hander. And after Jeff Karstens was forced to the disabled...

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What Solutions Can the Pirates Make on Offense?

While the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff has been impressive this season, the offense has struggled to score runs. Their 100 runs scored is ranked dead last in the Majors this season. They are near the bottom in other offensive categories. Their .222 average is ranked 22nd, while their .274 OBP and .345 SLG are both ranked 30th. The Pirates are coming off three straight wins, which is the first time this season they have won three...

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Jose Tabata Gets His Swagger Back

Towards the end of April, Jose Tabata said that he was working on tweaking his swing. The outfielder was watching old videos from the 2011 season, and put that work into the cages with Manager Clint Hurdle and hitting coach Gregg Ritchie. Tabata knows his strength is to right-center field, and admitted that at the beginning of year he was trying to do too much. After hitting for a .246/.295/.298 line in 57 at-bats in April, Tabata has...

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