Lincoln Gets Nod Monday, Bedard Bumped to Wednesday

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said on Saturday that lefty Erik Bedard (back spams) is not feeling healthy enough for his regular scheduled start for Monday in Miami. Instead, right-hander Brad Lincoln will make the start and Bedard will be bumped to Wednesday against the Nationals. “After conversation yesterday with the training staff and with Erik, we are going to start Brad on Monday and we’re going to...

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The Power of the Pirates Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has already shown their resiliency this season. Twice this year the ‘pen has been called upon to cover 8.0 innings. And they did so very efficiently. They’ve seen several guys come and go, but at the end of the day, the men in the bullpen have been solid for the Pirates. “I’m pleased with the bullpen,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “They’re...

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Lack of Offense Spoils McDonald’s Impressive Outing

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates entered game action hitting for just a .225 average, ranking 15th in the National League. The lack of offense resulted in several missed opportunities on Friday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Bucs had a runner on third with no outs twice but failed to drive him in as the Pirates lost game one to the Houston Astros, 1-0. Offense woes have been the story for the club all season. While their...

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Correia Gives Quality Start, But Strasburg Strikes Out 13 in Loss

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates were looking to complete their first sweep of the 2012 season on Thursday at PNC Park. But despite right-hander Kevin Correia pitching a quality start, the righty on the other mound was better as the Pirates fell, 4-2 to the Washington Nationals. Nats Right-hander Stephen Strasburg held the Bucs to just two runs (one earned) on five hits over 6.0 innings. He walked three while striking out 13. His...

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Bedard Feeling Better Today After Exiting Wednesday’s Game With Back Spasms

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Lefty Erik Bedard, who was removed from the Pirates 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night at PNC Park in the top of the second inning with back spasms, is feeling better today. Although his status is still day-to-day, Pirates Manger Clint Hurdle said prior to the game this afternoon that there has been some improvement. “I know he felt better than he did last night when he came in...

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