Pirates Need to Get the Bottom of the Lineup Going

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — When signing veterans Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas over the offseason, the Pirates expected more from them than the numbers they’ve put up so far this season. Barmes and Barajas also expected more out of themselves. The Pirates need to get the bottom of the lineup going. Entering game action on Wednesday, the seventh spot has combined to hit for a .175/.213/.340 line this season, while the eighth spot has...

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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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Barajas’ First Bucco Dinger Gives Pirates Walkoff Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Catcher Rod Barajas has been struggling at the plate since the season started and entered game action hitting for just a .133/.200/.183 line in 60 at-bats. The veteran has been putting in extra work early in the cages, and it proved to pay off  at PNC Park against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Trailing 4-3 in the ninth with Alex Presley on third, Barajas took the first pitch from Washington’s...

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Bucs Need to Get Power Bats Rolling

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — All eyes were on slugging first baseman Albert Pujols while he went homerless over his first 27 games to start the 2012 season. While in Pittsburgh, several Pirates have yet to see the ball go out of the ballpark. It’s expected for a player like Pujols to go deep over 30 times in a season, but Pittsburgh isn’t built to be a home run threatening club. But that’s not to say that several players...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Staff Racking Up Punchouts

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a pitch to contact staff during the 2011 season. That however, has changed so far in 2012. Out of all of the starters in the majors with three or more starts, the Pirates are the only team who have two that rank in the top 15 in K/9. Those starters are Erik Bedard (9.79) and A.J. Burnett (9.77). They’re one of nine teams in the majors that have four starters with a 6.5 or better K/9 ratio, with James...

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