Morton to Make Tweak to Sinker After Pirates 5-0 Loss

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Charlie Morton said after Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds that he’s trying to get back in sync. Morton, who is known for his sinker, didn’t see much sink during his fourth outing of the season. During the 2011 season Morton allowed just six home runs over 171.2 innings — the fewest amount allowed by all Major League pitchers with at least 110 innings pitched. But so...

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Another Strong Outing from McDonald in Pirates 3-2 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012. On April 25, McDonald took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Colorado. He followed that performance up with punching out a career-high 10 Braves in Atlanta his last trip to the mound. And on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, McDonald tossed 6.1 innings holding the Cincinnati Reds to just one run at PNC Park...

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Moving in the Right Direction

Right-hander Jeff Karstens is continuing to progress back from right shoulder inflammation that caused him to exit his third start of the season on April 17 early, and be placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day. After resting his arm for 10 days, Karstens has started throwing on flat ground. Yesterday, the right-hander was throwing from 60 feet at PNC Park. “The program is going good,” Karstens said....

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Reds’ Cueto Pitches Complete Game as Bucs Fall, 6-1

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Cincinnati Reds Johnny Cueto proved his sub two ERA to be legit on Friday night at PNC Park. Over the last two seasons, Cueto’s 2.15 ERA has lead the Major Leagues (with a minimum of of 150 innings pitched) as the right-hander tossed his fifth complete game in the Pirates’ 6-1 loss in Pittsburgh. The Pirates were only able to score one run off  Cueto, who entered game action with just a 1.38 ERA...

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Burnett Roughed up by Cardinals in 12-3 Loss

Right-hander A.J. Burnett looked sharp in his first two starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates allowing just two runs over 13.0 innings while striking out 15. But on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the Cardinals pounded out 12 runs off Burnett and chased him after just 2.2 innings in the 12-3 loss. Back-to-back base knocks into right field by Rafael Furcal and Jon Jay started the first inning for the Cardinals. Matt Holliday...

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