Pirates Notebook: The Bats of Alvarez, Tabata Are Taking Big Steps Forward

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been putting in early work in the cages, working on his swing with hitting coach Gregg Ritchie. And over the past several games it looks like the hard work is starting to pay off. The Pirates faced a lot of criticism for starting Alvarez in the Majors, despite a rough spring training, instead of sending him to Triple-A to get work in. Although it’s a small sample size...

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Pirates Offense Taking Strides, but Needs to Step Up

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates offense banged out 11 hits against the Colorado Rockies in the Bucs 5-4 win on Tuesday night at PNC Park. It marked just the third time all season that the club had combined for double-digit hits. The two other days came on April 17 against Arizona (13), on the 8th against Philadelphia (11). Entering game action on Thursday, the Pirates were hitting for a team .221 clip. They gained 19...

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McDonald Pitches One-Hit Gem in Game One of Doubleheader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Right-hander James McDonald took the bump for game one of the double-header at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon and pitched a gem. The right-hander took a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies into the seventh inning, where he also allowed his first and only run of his outing. “Once I got in the dugout, I said, ‘I had a no-hit. Two more innings is all I need,” McDonald said. “In the seventh...

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Hughes Versatility Earns Him 26th Spot for Doubleheader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Jared Hughes stay in Triple-A Indianapolis was shorter than originally expected. After being optioned on Saturday in order to activate starter A.J. Burnett from the disabled list, Hughes was demoted to the minors due the lack of room in the ‘pen being told he’d back back in Pittsburgh soon. On Wednesday the 6″7′ reliever was all smiles back at his locker in the Pirates...

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Pirates Notebook: Pirates Will Make History by Using 26-Man for Doubleheader

Pittsburgh, Pa. — The Pirates will have the opportunity to expand their roster to 26 on Wednesday for the doubleheader at PNC Park against the Colorado Rockies. According to the new baseball collective bargaining agreement, teams will be allowed to have 26 active players for day-night doubleheaders. The roster expands before the game, and goes back to 25 after the second game. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said they will take...

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