Presley Hits an Inside the Parker, But Bucs Fall 4-1

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Bucco bats remained quiet combining for just one run on four hits off the St. Louis Cardinals pitchers at PNC Park on Friday night in the 4-1 loss. They entered game action with a National League worst .205 team batting average. After plating a run on two hits in the first frame, the Bucs scattered just two hits over the next eight innings with two walks. Whether it was the Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, or...

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Strong Pitching Nabs Series Win vs. Dbacks

The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up their first road series victory on Wednesday after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-1, at Chase Field. It also marked the first time the Bucs won back-to-back games since winning two straight during their Opening Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 7-8. In all three starts during the 2012 season, James McDonald has allowed at least one run in the first frame. McDonald allowed two runs...

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Pirates Notebook: Barajas Getting to Know Pirates Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates enter game action on Wednesday with a team ERA of 2.97, which ranked No. 6 best in the Majors, fifth in the National League. Over the 11 games so far this season, Rod Barajas has been behind the dish starting in eight of those games manning the club’s pitching staff. One he was pretty much unfamiliar with before spring training. “He went out of his way to spend a lot of his time with [backup catcher...

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McDonald Getting Hands on Experience from Veterans

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-hander James McDonald from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the summer of the 2010 season (along with prospect Andrew Lambo) for then closer Octavio Dotel. In his first full season as a starting pitcher in 2011, McDonald posted a 4.21 ERA over 171 innings. The 27-year-old is looking to improve upon his 2011 season. “He knows he needs to step it up,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said....

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Bucs Bats Fizzle in Loss to Dbacks

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost game one of a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-1, at Chase Field on Monday. The Pirates jumped out to an early lead off the Diamondbacks. With two outs in the first, Andrew McCutchen singled into left and quickly swiped second base for his third of the season. Casey McGehee hit an infield single to short for the club’s 10th of the season, which is tied for most in the Majors. Neil...

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