Pirates Option Hague to Triple-A; Activate Morton

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned infielder Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis in order to make room on the 25-man roster for right-hander Charlie Morton. Morton, 28, will start for the Bucs against the San Francisco Giants tonight at 9:05 p.m. ET at AT&T Park. The right-hander will be making his 2012 debut after starting the season on the disabled list (off season left hip surgery). During Morton’s last rehab start with...

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Cain Pitches One-Hit Shutout Against Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates bats have gotten off to a slow start to begin the young 2012 season. And on Friday, they were even more silent than they have been over the first six games at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Right-hander Matt Cain started the game by retiring 17 Pirates in a row, tossing 5.2 perfect innings before pitcher James McDonald broke up the no-hitter with a single into left field. The Pirates saw just two hard hit balls...

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Jeff Karstens Finds His Role As A Starter

Heading into spring training prior to the 2011 season, right-hander Jeff Karstens didn’t have a set role with the club. The 29-year-old was used in spot starts, long relief, and on-call from the Pirates bullpen at any point in time. But things changed for Karstens. 2011 was the first year with the Pirates that Karstens spent the majority of the season as a starter in the Majors. After pitching in relief to start the 2011 season...

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Pirates Notebook: Presley, Tabata to Share Leadoff Spot

Throughout Grapefruit League action, Alex Presley got the majority of the starts batting leadoff. Jose Tabata followed in the two spot. The trend continued into the regular season with Presley hitting first for the first three games. But on game four of the season, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle decided to switch the lineup up, inserting Tabata into the leadoff spot, allowing Presley to hit second. Hurdle said he will pick and choose...

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Several Missed Opportunities Hurt Bucs in Third Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates had several opportunities to plate runs off the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in Los Angeles, but fell short. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the lineup on in order of getting the bats going. The club entered game action with a .189 team average — which ranked 28th in the Major Leagues. Several new faces were inserted into the lineup — bench players in Josh Harrison and Yamaico Navarro, who...

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