Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Positive McCutchen Can Do This

He’s been ranked as one of the top center fielders in baseball. And rightfully so. Despite the club struggling with¬†offense¬†to start the 2012 season, Andrew McCutchen has been doing his share. The 25-year-old entered game action on Wednesday with a .333/.405/.394 line in 33 at-bats, with four runs, two doubles, an RBI, three walks and two stolen bases while batting third for the Pirates. In March, McCutchen signed a six-year...

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Pirates Drop Fifth Straight After Giants Walkoff

A day after getting shutout by the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Friday, the club saw another loss on Saturday night. After battling back in fourth in the see-saw game, the Giants hit a walkoff infield single in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates giving them their fifth straight loss. Left-hander Barry Zito was the fifth Cy Young award winner that the Pirates have faced over their first eight games...

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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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