Pirates Notebook: Bucco Bats Need to Step Up

The Pirates have had a tough start to the season, facing some pretty talented starting pitchers. Of the four they’ve faced, three of them have won a Cy Young Award. Despite seeing pitchers duels so far in 2012, the club has managed to win two of the four games. The Pirates’ starting pitching has given quality starts, but the bats need to step up. “They’re gong to have to find a way to score more runs without a shadow...

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Correia Gives Quality Start In Pirates 2-1 Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates saw yet another pitchers duel in game four of the 2012 season. Right-hander Kevin Correia took the mound at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday against Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. The lefty was the third Cy Young winner that the club faced over their first four games of the season. Correia was solid for the Pirates in his 2012 season debut. After struggling at PNC Park last season, Pirates...

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Hurdle Will Pick Spots for Alvarez vs. Lefty Pitching

When the opposing team sends a left-handed starter to the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates, third baseman Pedro Alvarez  will likely be on the bench. During Alvarez’s rookie season in 2010, the third baseman hit .228 over 114 at-bats against lefty pitching compared to .270 over 233 at-bats against a right-hander. The trend continued last season when Alvarez had just 38 plate appearances against lefties, where he hit for a...

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Morton Makes Final Rehab Start

Right-hander Charlie Morton made his one and only final rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis against the Columbus Clippers on Monday night. The 28-year-old allowed one run on six hits over 7.2 innings. He walked one and struck out eight. Morton threw 98 pitches, 63 for strikes. Morton was placed on the 15-day disabled list to start the 2012 season due to offseason left hip surgery. The move was retroactive to March 29, making him...

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Pirates Notebook: Two More Starters to Join Club By End of April
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Pirates Notebook: Two More Starters to Join Club By End of April

PITTSBURGH, PA. — The Pirates starting pitchers so far this season have been impressive. But two more arms could be making their way to join the club as well. On Sunday, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said that right-hander A.J. Burnett could be ready to join the Pirates by the end of April. Also, righty Charlie Morton, who is making a rehab start on Monday, could be with Pittsburgh even sooner. The 35-year-old Burnett,...

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