Pirates Notebook: Presley Working to Regain Last Seasons Swing

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After starting the season off hot — hitting for a .303/.321/.395 line in 76 at-bats over his first 19 games of the season, Alex Presley has since fizzled off. The left fielder spent the majority of the season batting leadoff, but was bumped to the two spot in place of Jose Tabata, who took off at the plate. “We’ve revisited a lot of the at-bats that we had last year when he first joined the club,...

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Bats Come Out Swinging in Game Two of Doubleheader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — In game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday at PNC Park, the club was only able to plate one run off the Colorado Rockies pitchers as right-hander James McDonald flirted with a no-hitter. In game two, however, the Bucco bats came out swinging. “I thought we played good baseball today,” third baseman Pedro Alvarez said. “Tough game the first game, but I thought we bounced back pretty well and...

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Correia Sidelined with Side Discomfort; Hanrahan Available

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Kevin Correia was scratched from his scheduled start tonight against the Colorado Rockies in Pittsburgh due to discomfort in his left side. Instead, the club reinstated A.J. Burnett from the disabled list, and he will make his 2012 debut. Correia said he felt a little sore a few days ago on his left side. The club wanted to be extra cautious with the injury. Correia ended the 2011 season on the...

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Corriea Solid as Pirates Snap Five Game Skid

After losing a heart breaker on Saturday night by a walkoff error, the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their five game losing streak by beating the San Francisco Giants, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon. The Bucs bats have been slow to start the season, but were able to plate four runs on eight hits with five walks off the Giants’ starter Ryan Vogelsong and the bullpen. Right-hander Kevin Correia allowed one run on three hits over 6.0...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen was strong for the club during the 2011 season posting a ‘pen 3.76 ERA over 526.0 innings. Only one reliever did not return for the 2012 season, right-hander Jose Veras, who was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Casey McGehee. Like Veras, right-hander Juan Cruz signed a minor league contract and will make the club as a non-roster player this season. Locks in the ‘pen: Juan Cruz,...

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