Pirates Notebook: Bedard Makes First Start Since Injury

Left-hander Erik Bedard made his first start on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals since his scheduled start was bumped back by two days due to back spasms. The lefty allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out seven while throwing 92 pitches, 62 strikes. It marked Bedard’s first outing this season that he allowed more than two earned runs. Three of the four runs that Bedard allowed came...

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Pirates Need to Get the Bottom of the Lineup Going

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — When signing veterans Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas over the offseason, the Pirates expected more from them than the numbers they’ve put up so far this season. Barmes and Barajas also expected more out of themselves. The Pirates need to get the bottom of the lineup going. Entering game action on Wednesday, the seventh spot has combined to hit for a .175/.213/.340 line this season, while the eighth spot has...

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Barajas’ First Bucco Dinger Gives Pirates Walkoff Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Catcher Rod Barajas has been struggling at the plate since the season started and entered game action hitting for just a .133/.200/.183 line in 60 at-bats. The veteran has been putting in extra work early in the cages, and it proved to pay off ¬†at PNC Park against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Trailing 4-3 in the ninth with Alex Presley on third, Barajas took the first pitch from Washington’s...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitching Staff Racking Up Punchouts

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a pitch to contact staff during the 2011 season. That however, has changed so far in 2012. Out of all of the starters in the majors with three or more starts, the Pirates are the only team who have two that rank in the top 15 in K/9. Those starters are Erik Bedard (9.79) and A.J. Burnett (9.77). They’re one of nine teams in the majors that have four starters with a 6.5 or better K/9 ratio, with James...

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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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