Pirates Notebook: Garrett Jones Has Been a Key to the Pirates’ Season

Garrett Jones has been huge for the Pirates all season, but his big swings of the bat on Tuesday night in San Diego gave the team a chance to battle back and win. Jones entered game action having gone 48-for-151 (.318 avg ) with 10 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 35 RBI in his last 43 games. He belted out his first home run of the game in the sixth frame, for his 20th homer of the year. The left-handed hitter came through...

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Pirates Notebook: Did Lincoln Earn Himself Another Start?

PITTSBURGH, PA — Brad Lincoln used his four days off between starts in order to focus on several things — fastball command, keeping his front side closed, and not allowing damage with two outs. “Just don’t try to change anything,” Lincoln said. “Don’t try and be something that you’re not. Don’t try and recreate something out there on the mound that you’ve worked hard on in your bullpens and stuff like...

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Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Gets Another Opportunity to Start on Saturday

PITTSBURGH, PA — Manager Clint Hurdle has been patient with several players throughout the season. He’s shown patience with Pedro Alvarez. Even when he was bumped out of the cleanup spot and benched for a few days for his swing, the club didn’t send him to Triple-A. They showed patience that he would work himself out of his slump. And he’s done just that driving in nine runs over his last four games while...

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No Ego in the Pirates Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — While the Pittsburgh Pirates offense has struggled for the majority of the season to score runs, the Bucco bullpen is a different story. The bullpen’s combined 2.47 ERA is ranked No. 3 in all of baseball — the best in the National League. Right-handers Juan Cruz, Jason Grilli, Joel Hanrahan, Jared Hughes, Brad Lincoln, Chris Resop, and the lone lefty Tony Watson, have whiffed 129 batters over 134.2...

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Watson Continues to be Huge Asset from Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Left-hander Tony Watson was called upon with one out, two runners on, and the tying run on second base in the eighth inning on Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Looking calm and collected as the fans were on their toes at PNC Park, Watson struck out Matt Carpenter swinging on an 0-2 slider. “It was a situation where you got to come in and get some weak contact, get a ground...

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