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PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress this 2012 season, posting numbers worthy of arguably a nomination for a breakout player in the National League.

Over McDonald's last six starts, he's whiffed 52 batters over 41.2 innings since his eight strikeout performance on April 25. During that span, McDonald leads the Majors in the strikeout department, which included a career-high 11 against the Nationals in Washington on May 17.

"I’m happy, but there’s always room for improvement," McDonald said of his success this year. "Just to be consistent. Don’t be satisfied with what I’ve did. Just keep moving forward. Keep working hard. To have this [success] the entire season."

The lone run that McDonald allowed in his outing came in the seco...

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