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When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired James McDonald from the Los Angeles Dodgers (along with prospect outfielder Andrew Lambo) for closer Octavio Dotel in 2010, the club knew that they were getting a talented arm. The righty made 11 starts with Pittsburgh that year after spending most of his Major League career with the Dodgers in the bullpen.
In McDonald's first full season with the Pirates in 2011, he led the club in starts (31) and strikeouts (142). McDonald didn't make an official spring training start due to soreness in his right side, but he made his regular season debut on the fifth game of the 2011 season. After posting a 10.13 ERA over his first four starts, perhaps due to recovering from the injury, McDonald went on to post a 3.49 ERA over the remainder ...
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