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PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- James McDonald continues to be the Pittsburgh Pirates ace this 2012 season. Facing a hot Cincinnati Reds lineup, McDonald was not fazed on Monday at PNC Park. Coming into Pittsburgh having won eight of their last nine games and sitting at the top the National League Central, McDonald cruised through their lineup on his way to eight scoreless innings -- the first time in his Major League career.

"He did an unbelievable job," catcher Rod Barajas said. "He’s been outstanding for us all season long. He’s been great. I heard a lot of things about J-Mac and how he just hasn’t gotten [over] that ‘hump’. I don’t see any hump anywhere around when he’s pitching. He’s been unbelievable for us this year."

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