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PITTSBURGH, PA -- Last season James McDonald had trouble pitching lengthy outings. But this year there is a whole different guy on the mound. McDonald continues to knock down different challenges this season. On Thursday night at PNC Park McDonald threw his first Major League complete game in the Pirates 9-1 series win over the Minnesota Twins.

"It would have been funner to get it earlier, but it was all worth it," McDonald said with a smile.

"He’s thrown a number of good games," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "As far as completing a game, I mean that’s his first one. Our first one this season. It’s another step forward for him. It’s on the resume. He went nine. Last year with all the discussion about lack of length, not being able to pitch efficiently. He’s knocki...

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