James McDonald - Photo by Mark Olson

CLEVELAND, OH. -- When James McDonald takes the mound, he's hard to hit. When he's got fastball command, and his secondary pitches are working, the opposing team doesn't have much luck trying to square up a base knock. He's already flirted with two no-hitters in 2012. And on Friday night against the Indians, McDonald scattered just three hits and picked up the tough-luck loss.

"The one thing that has been jumping out for me -- James is hard to hit," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "It’s hard to hit James. That downhill angel, that fastball. If he can keep changing speeds like he does, he keeps them off that fastballs so when he’s in the zone, it gets on them."

McDonald lasted a season-worst four innings his last trip to the mound at PNC Park...

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