Kyle McPherson may have only thrown 20.1 innings in the Majors before taking the mound on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but the 24-year-old looked nothing like a rookie against the National League Central best Cincinnati Reds.

Looking to make a lasting impression in his final start of the 2012 season, and to put himself into conversation for a spot in the Pirates rotation out of spring training next year, McPherson was impressive in just his third big league start with Pittsburgh, tossing six scoreless frames against a tough Reds lineup.

"It’s big," McPherson said. "It’s definitely a huge step forward. I had some shaky starts, not getting through the fifth inning…I definitely got a boost of confidence from it. I’m looking forward to next year and hopefully turn some heads along the w...

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