Found July 04, 2012 on North Side Notch:
Chris Leroux pitched two scoreless innings in what will probably be his final rehab appearance. A decision must now be made by Thursday on if he will join the club, or be designated for assignment. In 14 1/3 innings over the past month, he has a 3.77 ERA with a 10:6 K:BB ratio. Jordy Mercer was 2 for 3 with a double and a home run, his 4th of the season. He’s just 7 for 34 (.206) since his short stint in the Majors. Starling Marte was 1 for 4 with a walk. Marte doubled his season walk total thanks to 10 free passes in the month of June. He now has two through his first three games in July. That was perhaps the single-most thing he truly needed to work on while in Triple-A. He seems to be working on it. Brandon Cumpton pitched five innings, giving up just one run. He didn’t strike out a batter and gave up four walks, though. His ERA has dropped down to 3.13 on the season. Robbie Grossman went 3 for 4 and is hitting .432/.571/.676 in his last ten games. He posted a .956 OPS in June an...

Pirates demote Jose Tabata, recall Gorkys Hernandez

A Jose Tabata demotion has been pretty unavoidable for some time now, but it's officially happening today with Tabata going down to Indianapolis to get back on track and Gorkys Hernandez being recalled to take his place for now. With Alex Presley and Drew Sutton both on hot streaks and Gorkys having a very nice June in Indianapolis (he hit .293/.405/.402) while Starling Marte...

The Pittsburgh Pirates Offense, Reborn

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Drew Sutton hits walk-off homer to cap off thrilling win

Final: Pirates 8, Astros 7 WP: Joel Hanrahan (4-0, 2.32 ERA) LP: Wesley Wright (0-2, 3.91 ERA) A.J. Burnett had easily his worst start since the 12-run debacle in early May against St. Louis as he gave up six runs in 5+ innings. But the Pirates’ bats were able to bail him out. Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, Andrew McCutchen hit an opposite field two-run homer to cut the lead to...

Sutton finds a home with Pirates

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Sutton on center stage: Pirates walk it off, 8-7

Half of us are in tears.  Half of us are in shock.  Drew Sutton looked like he was in both after his walkoff homerun to beat the Astros tonight, 8-7.  The Pirates already led the National League in come-from-behind wins – add on another.  Down 6-2 in the 6th inning, the Pirates showed that they [...]

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Pirates 6, Astros 4

Mike McKenry and Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs apiece, and the Pittsburgh Pirates looked pretty comfortable during their first day in first place, beating the Houston Astros 6-4 on Wednesday. Kevin Correia (5-6) won his third straight decision as the streaking Pirates moved nine games above .500 (45-36) for the first time since Barry Bonds was swinging for the fences at Three...

Indianapolis All Stars have been outstanding

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GAMEDAY: Happy Fourth! – Pirates vs. Astros

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