Found June 20, 2012 on North Side Notch:
Everyone but West Virginia in action today. Indianapolis 10, Gwinnett 2 – Daniel Cabrera started and gave up 1 run over 5 2/3 innings. Duke Welker and Daniel McCutchen each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Chris Leroux gave up 1 run over 2/3 of an inning. Gorkys Hernandez was 1 for 3 with 2 walks. Anderson Hernandez went 3 for 6. Jeff Clement was 2 for 5. Yamaico Navarro went 2 for 5 with a double and a triple. Brandon Boggs was 1 for 3 with a double and 2 walks. Jose Morales went 4 for 5 with a double. Altoona 9, New Britain 4 – Gerrit Cole started and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings. He struck out 6 and didn’t walk a batter. Nathan Baker pitched 2 scoreless innings. Tim Alderson gave up 2 runs in an inning. Victor Black pitched a scoreless inning. Robbie Grossman was 1 for 3 with a walk and a home run, his 5th of the year. Brock Holt went 1 for 4 with a walk. Jarek Cunningham was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Matt Curry went 1 for 2 with a double ...

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Waiver Wire: Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m telling you to pick up Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Call me crazy, but the way he’s playing now makes me hope he can be of benefit to your fantasy team. Plus, if you’re currently a cellar dweller, what do you have to lose? Alvarez got off to a very slow start this season, but, unusually, has gotten out of his slump. He...

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Game 68 Live Chat: Pirates vs. Twins

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Pirates 9, Twins 1

James McDonald pitched his first career complete game, Garrett Jones hit one of Pittsburgh's three home runs and the Pirates won for the fourth time in five games, 9-1 over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. McDonald (6-3) continued his breakthrough season by allowing one run, six hits and no walks with five strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 2.19. He has allowed one run or...

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Game 66: Pirates 7 Twins 2

One of the best things about the Pirates thus far in 2012 is that when the play a bad baseball team, they don't mess around with them. The Twins are a pretty bad team this year and the Pirates took advantage of that from the outset of this one. When the Twins tried to fight their way back into it, the Pirates slammed the door shut. This game got off to a weird start when Josh...

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I'm not sure if there's a bigger surprise of a player in baseball this year than Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald. After defeating the Twins last night, McDonald's ERA sits at 2.19, with a .195 batting average, 0.95 WHIP, and an 83:24 strikeout to walk ratio in 90 1/3 innings. His ERA is fourth in the National League, his strikeout to walk ratio is 15th...
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