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Jeff Karstens to start Monday; Brad Lincoln back to bullpen

Wow. Karstens to start Monday, Lincoln to bullpen–Hurdle. Color me surprised. #Pirates — David Todd (@DTonPirates) June 24, 2012   It looks like Brad Lincoln will be heading back to the bullpen and Kevin Correia will remain in the rotation as Jeff Karstens returns from his injury. Lincoln is coming off an excellent start where he took a no-hitter into the 6th inning against...

All the roster moves!!!

The Pirates made a bunch of roster moves today. I was at the game and didn’t get a chance to update as they happened, so here’s a quick rundown: First of all, Bryan Morris was called up from Indianapolis. Jordy Mercer was sent down. Morris is the only remaining player in the organization from the Jason Bay trade, and has pitched very well out of the bullpen this season. The 25...

Justin Verlander narrowly out-duels Kevin Correia and Chris Resop

Justin Verlander pitched his way to a complete game victory over the Pirates for the second time in as many tries, but this one did not come nearly as easily as the first. In fact, the Bucs were able to turn what looked like a lost cause into a dramatic victory and a sweep…but instead came up just short. One of the reasons the game seemed like a lost cause what the Bucs’ starting...

Game 72 Live Chat: Pirates vs Phillies

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Big mess in Philly

Although Monday night’s series opener featured a much better Pirates team and a much worse Phillies team than we’re used to seeing at Citizens Bank Park, the game didn’t quite go as planned. Instead, it turned into the typical Phillies blowout the Pirates have endured a number of times on the eastern side of the state. Jeff Karstens‘ return to the rotation did not go well...

GAMEDAY: Karstens returns – Pirates at Phillies

Pirates (38-33) at Phillies (34-40) 7:05 PM EST–Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Here is the MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT Sports After a pretty successful homestand, the Bucs are on the road for a week as they look to continue their winning ways. Their first stop is a place that hasn’t been kind to them lately: Citizens Bank Park. They are just 5-18 in CBP, have been swept there...

Kevin Youkilis will be traded soon and probably not to the Pirates

With July eight days away, it's time for baseball's trade season to heat up and assuming that the Pirates can keep playing well, they're likely going to be in the middle of things again this year. It looks for now like the first big trade piece of the season to fall will be Kevin Youkilis, though the Pirates apparently haven't shown much interest in Youk despite having...

What You Need to Know: Monday, June 25 by Daniel Rathman

The Weekend Takeaway In the March 5 BP First Take, I wrote, “On the heels of his first All-Star Game appearance last season, [Andrew McCutchen] has the potential to contend for MVP honors in the near future.” That wasn’t exactly the boldest of predictions, given McCutchen’s talent and career path, and it appears the near future has arrived. After a relatively slow start...

Game 71: Phillies 8 Pirates 3

The Pirates made three errors in the first inning. Jeff Karstens threw some meatballs. Joe Blanton had eight strikeouts. Rod Barajas got hurt. One of those days that's better off forgotten, if you ask me.

An unlikely sweep?

On Friday, the Tigers bumbled their way to a loss. Yesterday afternoon, Brad Lincoln pitched maybe the best start of his young career and Andrew McCutchen came up big when the Pirates needed him to and the Pirates pulled out a second win against the Tigers. That's honestly one more win than I expected from the Pirates in this series, so a sweep would be gravy.Given that the pitching...

Pirates-Phillies Preview

A trip to Philadelphia usually doesn't turn out well for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but this could be a different year. This is definitely a different Phillies club in 2012. The Pirates plan to give Jeff Karstens his first start in two months Monday night as they begin a four-game series against the last-place Phillies. Pittsburgh (38-33) has dropped 18 of 23 at Citizens Bank...
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