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Pirates ready to deal pitching for punch

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08:18 AM ET 06.22 | Both pitching, in the form of James McDonald, and hitting, in the form of nine runs, clicked Thursday for Pittsburgh -- though that hasn't been the case this season. The Bucs' hunt for reinforcements is on. And there don't seem to be any hidden agendas for a team with the National League's worst offense (according to runs scored) and its third-best pitching staff (per ERA). "We'd like to first look for ways to impact the offense," said manager Clint Hurdle, who has huddled this week with GM Neal Huntington to discuss possible moves. ... "We do have a couple of areas where we've got some surplus, some depth that might be attractive to somebody else." That is managerial code for swapping pitching for punch.

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June 22, 2012  08:59 AM ET

How about, you're from Utah and should stick to BYU football, cattle ranching or something.

June 22, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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How about, you're from Utah and should stick to BYU football, cattle ranching or something.

Been to Moab many times...you should feel fortunate to spend just one day in your life in as incredible a place as Moab.

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June 22, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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Been to Moab many times...you should feel fortunate to spend just one day in your life in as incredible a place as Moab.

Gateway to Arches National Park.

June 22, 2012  10:20 AM ET

The Cubs should be the one trading with the Bucs. They sure help them in making the playoffs several years ago and also save Jim Henry job as well.

June 22, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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Gateway to Arches National Park.

Moab....the Hanksville of southeastern Utah

June 22, 2012  10:33 AM ET

Yeah...they are not going to want old expensive hitting for their young under team control pitchers...

June 22, 2012  10:34 AM ET

Yeah...they are not going to want old expensive hitting for their young under team control pitchers...

June 22, 2012  10:34 AM ET

Yeah...they are not going to want old expensive hitting for their young under team control pitchers...

June 22, 2012  11:29 AM ET
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How about, stick to feeling up little boys and quit trying to be the class clown...

That's a clown question, bro.

June 22, 2012  11:47 AM ET

The Pirates offense is coming around (5.1 runs/gm in June, good for top 5 in the NL or maybe MLB), the pitching is performing as it has all year, they are 4 games over .500 and only 2 games back in the division and 1 out in the wildcard. I don't see the need to reach for some stop-gap hitter when the Pirates have been winning with and because of their pitching depth. If some young up and coming hitter becomes available that is one thing, but someone like Youk or Soriano are not the answer.

June 22, 2012  12:35 PM ET
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That's a clown question, bro.

Literally.....

June 22, 2012  12:45 PM ET
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The Pirates offense is coming around (5.1 runs/gm in June, good for top 5 in the NL or maybe MLB), the pitching is performing as it has all year, they are 4 games over .500 and only 2 games back in the division and 1 out in the wildcard. I don't see the need to reach for some stop-gap hitter when the Pirates have been winning with and because of their pitching depth. If some young up and coming hitter becomes available that is one thing, but someone like Youk or Soriano are not the answer.

THIS!

June 22, 2012  04:21 PM ET

They sure could have used Prince, and would not had to give up anything! Short Sited!! He would have also packed The House!!!

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June 23, 2012  08:58 PM ET

No thanks... we got plenty of talent at the plate. No need to trade away good pitching for hitting. Ask the Braves how they made out with good pitching in the 90s. I can easily remember thier rotation, but thier lineup... not so much. Good pitching and defense still wins in any league. YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH GOOD PITCHING!!!!!!

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