Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Paul Maholm (28) delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 22, 2011 in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh lost 2-0.(AP Photo/Don Wright)

Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm didn’t have his best stuff on Sunday.

It took him six innings to throw a curveball for a strike and 96 pitches to cobble together 16 outs.

Still, the veteran left-hander impressed manager Clint Hurdle even as another solid start ended with another disappointing loss for the Pirates, a 2-0 setback to the Detroit Tigers.

“You speak to his effort again, probably below-average command, below-average stuff and way above-average guts,” Hurdle said. “(He used) duct tape and chicken wire and kept going out there and kept going at ’em and gave us a chance to win a ballgame.”


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