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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:36:16 EDTWhat felt inevitable all spring and summer had to wait a little longer Saturday night. With a magic number of two, the Nationals needed a win and a Mets loss to become National League East champions for the third time in five years. The Nats took care of their part, beating the Pirates, 6-1, at PNC Park to advance to the postseason.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:28:24 EDTTyler Glasnow did his time in the bullpen. Now he's moving back into the Pirates' rotation. The Pirates' top prospect will start Sunday's series finale against the Nationals at PNC Park, replacing left-hander Steven Brault, in his first big league start since July 23. Pittsburgh hopes that Glasnow's brief stint as a reliever will serve him well as he returns to a starting role. Brault moved out of the rotation and into the Bucs' bullpen on Saturday.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:15:00 EDTArt Howe spent 33 years as a player, scout, coach and manager in the Major Leagues, and was able to take part in the postseason seven times. He reflects on those experiences in this week's Q&A.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:24:57 EDTAbout an hour after the Mets put the Nats' division-clinching party on hold in New York, the Pirates kept Washington from officially punching its ticket to the postseason. The Bucs cracked Mark Melancon, their former closer, then little-used September callup Jacob Stallings slapped a pinch-hit, walk-off single to left field in the 11th inning to cap a 6-5 comeback win over the Nats on Friday night.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:16:28 EDTGregory Polanco left the Pirates' 6-5, 11-inning win over the Nationals in the first inning on Friday night with a left facial contusion after slamming face-first into the left-field wall, the team announced.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:12:11 EDTThe Pirates would love to have Ivan Nova in their rotation next season. Nova made it clear Friday he would love to stay in Pittsburgh. Looking to find a middle ground so both sides can get what they want, the Pirates have reportedly opened contract talks with Nova's camp.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:59:00 EDTThe Pirates shut down reliever A.J. Schugel on Friday, sending him to the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury. The transaction made room on the roster for left-hander Phil Coke, who joined the club Friday after being traded by the Yankees a day earlier.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:27:52 EDTMark Melancon admitted it was a little strange to be sitting in the visitors' dugout at PNC Park, wearing his red Nationals hoodie, for the first time since he was traded from the Pirates in July.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:24:41 EDTWho do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:11:48 EDTScooter Gennett and Chris Carter homered, Chase Anderson pitched effectively into the sixth and the Brewers played spoiler against the Pirates, denying Pittsburgh a three-game sweep with a 3-1 win Thursday at MIller Park.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:00:09 EDTMaking his first start since Sept. 5, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte exited Thursday's game against the Brewers in the third inning.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:18:32 EDTCervelli gets silent treatment, decides to go bowling
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:12:42 EDTAndrew McCutchen's first inning homer on Wednesday was headed in the wrong direction -- to the left of the foul pole situated in left field -- until, at the opportune time of its descent, it wasn't.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:27:29 EDTSean Rodriguez and the Pirates moved up in the National League Wild Card standings on Wednesday with another wire-to-wire win over the Brewers at Miller Park.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:04:18 EDTA 6-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday was the Pirates' fifth victory in six games, offering faint hope for Andrew McCutchen & Co. of another berth in the National League Wild Card Game.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 01:43:25 EDTBefore Tuesday's game against the Brewers, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the leash with his starting pitchers would be shorter as his team clings to slim postseason hopes. Hurdle executed that plan hours later, and it led to Pittsburgh's 6-3 win at Miller Park.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:20:52 EDTWhile clinging to thin postseason chances, the Pirates opted to stay with veteran Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation for Thursday's game against the Brewers.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:07:36 EDTAndrew McCutchen dodges a foul ball
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:24:52 EDTJohnny Rodriguez has been reminding his son a lot lately where he was five years ago.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:30:16 EDTSean Rodriguez was named the National League's Co-Player of the Week on Monday alongside Arizona's Brandon Drury. This is Rodriguez's first Player of the Week honor.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:27:30 EDTThe similarities between last year's J.A. Happ and this year's Ivan Nova can be found in manager Clint Hurdle's mailbox. After the Pirates acquired Happ last July, and again after the Bucs got Nova on Aug. 1, the range of responses typically came back to one question: "Really?"
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:37:02 EDTAt a time where every inning and every pitch matters, Pittsburgh's relievers have stepped up to the task. Not only did their collective performance keep the Pirates within shouting distance of a Wild Card spot -- it also was enough to earn them the Bullpen of the Week Award presented by The Hartford.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:57:44 EDTIn their first two meetings this season, Ivan Nova baffled the Reds. Cincinnati figured him out Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, forcing him out after three innings and cruising to a 7-4 win. Joey Votto had four hits and homered, Scott Schebler tacked on three hits and Tucker Barnhart drove in four runs as the Reds avoided a three-day, four-game sweep.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:07:28 EDTThe Pirates signed Juan Nicasio last offseason knowing he could be either a starter or reliever. This year, they've learned that his future is in their bullpen.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:17:58 EDTAfter cruising to a victory in Game 1, Pittsburgh capped a highly productive day at the plate with a 7-3 win in Game 2 on Saturday night over Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:14:13 EDTLeading off the third inning against Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan, Sean Rodriguez worked a full count and took a hack at a hittable 94-mph sinker. He tipped it back into the catcher's glove and turned back to the dugout. Walking past manager Clint Hurdle and down the steps, he critiqued his swing.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:00:00 EDTHeld silent for most of the month, the Pirates bats have come to life. The Pirates scored four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 10-4 win over the Reds, their third straight, in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader at Great American Ball Park.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:45:00 EDTJameson Taillon returned to the Pirates' rotation on Saturday afternoon feeling strong and healthy, but not particularly sharp. Still, the good outweighed the bad, as Taillon pitched well enough to maintain a big lead and earn the win in the Bucs' 10-4 victory over the Reds.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:15:00 EDTWhile warming up between innings on Friday night, Ryan Vogelsong said he corrected a mechanical flaw that has been creeping into his delivery over his last few starts.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:16:19 EDTStarling Marte wore a Princess Leia-styled towel hat
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 23:00:26 EDTRookie utility man Adam Frazier reported to Great American Ball Park on Saturday morning with his left foot in a walking boot, opening the door for prospect Alen Hanson to make his first Major League start at second base.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 03:11:36 EDTSean Rodriguez, Francisco Cervelli and Jordy Mercer were a combined 0-for-12 after nine innings Friday night. But after seeing the middle of the order power through the first nine , the bottom of the Pirates lineup' pulled it together in extras, engineering a 10th-inning rally and leading the Bucs to a 9-7 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 01:34:49 EDTAfter a strong first half, Gregory Polanco cooled considerably at the plate as the summer stretched on. If his performance in the Pirates' 9-7 win over the Reds on Friday night was any indication, Polanco could be heating back up.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:34:15 EDTMcCutchen promises, delivers 2 HRs for Burnett
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:51:38 EDTReturning to the Pirates' rotation and pitching less than an hour away from his hometown, Chad Kuhl was bursting with energy Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. But Andrew McCutchen and the rest of the Bucs' bats provided the power, crushing five home runs en route to a 15-2 win over the Phillies that secured a four-game series split.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:41:31 EDTChad Kuhl looked refreshed and recharged Thursday night. He was clearly energized, due either to the extra time off he just received or the idea of pitching in front of family and friends -- or perhaps a combination of both. But he didn't look nervous. "I definitely hid it very well, then," Kuhl said. "I was extremely nervous."
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:23:18 EDTNearly a year into retirement, A.J. Burnett isn't contemplating a comeback. The proof is in ink across the fingers on his right hand: 2-5-1-3, his career strikeout total. It was also evident in the way Burnett spoke Thursday, when he made the trip northeast to see his former Pirates teammates play the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:25:39 EDTFreddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph, two surprising sources of power for the Phillies all season, each went deep Wednesday night in a 6-2 win over the Pirates -- and their unexpected collection of pitchers -- at Citizens Bank Park. The homers proved to be plenty of support for right-hander Jake Thompson, who allowed two runs on six hits over six strong innings.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:46:28 EDTThe Pirates' 2017 season will begin April 3 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Bucs' first trip to the historic Boston ballpark since 2005. Major League Baseball announced next year's full regular-season schedule on Wednesday. For the Pirates, it starts with their fifth-ever series against the Red Sox, a three-game set from April 3-6.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:47:40 EDTAfter the completion of the 2016 Minor League regular season comes a flurry of prospect awards. There are many players who didn't receive any accolades. That doesn't mean they don't deserve plaudits for a successful 2016 campaign. The five hitters and five pitchers listed below all raised their stocks considerably this year, with many making huge leaps onto and/or up the Top 100 prospects list.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:14:25 EDTGerrit Cole's star-crossed season is over. The Pirates decided Tuesday to shut down the right-hander for the rest of the season and placed him on the 60-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation.