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Inbox: Will Pirates be active at Deadline?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:22:01 EDT

The Pirates enjoyed an off-day on the West Coast on Thursday, but with the non-waiver Trade Deadline only days away, Pittsburgh's front office likely won't find rest anytime soon. Before the rumors and speculation end Monday at 4 p.m. ET, we'll answer your questions about the Pirates' plans in a Trade Deadline-themed Inbox.

Bucs reportedly set to call up prospect Luplow

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:00:25 EDT

The Pirates are reportedly set to call up outfield reinforcements before Friday's series opener against the Padres at Petco Park. Late Wednesday night, the official Twitter account of Fresno State's baseball team posted that outfield prospect Jordan Luplow will make his Major League debut on Friday.

Pirates squander Williams' steady start

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:05:46 EDT

Even after scrapping their way back to .500 and into the National League Central race, the Pirates are on the outside looking in. Every self-inflicted wound and missed opportunity is a setback, another degree of difficulty added to their path back to the postseason.

Bucs come up short, drop finale to Giants

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:45:40 EDT

A day after the Giants altered the top of their lineup by trading Eduardo Nunez, they had another productive day in a series-clinching 2-1 win over the Pirates. No. 3 hitter Brandon Belt delivered the go-ahead RBI and Joe Panik -- batting second in place of Nunez -- scored another run on a Brandon Crawford groundout to help San Francisco break even at .500 on its lengthy 10-game homestand.

Polanco adjusting to second DL stint

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:43:33 EDT

The Pirates are searching for silver linings following Gregory Polanco's second trip to the disabled list this season. The bright side? The long-limbed 25-year-old is becoming more aware of his physical limits, head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said, and he's learning how to handle life on the DL.

Kuhl takes mound in opener at Petco Park

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:37:06 EDT

Continuing their swing through California, the Pirates open a three-game series against the Padres on Friday at Petco Park.

Pirates rocked early in loss to Giants

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:00:16 EDT

The Giants' offense refused to allow another Madison Bumgarner start to end in a loss. Behind a showering of offensive support, the Giants ace picked up his first win of the season Tuesday when the Giants routed the Pirates, 11-3. Bumgarner (1-4) spun five innings of one-run ball in his third start since returning from the disabled list after the All-Star break.

Pirates' Top 30 prospects list

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:56:17 EDT

Who do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on's Prospect Watch.

Taillon has career-worst night vs. Giants

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:35:19 EDT

Jameson Taillon called his start Tuesday night a "merry-go-round" for the Giants. Manager Clint Hurdle described it as a learning experience, typical for a second-year player in the Major Leagues. From any perspective, it was a forgettable night for Taillon and the Pirates as they lost, 11-3, at AT&T Park.

Meadows remains atop Bucs' Top 30 Prospects

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:46:43 EDT

With a handful of their top young players graduating from prospect status, the Pirates' Top 30 Prospects list looks different at midseason than it did this spring. But there is still talent in Pittsburgh's pipeline, from Triple-A Indianapolis down to the Gulf Coast League in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates' surge backs Cole's solid start

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:29:09 EDT

Gerrit Cole worked six effective innings Monday night while the Pittsburgh Pirates put together big offensive outbursts early and late to emerge with their 10th victory in 13 games, a 10-3 decision over the San Francisco Giants.

Cutch, Mercer lead Pirates' offense vs. Giants

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:39:20 EDT

Nearly everyone played a part in the Pirates' 10-3 win over the Giants on Monday night at AT&T Park, but a pair of big swings by Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer defined the current depth of Pittsburgh's lineup.

Pirates open to possible trade for outfielder

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:15:43 EDT

With right fielder Gregory Polanco sidelined by a strained left hamstring and the non-waiver Trade Deadline a week away, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said he will monitor the market to determine if there is "something appropriate" to bolster their outfield.

Cutch is Bucs' shining star once again

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:15:00 EDT

As the face of the Pirates' franchise, the past nine months have seen Andrew McCutchen faced with media speculation about him being traded, an initial decision that he moved from center field to right field and a season-opening two months that produced very un-McCutchen results. Not once, however, did he give in to the temptations of self-pity.

Despite loss, Pirates see advantages ahead

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:07:22 EDT

The Pirates came into Coors Field hot, having trimmed their NL Central deficit to three games and reaching .500 for the first time since April. Though they dropped two of three to the Rockies, the Pirates still left Colorado in excellent position for the coming weeks.

Pirates shuffling OF spots with Polanco out

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:53:19 EDT

Gregory Polanco's hamstring injury is giving a few different Pirates the opportunity for more consistent playing time in the outfield.

Nova struggles as Bucs drop finale to Rockies

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:59:31 EDT

Riding another strong performance from rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland, and supplemented with an offensive outburst, the Rockies powered to a 13-3 on Sunday at Coors Field to clinch their first home series win over the Pirates since July 2014.

Just days after return, Marte in midseason form

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:42:30 EDT

Starling Marte dribbled a ninth-inning fastball from Greg Holland just past the pitcher's mound. Using his signature speed, he sprinted down the line, earning the infield hit without a throw. With the bases loaded, Marte had himself his third hit of the night, driving in the Pirates' final run in a 7-3 loss.

Benches clear at Coors Field after close pitch

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:01:46 EDT

Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl apparently made his point Saturday night. And so did Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez.

Bell homers, but Bucs' win streak comes to end

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 02:06:38 EDT

Rookie right-hander German Marquez tied a career high with nine strikeouts -- and was hot under the collar, when necessary -- as the Rockies ended the Pirates' win streak at six games, 7-3, on Saturday night at Coors Field.

Hamstring forces Polanco to DL; Brault recalled

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:19:06 EDT

Less than a week after the Pirates' starting outfield trio was back together following Starling Marte's reinstatement, Gregory Polanco has landed on the 10-day disabled list due to a left hamstring strain.

Bucs go over .500, beat Rox for 6th straight W

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:49:37 EDT

Pirates first baseman Josh Bell didn't waste time. His first two swings Friday night produced five runs.

Top of Bucs' lineup thrives in altitude at Coors

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:17:57 EDT

The Pirates have found copious offensive success at Coors Field recently, and that trend continued Friday, largely thanks to the top of the Bucs' lineup.

Cole brought Cervelli oxygen after his triple

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:24:13 EDT

Cole brought Cervelli oxygen after his triple

Hudson, Watson settle into middle-relief roles

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:08:02 EDT

When Felipe Rivero stepped into the closer's role, he didn't just solidify the back end of the Pirates' bullpen, but the front end, as well.

Bucs sweep: Crew's Pitt stop shakes up race

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:21:19 EDT

While the Brewers came out of the All-Star break holding a solid lead in the National League Central, the Pirates faced a steep uphill climb. Less than a week later, the division's balance of power has shifted. Pittsburgh finished off a four-game sweep of Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon, crawling back to .500 with a 4-2 win at PNC Park.

Central, hark! Here come red-hot Pirates

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:15:54 EDT

The Pirates woke up on July 4 nine games under .500, seven games out of first place in the National League Central. Since then, they've won 11 of 13 games, including Thursday's 4-2 victory over the Brewers at PNC Park, vaulting back to the break-even point and into a wide-open NL Central race.

Freese honing swing, but eye hasn't faltered

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:09:05 EDT

David Freese is still working on his swing, so he was encouraged by the two singles he swatted to right field during Wednesday's 3-2 win. But his eye and approach have not faltered all season. That much is evident in his .376 on-base percentage, which would be the highest mark of his career.

Bradenton's Keller forced out after six strong

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:40:59 EDT

No organization currently features more high-end talent in its farm system than the White Sox. That was evident on Thursday, as a host of the South Siders' top prospects turned in big performances across three different levels.

Bucs stay hot: Moroff's walk-off beats Brewers

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:38:56 EDT

Throughout this critical homestand at PNC Park, the Pirates have proved they can't be counted out.

Cole looks like Bucs' ace with 10 K's vs. Crew

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:48:39 EDT

The Pirates are playing their best baseball of the season, and their ace may be rounding back into form.

Bucs' 'pen thriving with MLB's lowest July ERA

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:15:43 EDT

After a turbulent first half, the Pirates' bullpen has settled into place.