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Pirates let lead slip, drop opener to Cards

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:20:10 EDT

With ground to make up in a pair of National League races and time running short, the Cardinals did their part to keep pressure on the Cubs, Brewers and Rockies by striking for a pair of ninth-inning runs to sink the Pirates, 4-3, at PNC Park on Friday.



Marte 'very grateful' for Bucs fans' reception

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:14:08 EDT

Starling Marte wants to finish this season strong, to show that he is still working to prove himself to the Pirates and their fans, following his 80-game suspension earlier this year. But as far as the Bucs are concerned, Marte's offensive numbers don't mean much at this point.



Cole, Bucs hope to slow Cards' roll

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:11:15 EDT

Having pulled ahead of the Brewers in the National League Central and Wild Card races, the Cardinals have plenty to strive for over their last nine games. But they will have already accomplished one of their goals -- playing meaningful games in late September -- when they take the field to face the Pirates on Saturday night at PNC Park.



Inbox: Bucs believe they're a piece or two away

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:15:19 EDT

What exactly is this team? Trending downward and headed toward a rebuild? Or a piece or two (better starting pitching, bullpen) away from being a division/first Wild Card contender?



Brault, Glasnow trending in different directions

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:04:26 EDT

Steven Brault knew he had five innings Wednesday night. The Pirates had a plan, and Brault's part did not include the sixth inning, no matter how effective he was, no matter how efficiently he worked.



#AwardWorthy: Vote for Best Fan Catch

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:49:25 EDT

Vote for a fellow Pirates supporter for Best Fan Catch in the 2017 Esurance MLB Awards, baseball's ultimate honors.



Frazier's walk-off HR ends Bucs' 7-game skid

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:44:35 EDT

Brewers closer Corey Knebel picked a bad night to have a bad night.



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 MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.



Schugel quietly proving value in bullpen

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:05:50 EDT

Quietly, the Bucs may have found another answer for their 2018 bullpen in A.J. Schugel. The 28-year-old right-hander may fit as a jam-defusing fireman and bridge from the starting pitcher to the late-inning relievers, a role he's filled in the second half of the season.



Kang ready to put past to rest, get back to ball

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:19:31 EDT

After a year away from professional baseball, Jung Ho Kang is ready to play again. In an interview with the Yonhap News Agency published Tuesday, Kang apologized for the drunken-driving arrest that has kept him out of the United States this season and looked forward to his time in the Dominican Winter League.



Bucs fall to Crew despite Williams' strong start

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:05:59 EDT

Chase Anderson continued his string of solid starts by pitching six scoreless innings, and Domingo Santana backed him with a solo homer in a 1-0 win over the Pirates on Tuesday at PNC Park. The shutout was also aided by the burgeoning reputation of center fielder Brett Phillips, who kept the potential tying run from even thinking of trying to score from third in the sixth on a flyout to center. Phillips unleashed a 104.7-mph throw to the plate -- the hardest-thrown ball this season, according to Statcast™ -- and he now owns the top three hardest outfield throws for 2017.



Cervelli's season comes to an end

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:36:35 EDT

Sidelined since Aug. 26 by a sore left quadriceps, Francisco Cervelli has been taking batting practice and jogging but not blocking balls behind the plate or running the bases. So with 12 games remaining, the Pirates decided to shut him down for the rest of the season.



Quiet bats, baserunning gaffes hurt Pirates

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:05:56 EDT

Ryan Braun homered and five pitchers combined for the Brewers' 11th shutout victory, a 3-0 triumph over the slumping Pirates at PNC Park. With 12 games left on their schedule, the Brewers pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Cubs in the National League Central and two games of the Rockies in the race for the second NL Wild Card.



Jaso homers, but Bucs drop finale to Reds

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:29:26 EDT

The Reds have spent the last 96 days in last place in the National League Central, but they spent the past three days climbing closer to the fourth-place Pirates. The Reds rode a five-run sixth to a 5-2 win on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep at Great American Ball Park and pulling within two games of the Bucs.



Bucs outright Hutchison, lean on young arms

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:19:42 EDT

Coming into the year, Drew Hutchison had a shot to crack the Pirates' Opening Day rotation. When they determined that he wouldn't end the season in Pittsburgh, the Pirates effectively cut ties with Hutchison.



'Positive mindset' leads to bounceback for Nova

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 21:28:48 EDT

Ivan Nova was in first-half form Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park and hopes to finish the second half strong despite leaving the Pirates' 2-1 loss to the Reds early due to right calf tightness.



Increased playing time a boon to backstop Diaz

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 20:42:32 EDT

The Pirates are getting a long look at catcher Elias Diaz this month, starting the rookie in 12 of their final 14 games. While the Bucs believe more consistent playing time will benefit Diaz as they look toward next season, some of his most important work takes place between games.



Efforts from Cutch, Nova not enough in loss

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 21:04:43 EDT

Pirates starter Ivan Nova was perfect for three innings on Saturday. He faced the minimum 18 Reds batters through six innings. But Jesse Winker got to Nova in the seventh inning, supporting Sal Romano's gem with a solo shot to right field in the Reds' 2-1 win over the Bucs at Great American Ball Park.



Homers get to Kuhl as Bucs drop Reds opener

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:34:51 EDT

The Pirates have entered a nose-dive in September, and encountering the Reds -- who have owned Pittsburgh in 2017 -- won't help. Cincinnati supported pitcher Homer Bailey with four home runs en route to a 4-2 victory on Friday at Great American Ball Park.



Bucs outright Hutchison to Indianapolis

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:18:31 EDT

The Pirates removed Drew Hutchison from their 40-man roster on Friday and assigned him outright to Triple-A Indianapolis, effectively cutting ties with the 27-year-old right-hander they acquired last summer.



Pirates 'very proud' of Altoona's title, sweep

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:11:28 EDT

As he ate dinner Thursday night, Jordan Luplow was locked in on his phone. After starting this season with Double-A Altoona, he wanted to catch the end of the club's championship run.



Inbox: Will Bucs try Glasnow in bullpen?

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:27:46 EDT

Adam Berry answers questions about Tyler Glasnow, the 2018 starting rotation and more.



Cutch joins exclusive club with 200th Bucs HR

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:44:10 EDT

Andrew McCutchen joined an exclusive group of Pirates legends on Wednesday night at Miller Park.



Glasnow struggles with walks in loss to Crew

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 01:17:09 EDT

Life without Jimmy Nelson began for the Brewers on Wednesday, when Chase Anderson pitching on short rest in a win.



Keller leads Curve to League championship

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 22:20:10 EDT

Led by ace Mitch Keller on the mound, the Altoona Curve completed their second straight postseason series sweep on Thursday as they defeated Trenton, 4-2, to claim the Double-A Eastern League title.



Cole K's 10, but Bucs undone by 4-run inning

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:33:32 EDT

For the first time in three weeks, the pennant-hungry Brewers managed to take care of business against a team below the break-even point.



Bucs' 2018 slate features early Interleague Play

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:10:19 EDT

The 2018 Major League Baseball schedule was released on Tuesday, and the Pirates' slate for next season includes two early Interleague series against AL Central opponents. The Pirates will open March 29 at Comerica Park, and have their home opener April 2 against the Twins.



Pirates' Waddell leads Curve to Game 1 win

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:41:17 EDT

Brandon Waddell can't quite pinpoint when he was first anointed with his 'Big Game' nickname - it was either during the University of Virginia's College World Series run in 2014 or 2015, he said - but he's not complaining about it, and based on his playoff track record, it looks like it might just stick.



Brault does it all during 'impressive night'

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 01:10:18 EDT

Steven Brault hit nearly .400 in his final season as a college pitcher/outfielder at Regis University, and he's been even better than that in the Minor Leagues. So nobody in the Pirates' dugout was shocked to see him pull a double to right field, then rip a two-run single to center on Monday night. The more significant development for Brault was not his swing, but the Brewers' swings -- more specifically, their swings and misses.



Waddell fires six scoreless

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 03:10:35 EDT

Brendan McKay was nearly untouchable on Tuesday as he allowed one hit in five scoreless innings to lead Class A Short Season Hudson Valley into the New York-Penn League finals.



Brault, Bucs slow Brewers' postseason push

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 02:11:01 EDT

Steven Brault and the Pirates spoiled what was supposed to be a happy homecoming for the Brewers, who fell flat in a 7-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday in their return from a weekend sweep of division-leading Chicago.



Bucs use September to assess pitching options

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:19:19 EDT

As they evaluate their young starters and begin looking toward 2018, the Pirates will juggle their rotation over the next three weeks.



Glasnow, Stallings among six Pirates recalled

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:21:57 EDT

With the season nearing its conclusion, the Pirates added some new and some familiar faces to their roster prior to Sunday's game against the Cardinals. The team promoted right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow along with five other players, as catcher Jacob Stallings, righties Edgar Santana and Johnny Barbato and left-handers Jack Leathersich and Dan Runzler were all added to the roster from Triple-A Indianapolis.