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8/18/2014 | Alvarez 'pretty comfortable' in first-base debut

Less than two weeks after the Pirates decided to have lifelong third baseman Pedro Alvarez start practicing at first base, he made his first career appearance there Monday night against the Braves.


8/18/2014 | Rookie-level pitcher suspended for HGH

Minor League pitcher Michael Clemens, a 17th-round Draft selection by the Pirates in June, received a 68-game suspension on Monday for possession and use of human growth hormone.


8/18/2014 | McCutchen takes swings, on verge of return

Andrew McCutchen expects to be back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday, the first day he is eligible to be activated off the 15-day disabled list.


8/17/2014 | Pirates hope to snap skid at home vs. Braves

The Pirates, who have lost five straight games, send Vance Worley to the mound against Ervin Santana and the Braves on Monday at PNC Park.


8/17/2014 | Bucs hope MVP's return turns tide vs. Braves

Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen expects to be back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday night as the Bucs look to snap a six-game slide. Left-hander Francisco Liriano makes the start for Pittsburgh, with right-hander Aaron Harang taking the mound for the Braves, winners of four in a row.


8/17/2014 | Pirates rally in ninth, but fall in 11th vs. Nats

Scott Hairston's sacrifice fly off Brandon Cumpton with one out in the 11th inning gave the Nats a 6-5 victory over the Bucs on Sunday night at Nationals Park.


8/17/2014 | Nationals win challenge: Taylor was HBP

Manager Matt Williams challenged a call in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Pirates on Sunday night at Nationals Park after right fielder Michael Taylor appeared to be hit in the left hand by an errant fastball from right-hander Edinson Volquez.


8/17/2014 | Locke taking his tough luck with leads in stride

Jeff Locke won rotation tenure Saturday night, with 5 2/3 innings of shutout pitching taking him out of consideration for giving up his spot for Gerrit Cole's return. What Locke did not win, however, was the game.


8/17/2014 | Hip issue forces Morton to DL; Cole set to return

The Pirates placed Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with right hip inflammation and recalled Brent Morel. Gerrit Cole is expected to be activated from the DL in time to replace Morton in the rotation on Wednesday.


8/16/2014 | Cole given green light to return to Bucs' rotation

Gerrit Cole has gotten the green light to rejoin the Pirates' rotation. The only thing left to determine is when Cole will get the ball.


8/16/2014 | Walker gets planned break from Bucs' lineup

The day after Neil Walker had made his long-awaited return, his absence from Saturday's lineup provoked some uh-oh moments.


8/16/2014 | Volquez aims to get Bucs back on track in DC finale

The Pirates have lost four games in a row, including a stinging late-inning defeat on Saturday. The last time they won was when Edinson Volquez pitched, a common theme in the last two months. Volquez will be opposed by Doug Fister on Sunday as the Nats go for their sixth straight win.


8/16/2014 | Bullpen can't hold off Nats as Bucs fall in DC

The Pirates jumped left-handed nemesis Gio Gonzalez for three runs in the third, the Nationals waited until Jeff Locke exited to match that three-spot five innings later, and they then finished off their comeback in the ninth on Wilson Ramos' walk-off RBI ground-rule double off Justin Wilson for a 4-3 win on Saturday night in D.C.


8/15/2014 | Locke sets out to even series vs. Nationals

Jeff Locke may be pitching for his spot on the Pirates' big league roster Saturday when he takes the mound at Nationals Park. He will take on the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez as the Pirates vie to even the series while the Nationals' go for their fifth straight win.


8/15/2014 | Comeback bid falls short as Pirates drop opener

The Pirates couldn't get the big comeback they really wanted Friday night, as a quick 5-0 hole to Washington was too deep, and the Bucs went down, 5-4, at Nationals Park for their third consecutive loss.


8/15/2014 | Cole turns in strong fourth rehab outing

In his fourth rehab start, Gerrit Cole blanked Triple-A Louisville on five hits for seven innings, walking one and striking out three. He made 92 pitches -- of them 59 strikes.


8/15/2014 | Alvarez returns to field at third base, not first base

Current circumstances being anything but normal for the injury-slammed Bucs, Pedro Alvarez's first start in 13 days days in the field on Friday came at his old position, third base.


8/15/2014 | Bucs fortunate to claim possible treasure in Axford

Carlos Beltran did a lot to hurt the Pirates last year, but he may have made up for that with a game-deciding grand slam last Friday off John Axford, which may prove to have been a big help to the Bucs, who claimed Axford off waivers Thursday.


8/14/2014 | Manfred to succeed Selig as next Commissioner

Rob Manfred was elected in a 30-0 vote Thursday to succeed Commissioner Bud Selig in January, becoming the 10th person to hold the industry's highest office.


8/14/2014 | Mercer leaves game with right forearm tightness

Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer exited Thursday afternoon's game against the Tigers in the seventh inning with what manager Clint Hurdle called right forearm tightness.


8/14/2014 | Pirates claim Tribe reliever Axford off waivers

John Axford settled in as a solid option as a middle reliever for the Tribe, but it became increasingly clear that he was not part of the team's long-term plans. On Thursday, Cleveland made that crystal clear by allowing Axford to be claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh.


8/14/2014 | Pirates claim Tribe reliever Axford off waivers

John Axford settled in as a solid option as a middle reliever for the Tribe, but it became increasingly clear that he was not part of the team's long-term plans. On Thursday, Cleveland made that crystal clear by allowing Axford to be claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh.


8/14/2014 | Bucs roll into DC to open series vs. first-place Nats

The Pirates haven't lost a series against the Nationals on the road since June 2010, and they'll look to keep that streak intact as they visit Washington for a three-game set this weekend. Charlie Morton and Tanner Roark square off in the opener on Friday night.


8/14/2014 | Pirates consider options to improve bullpen

After Stolmy Pimentel failed to record an out in Wednesday night's 8-4 loss to the Tigers, manager Clint Hurdle said his team is "actively look to improve our club every day." One option may be to recall Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A.


8/14/2014 | Walker very close to return to Pirates' lineup

Neil Walker, who has missed 12 of the club's last 13 games with lower-back tightness, stood in the on-deck circle as the final out was made Thursday. He may be back in the order for Friday's contest at the Nationals.




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