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4/27/2015 | Locke, Wood see familiar opponents at Wrigley

The Pirates and Cubs will continue their three-game series at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, with lefties Jeff Locke and Travis Wood set to square off.


4/27/2015 | Pirates stepping up during McCutchen's slump

Andrew McCutchen has carried the Pirates during recent years, but the tables have turned early this season with the center fielder struggling at the plate.


4/27/2015 | Tape not as good as experience against Cubs' young talent

Having just faced the Cubs and their corps of young sluggers, the Pirates enter this week's three-game series at Wrigley Field able to rely on their own experiences instead of scouting reports.


4/27/2015 | Polanco day to day with groin tightness

The Pirates scratched Gregory Polanco from their starting lineup about an hour before Monday's series opener against the Cubs at Wrigley Field because of tightness in his left groin.


4/26/2015 | Hughes makes quick work ending D-backs' rally

Jared Hughes threw 16 pitches in the visitors bullpen. Then he took six more warmup pitches after arriving atop the Chase Field mound. By Hughes' own admission, he was over-prepared for his day's work.


4/26/2015 | Altoona rotation trumps parent club with sterling start

The Pirates' starting rotation has gotten off to a terrific start, but that's nothing compared to the starters for the Altoona Curve, the Bucs' Double-A Eastern League affiliate, who are 7-0 with an ERA of 0.65.


4/26/2015 | Quiet Liriano earns first win, extends impressive run

Francisco Liriano, who has quietly become one of the National League's elite pitchers, was at his best Sunday in an 8-0 win over the D-backs.


4/26/2015 | Liriano notches first win as Pirates blank D-backs

The Pirates concluded a pounding of the D-backs this weekend at Chase Field with Sunday's 8-0 victory, their first three-game road sweep of an NL West club since 2007.


4/26/2015 | Hurdle, Harrison pulling for Wainwright after injury

Any change to the National League Central dynamic was the farthest thing from the minds of the Pirates when they learned of Adam Wainwright's Achilles injury.


4/26/2015 | Worley meets Hammel in Wrigley rematch

The Pirates, one of the National League Central's reigning elite teams, and the Cubs, a growing force, begin their second series in a week Monday night at 7:05 p.m. CT in Wrigley Field.


4/26/2015 | McCutchen on mini-slump: 'It's a matter of time'

While it may not be possible to truly enjoy the deepest slump of your career, Andrew McCutchen is at least getting a kick out of his current drought.


4/26/2015 | Watson brings out eighth-inning hammer for Bucs

There is no truth to the fable that in 1939 playwright Eugene O'Neill wrote "The Iceman Cometh" in a moment of premonition about a future left-handed relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nevertheless, Tony Watson keeps playing the part, and he particularly brought down the house Saturday night.


4/25/2015 | Liriano, Hellickson set for battle of veteran starters

When Francisco Liriano starts for the Pirates in Sunday's series finale against Arizona, he'll be working off quite a checklist. He'll be looking for his first career win against the D-backs. He'll be opposed by veteran Jeremy Hellickson.


4/25/2015 | Melancon comes through for third straight game

Mark Melancon did not figure to be the man coming out of the bullpen if the Pirates needed a game to be saved Saturday night. The closer who has pitched under a microscope had done his job well the previous two games, picking up saves on Thursday and Friday, with perfect ninth innings against the Cubs and the Diamondbacks.


4/25/2015 | Harrison cashing in on rare chances with RISP

If you thought you saw Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison's eyes grow bigger when he strode to the plate with two men on base in the second inning Friday night, you saw correctly.


4/25/2015 | Cole delivers ace-like outing vs. D-backs

There was a lot to admire in Gerrit Cole's 7 2/3-inning effort toward the Bucs' 4-1 win. For a while now, the evergreen question has been if-and-when Cole would flower as an ace. And it might be gradually happening even as the question is being asked.


4/25/2015 | Last visit to Chase Field went well for Burnett

A.J. Burnett, who pitched eight scoreless innings against the D-backs last season, takes the hill for the Pirates at Chase Field on Saturday. Rubby De La Rosa starts for Arizona.


4/25/2015 | Pirates cruise with Cole leading the charge

Gerrit Cole won his third straight start and improved to 7-0 in his last nine outings as he handcuffed the D-backs for 7 2/3 innings and the Pirates hung on for a 4-1 win on Friday night at Chase Field.


4/24/2015 | 8-pitch at-bat by Polanco impresses Hurdle

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed on Friday what people thought they were seeing on Thursday: A defining at-bat in Gregory Polanco's career.


4/24/2015 | McCutchen on Delgado HBP: 'It's the past'

Andrew McCutchen was hit on the back by a pitch from the D-backs' Randall Delgado last year. "It's the past. Old news," McCutchen said.


4/23/2015 | Despite scuffling, Locke bends but doesn't break

Left-hander Jeff Locke yielded four runs over five innings and received a no-decision as the Pirates rallied for a 5-4 win over the Cubs on Thursday afternoon.


4/23/2015 | Polanco's third hit caps Pirates' comeback vs. Cubs

Gregory Polanco hit an RBI double in a three-run sixth inning and a tie-breaking RBI single in the seventh to lift the Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the Cubs on Thursday, and split the four-game series.


4/23/2015 | Marte day to day with bruised right hand

Held out of the starting lineup with a bruised right hand, Starling Marte pinch-ran for Corey Hart in the seventh inning of the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Cubs on Thursday afternoon.


4/22/2015 | Worley displays mettle in tough spots

Vance Worley limited the Cubs to one unearned run over 5 2/3 innings en route to the victory in the Pirates' 4-3 win on Wednesday night at PNC Park.


4/22/2015 | Marte day to day after getting hit in hand

Starling Marte was hit by a pitch on his right hand in the third inning on Wednesday vs. the Cubs, and the outfielder left the game in the fifth.




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