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.
4/22/2015 | Rehabbing Morton set for simulated game
Right-hander Charlie Morton, recovering from right hip surgery, is on track to make a 65-pitch start in an extended spring training game, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday. If that goes well, he will join one of the Pirates' Minor League clubs for a rehab assignment.
4/22/2015 | Hurdle not fretting Melancon's early woes
Pirates closer Mark Melancon suffered his first blown save of the year in Tuesday's 9-8 loss to the Cubs, giving up three hits, two walks and three runs in a messy ninth inning. It's the second three-run inning of the season for Melancon, who now has an 8.53 ERA.
4/22/2015 | Cubs, Bucs to wrap up set with matinee
The Pirates and Cubs wrap up their four-game series with a matinee at PNC Park on Thursday. The Cubs have won two of the first three games. Jeff Locke, who is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA, will start for the Pirates. The Cubs will counter with right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who has a 6.10 ERA and no decisions through his first two outings.
4/22/2015 | Mazeroski among Bucs' Franchise Four leaders
The first voting results of Major League Baseball's Franchise Four campaign, announced Wednesday, reveal the Pirates' only living Hall of Famer -- Bill Mazeroski -- among the four leaders as the most impactful players in the franchise's history.
4/22/2015 | Kang's first extra-base hit, RBIs could boost confidence
Jung Ho Kang's response to the intentional walk of the batter ahead of him, in turn, was sensational: A drive to the base of the wall in right-center, clearing the bases, giving the Bucs a three-run lead and earning himself a standing ovation from the sparse PNC Park crowd.
4/22/2015 | Melancon has rough ninth inning in loss to Cubs
Trouble did not sneak up on Mark Melancon as he entered the ninth inning to protect an 8-6 lead. Anthony Rizzo lined the first pitch to center for a single. Jorge Soler ripped the second pitch through the right-center alley for a double.
4/21/2015 | Bucs looks to bounce back as Cubs aim to roll on
The Pirates won't have to scramble to come up with a scouting report on another Cubs prospect. As of now, no one else is expected to be promoted from Chicago's Minor League system. Instead, the two National League Central rivals will duke it out at PNC Park in Game 3 of this four-game series, the first of six series between the two.
4/21/2015 | Castro's four RBIs lead Cubs in win over Bucs
Starlin Castro drove in four runs, two on a game-tying single in the ninth, and Welington Castillo's infield bouncer brought in the winning run Tuesday as the Cubs stormed back for a 9-8 win over the Pirates.
4/21/2015 | Bucs lineup vs. Cubs missing one-third of regulars
Manager Clint Hurdle's starting lineup lacked one-third of his regulars. One was by necessity -- Jordy Mercer, still on the rebound from Sunday's pitch off his chest, stayed put and was again replaced at short by Jung Ho Kang. Two others were by choice. Right fielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Pedro Alvarez, the only two lefty-hitting regulars, made way for Sean Rodriguez and Corey Hart, respectively.
4/21/2015 | Fan struck by foul tip released from hospital
The fan struck Monday night by a foul ball at PNC Park was released from the hospital where she had been taken for examinations, according to an update provided by the Pirates.
4/21/2015 | Pirates lament being limited to 1 run in first
The Pirates already knew, as does everyone around baseball, that if you let a good pitcher off an early hook, you are done fishing. They did not need a demonstration.
4/21/2015 | Russell set to make MLB debut vs. Pirates
The Pirates were the only team in the Majors to not face a left-handed starter, and that will change Tuesday when Chicago lefty Travis Wood gets the start. Francisco Liriano will start for Pittsburgh.
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