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9/27/2016 | Coghlan leads vs. Bucs as Cubs keep cruising

Realistically, the Cubs have little left to play for this week. With a 100-win season and the best record in the Majors secured, their sights are now set on the month to come. But still, the Cubs continued their roll into October on Tuesday night at PNC Park, beating the Pirates, 6-4, for their third straight win.

9/27/2016 | Phillips auditioning for '17 bullpen role

Zach Phillips hadn't pitched in the Majors since 2013 when the Pirates called him up in Philadelphia two weeks ago. But the Bucs didn't hesitate to throw him into their bullpen -- or into the fire.

9/27/2016 | Arrieta faces Taillon in last regular-season start

It seems fitting that Jake Arrieta would make his final regular-season start in one of his favorite ballparks. On Wednesday, Arrieta will start for the Cubs in the third game of their four-game series against the Pirates, who have seen plenty of the right-hander. Jameson Taillon will start for the Pirates in the finale of his rookie season.

9/26/2016 | Cutch on Cubs, competing, core-group strength

The Pirates have dealt with a number of issues this year: a rash of injuries, a challenging schedule, a slew of disappointing performances. But their biggest problem, in the short and long term, just might be the Cubs.

9/26/2016 | Kang's late power surge bodes well for 2017

The Pirates weren't expecting Jung Ho Kang to be himself this season. Coming back from a serious injury to his left knee and major surgery to repair it, the thinking went that Kang would have to wait until 2017 to regain his full strength.

9/26/2016 | Lackey, Vogelsong set to duel at PNC Park

As the Cubs continue their "awkward" week heading toward the postseason, veteran John Lackey will make his final regular-season start on Tuesday, facing the Pirates and Ryan Vogelsong at PNC Park.

9/26/2016 | 100 Grand! Slam seals century mark for Cubs

The Cubs won their 100th game of the season Monday night the same way they checked off the first 99 -- with dominant starting pitching and an overpowering offensive attack.

9/26/2016 | Bucs strike deal for Nats prospect Bostick

The Nationals and Pirates have agreed on a deal that will send infielder Chris Bostick to Pittsburgh in exchange for catcher Taylor Gushue and cash considerations.

9/26/2016 | Cubs turn to Hendricks with 100th win in reach

With home-field advantage locked up through the National League Championship Series, the Cubs will begin the final week of their regular season -- and their last week of postseason preparation -- Monday night at PNC Park against the Pirates one win shy of 100 after defeating the Cardinals in their Wrigley Field finale on Sunday.

9/25/2016 | Pirates, Hurdle mourn loss of 'wonderful' Fernandez

The Pirates joined the rest of the baseball world Sunday in mourning the tragic loss of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, one of the game's brightest young stars and most infectiously energetic personalities. The news hit home inside the Pirates' clubhouse, where players absorbed the news and watched the reaction unfold on television.

9/25/2016 | As Nats clinch, young Bucs gain key experience

The Pirates hope their young players will be better off for the experience gained on nights like this. The Bucs have introduced a number of rookies into significant roles throughout the season, and many of them are expected to play a part in the Pirates' future.

9/25/2016 | Cole steps in for Nats' road finale in Pittsburgh

The day after wrapping up the National League East championship, the Nationals will play their final road game of the regular season in the finale of a three-game series with the Pirates at PNC Park.

9/24/2016 | Nats jump on Bucs, wait out Mets, clinch NL East

What felt inevitable all spring and summer became official Saturday night. For the third time in five years, the Nationals are National League East champions. The Nats officially clinched the division title and punched their postseason ticket with a 6-1 win over the Pirates and the Mets' 10-8 loss to the Phillies in New York.

9/24/2016 | Glasnow hopes to take 'pen lessons into rotation

Tyler Glasnow did his time in the bullpen. Now he's moving back into the Pirates' rotation. The Pirates' top prospect will start Sunday's series finale against the Nationals at PNC Park, replacing left-hander Steven Brault, in his first big league start since July 23. Pittsburgh hopes that Glasnow's brief stint as a reliever will serve him well as he returns to a starting role. Brault moved out of the rotation and into the Bucs' bullpen on Saturday.

9/24/2016 | Q&A: Howe reflects on his 7 trips to the postseason

Art Howe spent 33 years as a player, scout, coach and manager in the Major Leagues, and was able to take part in the postseason seven times. He reflects on those experiences in this week's Q&A.

9/23/2016 | Pirates delay Nats' party with walk-off in 11

About an hour after the Mets put the Nats' division-clinching party on hold in New York, the Pirates kept Washington from officially punching its ticket to the postseason. The Bucs cracked Mark Melancon, their former closer, then little-used September callup Jacob Stallings slapped a pinch-hit, walk-off single to left field in the 11th inning to cap a 6-5 comeback win over the Nats on Friday night.

9/23/2016 | Nats hope to sew up playoff spot in Pittsburgh

As they get ready for an expected postseason run, the Nationals get another chance to secure their spot Saturday night in the second game of a three-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park.

9/23/2016 | Coke joins Bucs as Schugel shut down

The Pirates shut down reliever A.J. Schugel on Friday, sending him to the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury. The transaction made room on the roster for left-hander Phil Coke, who joined the club Friday after being traded by the Yankees a day earlier.

9/23/2016 | Polanco runs into wall, bruises face

Gregory Polanco left the Pirates' 6-5, 11-inning win over the Nationals in the first inning on Friday night with a left facial contusion after slamming face-first into the left-field wall, the team announced.

9/23/2016 | Blown save aside, Melancon has warm Pittsburgh return

Mark Melancon admitted it was a little strange to be sitting in the visitors' dugout at PNC Park, wearing his red Nationals hoodie, for the first time since he was traded from the Pirates in July.

9/23/2016 | Nova likes idea of re-signing with Pirates

The Pirates would love to have Ivan Nova in their rotation next season. Nova made it clear Friday he would love to stay in Pittsburgh. Looking to find a middle ground so both sides can get what they want, the Pirates have reportedly opened contract talks with Nova's camp.

9/22/2016 | Marte exits during return with back tightness

Making his first start since Sept. 5, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte exited Thursday's game against the Brewers in the third inning.

9/22/2016 | Crew's HRs stall Pirates' WC run in finale win

Scooter Gennett and Chris Carter homered, Chase Anderson pitched effectively into the sixth and the Brewers played spoiler against the Pirates, denying Pittsburgh a three-game sweep with a 3-1 win Thursday at MIller Park.

9/22/2016 | Pirates acquire veteran lefty Coke from Yankees

The Pirates have acquired veteran left-hander Phil Coke in a Minor League deal with the Yankees for cash considerations, the Bucs announced Thursday.

9/22/2016 | Pirates trending upward in late chase for WC

Andrew McCutchen's first inning homer on Wednesday was headed in the wrong direction -- to the left of the foul pole situated in left field -- until, at the opportune time of its descent, it wasn't.

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