Pittsburgh Pirates

Kuhl looks to continue strong finish vs. O's
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For teams out of contention, like the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles, the 2018 season is not far away. Meanwhile, the audition season is already here. Rookie right-hander Gabriel Ynoa (2-2, 3.4) will help raise his profile if his start against the Pirates on Wednesday at PNC Park approaches the level of his previous […]

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McCutchen's 2 HRs, 8 RBIs power Bucs past O's
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For all Andrew McCutchen has accomplished as the face of the Pirates’ franchise, he had never had a night like Tuesday. McCutchen hit his first career grand slam and homered again in the sixth, driving in a career-high eight runs — and earning two curtain calls — as the Pirates cruised to a 10-1 win […]

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Polanco focusing on improved training, diet
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Gregory Polanco’s pregame routine is a little different these days. The Pirates outfielder is doing more stretching, more hamstring-specific work, more leg exercises. He’s getting more treatment in the trainer’s room, more one-on-one time with strength coach Ricky White stretching on the field. And he’s drinking a lot more water.

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Alvarez back at PNC Park for first time as Oriole
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Pedro Alvarez was back at PNC Park on Tuesday, in the visitor’s dugout for the first time since departing the Pirates after the 2015 season.

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Tucker injury opens door at short for Kramer
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While much of Florida was battered by Hurricane Irma, the Pirates were relieved when Pirate City in Bradenton was relatively unharmed by the storm. That is allowing them to jump into their instructional league program without too much disruption.

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Sharp Williams faces O's in Interleague set
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When the Pirates and Orioles met earlier this season, both had designs on contending, or — at the very least — playing meaningful games in late September. But when they meet again at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday at PNC Park, both clubs will be mathematically eliminated from the postseason, playing out their 2017 slates […]

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Santana, Neverauskas auditioning for 2018
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Friday night provided a potential preview of the Pirates’ 2018 bullpen. Between Ivan Nova’s five innings and Felipe Rivero’s blown save in the ninth, the Bucs sent out rookies Edgar Santana and Dovydas Neverauskas, followed by veteran George Kontos.

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Taillon hopes turnaround continues vs. Cards
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After Lance Lynn recorded only two outs on Saturday night, the Cardinals could use a long outing from their starting pitcher in the series finale against the Pirates at PNC Park. But they’ll find out Sunday afternoon just how much they can get out of right-hander John Gant, who will be making his first Major […]

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Pirates pounce in 8-run 1st, cruise past Cards
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An opportunity to tighten things atop the National League Central all but dissolved for the Cardinals before the first inning even came to an end on Saturday. The Pirates pounced on starter Lance Lynn for eight instant runs that pushed them toward an eventual 11-6 win and snapped the momentum St. Louis had been building […]

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Chronic knee pain ends Mercer's bid for cycle
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Jordy Mercer got the hardest part out of the way first — so hard, in fact, that it may have kept him from a shot at history. A home run shy of hitting for the cycle, Mercer exited the Pirates’ 11-6 romp over the Cardinals on Saturday night at PNC Park after five innings due […]

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Cole, Bucs hope to slow Cards' roll
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Still alive 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 […]

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Marte 'very grateful' for Bucs fans' reception
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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.

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