Pittsburgh Pirates

Brault hoping to repeat success vs. Brewers
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A little more than four years after turning down a promotion at his local grocery store to give baseball one last shot, 28-year-old Aaron Wilkerson will make his second big league appearance and first start when the Brewers finish their three-game series against left-hander Steven Brault and the Pirates on Wednesday at PNC Park.

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Bucs fall to Crew despite Williams' strong start
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Chase Anderson continued his string of solid starts by pitching six scoreless innings, and Domingo Santana backed him with a solo homer in a 1-0 win over the Pirates on Tuesday at PNC Park. The shutout was also aided by the burgeoning reputation of center fielder Brett Phillips, who kept the potential tying run from […]

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Cervelli's season comes to an end
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Sidelined since Aug. 26 by a sore left quadriceps, Francisco Cervelli has been taking batting practice and jogging but not blocking balls behind the plate or running the bases. So with 12 games remaining, the Pirates decided to shut him down for the rest of the season.

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Quiet bats, baserunning gaffes hurt Pirates
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Ryan Braun homered and five pitchers combined for the Brewers’ 11th shutout victory, a 3-0 triumph over the slumping Pirates at PNC Park. With 12 games left on their schedule, the Brewers pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Cubs in the National League Central and two games of the Rockies in the race for […]

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Williams, Bucs out to play spoiler vs. Brewers
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The Brewers could use a strong, lengthy start out of Chase Anderson when he takes the mound against Trevor Williams and the Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

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Bucs outright Hutchison, lean on young arms
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Coming into the year, Drew Hutchison had a shot to crack the Pirates’ Opening Day rotation. When they determined that he wouldn’t end the season in Pittsburgh, the Pirates effectively cut ties with Hutchison.

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Jaso homers, but Bucs drop finale to Reds
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The Reds have spent the last 96 days in last place in the National League Central, but they spent the past three days climbing closer to the fourth-place Pirates. The Reds rode a five-run sixth to a 5-2 win on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep at Great American Ball Park and pulling within two games […]

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Taillon tries to get on track vs. visiting Brewers
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The Brewers know they don’t have much margin for mistakes. The deficit sits at four games in the National League Central and 3 1/2 games for the second NL Wild Card entering play on Sunday, with 14 games remaining. The Brewers have to be just about perfect starting with Monday’s series opener against the Pirates, […]

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'Positive mindset' leads to bounceback for Nova
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Ivan Nova was in first-half form Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park and hopes to finish the second half strong despite leaving the Pirates’ 2-1 loss to the Reds early due to right calf tightness.

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Increased playing time a boon to backstop Diaz
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The Pirates are getting a long look at catcher Elias Diaz this month, starting the rookie in 12 of their final 14 games. While the Bucs believe more consistent playing time will benefit Diaz as they look toward next season, some of his most important work takes place between games.

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Cole gets call in finale vs. rival Cincy
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Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole (11-10, 4.04 ERA) will make his third start against the Reds in 23 days in the finale on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET at Great American Ball Park.

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Efforts from Cutch, Nova not enough in loss
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Pirates starter Ivan Nova was perfect for three innings on Saturday. He faced the minimum 18 Reds batters through six innings. But Jesse Winker got to Nova in the seventh inning, supporting Sal Romano’s gem with a solo shot to right field in the Reds’ 2-1 win over the Bucs at Great American Ball Park.

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