Pittsburgh Pirates

Williams makes case for Bucs' rotation in '18
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Thinking ahead about the Pirates’ starting rotation in 2018, manager Clint Hurdle listed the group from top to bottom. The club believes Gerrit Cole will be the ace, joined atop the rotation by Ivan Nova and Jameson Taillon.

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Nova aiming to finish strong against Nationals
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Before barreling head first into October and what they hope to be an extended run through the postseason, the Nationals have one final tuneup: a four-game series against the Pirates that begins on Thursday night at Nationals Park.

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Alvarez enjoys ovation in return to PNC Park
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Pedro Alvarez returned to PNC Park for the first time on Tuesday with the Orioles, but he did not play. In Wednesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Pirates, Alvarez started at first base and hit cleanup, logging two singles in four at-bats with a run scored.

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Bell's 25th homer powers Bucs past Orioles
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Josh Bell went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in leading the Pirates to a 5-3 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night at PNC Park.

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Rivero's 20th save features 102.6-mph fastball
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From the time he started playing catch on Wednesday afternoon, Pirates reliever Felipe Rivero felt strong. Stronger than usual, even.

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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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