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7/22/2014 | Bucs win two challenges in game vs. Dodgers

The Pirates won a pair of challenges in Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, one overturning a safe call of Justin Turner in the first inning, the other reversing Russell Martin being called out in the seventh.

7/22/2014 | Selig visits PNC, pleased with balance in MLB

Bud Selig's tenure as Major League Baseball's ninth Commissioner will not officially end until Jan. 24, 2015. But as far as he is concerned, his job, at least in one important sense, was accomplished last Oct. 1. On that day, the Pirates were hosting the Cincinnati Reds in a National League Wild Card Game that turned on a city that had slept through baseball Octobers since 1992 -- Selig's first year in office.

7/21/2014 | Beckett returns from disabled list to face Pirates

He's done it before, and now Josh Beckett will try to do it again. The right-hander will return from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday against the Pirates after missing just one start with a left hip impingement. Pittsburgh will counter with righty Vance Worley.

7/21/2014 | Bucs' six-game home win streak snapped by LA

Athletes dealing with rough times are known to say they'd rather be lucky than good. Edinson Volquez did not have to make that choice Monday. He was neither in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers.

7/21/2014 | Hurdle loses challenge on play at second in first

The Pirates lost a first-inning challenge in Monday's game against the Dodgers on a safe call at second base. Facing Pirates starter Edinson Volquez with two outs, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez laced a line drive off the right-field wall, which was quickly fielded and thrown to second by Michael Martinez. Second-base umpire Laz Diaz ruled Gonzalez slid in safely ahead of shortstop Jordy Mercer's tag, and the call stood after replay review.

7/21/2014 | Slumping Polanco sits with Bucs facing lefty

Gregory Polanco's slump finally reached the Pirates' bench Monday night. With the Bucs going up against Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, Polanco was absent from the lineup after he had gone 0-for-10 in the previous two games, started by Colorado southpaws Brett Anderson and Tyler Matzek.

7/21/2014 | PLAY teaches youth negative effects of steroids

Brian Parker knows the ill effects performance-enhancing drugs can have, and that is why he, along with the Pirates' training staff and closer Mark Melancon, stressed the negative effects of steroid use to a group of 120 children Monday morning at PNC Park as part of the national PLAY (Promoting a Lifestyle of Activity for Youth) campaign that sets out to raise awareness in children's health issues.

7/21/2014 | Buxton, Sampson are Pipeline Prospects of the Week

Throughout the season, the staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Week -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the previous seven days. This week, baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton took the award for hitters, while Pirates No. 19 prospect Adrian Sampson won for pitchers.

7/20/2014 | Twelve teams to receive supplemental '15 Draft picks

Major League Baseball's version of the Draft lottery doesn't attract nearly as much attention as its NBA and NHL counterparts, mostly because baseball's top picks aren't determined randomly like they are in the other sports. But for 12 big league clubs, the Competitive Balance Lottery will provide them with a valuable extra selection in 2015.

7/20/2014 | Huntington confident about Bucs' roster

From a personnel standpoint, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday he has a better feeling about where his team's roster is at this point in 2014 opposed to where it was last season, when the Bucs ended their long playoff drought.

7/20/2014 | Dodgers offense seeks answers vs. surging Pirates

Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed the second complete game of his career his last time out, limiting the Cardinals to one run on six hits. He'll face the Dodgers and Hyun-Jin Ryu on Monday night at PNC Park.

7/20/2014 | Marte comes off bench to hit after missing two starts

Starling Marte came off the bench and pinch-hit in the sixth inning Sunday. It was noteworthy because it was his first action after being held out of the Pirates' starting lineup two consecutive games as he dealt with head trauma from a fastball he took off the helmet Friday night.

7/20/2014 | McCutchen's clutch hit helps Pirates sweep Rockies

The Bucs came from behind for the third time in as many games and beat Colorado, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Andrew McCutchen's RBI single in the seventh was the difference, and it was actually the earliest of the Pirates' three game-winning hits in the series.

7/19/2014 | Martin throws out second runner after call overturned

The Pirates on Saturday won a sixth-inning challenge, which overturned a safe call at second base and ended the Rockies' half of the inning. In the eighth, a crew chief review was initiated on a crucial out call.

7/19/2014 | Locke, Pirates look to continue hot stretch vs. Rockies

Looking to earn a series sweep to open the second half, the Pirates will send Jeff Locke to the mound Sunday to face Colorado, hoping that the lefty can continue a streak of good starts that began when he rejoined the Bucs rotation in early June. The Rockies will counter with rookie Tyler Matzek.

7/19/2014 | Beaning keeps Marte out of lineup, from pinch-hitting

Starling Marte was held out of the Pirates' lineup Saturday, a day after being hit in the helmet by a 93 mph fastball.

7/19/2014 | Alvarez works extra time on his throws

Early Saturday afternoon, Pedro Alvarez took ground ball after ground ball at third base. Being watched by a few coaches, the attention wasn't on his glove, but what he did after he had the ball.

7/19/2014 | Mercer's walk-off double lifts Bucs in 11 innings

The Rockies intentionally walked Pedro Alvarez to get to Jordy Mercer in the 11th inning. Mercer made them regret it. Mercer hit a walk-off double in extra innings to give the Pirates a 3-2 win against Colorado on Saturday night at PNC Park.

7/18/2014 | Late rally boosts Pirates to open second half

Travis Snider's pinch-hit double proved to be the difference, as the Pirates returned from the All-Star break with a 4-2 win against the Rockies on Friday night, keeping pace with division-leading Milwaukee.

7/18/2014 | Prospect Sampson nearly completes no-hitter

Right-hander Adrian Sampson, the Pirates' No. 19 prospect, took a no-hitter into the ninth inning Friday. Though a one-out double ended his bid, he finished off the shutout and Double-A Altoona defeated Bowie, 3-0.

7/18/2014 | Morton aims to keep Bucs cruising in second half

After defeating Colorado on Friday night to open the second half, the Pirates will look to maintain their momentum Saturday with Charlie Morton on the mound.

7/18/2014 | Bucs lose challenge before Rockies win replay review

The Pirates lost a challenge in the fifth inning of Friday night's game with the Rockies. Corey Dickerson stole second base on a close play, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle decided to call for a replay review. The Rockies, on the other hand, won a replay challenge in the bottom of the eighth.

7/18/2014 | String of lefties awaits Pirates in second half

The Pirates saw an uncanny few amount of southpaw starters -- just 12 in their first 95 games. But as the second half opens Friday, the Pirates face four consecutive left-handed starters, which began Friday with Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa.

7/18/2014 | Cole throws bullpen session, awaits evaluation

Gerrit Cole threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, and the Pirates are going to evaluate the right-hander before deciding on a rehab plan of action.

7/18/2014 | Pirates ink 32 picks from First-Year Player Draft

The Pirates signed 32 picks from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the franchise's most since also signing 32 in 2008. The deadline to sign picks was 5 p.m. ET on Friday.

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