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5/28/2016 | McCutchen wants to cut down on strikeouts

Though he has begun to thaw out after a slow start to the season, posting a batting average that is 64 points higher in May than in April over the same number of at-bats entering Saturday's game, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen believes his swing is not where it needs to be yet.


5/28/2016 | Southpaws Liriano, Perez match up in series finale

It will be a battle of two left-handers Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park, as the Rangers' Martin Perez will take the mound against Francisco Liriano of the Pirates in the finale of the three-game series.


5/28/2016 | Kang thrives in first Major League game at DH

Jung Ho Kang got a lot of work done on a "day off" Friday, taking advantage of a rare opportunity to start at designated hitter -- the first time he has ever done so in the Majors -- and pacing the Pirates' offense with a three-run homer that broke open a 9-1 victory over the Rangers in the opener of a three-game series.


5/28/2016 | Niese leaving early-season struggles behind

After struggling through a rough first month of the season, Pirates lefty Jonathon Niese has undergone a rapid turnaround in May, posting four consecutive quality starts including a one-run, six-inning outing on Friday in a 9-1 win over the Rangers.


5/27/2016 | Darvish to face Bucs in long-awaited return to mound

Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish will be making his long-awaited return to the Major Leagues when he pitches against the Pirates on Saturday at Globe Life Park. Darvish, who missed 14 months while recovering from Tommy John surgery, will be making his first start for the Rangers since Aug. 9, 2014.


5/27/2016 | Pirates hit 4 HRs to end Hamels' win streak

Pirates left-hander Jonathan Niese outpitched Cole Hamels and handed him his first loss since Aug. 7, 2015, in a 9-1 victory over the Rangers on Friday night. The Pirates, with three home runs on the night, have won 10 of their last 12 games to go a season-high nine games over .500.


5/27/2016 | Hurdle happy to manage against Banister

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he and Jeff Banister, the former Pirates bench coach who now manages the Rangers, still trade texts and e-mails nearly every day -- but exchanging lineup cards Friday night was a long-awaited, once-in-a-lifetime moment for both skippers.


5/27/2016 | Phillies' pair among top prospect performers Thursday

A look at the best performances from top prospects on Thursday.


5/26/2016 | Bucs TV voice, La Russa have exchange over HBPs

D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa entered the Pirates TV booth during Tuesday night's game to dispute what the broadcasters were saying on the air.


5/26/2016 | Vogelsong returns to PNC Park to visit Bucs

Four days after he was hospitalized with multiple facial fractures, Ryan Vogelsong returned to PNC Park. Vogelsong visited with teammates in the Pirates' clubhouse before watching their game against the D-backs on Thursday afternoon in a suite alongside his wife, Nicole.


5/26/2016 | Cole thwarts role, raps homer and double

Gerrit Cole crushed the 0-1 fastball from D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin, sending the ball crashing deep into Arizona's bullpen some 409 feet away from the plate. He rounded first base, clapped his gloved hands and pumped his fist. What was he thinking?


5/26/2016 | Hurdle encouraged by Hughes' recent outings

After back-to-back solid outings, reliever Jared Hughes looks like his old self again. In the Pirates' 5-4 victory vs. the D-backs on Wednesday, Hughes was called to the mound in the seventh inning with one out and a runner on second. He promptly induced groundouts from Phil Gosselin and Nick Ahmed to end the threat.


5/26/2016 | Rested Feliz firing heat after 'red-lining' in April

The Pirates closely monitor their players' workloads and rest patterns, and manager Clint Hurdle is as careful as anyone about keeping his relievers fresh. So when Hurdle picked up the phone and called for Neftali Feliz 14 times over Pittsburgh's first 24 games, he knew that was too much.


5/26/2016 | Cole's bat helps propel Bucs to sweep of D-backs

Until Josh Harrison hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, right-hander Gerrit Cole had supplied the Pirates' only offense in their 8-3 win vs. the D-backs at PNC Park on Thursday.


5/26/2016 | Playing smaller role, Freese delivers big blow

David Freese's role has changed since the return of Jung Ho Kang, but the veteran Pirates infielder showed Wednesday night that he still has a knack for delivering the big hit in a key situation.


5/25/2016 | Umpire Guccione struck by foul, leaves game

Home-plate umpire Chris Guccione left Wednesday's 5-4 Pirates victory over the D-backs at PNC Park after being struck in the mask by a foul tip during the first inning.


5/25/2016 | Pipeline preview: Bradley looks to build off strong outing

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Thursday's Minor League action:


5/25/2016 | Freese, Bucs rally past D-backs with big 5th

A day after showcasing their lineup's full potential, the Pirates displayed their resilience. David Freese's two-run homer punctuated a four-run fifth inning as the Bucs stormed back to beat the D-backs, 5-4, on Wednesday night at PNC Park.


5/25/2016 | In for ill Harrison, Rodriguez goes deep

The Pirates scratched Josh Harrison from Wednesday's starting lineup due to an illness, but his replacement, exemplifying the Pirates' next-man-up philosophy, helped power the Bucs to a 5-4 win over the D-backs.


5/25/2016 | Cole on roll as Bucs go for sweep of D-backs

While right-hander Gerrit Cole seeks his fourth consecutive win, the Pirates will go for a sweep of a three-game series against lefty Patrick Corbin and the D-backs on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park.


5/25/2016 | Bucs' Caminero on DL, Watson on paternity list

The Pirates made a series of roster moves before Wednesday's 5-4 win over the D-backs, shuffling their bullpen as they called up two relievers from Triple-A Indianapolis.


5/25/2016 | Hot Coffee: Polanco enjoying life in the 3-hole

After their 12-1 win over the D-Backs at PNC Park on Tuesday, the Pirates could trace almost half their runs back to right fielder Gregory Polanco. Finding a rhythm in the first inning, Polanco went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs.


5/24/2016 | Skipping Taillon's start 'part of the plan'

Stand down, Pirates fans. Top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon is skipping his next turn through the Triple-A Indianapolis rotation, but he's not hurt. Nor is he coming to join the Pirates -- not yet, anyway.


5/24/2016 | Segura, Ahmed hit in head by Bucs' Caminero

Pirates right-hander Arquimedes Caminero hit two D-backs players in the head during his 1 2/3 innings of relief on Tuesday night, sending second baseman Jean Segura to a local hospital with concussion symptoms and leaving the indentation of a baseball seam on the chin of shortstop Nick Ahmed.


5/24/2016 | Locke, Pirates go for series win over D-backs

Left-hander Jeff Locke (2-3, 5.00 ERA) will try to give the Pirates another win over the D-Backs on Wednesday at PNC Park. In four of his last five starts, Locke has given up three runs or fewer and has pitched at least six innings.




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