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5/4/2016 | Pirates moving past tough series vs. Cubs

Some fans will view the Cubs' three-game sweep of the Pirates at PNC Park as a statement, a reminder that the National League Central's balance of power may be shifting to Chicago. The Pirates won't.

5/4/2016 | Liriano, Martinez to start as rivalry heads to St. Louis

After the Pirates' series sweep of the Cardinals in Pittsburgh during Opening Week, arguably the most tightly contested rivalry in baseball will return to St. Louis this weekend. The Bucs and Cards, neck and neck in the National League Central over the past three years, will begin a three-game series Friday night at Busch Stadium.

5/4/2016 | Lester throws gem, glove in Cubs' sweep

Already off to their best start in more than 100 years, the Cubs further cemented their status as the National League Central's team to beat on Wednesday, finishing a three-game sweep of the Pirates with a 6-2 win at PNC Park.

5/4/2016 | As Kang's rehab nears end, Bucs mull options

Jung Ho Kang's recovery from September surgery on his left leg has gone as well as the Pirates could have hoped for. With his Minor League rehabilitation assignment winding down, it's time for Pittsburgh to determine what's next.

5/4/2016 | Moncada, Benintendi among top prospect performers Tuesday

After they were rained out to begin the week, Class A Advanced Salem continued their winning ways Tuesday with a doubleheader road sweep of Carolina as Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi paced Salem's offense.

5/4/2016 | Pirates on list of clubs who can't solve Arrieta

Matt Joyce had hit against Jake Arrieta before Tuesday night. Joyce had hit Arrieta well, in fact, with seven hits in 14 at-bats. That was years ago, when Joyce played for the Rays and Arrieta was a struggling starter for the Orioles.

5/3/2016 | Pirates need big start from Nicasio vs. Cubs

Coming off a start in which he was in "complete command," according to manager Clint Hurdle, Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio will try to shut down the Cubs' dangerous lineup in the series finale at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon. Chicago is going for a sweep behind left-hander Jon Lester.

5/3/2016 | Utter dominance: Arrieta (6-0) stellar vs. Bucs

Jake Arrieta walked the Pirates' first two hitters Tuesday night, and that was about as bad as it got for the Cubs. Returning to PNC Park for the first time since the National League Wild Card Game, Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings and improved to 6-0 in the Cubs' 7-1 win over the Pirates.

5/3/2016 | Cutch recounts feel-good moment with fans

In today's world of viral videos, what might be an otherwise innocuous moment noticed by a few observers can, for better or for worse, turn into much more.

5/3/2016 | Hurdle: Rivalry with Cubs 'good for the game'

After tempers flared during the Pirates' 7-2 loss on Monday night at PNC Park, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the National League Central rivals had developed "an actual organic rivalry" that benefits baseball. Does that ring true for the Pirates?

5/3/2016 | Nothing contrived about Cubs-Pirates rivalry

For a rivalry to really work, a few elements have to be in order: Both teams have to be good, they have to have a lot on the line every time they play, and they have to -- at least between the lines -- not like each other very much.

5/3/2016 | Containing leadoff hitters an issue for Cole

Gerrit Cole was admittedly "out of sync" in Monday's 7-2 loss to the Cubs at PNC Park, the long-awaited rematch of last season's National League Wild Card Game. That description applied to the Pirates' work controlling the Cubs' running game, too.