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8/28/2016 | Bullpen helping Bucs in Wild Card chase

The Pirates turned their Miller Park experience all the way around; from consistent defeat to daily victory. After losing nine straight here, not to mention 64 of 81 over the last 10 seasons, the Bucs swept a four-game series, finishing the job with a 3-1 victory on Sunday. In the process, they moved to one-half game back of the Cardinals for the second National League Wild Card berth.


8/28/2016 | Nova superb in fourth Bucs victory

A change of scenery -- and a move to the National League -- has done Ivan Nova a world of good.


8/28/2016 | Pirates bolster bullpen, recall righty Schugel

The Pittsburgh Pirates added an extra bullpen arm prior to Sunday's game in Milwaukee, recalling right-hander A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Indianapolis.


8/28/2016 | Arrieta, Cubs open three-game set vs. Pirates

With Gerrit Cole scratched from Monday's scheduled start to seek a second opinion on his right elbow, the Pirates will turn to rookie Steven Brault against Jake Arrieta and the Cubs at Wrigley Field.


8/28/2016 | Bucs sweep Crew, pull within half-game of WC

John Jaso and Gregory Polanco hit solo home runs in a go-ahead sixth inning Sunday, and Starling Marte added an insurance shot in the eighth as Ivan Nova and the charging Pirates finished a four-game sweep of the Brewers with a 3-1 win at Miller Park.


8/27/2016 | Pirates step up amid news about Cole missing start

Ordinarily, a three-game winning streak for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park would be cause for unrestrained rejoicing. The Pirates on Saturday night won their third straight at Miller Park; a 9-6 victory over the Brewers that included a comeback from a four-run deficit. But another development made this a less than ecstatic evening for the Bucs. After the game, Pirates executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington said that No. 1 starter Gerrit Cole will miss at least one start, as he gets further tests on his right elbow.


8/27/2016 | Taillon on Perez: 'He's a Latin Babe Ruth'

"He's a Latin Babe Ruth or something like that," Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon said of the Brewers' Hernan Perez, laughing about a respectful rivalry that has swung wildly of late in the Nuevo Bambino's favor.


8/27/2016 | Polanco's pinch-hit 2B snaps skid at Miller Park

Given a blow from the starting lineup Saturday after consecutive 0-fo- 5 games dropped his career batting average to .138 (8-for-58) in Milwaukee, Gregory Polanco delivered a pinch-hit, bases-clearing double in the sixth inning to lift the Pirates to a 9-6 win.


8/27/2016 | Cole will miss Monday start

Gerrit Cole will not make his scheduled start Monday in Chicago in order to seek a second opinion on his right elbow, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced after Saturday's 9-6 win over the Brewers.


8/27/2016 | Nova, Anderson face off in finale at Miller Park

Ivan Nova will look to continue his resurgence since joining the Pirates when he takes the ball Sunday against the Brewers.


8/27/2016 | On eve of birthday, Bucs' Mercer hits 1st slam

Before Friday's game against the Brewers, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle directed a short lesson on two-strike hitting to reporters gathered in his office. Shortstop Jordy Mercer was not in attendance, but he must have gotten the lecture notes from somebody.


8/27/2016 | Vogelsong rewriting ending to Pirates career

Ryan Vogelsong, coming back from his latest bout of adversity, continues to provide baseball with an uplifting story. More to the current point, he is providing the Pittsburgh Pirates with outs.


8/26/2016 | Bucs' Taillon, Crew's Nelson meet in Milwaukee

Brewers righty Jimmy Nelson, who rebounded from a prolonged rough stretch by allowing two runs over six innings in a win Monday against the Rockies, will oppose Pirates righty Jameson Taillon. On Monday, the 23-year-old rookie allowed two runs over eight innings, but took the loss against the Astros.


8/26/2016 | Mercer's first slam sends Bucs past Brewers

Jordy Mercer's first career grand slam pushed the Pirates to the brink of something even rarer: A series win at Miller Park. Mercer's slam off Matt Garza capped a five-run sixth. Top Milwaukee prospect Orlando Arcia answered with a three-run shot in the bottom of the inning -- his first career home run -- but the Pirates held on, 5-3, to remain 2 1/2 games back of the second National League Wild Card.


8/26/2016 | Pirates' playoff run receiving boost from Cutch

As the Pirates gear up for a playoff push, they may be getting a return to form from Andrew McCutchen.


8/26/2016 | Pirates not haunted by Miller Park struggles

It had become imperative for the Pittsburgh Pirates to figure out a way to win at Miller Park. On Thursday night, the Pirates solved the riddle with a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Brewers.


8/26/2016 | Kuhl stays cool vs. Crew, continues strong '16

The puns are there to be had -- he's a Kuhl customer, Kuhl under pressure and so on -- but starter Chad Kuhl's performance in the Pirates' 3-2 win on Thursday against the Brewers was no joke.


8/25/2016 | Pirates look to keep pace in Wild Card vs. Crew

As evidenced in Thursday's series opener between the Brewers and Pirates, the Pittsburgh outfield trio of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco can pose problems for opposing teams.


8/25/2016 | Kopech among top prospect performers Wednesday

Michael Kopech may be the hottest pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball these days as he continues to shut down opposing lineups with a plethora of strikeouts.


8/24/2016 | Pipeline preview: Honeywell working on scoreless streak

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


8/24/2016 | Cole trying to find root of extended struggles

What's gone wrong with Gerrit Cole? This time last year, Cole was establishing himself as one of the game's best young pitchers, beginning an eight-start stretch that would cement his status as a top-five Cy Young Award finisher in the National League. But now, after a disappointing five-inning outing in a 5-4 loss to the Astros at PNC Park, Cole is searching for answers.


8/24/2016 | Astros edge Bucs to cap strong road trip

Fighting to keep their spot in a crowded American League Wild Card picture, the Astros did exactly what they needed to during a seven-game swing through Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Coming off a series victory over the Orioles, the Astros claimed another over the Pirates with Wednesday's 5-4 win at PNC Park, their fifth win in six games.


8/24/2016 | Bell making strides on defensive side

Josh Bell started at first base for the fourth straight game in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Astros, reinforcing the Pirates' suggestion that he will play more often than not after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.


8/24/2016 | Bucs hope to solve Miller Park in matchup with Crew

If the Pirates are going to make a late-season push into the postseason, they'll need to take care of business against the Brewers. That means they'll have to figure out how to win at Miller Park, which has been easier said than done for them for a decade.


8/24/2016 | Polanco's 2-HR game leads lineup breakout

Four out of every five days, every time he's not starting, Ivan Nova finds Gregory Polanco in the dugout to ask a simple question: "Hey, when are you going to hit a homer?" To which Polanco politely replies, "One day. One day, I will." One day came Tuesday, and Polanco went deep twice for Nova.




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