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7/29/2015 | Hughes adept at making baserunners disappear

Matchup relief pitchers are commonplace in baseball. Specialists abound. When a game-changing left-handed hitter comes up, you go get your southpaw. When the bases are loaded, the Pirates go get Jared Hughes.

7/29/2015 | Bucs climb out of early hole to thump Twins

Andrew McCutchen had three RBIs, including a two-run homer, to back left-hander Francisco Liriano against his former team in a 10-4 win for the Pirates over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.

7/29/2015 | Polanco day to day with left knee discomfort

Hot-hitting Gregory Polanco had to be removed in the middle of Wednesday afternoon's 10-4 win over the Twins, complaining of "discomfort in the left knee."

7/29/2015 | Bucs promote top prospect Glasnow to Triple-A

Tyler Glasnow, the Bucs' No. 1 prospect, has been promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis, keeping him on schedule to join the Pirates' 2016 rotation.

7/29/2015 | Bucs, Reds to renew acquaintances in Cincinnati

The Pirates and the Reds, for a change on opposite ends of the National League Central standings, will begin a four-game series Thursday night at Great American Ball Park, with A.J. Burnett and David Holmberg meeting in the opener.

7/29/2015 | Kang continues to thrive in key spots

Jung Ho Kang was glad he connected for one of those ultimate home runs, with two outs in the ninth inning of a tie ballgame. He just wished he didn't have to do it. "I wish our games were easier," Kang said after the Pirates' 8-7 victory over the Twins that was anything but. "But I do always enjoy situations like that. When I hit it, I knew [it was gone]."

7/28/2015 | Liriano, Santana meet in Bucs-Twins finale

The Pirates and Twins will wrap up Interleague Play on Wednesday afternoon, capping off a two-game series at Target Field. Former Minnesota lefty Francisco Liriano will be on the mound for Pittsburgh, opposing righty Ervin Santana.

7/28/2015 | Bucs edge Twins on Kang's HR in ninth

After the Twins rallied to tie the game with four runs in the eighth inning, Jung Ho Kang delivered a go-ahead solo homer off closer Glen Perkins in the ninth to lift the Pirates to an 8-7 win Tuesday night at Target Field.

7/28/2015 | Bucs may boost middle relief via trade

The starters' picture is solid. Not only do the Pirates' starting pitchers rate high with their 42 wins and 3.26 ERA, but there are ample next-man-up candidates on the Triple-A level. The bullpen's end is even stouter. It is the in-between that has been a problem, and where general manager Neal Huntington is focused in the hours leading to Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.

7/28/2015 | Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominees announced

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

7/27/2015 | Ramirez's career comes full circle with Pirates

Aramis Ramirez has come a long way since he last played for the Pirates in 2003.

7/27/2015 | Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

Here are our Top 25-and-Unders, our ranking of the top 25 players age 25 and younger. All players who were 25 and under as of July 1, 2015 -- their age-25 season or younger -- were eligible for votes, and the list was selected by a panel of and MLB Network analysts, including two former Major League general managers (Dan O'Dowd and Jim Duquette).

7/26/2015 | Focus a big key to Cole's success on the mound

It was on Friday night when Gerrit Cole started to get amped up for his Sunday start. He's locked in and focused every time he takes the mound, but he particularly enjoys the opportunity to set the tone at the start of a series and the chance to finish one off.

7/26/2015 | S-Rod's 'D' helps Bucs short circuit Nats' rally

Sean Rodriguez's natural instincts and quick reflexes were on full display during the eighth inning of the Pirates' 3-1 win over the Nationals on Sunday at PNC Park.

7/26/2015 | Twins to host Pirates for brief Interleague set

Two months ago, the Twins came into PNC Park and took two games from the Pirates. Minnesota will try to return the favor in a brief two-game series beginning Tuesday at Target Field, with Mike Pelfrey taking the hill opposite Charlie Morton.

7/26/2015 | Huntington open to adding players before Deadline

The Pirates addressed their only glaring weakness a week before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, acquiring Aramis Ramirez on Thursday to help solidify the left side of their infield after a pair of injuries. But that doesn't necessarily mean the Pirates will remain quiet over the next five days leading up to the Deadline. General manager Neal Huntington said Pittsburgh would still like to add to the club before Sunday's 3-1 win over the Nationals.

7/25/2015 | Since break, Burnett has been off

In two starts since heading to Cincinnati for his first All-Star Game, Pirates righty A.J. Burnett has given up 11 earned runs on 22 hits over 11 2/3 innings. Considering his dominant first 3 1/2 months, what has he learned this week?

7/25/2015 | Cole faces Nats, out to extend MLB-best win total to 14

Fellow first-round selections in the 2011 Draft, Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and Nationals right-hander Joe Ross, will show why they were drafted so high when their teams square off Sunday afternoon in the series finale at PNC Park.

7/25/2015 | Nats ride Taylor's big game, rout Bucs

After dropping back-to-back games, the Nationals rebounded in a big way Saturday night at PNC Park, piling up 14 hits as they beat the Pirates, 9-3.

7/25/2015 | Aramis thrilled to come full circle

Aramis Ramirez is officially back with the Pirates. Acquired Thursday in a trade with the Brewers, Ramirez joined the active roster Saturday afternoon. The Bucs immediately plugged Ramirez into the starting lineup in Saturday night's 9-3 loss the Nationals at PNC Park, giving him the start at third base, batting cleanup. He went 0-for-4 in his return.

7/25/2015 | Polanco caps battle vs. Scherzer with homer

After striking out in his first two at-bats Friday night against Max Scherzer, Gregory Polanco knew he had to make an adjustment at the plate. He did just that in the fifth inning, capping off a 12-pitch at-bat with a two-run homer to right-center field in the Pirates' 7-5 win over the Nationals at PNC Park.

7/24/2015 | Aramis ready to help Bucs win series vs. Nats

After being traded on Thursday, former Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is expected to make his 2015 Pirates debut against the Nationals on Saturday at PNC Park, with Pittsburgh looking to take three straight in the four-game series.

7/24/2015 | Pirates muscle past Nationals in slugfest

The Pirates clubbed three home runs off Max Scherzer and rallied for two more runs in the sixth inning as they beat the Nationals, 7-5, on Friday night at PNC Park.

7/24/2015 | Alvarez tags Scherzer with Allegheny blast

A night after homering to left field, Pedro Alvarez launched a two-run shot off Nationals ace Max Scherzer all the way out of PNC Park in right-center on Friday and bounced it into the Allegheny River, giving the Pirates a lead in the second inning en route to a 7-5 win.

7/24/2015 | Caminero looking to readjust to dialed-in bats

A month ago, Arquimedes Caminero was mowing down hitters with his 100-mph fastball and helping bridge the gap to Pirates setup man Tony Watson and closer Mark Melancon. But the last month has been a reminder that it takes more than a triple-digit reading on the radar gun to get Major League hitters out.

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