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5/25/2015 | Alvarez shows off deep opposite-field power

Pedro Alvarez stood in front of his locker after the Pirates' 4-2 win over the Marlins on Monday night and searched for the right words to describe the ball he crushed out of the deepest part of PNC Park.


5/25/2015 | Morton looks like his old self in season debut

Pirates starter Charlie Morton knew his pitches were working during three Minor League rehab starts. He saw the results: a lot of ground balls and some swings and misses. Morton passed his first test Monday night, throwing seven efficient innings and recording 18 outs on the ground -- 16 groundouts, including two double plays -- in the Pirates' 4-2 win.


5/25/2015 | Bucs' blasts back Morton, sink Stanton, Fish

Backed by a pair of home runs, right-hander Charlie Morton made an encouraging return to the rotation as the Pirates beat the Marlins, 4-2, on Monday night at PNC Park.


5/25/2015 | Marlins' Urena makes first start vs. Locke, Pirates

Marlins prospect Jose Urena will make his first Major League start Tuesday night at PNC Park against left-hander Jeff Locke and the Pirates.


5/25/2015 | Marte brings unique dynamic to cleanup spot

Starling Marte has thrived in the cleanup role. Manager Clint Hurdle began slotting Marte fourth in the Pirates' lineup in early May, and has stuck with it ever since.


5/25/2015 | Pirates designate pitcher Liz for assignment

With Charlie Morton rejoining the rotation Monday night and Vance Worley moved to the bullpen, the Pirates had to part ways with a pitcher. They chose to designate right-hander Radhames Liz for assignment, comfortable with their bullpen depth and their complement of long relievers.


5/24/2015 | Liriano caps historic stretch for Pirates' rotation

Francisco Liriano capped off a dominant series for Pittsburgh's starting rotation in a 9-1 win Sunday at PNC Park, striking out 12 and allowing only one run over six innings. Gerrit Cole, A.J. Burnett and Liriano became the first trio of Pirates starters to compile three straight double-digit strikeout games since Sept. 11-12, 1969. It's only the third time since 1900 that Pittsburgh has put together such a stretch.


5/24/2015 | Cutch warming up after big series vs. Mets

With a homer off Mets ace Matt Harvey on Saturday and another in Sunday afternoon's 9-1 victory, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is in a groove.


5/24/2015 | Liriano whiffs 12 as Pirates sweep away Mets

Left-hander Francisco Liriano bounced back from his worst start of the season, completing a trio of dominant starting-pitching performances as the Pirates swept the Mets with a 9-1 win at PNC Park on Sunday.


5/24/2015 | Phelps, Marlins face Pirates in Morton's '15 debut

Ready to go after three rehab starts, Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton, who had offseason hip surgery, is slated to start his first game of the 2015 season when Pittsburgh takes on David Phelps and the Marlins on Monday night at PNC Park.


5/24/2015 | Kang's emergence gives Bucs defensive versatility

During Spring Training, the Pirates set a few smaller goals that, they believed, would help push them toward their ultimate goal of getting back to the postseason. They wanted to add depth, become a more versatile team and keep their stars fresh enough to stay productive throughout a long, grueling season. The emergence of infielder Jung Ho Kang has helped them accomplish all of the above so far this year.


5/24/2015 | Bastardo struggling, but still an important piece

With a home run surrendered in each of his last two appearances entering Sunday, Pirates reliever Antonio Bastardo hasn't been precise recently, and it's not going unnoticed.


5/24/2015 | ASG debate: McCutchen or Marte in NL OF?

The most difficult All-Star ballot decisions often come down to established commodities vs. hot hands. These choices are all the more interesting when they involve two guys on the same team. Or more directly, in the same outfield.


5/23/2015 | Pirates execute game plan perfectly vs. Harvey

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a simple plan for his hitters taking on Mets ace Matt Harvey: look for good early pitches to hit, then work the pitch count. It's a sound concept, sure. But against one of the league's dominant aces, it's easier said than done. That made Pittsburgh's dismantling of Harvey on Saturday afternoon all the more impressive.


5/23/2015 | Burnett authoring quite the swan song with Pirates

A.J. Burnett walked off the mound at PNC Park after the seventh inning, striding slowly from the third-base line toward the Pirates' dugout with his glove in his right hand. He quickly raised it above his head, fist-bumped catcher Francisco Cervelli and hugged manager Clint Hurdle.


5/23/2015 | Looking for sweep, Bucs tab Liriano vs. Mets' Niese

A day removed from the much-anticipated matchup between Matt Harvey and A.J. Burnett, the Mets and Pirates look to left-handers in the series finale on Sunday at PNC Park. Jon Niese will try to help the Mets salvage the finale, while fellow southpaw Francisco Liriano looks to lead the Pirates to a three-game sweep.


5/23/2015 | Burnett cruises as Bucs bash around Harvey

Saturday's game at PNC Park was billed as a pitchers' duel, a showdown between Mets ace Matt Harvey and veteran A.J. Burnett. But the Pirates quickly turned it into the worst start of Harvey's young career, running away with an 8-2 win over the Mets. Burnett, meanwhile, struck out 10 and improved to 4-1 with a Major League-best 1.37 ERA.


5/23/2015 | Cole proves how tough it is to notch a CG

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole showed Friday night how hard it is to finish off a complete game.


5/22/2015 | Awkward slide doesn't diminish Kang's impact

On a high fly ball along the left-field line in the sixth inning of Friday night's 4-1 win over the Mets, Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang readied himself to tag up at third base and make a dash for the plate.


5/22/2015 | Just shy of complete game, Cole in complete control

Even if Gerrit Cole had not walked Eric Campbell on a full-count fastball with one out in the ninth inning, there's no guarantee he would have completed Friday night's 4-1 win over the Mets.


5/22/2015 | Mets try to reward Harvey, but Bucs have Burnett

Matt Harvey is winless in his last two starts despite holding opposing hitters scoreless over 15 innings combined. Harvey, one of baseball's top pitchers, looks to capture that elusive sixth win of the 2015 campaign against A.J. Burnett and the Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park.


5/22/2015 | Bucs' Cole fans 10 Mets, outduels Thor

Gerrit Cole emerged victorious in a battle of electric young right arms Friday night, outdueling Noah Syndergaard and looking like one of the National League's top pitchers as the Pirates beat the Mets, 4-1, at PNC Park.


5/22/2015 | Morton to make 2015 debut Monday

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said that Charlie Morton will start his first game of the 2015 season against the Marlins on Monday at PNC Park. Hurdle also said Vance Worley, who has made seven starts this year but pitched out of the bullpen Tuesday, will stay in a reliever role upon Morton's return.


5/22/2015 | McCutchen's paystub posted online

The Internet got a closer look into Andrew McCutchen's personal finances Thursday, when a picture of his paystub was posted to Reddit.com and a redacted version was posted on the sports blog Deadspin.


5/20/2015 | Pirates hope fortunes in close games can change

The Pirates played out an unfortunately familiar script for 13 innings Wednesday night at PNC Park. They fell behind. They battled back. They pitched well. And they lost, this time to the Twins by one run, 4-3. It was the Pirates' sixth loss in as many extra-inning games this year. They also fell to 0-17 on the year when trailing after seven innings. They're now 2-17 when scoring three runs or fewer.




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