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8/26/2014 | Touted trio among eight Bucs set for Fall League

Right-handers Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham and outfielder Josh Bell will get a chance to further their careers in the upcoming Arizona Fall League.

8/26/2014 | Top position prospect Bell shifting to first base

In response to what is already being called their "dream outfield," the Pirates are moving top position prospect Josh Bell to first base.

8/26/2014 | Hurdle confident Pirates' best yet to come

The 2014 Pirates have circled the .500 mark all season and still find themselves in the scrum for a postseason spot despite not ripping off a substantial winning streak.

8/26/2014 | Wainwright looking to find form in finale vs. Bucs

Adam Wainwright hasn't quite been the same pitcher he was before the All-Star break, but he'll look to continue his dominance of the Pirates in Wednesday's rubber game at PNC Park. Jeff Locke will take the hill for Pittsburgh.

8/26/2014 | AFL announces preliminary rosters for 2014 season

The Arizona Fall League announced its preliminary rosters for the 2014 season on Tuesday, and, for the second year in a row, the game's top prospect, Byron Buxton, is among myriad up-and-coming stars heading to the desert for some extra seasoning.

8/26/2014 | Surprise hits make for inspiring stories

As baseball sprints toward the September stretch run, there are surprising -- some inspiring -- stories here, there and everywhere. Here's my surprise players of 2014.

8/25/2014 | Tabata returns to Pirates after stint in Minors

The Pirates didn't have a place for Jose Tabata shortly after Gregory Polanco was called up in June. But Polanco is going back to Triple-A to refine his swing in the next week, and after two months with Indianapolis, Tabata returned to the Bucs' clubhouse on Monday.

8/25/2014 | Barmes comes off DL to resume utility role

Clint Barmes was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, and will return to his role as the Pirates' utility infielder. Jayson Nix was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot.

8/25/2014 | Lynn, Cards aiming to secure series win over Bucs

Lance Lynn and the Cardinals will continue their push for a playoff spot as they bid to secure a series win over Gerrit Cole and the Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

8/25/2014 | Bucs can't capitalize on Liriano's strong start

Francisco Liriano struck out eight in six-plus innings, but reliever Jared Hughes labored in a decisive three-run seventh as the Pirates dropped a 3-2 decision to the Cardinals on Monday night.

8/25/2014 | Bucs send struggling Polanco to Triple-A

Gregory Polanco's continuing struggles have prompted the Pirates to make the one move the club hoped to avoid upon the outfield prospect's June 10 promotion: He has been optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis.

8/24/2014 | Getting chances head to head, Bucs host Cards

The Pirates made up ground in Milwaukee over the weekend against the first-place team in the National League Central. Now they get a chance to do the same against the first-place team in the NL Wild Card, behind starter Francisco Liriano. The Cardinals, who start John Lackey, visit PNC Park starting Monday for a three-game set with multiple playoff implications.

8/24/2014 | Pirates fall just short after Cutch's homer in ninth

The Pirates' hopes for a rare Milwaukee sweep were swept away by a marvelous pitching effort by Milwaukee right-hander Mike Fiers, whose two-hit pitching for seven innings quieted the Pittsburgh offense to give the Brewers a 4-3 victory in Miller Park.

8/24/2014 | Barmes inching closer toward return to Pirates

Whether Clint Barmes will be in Pittsburgh on Monday may well depend on what he does in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday -- and how he feels afterward. The veteran infielder, rehabbing from a strained left groin muscle, played a full game with Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday night. Playing shortstop in Columbus, he went 2-for-4 with a walk.

8/24/2014 | Martin behind plate for day game after night game

Russell Martin, the veteran catcher who ordinarily takes off a day game following a night game, was back behind the plate Sunday afternoon. Sticking with Martin in the lineup was not only an indication of the premium placed by manager Clint Hurdle on the finale of this three-game series against the division-leading Brewers.

8/24/2014 | Alvarez, Volquez get resurgent Pirates back on track

Clint Hurdle firmly believes that his Pittsburgh Pirates can reach the postseason for the second straight year. The way the Pirates have played the last two nights against division-leading Milwaukee, there was no reason at all to dispute Hurdle's position.

8/23/2014 | Fiers looks to hold off hard-charging Pirates

Mike Fiers' first trio of starts in 2014 have been historically good. On Sunday, the 29-year-old makes his fourth as the first-place Brewers try to avoid a sweep with the Pirates now just four games back in the National League Central. Pittsburgh counters with righty Vance Worley.

8/23/2014 | Alvarez's two blasts bring Bucs closer to Crew

The fathers of Pirates players had heard all about the difficulty their sons have here, so they came to Miller Park to see for themselves. They think they've been put on, after seeing the boys put it to the Brewers for the second straight night. Saturday's 10-2 romp gave the Pirates eight wins in their last 15 games in Miller Park -- following a 7-46 skid here. This latest victory also moved the Bucs within four games of the National League Central-leading Brewers.

8/23/2014 | Bucs catching prospect Diaz climbing depth chart

About a year ago, few people had heard about Elias Diaz. He was just another 22-year-old catcher in the Pirates' farm system. About a month ago, all Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington heard about was Diaz -- from other team executives with whom he tried to work a non-waiver Trade Deadline swap. Not surprisingly, Diaz is a rising star in the Bucs' galaxy who may have quickly supplanted former No. 1 Draft pick Tony Sanchez as the team's future behind the plate.

8/23/2014 | Polanco out of lineup for fourth straight game

Gregory Polanco remained on the Pirates' bench Saturday night, missing his fourth straight start -- after having previously been left out of the starting lineup only twice since his June 10 arrival.

8/23/2014 | Peralta seeks MLB-best 16th win facing Pirates

Wily Peralta looks to separate himself atop the MLB leaderboard in wins on Saturday night against the Pirates. The Brewers right-hander looks to notch his Major League-best 16th win facing Edinson Volquez and the Pirates, who are five games behind first-place Milwaukee in the National League Central.

8/22/2014 | Harrison's five RBIs pull Pirates closer to Crew

Was this the worm, the tide or a new leaf turning? All of the above? An apparent huge break -- in, of all places, Miller Park, their dome of horrors -- played a big role in the Pirates' 8-3 win over the Brewers on Friday night, which moved Pittsburgh to within five games of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. Not as big a role as Josh Harrison, who drove in a career-high five runs, but a challenged call by the Brewers in the sixth that stood helped the Bucs avoid a dicey situation.

8/22/2014 | Brewers lose challenge on force play at third base

A close play at third base in the sixth inning of the Brewers' 8-3 loss to the Pirates cut short a potential Crew rally, and the out call stood after Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke challenged the ruling. Roenicke said he'll seek further explanation from Major League Baseball on the call, which would have loaded the bases for Brewers slugger Mark Reynolds if it had been overturned.

8/22/2014 | Pirates hope to get Barmes back vs. Cards

When infielder Clint Barmes returns from his rehab assignment, Pirates fans should have a new appreciation for him -- and they may not have to wait long for a chance to show it. Manager Clint Hurdle on Friday expressed cautious optimism that Barmes would be able to rejoin the Bucs during the three-game series with St. Louis that kicks off a six-game homestand beginning Monday.

8/20/2014 | Back from injury, Cole impresses in victory

Gerrit Cole's first start since Independence Day originally looked like it may go the route of his teammates in the first two games against the hot-hitting Braves. But he settled in, retired 12 consecutive hitters at one point and put his team in a position to snap its seven-game losing streak in Wednesday night's 3-2 win.

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