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9/3/2015 | Bucs to rest Kang, use him more at 3B

Jung Ho Kang on Wednesday played in his 111th game of a maiden MLB season that still has a hard month to go. Seeing Kang draw an error on one wide throw from short and not be able to flag down a couple of other grounders confirmed Pirates manager Clint Hurdle's suspicion the Rookie of the Year challenger needs to ramp down.


9/3/2015 | Cutch 'healthy scratch' with tight left Achilles

Annoyed for a few days by tightness in his left Achilles, Andrew McCutchen rested on the Pirates' bench -- and on his laurels -- Thursday in a 5-3 loss to the Brewers. The National League's August Player of the Month was out of the starting lineup, but called it a "healthy scratch."


9/3/2015 | Jungmann again bests Bucs in Crew's sweep

All good things must come to an end. Especially for the Pirates at Miller Park. Thus the Bucs' 11-game winning streak in Francisco Liriano starts came to a crashing halt Thursday night, when Hernan Perez drove in two runs and Taylor Jungmann cast his usual spell over Pittsburgh as the Brewers held on for a 5-3 win


9/3/2015 | McCutchen named NL's top player for August

Andrew McCutchen has been playing his best baseball of the season, and he was awarded for it Thursday, when the Pirates center fielder was named as the National League Player of the Month for August.


9/3/2015 | Struggles could cost Locke spot in rotation

Jeff Locke found himself in the middle of the first of what doubtless will be many September tipping points for the Pirates. Locke lost his balance and, as a result, might have lost his spot in the rotation.


9/3/2015 | Pirates, Cardinals begin crucial NL Central clash

Seeking to weaken the stranglehold the Cardinals have in the National League Central, the Pirates will open a critical three-game series between the division rivals at Busch Stadium on Friday.


9/2/2015 | Crew to honor Aramis before finale vs. Bucs

Thursday's pregame festivities at Miller Park will include an on-field nod to Aramis Ramirez, the veteran third baseman poised to play his 315th and final game in Milwaukee when the Pirates and Brewers conclude a three-game series.


9/2/2015 | Brewers down Bucs on big night for offense

The fortunes of the Pirates and the Brewers have changed in the big picture. But the inset remains the same: Even as National League Central also-rans, the Brewers own the contending Bucs, particularly in Miller Park. For the latest evidence, the Crew dealt the Pirates another sound defeat on Wednesday, 9-4, behind Jonathan Lucroy's three RBIs and two each by Adam Lind and Scooter Gennett.


9/2/2015 | Hurdle embraces challenge of chasing Cards

After a 9-4 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday, plus the Cardinals' loss to the Nationals, the Pirates are six games behind St. Louis. Any way you slice it, chasing the Cards has gone about as well as a dog chasing its own tail.


9/2/2015 | Liz looks 'improved, refined' to Hurdle in relief

It was a long time, and a lot of hard work, between scoreless outings for Radhames Liz.


9/2/2015 | How the Pirates can overtake St. Louis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been the best team in baseball over the past three months. But there are still a couple of mountains left for them to climb.


9/2/2015 | Davies takes on contending Pirates in debut

Zach Davies' first taste of the Major Leagues will come in a pennant race. The wiry Brewers right-hander -- called up Tuesday, when roster expanded -- will debut Wednesday night against a Pirates team pushing toward the postseason.


9/1/2015 | Brewers get to Cole early, top Pirates

Adam Lind's two-run double highlighted a first-inning ambush of Pirates ace Gerrit Cole as the Brewers derailed the Cole Train and Pittsburgh's postseason express with a 7-4 victory at Miller Park on Tuesday night.


9/1/2015 | Prospects Meadows, McGuire headed to AFL

Outfielder Austin Meadows and catcher Reese McGuire, the Pirates' two first-round choices in the 2013 Draft, headline seven Buccos prospects selected to participate in the 2015 Arizona Fall League season.


9/1/2015 | Pirates call up 6, including Snider and Diaz

The Pirates dipped into their very recent past -- Travis Snider was back in his familiar Black & Gold No. 23 -- and glimpsed the future -- meteoric catching prospect Elias Diaz wore the widest smile in Miller Park's visitors' clubhouse -- as Minor League callups joined manager Clint Hurdle's arsenal Tuesday.


9/1/2015 | Fall League rosters packed with elite prospects

Philadelphia's J.P. Crawford, St. Louis' Alex Reyes and Pittsburgh's Austin Meadows are among nine Top 100 Prospects on the preliminary 2015 rosters released by the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday.