5/26/2015 | Locke caps memorable Bucs rotation turn
It's impossible to quantify the effect one night's starting pitcher might have on the next's. But for the Pirates' staff, momentum is a real thing. The last turn through their rotation, it's been a very good thing, too. Left-hander Jeff Locke completed a dominant one-through-five performance for the Bucs' rotation on Tuesday night.
5/26/2015 | Pirates go for sweep of Fish, season-high streak
The Pirates have a chance to secure their second straight three-game sweep and a season-high six-game winning streak Wednesday at PNC Park, where they will take on the Marlins in a 12:35 p.m. ET matinee.
5/26/2015 | Bucs hit Marlins rookie hard, win 5th straight
The Pirates rode left-hander Jeff Locke's solid start and a two-out barrage to a 5-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at PNC Park, the Bucs' fifth straight win.
5/26/2015 | Cutch earns honor as resurgence continues
Andrew McCutchen says he prioritizes team success and doesn't get caught up in personal accolades. But McCutchen, who earned the co-National League Player of the Week Award, has broken out of a prolonged early-season slump, and the Bucs' fortunes are turning.
5/26/2015 | Braun, McCutchen share NL Player of the Week
Two of the National League's prime sluggers have tied as the face of the league. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen were named the NL's Co-Players of the Week on Tuesday in recognition of a powerful week for both outfielders.
5/26/2015 | Hall of Famers, legends top list of Draft reps
Three members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.
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.
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