9/14/2014 | Morton returns to Pirates' rotation against Red Sox
On Tuesday, Pittsburgh will host the Red Sox in the first of a three-game set. Charlie Morton will make his first start for the Pirates in about a month because he's been dealing with a sports hernia. Anthony Ranaudo will go for Boston.
9/14/2014 | Triple play sparks Pirates in finale win over Cubs
The Pirates trailed the Cubs early in Sunday's series finale at PNC Park, but a triple play in the fourth inning turned the momentum in a 7-3 Bucs victory. Josh Harrison had two RBIs in a six-run fifth inning.
9/14/2014 | Bucs turn first triple play in PNC Park history
The Pirates turned their first triple play in 14 seasons at PNC Park on Sunday, when third baseman Josh Harrison combined with Neil Walker and Andrew Lambo to go 5-4-3 on a Chris Valaika grounder.
9/14/2014 | Cubs get call at first overturned in first inning
Cubs manager Rick Renteria successfully challenged a call at first in the first inning Sunday, and lost a challenge in the sixth.
9/14/2014 | Pirates surging despite Trade Deadline inactivity
The Pirates may have been second-guessed for not being active at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but some of the clubs who were active have since trended downward.
9/14/2014 | Morton to start Tuesday; Worley to pitch out of bullpen
Charlie Morton, after a month on the disabled list with a sports hernia with which he had coped since early June, will start on Tuesday against the Red Sox.
9/14/2014 | Pirates lean on Volquez to maintain standing
Edinson Volquez has become an ace for the Pirates this season, and they'll rely on the right-hander to help them bounce back Sunday afternoon against the Cubs. Jacob Turner will take the mound for Chicago in the rubber match at PNC Park.
9/13/2014 | Locke picked; Pirates' momentum stolen by Cubs
The Pirates' late-season run stalled Saturday night at PNC Park with a 6-4 loss to the Cubs. Left-hander Jeff Locke gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings. Despite the loss, the Bucs maintained their position as the second National League Wild Card.
9/13/2014 | Pirates lose challenge of stolen base in seventh
The Cubs' Arismendy Alcantara was credited with a stolen base in the seventh inning Saturday night at PNC Park after Pirates manager Clint Hurdle lost his challenge of the close play. The safe call stood, and the Cubs tacked on a run later in the inning.
9/13/2014 | Sore Marte available off bench; offense rolling
The Pirates hoped to fan their offensive fire Saturday night without their hottest hitter. Starling Marte remained on the bench with a sore left elbow two days after taking an A.J. Burnett pitch there.
9/12/2014 | Pirates continue playoff push behind solid Cole
Gerrit Cole went six strong innings and the Bucs got three hits apiece from Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer en route to a 7-3 win over the Cubs on Friday at PNC Park.
9/12/2014 | Alcantara's homer confirmed after review
A crew-chief review requested by Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed a home run by Arismendy Alcantara in the fifth inning of the Bucs' game against the Cubs on Friday night.
9/12/2014 | Morton throwing, but still in holding pattern
The mysterious tour without a known destination of Charlie Morton wound through Philadelphia and pulled into the PNC Park bullpen on Friday afternoon.
9/12/2014 | Hurdle not surprised by Holdzkom's success
As far as most people are concerned, John Holdzkom has taken baseball by storm as one of the game's best "overnight success" stories ever.
9/12/2014 | Locke trying to keep Pirates rolling vs. Cubs
The Pirates will look to pick up their eighth win in nine games on Saturday vs. the Cubs, with Jeff Locke and Felix Doubront squaring off at PNC Park.
9/11/2014 | Marte day to day after getting plunked on elbow
Starling Marte left Thursday's game against the Phillies after getting hit with a pitch on his left elbow.
9/11/2014 | LaFromboise goes from forgotten to a playoff race
Three weeks ago, Bobby LaFromboise was a forgotten-about reliever in San Diego's system, putting up pedestrian numbers for Triple-A El Paso. If someone told LaFromboise he would be pitching in the Majors less than a month later, there's a decent chance he would have laughed at them.
9/11/2014 | Liriano dazzles as Pirates close gap on Cardinals
The Pirates' latest win came in 4-1 fashion against the Phillies on Thursday as Francisco Liriano out-pitched A.J. Burnett in a battle of the Pirates' top two starters from a season ago. The victory gave them a 1 1/2-game cushion in the Wild Card and has the Bucs 2 1/2 games back of the Cardinals in the National League Central.
9/10/2014 | Bounce this way: Bucs gain ground in NL Central
The Pirates gained ground in the National League Central and held their lead in the NL Wild Card standings Wednesday with a 6-3 win against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
9/10/2014 | McCutchen notches stand-up inside-the-park homer
Andrew McCutchen watched the fly ball off his bat casually for a few strides, and then he took off. The ball hit just the right part of the Citizens Bank Park wall in left-center field, and about 310 feet around the bases later, McCutchen was crossing home plate with his first career inside-the-park home run.
9/10/2014 | When to pull starters can be quandary for Hurdle
Edinson Volquez voiced his frustration about leaving Tuesday night's 4-3 loss to the Phillies after six innings and 92 pitches to reporters after the game. On Wednesday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle spoke of the decision, and his practice of when to pull starting pitchers in general, calling it "one of the more interesting parts of the game."
9/10/2014 | Bucs still seeking first five-game winning streak
The Pirates, still holding onto a 1 1/2-game lead for the National League's second Wild Card spot, may accomplish something no team ever has in Major League history: Make it into the postseason without a winning streak as long as five games.
9/10/2014 | Following 9/11 remembrance, Bucs eye series win
The Pirates-Phillies series finale will begin with an on-field salute dedicated to members of the military, Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Fire Department and first responders. Once the pregame ceremony ends, A.J. Burnett will take the mound for the Phillies opposite the Pirates' Francisco Liriano.
9/10/2014 | Pirates expect Alvarez to miss 4-6 weeks
Pedro Alvarez's season may be over, as the Pirates announced on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in the fourth metatarsal of his left foot. The expected recovery time for the injury is four to six weeks, making Alvarez's return to the field during the regular season highly unlikely.
9/10/2014 | Worley to keep focus on Wild Card vs. Phils
The Pirates, who hold the second NL Wild Card spot, will send Vance Worley to the mound against Jerome Williams and the Phillies on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park. Worley spent the first three seasons of his career with the Phils.
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