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8/26/2016 | Bucs' Taillon, Crew's Nelson meet in Milwaukee

Brewers righty Jimmy Nelson, who rebounded from a prolonged rough stretch by allowing two runs over six innings in a win Monday against the Rockies, will oppose Pirates righty Jameson Taillon. On Monday, the 23-year-old rookie allowed two runs over eight innings, but took the loss against the Astros.

8/26/2016 | Mercer's first slam sends Bucs past Brewers

Jordy Mercer's first career grand slam pushed the Pirates to the brink of something even rarer: A series win at Miller Park. Mercer's slam off Matt Garza capped a five-run sixth. Top Milwaukee prospect Orlando Arcia answered with a three-run shot in the bottom of the inning -- his first career home run -- but the Pirates held on, 5-3, to remain 2 1/2 games back of the second National League Wild Card.

8/26/2016 | Pirates' playoff run receiving boost from Cutch

As the Pirates gear up for a playoff push, they may be getting a return to form from Andrew McCutchen.

8/26/2016 | Pirates not haunted by Miller Park struggles

It had become imperative for the Pittsburgh Pirates to figure out a way to win at Miller Park. On Thursday night, the Pirates solved the riddle with a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Brewers.

8/26/2016 | Kuhl stays cool vs. Crew, continues strong '16

The puns are there to be had -- he's a Kuhl customer, Kuhl under pressure and so on -- but starter Chad Kuhl's performance in the Pirates' 3-2 win on Thursday against the Brewers was no joke.

8/25/2016 | Pirates look to keep pace in Wild Card vs. Crew

As evidenced in Thursday's series opener between the Brewers and Pirates, the Pittsburgh outfield trio of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco can pose problems for opposing teams.

8/25/2016 | Kopech among top prospect performers Wednesday

Michael Kopech may be the hottest pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball these days as he continues to shut down opposing lineups with a plethora of strikeouts.

8/24/2016 | Pipeline preview: Honeywell working on scoreless streak

Here's a look at top prospects to watch Thursday in Minor League action.

8/24/2016 | Cole trying to find root of extended struggles

What's gone wrong with Gerrit Cole? This time last year, Cole was establishing himself as one of the game's best young pitchers, beginning an eight-start stretch that would cement his status as a top-five Cy Young Award finisher in the National League. But now, after a disappointing five-inning outing in a 5-4 loss to the Astros at PNC Park, Cole is searching for answers.

8/24/2016 | Astros edge Bucs to cap strong road trip

Fighting to keep their spot in a crowded American League Wild Card picture, the Astros did exactly what they needed to during a seven-game swing through Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Coming off a series victory over the Orioles, the Astros claimed another over the Pirates with Wednesday's 5-4 win at PNC Park, their fifth win in six games.

8/24/2016 | Bell making strides on defensive side

Josh Bell started at first base for the fourth straight game in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Astros, reinforcing the Pirates' suggestion that he will play more often than not after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.

8/24/2016 | Bucs hope to solve Miller Park in matchup with Crew

If the Pirates are going to make a late-season push into the postseason, they'll need to take care of business against the Brewers. That means they'll have to figure out how to win at Miller Park, which has been easier said than done for them for a decade.

8/24/2016 | Polanco's 2-HR game leads lineup breakout

Four out of every five days, every time he's not starting, Ivan Nova finds Gregory Polanco in the dugout to ask a simple question: "Hey, when are you going to hit a homer?" To which Polanco politely replies, "One day. One day, I will." One day came Tuesday, and Polanco went deep twice for Nova.

8/23/2016 | Rosario, Smith among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

8/23/2016 | Two-seamer has become Taillon's primary pitch

Jameson Taillon spent more than a year refining his mechanics, preparing himself to effortlessly pitch down in the zone. A little more than a week before his Major League debut, the Pirates made one more tweak to help turn Taillon into a ground-ball machine.

8/23/2016 | Pirates ace Cole faces Astros for 1st time

Pirates starter Gerrit Cole will pitch against the Astros for the first time in his career in Wednesday afternoon's series finale between the clubs at PNC Park. Houston will counter with right-hander Collin McHugh.

8/23/2016 | Lights-out Nova hurls 98-pitch CG at Astros

Gregory Polanco homered twice Tuesday night, leading a resurgent Pirates offense out of its brief funk. But Ivan Nova hardly needed the help, throwing a complete game in a 7-1 win over the Astros at PNC Park.

8/22/2016 | Pirates confident their cool bats will heat up

Monday night brought cooler evening air than PNC Park has felt most of the summer, but what played out on the field followed a more familiar script.

8/22/2016 | Nova eyeing continued success against Musgrove, Astros

Right-hander Ivan Nova will make his fourth start for the Pirates since being acquired in a trade from the Yankees when he faces rookie righty Joe Musgrove and the Astros on Tuesday at PNC Park.

8/22/2016 | What is impact of Freese deal on Pirates?

Pirates infielder David Freese signed a two-year, $11 million contract extension on Monday, making him the latest in a growing line of players to commit to Pittsburgh for the long haul.

8/22/2016 | Fister flusters Pirates as Astros roll in opener

Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon threw eight strong innings on Monday night, but it wasn't enough to stop his childhood-favorite team. The Astros stayed hot in their pursuit of an American League Wild Card spot, riding seven scoreless innings from Doug Fister to a 3-1 win in the series opener at PNC Park.

8/22/2016 | Pirates sign Freese to 2-year extension

David Freese sat on a concrete block in the bowels of Dodger Stadium, expecting the question and wasting little time before answering it. Could he see himself staying in Pittsburgh beyond this year?

8/21/2016 | Taillon, Fister to open Interleague series at PNC

The Astros and Pirates, two former National League Central rivals, will renew acquaintances for the first time since 2013 when they meet in the opener of a three-game Interleague series Monday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

8/21/2016 | Vogelsong brushes off scare, keeps Bucs in it

Pirates right-hander Ryan Vogelsong may have taken the loss in Sunday's 3-2 defeat to the Marlins at PNC Park, but the veteran once again proved his toughness.

8/21/2016 | Yelich homers to back Urena, secure sweep of Bucs

From spot starter to staple in the rotation. That's what the Marlins are asking of Jose Urena, and the right-hander came through with a composed six strong innings that set the tone in a 3-2 Miami win over the Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park.

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