4/19/2015 | Melancon answers call as Pirates' bullpen dominates in win
For the first time in a dozen games -- and, really, for the first time in 6 1/2 months -- Mark Melancon got to do his thing on Sunday. He began the ninth inning of a game waiting to be saved.
4/19/2015 | Mercer shakes off getting hit by Garza pitch in chest
Milwaukee pitcher Matt Garza was upset by a sixth-inning pitch he threw inside on Jordy Mercer -- but not nearly as much as the Pirates shortstop, who had to leave Sunday's game after taking the pitch on his upper chest.
4/19/2015 | Cubs' Arrieta, Bucs' Burnett out for more quality work
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has allowed runs in just one of his 13 2/3 innings pitched this season. A.J. Burnett has pitched well for the Pirates, but is still looking for his first victory as the teams get set to open a four-game series Monday night at PNC Park.
4/19/2015 | Hurdle: Working inside part of how Bucs pitch
Both the Pirates and Brewers were warned after hit batters in the late innings Saturday night, and Bucs manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday that his team will continue to pitch to the inside part of the plate.
4/18/2015 | Marte turns around slow start in a hurry
The Pirates have excelled on the mound and with the gloves all season, and now the bats have fallen in line, with Starling Marte sounding reveille.
4/18/2015 | Locke proves second time now the charm
Jeff Locke confronted not only the Milwaukee Brewers but also his personal history when making repeat starts against a team, and defeated both Saturday night.
4/18/2015 | Cole, Garza vie to give clubs momentum in finale
The Pirates and Brewers will wrap up their three-game series at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. ET. Right-hander Gerrit Cole is slated to start for Pittsburgh opposite Milwaukee's Matt Garza.
4/18/2015 | Marte paces suddenly surging Pirates over Brewers
Starling Marte drove in a career-high five runs and left-hander Jeff Locke retired 23 of the last 25 men he faced Saturday, leading the Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Brewers.
4/18/2015 | Cancelled game fails to detour Morton's injury rehab
Charlie Morton's rehab route hit a slight detour Saturday, a minor inconvenience for a veteran whose intention to open the season in the Bucs' rotation was shelved in favor of extended Spring Training.
4/18/2015 | Worley proves clutch in tight situation
The pressure on a pitcher immediately after his team scores is always pronounced. But the burden on Pirates' starter Vance Worley was even heavier.
4/18/2015 | McCutchen's patience pays off against Brewers
For the first time since 2011, Andrew McCutchen did not come to bat in the first inning of a Pirates game. When he did get into the batter's box, he was sure to make the most of it.
4/17/2015 | Lohse, Crew look to ignite bats vs. Pirates
The Pirates and Brewers will look to get on track Saturday night in the second game of their weekend set at PNC Park. Right-hander Kyle Lohse is set to take the ball for Milwaukee opposite Pittsburgh left-hander Jeff Locke.
4/17/2015 | Pirates warm up in rematch with Brewers' Nelson
Sean Rodriguez and Josh Harrison delivered RBI singles in the sixth inning Friday night to snap a 1-1 tie and Starling Marte added a two-run homer in the eighth as the Pirates downed the Brewers, 6-3.
4/17/2015 | Bucs activate Stewart from DL, option Sanchez to Triple-A
The Pirates recalled catcher Chris Stewart from his rehab assignment on Friday and reinstated him from the 15-day DL. In a corresponding move, catcher Tony Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
4/16/2015 | Liriano caps strong effort by starters vs. Tigers
The Tigers rolled into PNC Park this week as an offensive juggernaut, averaging nearly eight runs per game the first week of the season. Though the Pirates' lineup scuffled as the Bucs lost the three-game series, Pittsburgh's pitching staff emerged as an obvious bright spot for the club.
4/16/2015 | Confusion ensues after ball hits umpire Layne in mask
The Tigers' 1-0 win over the Pirates at PNC Park on Wednesday night was delayed for more than 10 minutes in the top of the ninth inning after home-plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit in the mask by a 3-2 pitch from Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon.
4/16/2015 | Pirates' offense slumping out of the gate
Last year, the Pirates boasted one of the most patient and productive lineups in baseball. They led the National League with 520 walks and ranked fourth with 682 runs. That hasn't been the case for the Bucs so far this season, particularly after getting shut out by the Tigers the last two nights at PNC Park.
4/15/2015 | Pirates ready for a 2nd crack at Brewers' Nelson
After meeting last weekend at Miller Park, the Pirates and Brewers will reconvene for a three-game series beginning Friday night at PNC Park. Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson will look to repeat his dominant 2015 debut, while Pirates lefty Jeff Locke is seeking his second win after beating Milwaukee on Friday.
4/15/2015 | Simon, Rajai deliver as Tigers blank Bucs
Right-hander Alfredo Simon threw eight shutout innings and center fielder Rajai Davis swatted the go-ahead hit for the second consecutive night as the Tigers beat the Pirates, 1-0, on Wednesday at PNC Park. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, saw another solid start go to waste, as left-hander Francisco Liriano gave up four hits and struck out seven over six innings of work.
4/15/2015 | Pirates join together with MLB to celebrate Jackie
The Pirates joined Major League Baseball on Wednesday in continuing the tradition of celebrating Jackie Robinson Day. Each player took the field wearing No. 42 to honor the man who broke baseball's color barrier.
4/15/2015 | Morton, Stewart progressing on rehab assignments
Right-hander Charlie Morton and catcher Chris Stewart are making progress, with Stewart potentially nearing a return to the Pirates' active roster. Stewart, recovering from a right hamstring strain, has played five games as part of his Minor League rehab assignment.
4/15/2015 | MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future
Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.
4/15/2015 | Miggy's slap of baseball all in good fun, says Cervelli
Miguel Cabrera drew the ire of the fans at PNC Park on Tuesday, but it had nothing to do with him being one of the Majors' most feared hitters.
4/14/2015 | Burnett shows fans what they missed after year away
A.J. Burnett made his first start at PNC Park since returning to the Pirates in the offseason and looked like his old self despite taking the loss.
4/14/2015 | Liriano looks to reverse luck vs. Tigers in series finale
Francisco Liriano gets the start for the Pirates in Wednesday's series finale against the Tigers, who counter with Alfredo Simon. The players will all wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.
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