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4/23/2014 | McCutchen could move in lineup to boost RBIs

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was flabbergasted when Andrew McCutchen led the National League with 194 hits in 2012, yet could convert that into only 96 RBIs. The enigma was the same last season, when McCutchen hit well enough to earn NL MVP honors yet drove in 84 runs.

4/23/2014 | Cole not suspended, 'surprised' by skirmish

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, the pitcher whose vocal reprimand of Carlos Gomez's running style lit the fuse in a bench-clearing skirmish Sunday, was not among the four players suspended for the incident.

4/23/2014 | Prospect Polanco keeps up strong start at plate

Outfielder Gregory Polanco, the Pirates' No. 1 prospect and No. 13 overall, continued his torrid start to the season Tuesday by going 3-for-5 as Triple-A Indianapolis defeated Toledo, 11-6.

4/22/2014 | Volquez impresses in pitchers' duel, but Bucs fall short

The Pirates were stifled by the Reds' Johnny Cueto, who painted a three-hitter to lead the Reds to a 4-1 win on Tuesday night, with Andrew McCutchen's solo homer in the ninth saving Pittsburgh from a shutout.

4/22/2014 | Pirates successfully challenge safe call at second

The Pirates successfully challenged a safe call at second base in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's game against the Reds, removing a big potential run from scoring position.

4/22/2014 | Davis, Pirates gear up to face red-hot Simon

Alfredo Simon looks to keep up his strong pitching since joining the Reds' rotation, taking on the Pirates' Charlie Morton on Wednesday in the third game of the four-game series in Pittsburgh.

4/22/2014 | Liriano's April woes keep up amid frigid weather

Francisco Liriano's open secret, hidden a year ago behind a broken right arm, is out: The guy and the month of April just don't get along. Liriano has so far contributed five winless starts to his lifetime April resume: a 5-17 record with a 5.84 ERA.

4/22/2014 | With Wandy out, Thursday's starter still unknown

The Pirates' spot starter in Wandy Rodriguez's spot on Thursday may not be as obvious as originally believed, and the Pirates could bring up a starter from Triple-A.

4/22/2014 | Martin, Snider appealing suspensions

The Pirates' Travis Snider and Russell Martin are appealing the suspensions handed down to them on Tuesday by Major League Baseball for their involvement in Sunday's altercation with the Brewers.

4/22/2014 | Revitalized Volquez ready to write next chapter

By any measure, right-hander Edinson Volquez has been Pittsburgh's best pitcher early on, and his April output could be an indication that pitching coach Ray Searage and special assistant to the general manager Jim Benedict have worked their magic with yet another reclamation project, a la Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett, among others.

4/22/2014 | Pirates reaffirm commitment to environment

Through the "Let's Go Bucs. Let's Go Green." program, the Pirates continue to affirm their dedication to the environment this Earth Day. In 2013, the program diverted more than 71.4 percent of PNC Park's waste materials out of the landfill.

4/21/2014 | McCutchen embodies Pirates' fighting spirit

Monday's hard-earned 6-5 triumph over the visiting Reds felt more significant than your usual April affair for the Pirates, if only because this was the first night this season in which Andrew McCutchen, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner, looked to be in control.

4/21/2014 | Reds lose replay challenge on valuable run

The Reds had an unsuccessful replay challenge Monday in the top of the eighth inning of their game vs. the Pirates, and it proved to be critical.

4/21/2014 | Fellow countrymen Cueto, Volquez set to square off

The Reds and Pirates continue their four-game set in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, with Johnny Cueto taking the mound for Cincinnati against the Bucs' Edinson Volquez.

4/21/2014 | Walker's heroics, Davis' slam key Bucs' walk-off win

Neil Walker singled with two outs in the ninth to deliver the tie-breaking run and give the Pirates a 6-5 walk-off over the Reds in front of 12,864 in PNC Park on Monday night.

4/21/2014 | Snider: Sunday's actions meant to support teammates

Sporting a major shiner on his right eye, Travis Snider said his actions in Sunday's altercation with the Brewers were "being there for my teammates."

4/21/2014 | Hurdle, Pirates move on from Sunday's melee

Clint Hurdle had given Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, his take on Sunday's fight between the Pirates and Brewers earlier in the day and he was in no mood to share his perspective with the media.

4/21/2014 | Knee inflammation sends Wandy to DL

The Pirates placed Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, and they filled his spot on the staff by recalling right-hander Jared Hughes from Triple-A Indianapolis.

4/21/2014 | Looks like today for Brewers-Bucs fracas discipline

Any fines or suspensions for those involved in Sunday's fracas between the Brewers and Pirates at PNC Park aren't expected to be levied until today at the earliest.

4/20/2014 | Safe call upheld on Tabata's infield single

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke fell to 1-1 in baseball's new system of instant replay Sunday after he unsuccessfully challenged a call at first base in a game against the Pirates.

4/20/2014 | Benches clear in Brewers-Pirates finale

The Pirates and Brewers exchanged blows in the third inning of their Easter Sunday series finale, resulting in the ejections of Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and bench coach Jerry Narron, and Pirates outfielder Travis Snider.

4/20/2014 | Liriano, Leake look to take control in series opener

Cubs starter Francisco Liriano will look to keep a revitalized Reds lineup in check when he takes the mound against Mike Leake in the series opener at PNC Park.

4/20/2014 | Velocity, strikeout rate up for reliever Morris

Right-hander Bryan Morris has been very effective out of the Pirates' bullpen with a 2-0 record and a 2.00 ERA entering Sunday's game. Morris' fastball has averaged 95.2 mph this season, up from 94.1 mph last year, and he has also added some sink to the pitch.

4/20/2014 | Hurdle, Searage remain confident in starting pitchers

Pirates starting pitchers are a combined 3-8 through 18 games, and they haven't been as sharp as manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Ray Searage would like.

4/20/2014 | Pirates fall in 14 innings due to Brewers' late blasts

Gerrit Cole allowed a run over a career-high eight frames and Neil Walker crushed a solo homer, but the Bucs lost, 3-2, to Milwaukee in extras on Sunday at PNC Park.

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