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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.


5/22/2015 | Just shy of complete game, Cole in complete control

Even if Gerrit Cole had not walked Eric Campbell on a full-count fastball with one out in the ninth inning, there's no guarantee he would have completed Friday night's 4-1 win over the Mets.


5/22/2015 | Mets try to reward Harvey, but Bucs have Burnett

Matt Harvey is winless in his last two starts despite holding opposing hitters scoreless over 15 innings combined. Harvey, one of baseball's top pitchers, looks to capture that elusive sixth win of the 2015 campaign against A.J. Burnett and the Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park.


5/22/2015 | Bucs' Cole fans 10 Mets, outduels Thor

Gerrit Cole emerged victorious in a battle of electric young right arms Friday night, outdueling Noah Syndergaard and looking like one of the National League's top pitchers as the Pirates beat the Mets, 4-1, at PNC Park.


5/22/2015 | Morton to make 2015 debut Monday

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said that Charlie Morton will start his first game of the 2015 season against the Marlins on Monday at PNC Park. Hurdle also said Vance Worley, who has made seven starts this year but pitched out of the bullpen Tuesday, will stay in a reliever role upon Morton's return.


5/22/2015 | McCutchen's paystub posted online

The Internet got a closer look into Andrew McCutchen's personal finances Thursday, when a picture of his paystub was posted to Reddit.com and a redacted version was posted on the sports blog Deadspin.


5/20/2015 | Pirates hope fortunes in close games can change

The Pirates played out an unfortunately familiar script for 13 innings Wednesday night at PNC Park. They fell behind. They battled back. They pitched well. And they lost, this time to the Twins by one run, 4-3. It was the Pirates' sixth loss in as many extra-inning games this year. They also fell to 0-17 on the year when trailing after seven innings. They're now 2-17 when scoring three runs or fewer.


5/20/2015 | Locke, bullpen have big night despite loss

Jeff Locke -- and later the Pittsburgh bullpen -- kept the Pirates close in a 4-3 defeat that went 13 innings. Locke and the bullpen combined for 11 straight scoreless innings. That also included six innings of no-hit ball.


5/20/2015 | Cervelli passes concussion tests, plays vs. Twins

After leaving Tuesday's game early for precautionary reasons, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli passed a full battery of tests to determine his availability for Wednesday night's game at PNC Park.


5/20/2015 | Pirates, Mets begin series in Steel City

Following an off day, the Pirates start a three-game home series against the Mets on Friday night with their ace and April's National League Pitcher of the Month, Gerrit Cole, on the bump.


5/20/2015 | Not all is lost for contenders after early woes

Good times are coming for the Pirates, A's and Red Sox despite a disappointing start to the season. Those three teams are going to be in contention in September, and possibly later due to talented rosters and the right leadership.


5/19/2015 | Liriano struggles against former team

After seeing a second home run land in the PNC Park seats, fans started to boo Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. It was the kind of performance Liriano delivered often at the end of his time in Minnesota. And on Tuesday night, the Twins were just fine with him doing it in a Pirates uniform.


5/19/2015 | Alvarez's HR lands in boat on Allegheny River

Tuesday night was a first for Pedro Alvarez and a rare occurrence at PNC Park. Alvarez launched a home run all the way out of the ballpark during the Pirates' 8-5 loss to the Twins, ripping a solo shot that landed in a boat in the Allegheny River.


5/19/2015 | Pirates believe Mercer's finding his form

Shortstop Jordy Mercer got off to a slow start last season, carrying a .227 average into July, before taking off and playing at a high level in the second half. The Pirates believe Mercer, off to another sluggish start at the plate, is getting close to recapturing his form again.


5/19/2015 | Twins' big second inning leads them past Bucs

The Twins used a six-run second inning to build up a big lead against former Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano and held on to beat the Pirates, 8-5, at PNC Park on Tuesday night.


5/19/2015 | Pirates, Twins finish two-game Interleague series

The Pirates' Jeff Locke and the Twins' Mike Pelfrey will be featured on Wednesday night at PNC Park in a duel of pitchers seeking rebound starts.


5/19/2015 | Pirates add Tabata to outfield mix

General manager Neal Huntington recently admitted that Jose Tabata's return to the big leagues might have to come elsewhere, but he made it clear that he hoped to see the outfielder in a Pirates uniform again. The Pirates gave Tabata another shot Tuesday, selecting his contract from Triple-A Indianapolis and placing him on the active roster.


5/18/2015 | Pirates back to patient approach at the plate

The Pirates entered Monday's off-day two games under .500, tied for third in the National League Central. But one of their biggest April concerns -- their collective lack of patience at the plate -- seems to have faded.


5/17/2015 | Statcast: McCutchen takes near-perfect route

Former Gold Glove winner Andrew McCutchen made yet another highlight-reel play in the Pirates' victory over the Cubs on Sunday, made possible only by taking a nearly perfect route to the ball.


5/17/2015 | Harrison's 'hustle double' energizes Bucs' offense

In hustling out a leg double in the fifth inning of a scoreless game, Josh Harrison did more than just put himself in position to score the winning run Sunday. By contributing that big hit toward the Bucs' getaway 3-0 triumph over the Cubs, Harrison brought to an end a bizarre trend.




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