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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.


5/17/2015 | Burnett dazzles again in proclaimed final season

A.J. Burnett made his eighth start of the season in the Pirates' 3-0 sweep-averting victory Sunday. He has yet to allow more than two runs in any of them, unprecedented in Buccos history.


5/17/2015 | With Kang in lineup, Mercer gets fewer reps

It is too early to credit Jung Ho Kang with having played up to his inadvertent boast four months ago of doing "better than" Jordy Mercer. Kang's presence, however, is hindering Mercer from "getting better."


5/17/2015 | With Morton returning soon, Worley available from 'pen

The future of the Pirates' starting rotation got a little clearer on Sunday with manager Clint Hurdle's pronouncement that Vance Worley will remain available to pitch out of the bullpen for the foreseeable future.


5/17/2015 | Bucs top Cubs behind Burnett's gem

Continuing to sparkle in what he has said would be his final season, A.J. Burnett went the first seven innings Sunday as the Pirates avoided a sweep by the Cubs with a 3-0 victory at Wrigley Field. The loss snapped the Cubs' six-game winning streak, their longest since 2011.


5/17/2015 | Liriano welcomes former club as Bucs host Twins

The Twins are set to see a familiar face when they head to Pittsburgh on Tuesday for the start of a two-game Interleague series at PNC Park. Francisco Liriano, who pitched for Minnesota from 2005-2012, is set to face his former team for the third time in his career. Ricky Nolasco starts for the Twins.


5/16/2015 | Pitch count catches up with Cole vs. Cubs

Gerrit Cole's six innings Saturday in the Bucs' 4-1 loss to Jon Lester and the Cubs didn't leave him at a loss for words, just left him with very few.


5/16/2015 | Lack of clutch hitting frustrates Hurdle, Pirates

Clint Hurdle's Pirates had eight men reach scoring position Saturday against the Cubs. None scored, despite an 11-hit attack.


5/16/2015 | Burnett looks to cool down Cubs, Arrieta

Jake Arrieta has yet to lose an outing in his career against the Pirates while A.J. Burnett has yet to allow more than two runs in a game this season.


5/16/2015 | Morton slated to rejoin rotation vs. Marlins

After throwing for the Pirates at Wrigley Field Saturday, Charlie Morton will make one more rehab start then merge into the Pirates rotation during the upcoming homestand.


5/16/2015 | Pirates call up Boscan to bolster bullpen

The Pirates sent out the SOS for bullpen help Saturday following their 12-inning marathon Friday.


5/15/2015 | Cervelli exhibits heart, toughness in loss

The Pirates worked awful hard to earn Friday heartbreak. Nobody worked harder -- or more painfully -- for a stunning defeat than catcher Francisco Cervelli.




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