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8/29/2016 | Hendricks brings MLB-best ERA into start vs. Bucs

Kyle Hendricks, the Majors' ERA leader, will scale the mound at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night opposite Pirates rookie Chad Kuhl in an MLB Network Showcase game and MLB Plus broadcast on

8/29/2016 | Polanco, Bell go oppo against Cubs' ace

Manager Clint Hurdle often repeats one of the Pirates' principal hitting philosophies, something taught throughout the Minor League level and encouraged in the Majors: Hit the ball hard where it's pitched.

8/29/2016 | Arrieta bookends odd rundown against Bucs

The Pirates saw a rare scoring opportunity against Cubs ace Jake Arrieta go to waste on an unusual rundown in the fifth inning Monday night at Wrigley Field.

8/29/2016 | Kang sent to Indianapolis for continued rehab

Third baseman Jung Ho Kang flew with the Pirates from Milwaukee to Chicago, but he won't be working out at Wrigley Field this week.

8/29/2016 | Bucs put Cole on DL with elbow inflammation

The Pirates placed right-hander Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with posterior inflammation in his right elbow prior to Monday night's game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Cole, who was originally scheduled to start Monday's game, received a second opinion on the elbow, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced on Saturday.

8/29/2016 | Bullpen of the Week: 'Pen has Bucs knocking

The Bucs have gone 15-10 in August, including 5-2 over the past week, and are on a Major League-high four-game winning streak heading into Monday's action. The Pirates are just a half-game behind the Cardinals in the chase for the last National League Wild Card spot as they begin a big series against the Cubs tonight in Chicago.

8/28/2016 | Bullpen helping Bucs in Wild Card chase

The Pirates turned their Miller Park experience all the way around; from consistent defeat to daily victory. After losing nine straight here, not to mention 64 of 81 over the last 10 seasons, the Bucs swept a four-game series, finishing the job with a 3-1 victory on Sunday. In the process, they moved to one-half game back of the Cardinals for the second National League Wild Card berth.

8/28/2016 | Nova superb in fourth Bucs victory

A change of scenery -- and a move to the National League -- has done Ivan Nova a world of good.

8/28/2016 | Pirates bolster bullpen, recall righty Schugel

The Pittsburgh Pirates added an extra bullpen arm prior to Sunday's game in Milwaukee, recalling right-hander A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

8/28/2016 | Arrieta, Cubs open three-game set vs. Pirates

With Gerrit Cole scratched from Monday's scheduled start to seek a second opinion on his right elbow, the Pirates will turn to rookie Steven Brault against Jake Arrieta and the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

8/28/2016 | Bucs sweep Crew, pull within half-game of WC

John Jaso and Gregory Polanco hit solo home runs in a go-ahead sixth inning Sunday, and Starling Marte added an insurance shot in the eighth as Ivan Nova and the charging Pirates finished a four-game sweep of the Brewers with a 3-1 win at Miller Park.

8/27/2016 | Pirates step up amid news about Cole missing start

Ordinarily, a three-game winning streak for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park would be cause for unrestrained rejoicing. The Pirates on Saturday night won their third straight at Miller Park; a 9-6 victory over the Brewers that included a comeback from a four-run deficit. But another development made this a less than ecstatic evening for the Bucs. After the game, Pirates executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington said that No. 1 starter Gerrit Cole will miss at least one start, as he gets further tests on his right elbow.

8/27/2016 | Taillon on Perez: 'He's a Latin Babe Ruth'

"He's a Latin Babe Ruth or something like that," Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon said of the Brewers' Hernan Perez, laughing about a respectful rivalry that has swung wildly of late in the Nuevo Bambino's favor.

8/27/2016 | Polanco's pinch-hit 2B snaps skid at Miller Park

Given a blow from the starting lineup Saturday after consecutive 0-fo- 5 games dropped his career batting average to .138 (8-for-58) in Milwaukee, Gregory Polanco delivered a pinch-hit, bases-clearing double in the sixth inning to lift the Pirates to a 9-6 win.

8/27/2016 | Cole will miss Monday start

Gerrit Cole will not make his scheduled start Monday in Chicago in order to seek a second opinion on his right elbow, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced after Saturday's 9-6 win over the Brewers.

8/27/2016 | Nova, Anderson face off in finale at Miller Park

Ivan Nova will look to continue his resurgence since joining the Pirates when he takes the ball Sunday against the Brewers.

8/27/2016 | On eve of birthday, Bucs' Mercer hits 1st slam

Before Friday's game against the Brewers, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle directed a short lesson on two-strike hitting to reporters gathered in his office. Shortstop Jordy Mercer was not in attendance, but he must have gotten the lecture notes from somebody.

8/27/2016 | Vogelsong rewriting ending to Pirates career

Ryan Vogelsong, coming back from his latest bout of adversity, continues to provide baseball with an uplifting story. More to the current point, he is providing the Pittsburgh Pirates with outs.

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.

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