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4/24/2015 | 8-pitch at-bat by Polanco impresses Hurdle

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed on Friday what people thought they were seeing on Thursday: A defining at-bat in Gregory Polanco's career.

4/24/2015 | McCutchen on Delgado HBP: 'It's the past'

Andrew McCutchen was hit on the back by a pitch from the D-backs' Randall Delgado last year. "It's the past. Old news," McCutchen said.

4/23/2015 | Despite scuffling, Locke bends but doesn't break

Left-hander Jeff Locke yielded four runs over five innings and received a no-decision as the Pirates rallied for a 5-4 win over the Cubs on Thursday afternoon.

4/23/2015 | Polanco's third hit caps Pirates' comeback vs. Cubs

Gregory Polanco hit an RBI double in a three-run sixth inning and a tie-breaking RBI single in the seventh to lift the Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the Cubs on Thursday, and split the four-game series.

4/23/2015 | Marte day to day with bruised right hand

Held out of the starting lineup with a bruised right hand, Starling Marte pinch-ran for Corey Hart in the seventh inning of the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Cubs on Thursday afternoon.

4/22/2015 | Worley displays mettle in tough spots

Vance Worley limited the Cubs to one unearned run over 5 2/3 innings en route to the victory in the Pirates' 4-3 win on Wednesday night at PNC Park.

4/22/2015 | Marte day to day after getting hit in hand

Starling Marte was hit by a pitch on his right hand in the third inning on Wednesday vs. the Cubs, and the outfielder left the game in the fifth.

4/22/2015 | Rehabbing Morton set for simulated game

Right-hander Charlie Morton, recovering from right hip surgery, is on track to make a 65-pitch start in an extended spring training game, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday. If that goes well, he will join one of the Pirates' Minor League clubs for a rehab assignment.

4/22/2015 | Hurdle not fretting Melancon's early woes

Pirates closer Mark Melancon suffered his first blown save of the year in Tuesday's 9-8 loss to the Cubs, giving up three hits, two walks and three runs in a messy ninth inning. It's the second three-run inning of the season for Melancon, who now has an 8.53 ERA.

4/22/2015 | Cubs, Bucs to wrap up set with matinee

The Pirates and Cubs wrap up their four-game series with a matinee at PNC Park on Thursday. The Cubs have won two of the first three games. Jeff Locke, who is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA, will start for the Pirates. The Cubs will counter with right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who has a 6.10 ERA and no decisions through his first two outings.

4/22/2015 | Mazeroski among Bucs' Franchise Four leaders

The first voting results of Major League Baseball's Franchise Four campaign, announced Wednesday, reveal the Pirates' only living Hall of Famer -- Bill Mazeroski -- among the four leaders as the most impactful players in the franchise's history.

4/22/2015 | Kang's first extra-base hit, RBIs could boost confidence

Jung Ho Kang's response to the intentional walk of the batter ahead of him, in turn, was sensational: A drive to the base of the wall in right-center, clearing the bases, giving the Bucs a three-run lead and earning himself a standing ovation from the sparse PNC Park crowd.

4/22/2015 | Melancon has rough ninth inning in loss to Cubs

Trouble did not sneak up on Mark Melancon as he entered the ninth inning to protect an 8-6 lead. Anthony Rizzo lined the first pitch to center for a single. Jorge Soler ripped the second pitch through the right-center alley for a double.

4/21/2015 | Bucs looks to bounce back as Cubs aim to roll on

The Pirates won't have to scramble to come up with a scouting report on another Cubs prospect. As of now, no one else is expected to be promoted from Chicago's Minor League system. Instead, the two National League Central rivals will duke it out at PNC Park in Game 3 of this four-game series, the first of six series between the two.

4/21/2015 | Castro's four RBIs lead Cubs in win over Bucs

Starlin Castro drove in four runs, two on a game-tying single in the ninth, and Welington Castillo's infield bouncer brought in the winning run Tuesday as the Cubs stormed back for a 9-8 win over the Pirates.

4/21/2015 | Bucs lineup vs. Cubs missing one-third of regulars

Manager Clint Hurdle's starting lineup lacked one-third of his regulars. One was by necessity -- Jordy Mercer, still on the rebound from Sunday's pitch off his chest, stayed put and was again replaced at short by Jung Ho Kang. Two others were by choice. Right fielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Pedro Alvarez, the only two lefty-hitting regulars, made way for Sean Rodriguez and Corey Hart, respectively.

4/21/2015 | Fan struck by foul tip released from hospital

The fan struck Monday night by a foul ball at PNC Park was released from the hospital where she had been taken for examinations, according to an update provided by the Pirates.

4/21/2015 | Pirates lament being limited to 1 run in first

The Pirates already knew, as does everyone around baseball, that if you let a good pitcher off an early hook, you are done fishing. They did not need a demonstration.

4/21/2015 | Russell set to make MLB debut vs. Pirates

The Pirates were the only team in the Majors to not face a left-handed starter, and that will change Tuesday when Chicago lefty Travis Wood gets the start. Francisco Liriano will start for Pittsburgh.

4/20/2015 | Fan OK after being struck by foul into net

A fan injured on a foul ball into the protective net behind home plate during the second inning of Monday night's 5-2 Cubs win over the Pirates was alert and gave a "thumbs up" to nearby fans as she was taken for medical care.

4/20/2015 | Mercer undergoing tests, but feels a lot better

Instead of being at the Pirates' shortstop position Monday night, Jordy Mercer was at an area hospital, undergoing the last of a series of tests to confirm he suffered nothing worse than a bruise when nailed on the upper chest by a fastball.

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.

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