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2016 Schedule
67-63, 3rd in NL Cent
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Do Pirates have any shot at the playoffs?

In the aftermath of the trade deadline, the Pirates were projected to finish well behind the Cubs in the NL Central. Now, the division is well out of sight, but their wild-card odds have improved. Should there be any hope for a deep October run among Bucs fans? Updated ZiPS playoff odds (Insider)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

In an effort to beef up the left side of their bullpen, the Orioles have acquired southpaw reliever Kyle Lobstein from the Pirates in exchange for minor league hurler Zach Phillips. The 27-year old Lobstein, a former second round pick (Tampa Bay, 2008), is 2-0 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 games with Pittsburgh this season.

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Hendricks strong as Cubs blank Pirates (1:06)
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Pirates' Cole plays catch day after being put on DL

One day after being placed on the 15-day DL, Pirates ace Gerrit Cole played catch in right field with trainer Todd Tomczyk before Tuesday's game and expressed confidence he'll return this season.

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Tigers, Pirates minor leaguers arrested in Ohio

Tigers pitcher Warwick Saupold and Pirates minor leaguers Gift Ngoepe and Dovydas Neverauskas were arrested in Ohio over the weekend after reportedly being involved in a fight.

Lineup: Pirates (67-62) at Cubs (83-47)

  • 1. Josh Harrison, 2B (R)
  • 2. Josh Bell, 1B (S)
  • 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF (R)
  • 4. Gregory Polanco, RF (L)
  • 5. Starling Marte, LF (R)
  • 6. David Freese, 3B (R)
  • 7. Francisco Cervelli, C (R)
  • 8. Jordy Mercer, SS (R)
  • 9. Chad Kuhl, RHP
  • Daily lineups

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Pirates need more from McCutchen, Cole

Andrew McCutchen's decline for a superstar hitter at his age is unprecedented, but Gerrit Cole has been equally disappointing (and now he has an elbow injury). Where would Pittsburgh be if they had been better? Schoenfield: Players affecting team's 2016 hopes (Insider)

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Could we see Newman in Pittsburgh soon?

Kevin Newman might help the Pirates on the infield in September, but Keith Law wonders if it would be enough to justify placing him on the 40-man roster two years early. Possible September call-ups (Insider)

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Bucs bucking trend vs. Jake Arrieta

The Cubs ace has usually dominated the Pirates throughout his career, but his last two starts have been a struggle. Arrieta allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings against Pittsburgh on Monday.

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Nova pivotal to Bucs' pennant push

Ivan Nova has pitched well for the Pirates in five starts since being acquired at the trade deadline (2.87 ERA, 22 K's in 31 1/3 innings). His role is even more important with Gerrit Cole out indefinitely, Buster Olney writes. Key players in pennant races (Insider)

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Cubs top Pirates for wild win in 13 innings (0:56)
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Montero's single gives Cubs walk-off win in 13th (0:31)

Adam Amin ESPN College Football 

NL Wild Card standings. #SFGiants + 2.0 #Cardinals - #Pirates - 1.5 #Marlins - 2.5 #Mets - 2.5

Adam Amin ESPN College Football 

Miguel Montero comes on for a pinch-hit, game-winning single. #Cubs come back to beat the #Pirates 8-7 in 13. That one will hurt Pittsburgh.

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Kang takes rehab to Indy while Pirates in Chicago

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the decision to have Jung Ho Kang continue his rehab in Indianapolis instead of Chicago has nothing to do with a sexual assault investigation.

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Pirates fall far in Power Rankings

Despite a four-game sweep of the Brewers over the weekend, the Bucs are slipping in the eyes of our voters. Pittsburgh is a half-game out of the second wild card, but losing Gerrit Cole to an elbow injury is a massive setback. Week 21 Power Rankings

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Nova continues hot start with Pirates

Ivan Nova allowed one run over six innings to improve to 4-0 since joining the Pirates in their 3-1 win at Milwaukee on Sunday. Over the last 75 seasons, the only other pitcher to go 4-0 or 5-0 in his first five games with the Pirates was Dave LaPoint (4-0 in 1988), per the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Pirates make a difference on defense

Just how much of a weapon is Starling Marte's throwing arm? And does Francisco Cervelli have the most accurate arm among catchers? Baseball Info Solutions provides the answers. Measuring baseball skills (Insider)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs58817th
Batting Average.25617th
On Base Percentage.3286th
Slugging Percentage.40025th
Earned Run Average4.0713th
Quality Starts618th
WHIP1.3722nd
BAA.26321st

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