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63-61, 3rd in NL Cent
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Ralph Kiner excelled on a struggling squad

In 1947, his second year in the majors, Kiner tied for the major league lead in home runs (51), led the majors in slugging (.639) and led the National League in OPS (1.055), trailing only Ted Williams in the majors. Meanwhile, the Pirates finished an NL-worst 62-92. Great players on bad teams

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Is Cervelli MLB's top defensive catcher?

Francisco Cervelli doesn't have a cannon for an arm, but he's above average when it comes to pitch-framing and game-calling. Does Keith Law rank him No. 1 with the glove? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)

Gattis' 20th homer gives Astros early lead (0:28)
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Ray Searage working magic on Ivan Nova?

It would appear that way as Nova is now 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in four starts with the Pirates, but David Schoenfield isn't ready to jump to any conclusions yet. Five things we learned Tuesday

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Ivan Nova fitting in fine with Pirates

Following Tuesday's complete-game effort, Nova is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in four starts with Pittsburgh. The last Pirates pitcher to go 3-0 or better with an ERA that low over his first four starts with the team was Zach Duke in 2005, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Also from Elias, the last Pirates pitcher to throw a complete game within his first four starts with the team was Kevin Correia in 2011.

Pirates get things going in a hurry

The first six batters got hits in the Pirates' four-run first inning Tuesday night. It was the first time in almost 41 years that the Pirates got hits from their first six batters in a game, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Pittsburgh's first eight batters got hits in a game vs. the Braves on Aug. 26, 1975.

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Searage: Cole Is Trying To Do A Little Too Much

Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage talks to Buster Olney about his methods for getting the most out of pitchers, Gerrit Cole's recent struggles and much more.

Lineup: Pirates (63-60) vs. Astros (65-61)

  • 1. Josh Harrison, 2B (R)
  • 2. Matt Joyce, RF (L)
  • 3. Starling Marte, CF (R)
  • 4. Gregory Polanco, LF (L)
  • 5. Josh Bell, 1B (S)
  • 6. Francisco Cervelli, C (R)
  • 7. Sean Rodriguez, 3B (R)
  • 8. Jordy Mercer, SS (R)
  • 9. Gerrit Cole, RHP
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Pirates top Astros to snap four-game losing skid (1:00)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The latest Ray Searage pitching project for the Pirates is Ivan Nova and he just tossed a six-hit, 98-pitch complete game to beat the Astros. The Pirates need to roll off a 10 wins in 12 games kind of stretch here and getting better results from the rotation is the key.

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Powerful Polanco strikes twice

Gregory Polanco had his second career multi-home run game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, driving a 371-foot shot to left field in the third inning and 401-foot blast to center in the fifth.

Polanco bashes two home runs in win over Astros (0:26)
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Is Jung Ho Kang's injury a concern?

Kang injured his left shoulder sliding into second base against the Marlins on Friday. He's expected to miss 2-4 weeks, which puts him on track to return somewhere in the heart of September. Until then, David Freese is a respectable replacement at third, Jerry Crasnick writes. Injury questions for contenders

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Astros, Pirates meet at opposing junction

With Monday's win in the series between the two teams, the Astros have now won their last four games after losing four in a row. For the Pirates, their current streak is the exact opposite.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

In the first game of a critical series for both teams, Doug Fister outdueled Jameson Taillon as the Astros beat the Pirates. Taillon made one mistake as Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run and Alex Bregman added an insurance run with a HR in the ninth. By the way, after that 1-for-32 start, Bregman is hitting .312/.365/.558.

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Bucs beef up standing in rankings

In ranking the Pirates this week, our voters focused on their four straight wins entering the weekend rather than their sweep at the hands of the Marlins. Even without Mark Melancon, the bullpen remains a strength for Pittsburgh. Week 20 Power Rankings

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Pirates' Taillon thriving as a rookie, and it's not a fluke

Highly touted right-hander Jameson Taillon had some setbacks on his road to the bigs, but he's here now and pitching well. Eno Sarris breaks down his pitch repertoire and sees continued success.

Bucs' bats sunk by Marlins

The Pirates' 3-4-5 hitters -- Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco and David Freese -- combined to go 0-for-12 with nine strikeouts on Saturday. The only other game in the last seven seasons in which a team's starting 3-4-5 hitters went hitless with at least nine combined K's took place earlier this season (White Sox vs. Rays on April 17), the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

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Pirates place 3B Kang on DL, recall 1B Bell

The Pirates placed Jung Ho Kang on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury and recalled Josh Bell from Triple-A Indianapolis, the team announced Saturday.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25715th
On Base Percentage.3306th
Slugging Percentage.40222nd
Earned Run Average4.1015th
Quality Starts0Tied-1st

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