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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The Pirates have sent outfielder Tito Polo and left-hander Stephen Tarpley to the New York Yankees to complete the Aug. 1 deal in which Pittsburgh acquired right-hander Ivan Nova.
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
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)
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)
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.
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)
Miguel Montero hit a game-ending RBI single in the 13th inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a wild 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
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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.
With Gerrit Cole going to the disabled list, none of the Pittsburgh Pirates' five starters from Opening Day are in the rotation.
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
Jake Arrieta struggled against the Pirates the last time he faced them, allowing a season-high six earned runs, but he has turned it around since then.
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.
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)
Ivan Nova threw six sharp innings before leaving early because of a hurting left hamstring, and the Pittsburgh Pirates hit three solo homers to rally past the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 on Sunday.
Pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco had a tiebreaking three-run double and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied from four runs down to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-6 on Saturday night.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Pirates do not believe Gerrit Cole has ligament damage in his throwing elbow.
Jordy Mercer's first career grand slam capped a five-run sixth inning that started with two errors by Milwaukee third baseman Jonathan Villar, and the Pirates held on for a 5-3 win on Friday.
Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and a pair of RBI singles, including the tiebreaker in the 10th inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates stopped a nine-game skid at Miller Park, beating the Brewers 3-2.
How does Matt Joyce rank in intangibles?
Joyce isn't an everyday player for the Pirates, but he's performed well enough to land on one of our lists. In which category is Joyce ranked? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)
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