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Gaby Sanchez hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pirates defeated the Braves 3-2 on Wednesday.

Jordy Mercer was on third base with one out following a fielding error by Justin Upton. Sanchez then lifted a fly ball to deep center field, allowing Mercer to score the winning run uncontested. Sanchez finished 1-for-2 with a walk and the RBI on the night. In 233 plate appearances this season, Sanchez is slashing .233/.300/.400 with six home runs and 27 RBI.
Aug 20 - 10:15 PM

Gerrit Cole got a no-decision in his first start after being activated from the disabled list, yielding two runs over seven innings as the Pirates defeated the Braves on Wednesday.

Cole had been on the shelf since July 5 with a strained right lat. He walked four batters, but was able to throw 61 of 97 pitches for strikes. He also allowed five hits while striking out six. The right-hander sports a 3.69 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and an 84/33 K/BB ratio. Cole will face the Cardinals at home on Tuesday next.
Aug 20 - 10:08 PM

Andrew McCutchen, starting his second game since returning from the disabled list, went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's win over the Braves.

McCutchen went 0-for-4 on Tuesday as well, leaving the defending NL MVP 0-for-8 with two strikeouts since his return. The center fielder is still in position to defend his MVP, slashing .305/.404/.526 with 17 home runs, 67 RBI, and 17 stolen bases on the season.
Aug 20 - 10:04 PM

Charlie Morton's injury designation has been changed from right hip inflammation to a sports hernia.

It's a more serious injury, but Morton said he hopes to return later this season. Surgery is a possibility, but the right-hander is hoping to delay it until the offseason. Morton pitched with the injury for a while before finally being placed on the DL over the weekend.
Aug 20 - 3:33 PM

Pirates optioned 3B Brent Morel to Triple-A Indianapolis.

He's clearing room for Gerrit Cole's return from the DL. Morel has hit only .143/.182/.190 during his brief time in the majors this season. He'll be back when rosters expand.
Aug 20 - 3:14 PM

Pirates activated RHP Gerrit Cole from the 15-day disabled list.

Cole will rejoin the Pirates' rotation on Wednesday against the Braves. He's made just two starts at the major league level since early June due to two different shoulder issues but pitched well in last two rehab outings to clear his way for a return. The fading Pirates could obviously use a strong outing from Cole right out of the gate.
Aug 20 - 3:12 PM

Pirates prospect 2B Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run on Tuesday for Double-A Altoona.

Gregory Polanco’s rise through Pittsburgh’s system this season has overshadowed Hanson’s strong performance in Double-A, where the 21-year-old switch-hitter has posted a .283/.328/.449 batting line with 21 doubles, 12 triples and 11 home runs through 115 games. He’s also stolen 24 bases in 33 attempts. Hanson has spent most of his professional career at shortstop, but he’s been playing second base exclusively since the beginning of August. He’s already committed four errors in 14 games at the keystone, though the position change hasn’t affected his production.
Aug 20 - 2:25 PM

Francisco Liriano was pounded for nine runs -- seven earned -- in four innings by the Braves in a loss Tuesday.

Liriano had gone 10 straight starts without allowing more than three runs, so tonight's shelling is hardly representative of his season. Nevertheless, he now sports a 3-10 record to go along with a 4.18 ERA. It's still worth sticking with him in mixed leagues.
Aug 19 - 10:16 PM

Andrew McCutchen went 0-for-4 in his return Tuesday against the Braves.

McCutchen grounded into just his seventh double play this season in the eighth and was removed afterwards with Atlanta up 10-2. It simply wasn't his or the Pirates' night.
Aug 19 - 10:06 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Tuesday that Pedro Alvarez is unlikely to play third base again this season unless he's needed in an emergency.

Alvarez made his first start at first base on Monday but was back on the bench Tuesday. He's expected to share time with Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez, which means his fantasy value is nearing non-existent at this point. "Right now, I think we have a better option in Josh Harrison," Hurdle said. "This season, right now -- to put the best team that I can on the field every night, we have better options. We have to find [Alvarez] some at-bats. Is third base the optimum place to get them? No, it is not."
Aug 19 - 9:40 PM

Jordy Mercer acknowledged to reporters Tuesday that his right forearm is not back to 100 percent.

But the shortstop plans to play through the pain and he is in the Pirates' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Braves. "I don’t think it’s going to be completely healed. I know that," he said. "As long as it doesn’t get any worse, I’m good."
Aug 19 - 5:48 PM

Gregory Polanco is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

Starling Marte had a big game Monday night and Travis Snider is swinging the bat well, so Polanco will be the one to sit with Andrew McCutchen back in the lineup. It will be interesting to see how Clint Hurdle juggles this situation moving forward.

Pirates optioned INF/OF Michael Martinez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The move clears a spot for Andrew McCutchen's return from the disabled list. Martinez is hitting just .128 (5-for-39) in 26 games with the Pirates this season and figures to return as a bench player in September.
Aug 19 - 3:26 PM

Pirates activated OF Andrew McCutchen from the 15-day disabled list.

McCutchen suffered an avulsion fracture of his 11th left rib earlier this month, but he has made quick progress and will rejoin the Pirates on the first day he's eligible. He'll bat third in his return Tuesday against the Braves. It's great news for fantasy owners and the reeling Pirates.
Aug 19 - 3:22 PM

Pirates righty prospect Nick Kingham struck out four batters over eight innings, scattering four hits and two walks while allowing two runs for Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

Kingham has been solid in the Triple-A International League, holding opposing batters to a .199/.254/.301 line with a 6.5 K/9 ratio over 77 1/3 innings over 12 starts. He profiles as a No. 3 pitcher and could see time in Pittsburgh down the stretch if a spot start is needed.
Aug 19 - 11:07 AM


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