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Jeff Karstens announced his retirement from baseball on Monday.

Karstens is just 32, but his career went off track after a series of shoulder injuries. He was a solid, albeit unspectacular pitcher for parts of seven major league seasons, posting a 4.44 ERA and 1.33 WHIP for the Pirates and Yankees. Karstens hadn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
May 4 - 8:00 PM

Jung Ho Kang slugged his first major league home run Sunday in the Pirates' loss to the Cardinals.

It was a clutch game-tying solo shot in the top of the ninth inning off Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. Kang also singled earlier in the 14-inning loss, finishing 2-for-5. He should start to see more regular playing time with Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison both struggling. Give him some consideration in deeper mixed leagues.
May 3 - 6:46 PM

Vance Worley tossed six innings of one-run ball but took a no-decision Sunday against the Cardinals.

Worley yielded just four hits and a walk while striking out five, and the only major blemish on his afternoon was a Matt Carpenter solo jack. But the Pirates' offense managed only two runs on 11 hits in the 14-inning loss at Busch Stadium. Worley will carry a 2-2 record, 3.90 ERA, and 1.40 WHIP into his next start against these same Cardinals. He only has fringe streamer value in standard fantasy leagues.
May 3 - 6:46 PM

Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow lost a perfect game in the fifth inning Friday in a win for Double-A Altoona.

He only gave up one hit, striking out seven in a six-inning effort. The 6'8, 225-pounder is an imposing figure on the mound. In four starts, opponents have scored just two runs off him while batting .158 with six walks. The 21-year-old and former fifth-round pick is widely considered Pittsburgh's top prospect.
Source: MILB.com
May 3 - 5:34 PM

Pirates prospect Josh Bell drove in all five runs for Double-A Altoona on Saturday.

Three of those runs came on a walk-off home run. The 22-year-old has been scorching hot, hitting .536 with nine RBI over his last six games. Bell's average has jumped from .280 to .372 during that stretch. He's collected nine walks this season with only seven strikeouts. With that kind of plate discipline, Bell should rise quickly through the Pirates' system.
Source: MILB.com
May 3 - 4:34 PM

Charlie Morton (hip) isn't expected to be activated until late May or early June.

Morton threw six innings and 93 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday and will next have a bullpen session Tuesday. He's expected to begin a rehab assignment after that and could use his entire 30-day allotment before rejoining the Pirates' rotation.
May 3 - 1:08 PM

Francisco Cervelli is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather as many catchers do on Sunday. Chris Stewart is behind the dish in Cervelli's place.
May 3 - 11:17 AM

Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

It appears that he's just getting a breather. Josh Harrison is at second base in Walker's place Sunday, with Jung Ho Kang covering third.
May 3 - 11:16 AM

A.J. Burnett fired six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday.

Burnett drove in the only run of the game for the Pirates with an RBI single in the sixth. He left in position for the victory, but the bullpen gave up the lead and St. Louis eventually earned a walk-off win in the 10th. The veteran right-hander gave up just two hits and three walks while striking out seven batters and now owns a stingy 1.45 ERA over his first five starts. He'll try to keep his revival going with a start against the Reds at home next week.
May 2 - 1:03 AM

Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Cardinals.

McCutchen was noticeably limping after a rough slide into second base in the ninth inning, but he remained in the ballgame. Still, he missed some time with "lower body soreness" during spring training and admitted last month that his knee was a part of the issue. He's batting just .197 with two home runs and no steals through 22 games this season and it's hard to imagine him being the player we thought he'd be if his injuries linger.
May 2 - 1:02 AM

Charlie Morton (hip) will pitch in another extended spring training game on Saturday rather than begin a rehab assignment at High-A Bradenton.

No reason was given for the change, but it doesn't look like a setback. Morton had been slated to throw seven innings and/or 90 pitches for Bradenton but will instead do it at the Pirates' spring training complex. He remains ticketed for a return to the big club's rotation pretty soon.
May 1 - 5:39 PM

Gerrit Cole yielded only an unearned run over six innings to improve to 4-0 as the Pirates earned an 8-1 win against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Cole was terrific, though inefficient. He needed 95 pitches to get through six frames, but held the Cubs to three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Miguel Montero brought in the Cubs' only run with an RBI single in the second inning. Cole has been every bit as good as advertised this season, owning a 1.76 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP and a 35/8 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings. He'll look for win number five in a home start versus the Reds next.
Apr 29 - 11:20 PM

Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, an RBI double, and a stolen base to help the Pirates earn a win against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Kang hadn't done much in his limited amount of playing time, registering only four hits (three of which were singles) in 24 plate appearances entering Wednesday's game. He tied the game at 1-1 with a fourth-inning single, then padded the Cubs' lead to 7-1 with a ninth-inning double. The performance brings Kang's triple-slash line up to a more respectable .269/.310/.346 with six RBI.
Apr 29 - 11:13 PM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with a two-run triple and a single, collecting his 1,000th career hit in the process as the Pirates beat the Cubs on Wednesday.

McCutchen tripled in two runs with a triple as part of a four-run sixth inning. He beat out an infield single to notch his 1,000th career hit at the age of 28. The four-time All-Star and 2013 NL MVP has had a rough go of things to start the 2015 season, batting .194/.302/.333 with two home runs and 13 RBI, but he has been nursing a knee injury, which likely explains his hitting woes.
Apr 29 - 11:09 PM

Gregory Polanco (groin) is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Wednesday night versus the Cubs.

Polanco sat out Monday and Tuesday after tweaking a muscle in his groin over the weekend. The dynamic 23-year-old is batting leadoff and playing right field in his return to action Wednesday against Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks. Polanco has one home run and seven stolen bases in 19 games played this season for Pittsburgh.
Apr 29 - 4:42 PM


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