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Vance Worley has been moved to the bullpen.

Charlie Morton will return from the disabled list and claim the vacant rotation spot Tuesday night against the Red Sox. Worley has pitched well in a starting role this season for the Bucs and should be a useful weapon in long relief down the stretch.
Sep 15 - 9:38 AM

Starling Marte (elbow) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's series finale with the Cubs.

Marte didn't start a game the entire series due to the left elbow bruise that he suffered last Thursday when he was struck by a pitch. He should be fine to return to the Pirates' starting lineup early this week.
Sep 15 - 8:46 AM

Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the Pirates' 7-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

Walker hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 20th home run of the season. Walker added an RBI double and a run scored in the fifth inning as well. Walker is enjoying one of the best offensive seasons of his career, batting .279/.351/.468 with those 20 homers and 69 RBI.
Sep 14 - 4:51 PM

Josh Harrison went 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a run scored against the Cubs on Sunday.

The Pirates had a huge bottom of the fifth inning, with Harrison's two-RBI double getting the scoring started. Harrison has been on fire in September, raising his overall line to .317/.351/.508 with 51 RBI and 71 runs scored. It's been a massive breakout season for the 27-year-old.
Sep 14 - 4:41 PM

Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Polanco's RBI infield single with the bases loaded capped the Pirates' scoring in their six-run fifth inning. Heading into the day he'd had just two hits in 14 at-bats since being recalled in early September. Polanco is batting .241/.315/.342 in what's been an up-and-down rookie season.
Sep 14 - 4:37 PM

Edinson Volquez gave up three runs -- one earned -- over seven innings in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Volquez fell in a hole early after an error led to two Cubs runs in the second inning. He gave up another in the third, but he settled down to keep them off the board after that. He walked five, an issue for Volquez his entire career, while striking out five as well. The win was his 12th of the year, his highest single-season total since 2008. Volquez will take on the Brewers on Saturday.
Sep 14 - 4:32 PM

Charlie Morton (sports hernia) will rejoin the Pirates' rotation on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Morton is dealing with a sports hernia that will require surgery after the season, but he'll try to gut it out in the final weeks. Vance Worley will move to the bullpen to accommodate him. Morton holds a 3.84 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 25 starts this season.
Sep 14 - 11:11 AM

Jeff Locke yielded three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Saturday as the Pirates fell to the Cubs.

Locke gave up a two-run homer to Javier Baez as part of a three-run third inning for the visiting Cubs and the Bucs were unable to complete the comeback despite a late rally. Locke is 7-5 with a 3.66 ERA. He is scheduled to face the Brewers at home next.
Sep 13 - 10:59 PM

Starling Marte (elbow) remains out of the Pirates' starting lineup Saturday versus the Cubs.

Marte has been sidelined taking a pitch off his left elbow Thursday. X-rays were negative but he has a significant contusion and some swelling. The speedster will be available as a pinch-runner on Saturday, but there is no timetable for his full-time return.
Sep 13 - 4:20 PM

Gerrit Cole improved to 9-5 on the year after allowing three runs over six innings Friday against the Cubs.

Cole allowed five hits (including a pair of solo homers) and one walk while striking out six. He also hit a batter. The young right-hander has now won consecutive starts for the first time since early June. He'll try to make it three in a row when he faces the Red Sox at home next week.
Sep 13 - 12:05 AM

Josh Harrison was 3-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored Friday against the Cubs.

He raised his batting average back up to .318, just above Colorado's Justin Morneau and teammate Andrew McCutchen in the National League batting race. Harrison has found a home as the Pirates' leadoff hitter, scoring 35 runs in 49 games since the All-Star break.
Sep 13 - 12:04 AM

Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with three RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over the Cubs.

Mercer singled home a run in the fourth inning and later added a two-run single in the sixth. The 28-year-old has driven in 10 runs this month and is now up to 53 RBI on the year. He's a viable middle infielder option in mixed leagues.
Sep 13 - 12:04 AM

Starling Marte has been diagnosed with a left elbow contusion.

It presumably means that he passed an X-ray or it was determined that he didn't need one. Marte was unsure whether he'd be ready to play on Friday, but it sounds like he can safely be considered day-to-day.
Sep 11 - 10:52 PM

Josh Harrison, attempting to win the National League batting title, went 0-for-5 in Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Phillies.

Harrison is attempting to fend off Justin Morneau, teammate Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, and Ben Revere in the race for the batting title. He dropped to .312, five points behind Morneau, with an oh-fer against the Phillies on Thursday. Nevertheless, the All-Star maintains fantastic numbers, slashing .312/.345/.506 with 13 home runs, 49 RBI, and 17 stolen bases.
Sep 11 - 10:52 PM

Mark Melancon was asked to put out a fire in the bottom of the ninth and completed the task, earning his 29th save as the Pirates downed the Phillies on Thursday.

With a 4-0 lead, Jared Hughes put the first two batters he faced on base with a single and a walk, which made it a save situation and Melancon was brought into the ballgame. One of the inherited runners was allowed to score, but Melancon recorded a pair of strikeouts before getting Grady Sizemore to foul out on the third base side to end the game. Melancon is now 29-for-33 in save opportunities with a 3.53 ERA.
Sep 11 - 10:45 PM


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