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Francisco Liriano had a quality start but picked up a loss Wednesday, yielding three runs over seven frames against the Reds.

He struck out seven while allowing six hits and walking three. Liriano's stuff looked good, as the only real big mistake he made was in the seventh when Joey Votto got to him with a two-out, two-run homer. The southpaw is 0-3 but holds a solid 3.96 ERA with 28 strikeouts over 25 frames. He'll get the Reds again next week.
Apr 16 - 3:27 PM

Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Reds to drop his season batting line to .161/.277/.446.

The Pirates had just three hits on the day and struck out 12 times. Alvarez has homered five times and driven in 10 runs to keep his fantasy value afloat, but there's a good chance he'll wind up hitting in the low-.200s again this season.
Apr 16 - 3:08 PM

Jose Tabata has been diagnosed with "mild" concussion-like symptoms.

Tabata had to leave Wednesday's game after colliding with the left field wall. Even though his concussion symptoms are apparently "mild," the Pirates are surely going to place him on the 7-day concussion DL. Travis Snider would see a bump in playing time with Tabata out.
Apr 16 - 2:42 PM

Jose Tabata left Wednesday's game against the Reds after colliding with the left field wall.

Tabata made a nice running catch, but he paid the price. He looked woozy after getting up and the Pirates trainer was checking his head/jaw area. It's certainly possible that he could have a concussion, but we likely won't know more until later Wednesday or Thursday. Starling Marte, who had been given a day off, took Tabata's spot in left field.
Apr 16 - 1:55 PM

Starling Marte is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

Manager Clint Hurdle said that Marte's swing "just doesn’t look right to me," so the outfielder is getting a breather. Jose Tabata is taking Marte's spot in left field, with Travis Snider covering right.
Apr 16 - 9:52 AM

Gerrit Cole was hammered for five runs over six innings and took the loss in Tuesday's start against the Reds.

Cole pitched reasonably well through five innings, but allowed two home runs in the sixth inning to fork over the lead. Overall, he allowed nine hits and walked three while striking out three. His results have been all over the place to start the season, but he'll try to right the ship on Sunday against the Brewers.
Apr 15 - 10:44 PM

Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with a home run as the Pirates fell to the Reds on Tuesday.

Walker's fifth blast of the season helped bring the Pirates back into the game, as his two-run shot off of Manny Parra cut the Reds' lead to 7-5. It was not quite enough, however. Walker has quietly been a reliable source of offense for the Pirates over the last few years, but five home runs this early is a bit shocking. He has finished each of the past four seasons with 12-16 home runs.
Apr 15 - 10:37 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle admitted Tuesday that the club is keeping an eye on Wandy Rodriguez's velocity.

Rodriguez is averaging 87.5 mph with his fastball, which is down about two mph. And not only is his heater down a couple ticks, he's been missing his spots. "The mistakes are getting covered and getting hit over the wall," Hurdle said. "It's a challenging time for him." Hurdle thinks Rodriguez could get his velocity back once the weather warms up, and the feeling is that the left has some leash before the club considers booting him from the rotation.
Apr 15 - 8:18 PM

Jason Grilli struck out a pair in a scoreless inning to convert his fourth save of the season Tuesday as the Pirates finished off the Reds 8-7 in the completion of Monday's suspended game.

The two sides combined for 14 runs Monday before play was suspended, but a Russell Martin RBI single in the seventh inning was the lone run after played picked back up. Grilli got Roger Bernadina swinging to start off the ninth and got Billy Hamilton swinging to end it sandwiched around a Chris Heisey pop-up. He holds a 1.50 ERA and has nailed down four of five save chances to open the season.
Apr 15 - 6:48 PM

Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice Monday before the game between the Pirates and Cubs was suspended due to rain with the score 7-7 after six innings.

The game will pick up where it left off at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. Before play concluded tonight, 10 homers were hit, including six by the Pirates. Starling Marte and Travis Snider also went deep for Pittsburgh. Sanchez's homers were his first two of the year, and it bodes well that he's having the big game in a start against a (usually) tough righty in Homer Bailey. He might get a crack at regular playing time at first base.
Apr 14 - 11:48 PM

Wandy Rodriguez gave up six runs in five innings Monday versus the Reds.

Rodriguez gave up three of the 10 homers that were hit in the six innings before the game was suspended. He's sitting on a 7.31 ERA after three starts, and the Pirates are going to have to seriously think about moving on from him and giving Jeff Locke a shot before much longer. Pitching with an arthritic elbow, Rodriguez's stuff just isn't what it used to be.
Apr 14 - 11:42 PM

Chris Stewart (knee) could be activated from the disabled list by this weekend.

Stewart has played a couple rehab games, including the entirety of a four-hour game Sunday, "and he said he felt good [Monday], which is a good sign," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. Tony Sanchez will return to Triple-A once Stewart is ready.
Apr 14 - 9:00 PM

Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the Pirates' loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

McCutchen departed Friday's series-opener against Milwaukee with discomfort in his left ankle, but he returned to action Saturday and should be fine going forward.
Apr 14 - 2:38 PM

Luis Heredia has been placed on the disabled list at Low-A West Virginia with a right shoulder injury.

Heredia left his start Saturday after just one pitch with pain in his left shoulder. He'll undergo tests this week and could be out for a while. The 19-year-old was signed for $2.6 million out of Mexico in 2010.
Apr 14 - 2:37 PM

Starling Marte scored the Pirates' only run in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Marte had one hit in four at-bats in the game. He came around to score on an Andrew McCutchen sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, his seventh run scored of the year. The 25-year-old has yet to hit a home run after hitting 12 last year.
Apr 13 - 4:51 PM


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