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Gregory Polanco (leg) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored Tuesday against the Mariners in his return to action.

Polanco was held out of the starting lineup for the past three games due to left leg discomfort, but he felt well enough to DH on Tuesday. Look for him to return to the field soon.
Jun 29 - 8:31 AM

Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

Marte's RBI triple in the seventh came as part of a little two-run rally, but the Mariners held a 5-0 lead at the time, a lead which was never seriously in jeopardy. The star outfielder is hitting .325/.364/.489 with 19 doubles, six homers, 30 RBI and 20 steals over 274 at-bats.
Jun 29 - 1:33 AM

Jon Niese failed to impress in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, yielding five runs (four earned) on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Niese surrendered a pair of solitary runs in the third and fourth innings before coughing up a three-spot in the fifth. He struck out just two (against two walks) on the evening. The 29-year-old southpaw will carry a difficult 5.07 ERA and 1.53 WHIP into a road showdown with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 29 - 1:18 AM

Josh Harrison is not in the Pirates starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Mariners.

He'll get a day of rest to clear his head as he's mired in a bit of a funk at the plate. Harrison is hitting just .131/.143/.213 with an 11/1 K/BB ratio over 63 plate appearances in his last 17 games dating back to June 10. Adam Frazier will start in his place at second base and bat seventh for the Pirates.
Jun 28 - 7:40 PM

Gregory Polanco (leg) has returned to the Pirates starting lineup for Tuesday night's showdown against the Mariners.

He'll serve as the club's designated hitter and will bat second against Hisashi Iwakuma and the M's. Polanco did not start the past three games while battling discomfort in his left leg.
Jun 28 - 7:36 PM

Chad Kuhl is lined up to start Saturday against the Athletics.

The Pirates have an off-day on Thursday, so there was some question about how the rotation would shake out, but they'll continue to use the same order for now. Kuhl beat Clayton Kershaw in his major league debut Sunday after allowing three runs over five innings.
Jun 28 - 12:18 PM

Jordy Mercer (head) went 0-for-3 with two walks Monday in his return to the lineup against the Dodgers.

Mercer left Sunday's game with head and right ear discomfort after sliding into second base to break up a double play, but fortunately he avoided serious injury. He should be good to go moving forward.
Jun 28 - 8:47 AM

Gregory Polanco (leg) struck out as a pinch-hitter Monday versus the Dodgers.

Polanco has been held out of the starting lineup for the past three games while battling left leg discomfort. Consider him day-to-day.
Jun 28 - 8:37 AM

Francisco Liriano surrendered five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings in Monday’s loss to the Dodgers.

Liriano gave up one run over the first four innings before the Dodgers got to him for four runs in the fifth. He struck out three and walked five in the loss, as his control problems continue. The southpaw leads the majors with 54 walks in 82 2/3 innings. He can’t be trusted in fantasy leagues right now.
Jun 27 - 4:31 PM

Gregory Polanco (leg) is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday against the Dodgers.

Polanco hasn't been in the lineup the past three days while battling left leg discomfort, though he did strike out in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday night. Utility man Sean Rodriguez is getting the nod in right field. He'll bat seventh against Dodgers lefty Scott Kazmir. Polanco remains day-to-day.
Jun 27 - 11:46 AM

Gerrit Cole (triceps) threw off a mound on Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list.

Pitching coach Ray Searage said Cole was "very, very good" and actually had to reel him in a bit so he wouldn't re-injure himself. The right-hander threw 15 fastballs while emphasizing timing and a consistent delivery. He's expected to throw two more bullpen sessions during the Pirates' upcoming road trip. After that Cole will be reevaluated in hopes of beginning a rehab assignment. There's no timetable for his return.
Jun 27 - 9:42 AM

According to John Perrotto of FanRag Sports, the Pirates aren't looking to shop Andrew McCutchen until the offseason.

The Pirates have been plummeting in the NL Central race, fueling speculation that the Bucs will become sellers at the trade deadline. They still might—Francisco Liriano and Mark Melancon are logical trade candidates—but McCutchen won't be part of that discussion. However, the team could entertain offers for McCutchen this winter in anticipation of top outfield prospect Austin Meadows' arrival in 2017. McCutchen is having his worst season, though he did bop a pair of home runs Saturday off Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda.
Jun 27 - 8:36 AM

David Freese walloped a three-run double in the second inning on Sunday, leading the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night, but proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Freese continues to excel in the middle of the Pirates lineup, slashing .290/.369/.448 with six bombs and 30 RBI.
Jun 26 - 10:55 PM

Chad Kuhl defeated the Dodgers in his MLB debut on Sunday night, allowing three runs on four hits over five innings of work.

The right-hander punched out five on the night while walking four. All of the damage against him was inflicted by Justin Turner who clubbed a two-run homer and an RBI double. It'll be interesting to see if he bought himself another start with this effort, or if the team will turn back to Juan Nicasio or perhaps call up Tyler Glasnow to fill the rotation spot next time around. If Kuhl does get another start, it'll come against the Athletics in Oakland on Saturday.
Jun 26 - 10:53 PM

Andrew McCutchen was ejected from Sunday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called third strike call.

McCutchen doesn't get visibly frustrated often, but he let his emotions spill over in this one on what was a questionable third strike call. He'll catch the rest of this game from the clubhouse.
Jun 26 - 10:47 PM


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