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Jung Ho Kang went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

Kang took a Raisel Iglesias offering for a ride with two outs and nobody on in the fourth inning. The homer was his eighth of the season. He hit a blistering .379/.443/.621 in July, a triple-slash that was buoyed by 13 extra-base hits over the course of the month.
Aug 1 - 10:52 PM

Gerrit Cole came away with a tough loss in Saturday's contest with the Reds, allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings.

Cole didn't pitch poorly, but this was far from his sharpest start. He struck out eight and walked one in his relatively limited time on the mound. Solitary runs scored in the second, fourth and fifth innings before the young ace exited stage left. While he was unable to pick up win No. 15 in the outing, he still holds a fantastic 2.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 138/29 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings. He's been one of the best starters in the bigs this season and will face the Dodgers in his next start.
Aug 1 - 10:46 PM

Pirates optioned LHP Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The left-hander was with the team for just one day and is sent out for J.A. Happ who has joined the team. He'll continue to provide bullpen depth at Triple-A.
Aug 1 - 3:57 PM

Pirates promoted 1B Josh Bell to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The second ranked prospect in the Pirates system, Bell hit .310/.379/.431 with five homers and 60 RBI in 95 games at Double-A Altoona. The 22-year-old is now just one step away from debuting with the Buccos, and should get that opportunity in September.
Jul 31 - 11:39 PM

Jeff Locke yielded three runs over five innings in Friday's 5-4 win over the Reds.

All three runs scored in the second inning, including a two-run homer from Ivan De Jesus Jr. All told, Locke allowed five hits and three while striking out five batters. He improves to 6-6 with the win and now owns a 4.21 ERA and 88/44 K/BB ratio over 113 1/3 innings this season. His spot in the rotation should be safe at least until A.J. Burnett comes off the disabled list, so he lines up for a start against the Cubs next week.
Jul 31 - 10:34 PM

Mark Melancon worked around trouble Friday against the Reds for his major league-leading 33rd save of the season.

It wasn't without some drama, as Melancon allowed two hits and a single in the inning. Really, the save should go to Starling Marte, who threw out Brandon Phillips at home plate for the second out before making a diving catch to end it. Melancon hasn't allowed an earned run in 33 consecutive appearances and owns a stingy 1.29 ERA on the year.
Jul 31 - 10:33 PM

Andrew McCutchen slugged a solo homer Friday against the Reds.

McCutchen tied the game in the fifth before the Pirates took the lead for good in the sixth. The 28-year-old has gone deep three times in the last eight games and now has 15 homers and 66 RBI to go along with a .294/.387/.497 batting line.
Jul 31 - 10:31 PM

Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Reds.

Kang had two doubles on the night. He continues to swing and incredibly hot bat, hitting .435 (27-for-62) over his last 17 games. His batting average is now up to .299 on the year.
Jul 31 - 10:30 PM

Pirates designated RHP Deolis Guerra for assignment.

Guerra got off to a nice start with the Pirates but was creamed of late. He should have a good chance to clear waivers.
Jul 31 - 6:12 PM

Pirates recalled LHP Bobby LaFromboise from Triple-A Indianapolis.

He'll take the place of A.J. Burnett on the Pirates active roster. The 29-year-old hurler owns a 2.72 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 39/19 K/BB ratio over 43 innings at Triple-A this season. He'll work in middle relief for the Pirates.
Jul 31 - 6:05 PM

Pirates placed RHP A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

That could help to explain the Pirates acquiring J.A. Happ from the Mariners before the trade deadline, as the veteran southpaw will slide into the rotation to replace Burnett. It's unclear at the moment how much time Burnett may miss.
Jul 31 - 6:03 PM

Pirates activated OF Gorkys Hernandez from the 15-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

He's now off the 40-man roster. Hernandez might remain in the minors for the rest of the season.
Jul 31 - 5:54 PM

Pirates acquired LHP J.A. Happ from the Mariners in exchange for RHP Adrian Sampson.

Happ holds a 4.64 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 108 2/3 innings this season. Despite those underwhelming numbers, he'll enter the club's rotation. A.J. Burnett (elbow) is headed to the disabled list.
Jul 31 - 4:46 PM

Pirates acquired 1B/OF Michael Morse from the Dodgers in exchange for OF Jose Tabata.

Morse was designated for assignment after the Dodgers picked him up in the three-team deal with the Marlins and Braves. He's hit only .214/.277/.314 in 173 plate appearances this season but offers the Pirates an option at first base against left-handed pitching.
Jul 31 - 4:23 PM

J.A. Happ was lifted after giving up seven runs -- six earned -- in 3 1/3 innings Thursday against the Twins.

Happ should be pretty much done as a starter after this. It's just too bad Vidal Nuno can't replace him right now, since he's not stretched out at all. Happ is 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA, and the Mariners have lost 10 of his last 11 starts.
Jul 31 - 1:16 AM


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