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A.J. Burnett pitched seven effective innings, limiting the Tigers to two runs as the Pirates won 9-3 on Wednesday.

The Pirates staked Burnett to a 5-1 lead after the top of the third inning, so he had lots of breathing room. They added three more runs after his final inning. The right-hander allowed seven hits, walked none, and struck out four. If this is indeed Burnett's final season, he's going out in style, carrying a 2.05 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 90/27 K/BB ratio over 105 1/3 innings. He'll let the Padres take their hacks at him in his next start at home.
Jul 1 - 10:42 PM

Starling Marte doubled and homered in a 4-for-5 effort as the Pirates trounced the Tigers on Wednesday.

Marte's only run and RBI came on his solo home run in the eighth inning, the second of three solo shots in the frame. He's now on a seven-game hitting streak, but entered the game with a .518 OPS in his previous 10 contests. He still has a productive .285/.333/.471 triple-slash line with 13 home runs, 47 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
Jul 1 - 10:35 PM

Neil Walker went 4-for-6 with a pair of home runs, a stolen base, three RBI, and three runs scored as the Pirates drubbed the Tigers on Wednesday.

Walker was the hero on Tuesday, hitting a game-winning double, and stayed hot on Wednesday. His first home run, of the two-run variety, jump-started a five-run third inning. His second was the first of three solo home runs hit in the eighth. Walker's recent hot streak has his batting line up to .268/.338/.410 with six home runs, 27 RBI, 32 runs scored, and three stolen bases.
Jul 1 - 10:33 PM

Gerrit Cole yielded two runs in 6 2/3 innings but got a no-decision as the Pirates needed 14 innings to pull out a 5-4 victory against the Tigers on Tuesday.

Cole allowed run-scoring doubles in each of the fifth and seventh innings. He gave up nine hits overall while walking none and striking out six. He was once again denied his 12th win, but still maintains a terrific 2.20 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 108/25 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. Cole will take on the Indians at home in his next outing.
Jul 1 - 1:09 AM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with three walks and an RBI in Tuesday's 14-inning win against the Tigers.

McCutchen knocked in what turned out to be a very important run with a single in the eighth inning. The Tigers would knot the game up in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run. McCutchen is again putting up All-Star numbers, batting .296/.389/.485 with nine home runs and 45 RBI.
Jul 1 - 1:02 AM

Neil Walker hit an RBI double in the 14th inning, helping the Pirates outlast the Tigers on Tuesday.

Walker finished 2-for-6 with two walks on the night. His RBI double helped salvage a scoring opportunity that appeared to have been squandered when Gorkys Hernandez made an awful base running blunder during the previous at-bat. Walker has yet to find his power, batting a meager .259/.331/.380 with four home runs and 24 RBI on the year.
Jul 1 - 12:59 AM

Pirates sent OF Jose Tabata outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. Tabata has the right to declare free agency, but that won't happen since it would mean forfeiting his $4 million salary.
Jun 30 - 10:11 PM

Corey Hart (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

Hart is eligible for activation from the disabled list in a week and should be ready at that time. He's been out with a left shoulder impingement.
Jun 30 - 6:15 PM

Pirates pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow tied a season-high with seven strikeouts Monday in a start for Double-A Altoona.

He's still working his way back from an ankle injury. The 21-year-old looked sharp in Monday's abbreviated outing, allowing just two hits and two walks over 3 2/3 shutout innings. Glasnow owns a 2.58 ERA in nine starts this year with a 9.86 K/9. He should have a higher pitch count in his next outing.
Jun 30 - 4:47 PM

Josh Harrison is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

He's likely just getting a breather. Jung Ho Kang will start at third base while Francisco Cervelli serves at the DH and Chris Stewart starts behind the plate.

Gregory Polanco will bat leadoff Tuesday against the Tigers.

Polanco took a seat Sunday against Braves left-hander Alex Wood, but he's back in there against right-hander Justin Verlander. The 23-year-old owns a .691 OPS against right-handers this season compared to a .301 OPS vs. southpaws.
Jun 30 - 3:44 PM

Jordy Mercer went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

Mercer single-handedly accounted for most of the Pirates' offense on the afternoon, collecting three of the team's six hits and knocking in their only run. The multi-hit game was Mercer's fourth in a row, raising his average from .212 to .240. Despite struggling offensively for most of the year, Mercer remains the Pirates' everyday shortstop.
Jun 28 - 4:26 PM

Jeff Locke allowed one run over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

The final tally looked alright, but Locke was terribly inefficient, using 95 pitches to get through five innings. He allowed five hits while walking three in the outing. The lefty now owns a 4.55 ERA and 1.52 WHIP through 15 starts. He'll next take the mound Saturday against the Indians.
Jun 28 - 4:25 PM

Pirates OF prospect Austin Meadows delivered four hits Saturday in a win for High-A Bradenton.

Meadows had been 6-for-42 over his previous 11 games. The former first-round pick is hitting .277 this year with two homers and 22 RBI. Meadows has already played more games than he did last season when hamstring injuries limited him to 164 at-bats.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 28 - 4:07 PM

Gregory Polanco is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

He's on the bench against a southpaw (Alex Wood) as he usually is. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in right field in Polanco's place.
Jun 28 - 1:00 PM

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