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Charlie Morton allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings in Wednesday's no-decision against the Giants.

Morton has now failed to turn in a quality start in three of his last four starts, a bad trend for a guy who will never have much fantasy value for his strikeout ability. Morton walked three batters while striking out two. The right-hander owns a 3.54 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 22 starts, and he'll match up with the Marlins on Tuesday.
Jul 30 - 7:13 PM

Pedro Alvarez is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday for the second straight game.

Alvarez is over his left knee ailment, but the struggling third baseman has now been benched two days in a row versus a righty. The 27-year-old is batting just .224/.308/.362 this month and has had major issues with his throwing. Josh Harrison is at the hot corner Wednesday.
Jul 30 - 12:52 PM

Josh Harrison homered in his third consecutive game, helping the Pirates to a 3-1 win over the Giants on Tuesday.

He finished 1-for-3 with a walk. Harrison is smoking hot, going 7-for-12 with three homers and four RBI in his last three games. Keep riding the wave while Harrison is surfing, but you never know when he'll be washed ashore. For instance, Harrison was 5-for-27 in his previous eight games prior to his last three.
Jul 30 - 1:11 AM

Francisco Liriano struck out 11 Giants, yielding one run over seven innings to earn his third victory on Tuesday.

In addition to his season-high punch out total, Liriano issued only one free pass and scattered four hits. The only one that really counted was Mike Morse's solo homer in the third, but Pittsburgh fortunately already held a 3-0 lead. Liriano was dominant from there on out, and Tony Watson and Mark Melancon pitched in an inning of shutout relief work apiece. The left-handed Liriano entered the game 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts since returning from the disabled list (oblique strain). Many owners jumped ship when he hit the shelf with a 1-6 record and 4.60 ERA last month. That just means there's room on board for the rest of us, who should make sure the former Twin is owned across formats. Liriano travels to Arizona on Sunday.
Jul 30 - 1:08 AM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday that he's "not optimistic" Starling Marte (concussion) will be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Wednesday.

Marte went through a full workout Tuesday and appears to be feeling better, but he could go out on a rehab assignment before returning. The outfielder has been on the disabled list for the past week following post-concussion symptoms.
Jul 29 - 8:23 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) tossed five scoreless innings Monday in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Cole, out since July 5 with right lat soreness, allowed five hits and three walks while striking out seven. He threw 50 of his 81 pitches for strikes. He's expected to get stretched out to 100 pitches in his next outing before rejoining the Pirates.
Jul 29 - 8:45 AM

Josh Harrison finished 2-for-3 with a walk, solo homer and two runs scored in Monday's win against the Giants.

Harrison's last 48 hours have been better than yours. He went 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI, two runs and two steals in Sunday's win against the Rockies and followed it up with tonight's box score stuffer. Harrison has been one of Pittsburgh's most valuable players this year, posting a solid .298/.336/.460 slash with seven homers while starting 11 games or more at four different positions (second base, third base, left field and right field).
Jul 29 - 1:06 AM

Vance Worley tossed his first career shutout, allowing only four hits, in a 5-0 victory against the Giants on Monday.

It was the best start of his career. He induced two double plays, striking out three and walking one. Worley's control continues to be outstanding, and it in part explains his mini resurgence. Only 29 of his 100 pitches were balls, and he's issued only seven eight passes in 49-plus innings all year. The 26-year-old finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 and was the Twins' Opening Day starter last season, but he went through waivers unclaimed in March after a horrific 2013. Called up a month-and-a-half ago, Worley has staked his claim to a rotation gig with a 4-1 record, 2.54 ERA and 1.07 WHIP across seven starts and one relief appearance. And would you believe the formerly maligned starter, given up for dead mere months ago, has a career 3.95 ERA? Worley travels to Arizona on Saturday.
Jul 29 - 12:56 AM

Josh Harrison had a monster day on Sunday, going 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases in the Pirates' 7-5 victory over the Rockies.

Harrison was 5-for-27 since the All-Star break before Sunday's outburst. He's now hitting .294/.330/.447 with six homers and 13 stolen bases overall. He'll continue to find his way into the Pirates lineup on an everyday basis going forward.
Jul 27 - 9:44 PM

Mark Melancon struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the save against the Rockies on Sunday.

Melancon went through the meat of the Rockies order, retiring Josh Rutledge, Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado to close out the win. He's now got a 2.17 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 42/6 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings of work. As the unquestioned closer on a Pirates team that should be in a lot of close ballgames the rest of the way, Melancon has plenty of fantasy value these days.
Jul 27 - 9:24 PM

Edinson Volquez lasted just 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Sunday, allowing four runs -- two earned -- on six hits.

More than the hits allowed, Volquez was done in by the four walks issued. It was Volquez' second straight subpar start after a four-game run of strong performances. It's been that kind of year for the right-hander, who is 8-7 with a 3.87 ERA and 1.30 WHIP through 121 innings of work. He's got a chance to get back on the horse against a bad Diamondbacks club on Friday.
Jul 27 - 9:04 PM

Pedro Alvarez is back in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

Alvarez hasn't started since exiting Tuesday's game with a sore left knee, but he made a pinch-hitting appearance Saturday and is back at third base Sunday. The 27-year-old is batting just .238/.327/.409 this season but has slugged 15 homers and driven in 47 runs.
Jul 27 - 1:12 PM

Gregory Polanco was moved down to the No. 7 spot in the batting order during Saturday's loss to the Rockies.

Polanco has slumped after a hot start, batting just .178/.260/.256 over his last 23 games. He's hit only .137/.185/.196 against left-handers and will, at the very least, continue to hit lower in the order versus southpaws. However, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday of Polanco's move out of the leadoff spot that he's "hoping it's just a temporary deal."
Jul 27 - 10:49 AM

Jeff Locke was lit up for six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Rockies.

Those results probably could have been anticipated. Locke has pitched well this season, but he was due for some serious regression and Coors Field saw that it happened on Saturday night. Locke walked three and gave up a whopping 10 hits. He still has a strong 3.54 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, but the left-hander is unlikely to provide great fantasy value down the stretch.
Jul 26 - 11:06 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) will need a second minor league rehab start after his first one on Monday.

Cole has been out since July 5 with right lat soreness. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday that he wants the right-hander to get to 100 pitches in the minors before returning to the major league rotation.
Jul 26 - 6:16 PM


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