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Mark Melancon kept the Giants off the board in the ninth inning, grabbing his 14th save as the Pirates won 4-3 on Monday.

Melancon sandwiched a pair of ground outs with a strikeout of Brandon Crawford in a 12-pitch frame. Though his velocity still isn't where it was last season, it's a couple MPH above his average for April. Melancon has been scored upon just once in his last 17 appearances, and he's perfect in 12 save opportunities with a 2.63 ERA and a 13/5 K/BB ratio in 24 innings.
Jun 2 - 1:04 AM

Neil Walker's two-run double broke a tie and proved to be the deciding factor in Monday's victory against the Giants.

Walker broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a two-run double to left-center off of Ryan Vogelsong. It was his only hit on the evening in four at-bats. Walker's numbers aren't where they have been compared to previous seasons, as he's hitting .263/.324/.392 with only three home runs and 19 RBI.
Jun 2 - 1:00 AM

Gerrit Cole allowed only a pair of unearned runs over seven innings to pick up his eighth win of the season against the Giants on Monday.

Jung Ho Kang's fielding error and a wild pitch contributed to the Giants scoring twice in the first inning. Cole settled down from there, limiting the Giants to five hits and a pair of walks while striking out nine. The 24-year-old has been among baseball's best, now 8-2 with a 1.90 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and a 79/16 K/BB ratio over 71 innings. Cole will take the hill against the Braves in Atlanta next.
Jun 2 - 12:55 AM

Francisco Cervelli is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday.

Chris Stewart has been serving as the personal catcher for Gerrit Cole, who is starting Monday. Cervelli will be available off the bench.
Jun 1 - 6:20 PM

Gregory Polanco belted his third home run of the season on Sunday, accounting for the team's lone run in a losing effort against the Padres.

His solo shot came courtesy of Odrisamer Despaigne in the seventh inning. Polanco also singled in the ballgame, finishing 2-for-4. He's now hitting .256/.314/.378 with three long balls and 14 RBI on the season.
Jun 1 - 12:02 AM

Jeff Locke was clobbered in a losing effort against the Padres on Sunday, allowing six runs on eight hits over his four innings.

Locke also issued three walks in the ineffective outing while striking out three. Vance Worley came in afterwards and tossed four shutout innings, and could be an option to replace Locke in the rotation should his struggles continue. He'll look to improve upon his gruesome 5.34 ERA and 1.54 WHIP when he does battle against the Braves in Atlanta on Saturday.
May 31 - 11:59 PM

Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- Saturday in a win over the Padres.

Morton struck out just two, but he had the sinker working, getting a total of 16 groundball outs. If he keeps that up, he'll have a little mixed-league value this year. Up next for him is a favorable matchup against the Braves.
May 31 - 2:52 AM

Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 and stole his 13th base Saturday against the Padres.

Polanco's steal total has helped offset an otherwise disappointing showing over the first two months. He does seem to be stepping it up a bit of late, and it's still quite possible he'll prove to be a top-30 fantasy outfielder over the rest of the season.
May 31 - 2:51 AM

Francisco Liriano tossed six shutout innings and struck out 11 Padres on Friday.

Liriano left with a two-run lead, but that was promptly blown in the seventh. He has just two wins on the year, even though he's allowed one or no runs five times in 10 starts. His fantasy value hasn't matched how well he's pitched.
May 30 - 2:05 AM

Josh Harrison is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

It appears to simply be a routine day off. Jung Ho Kang is at third base Friday, with Jordy Mercer handling shortstop.
May 29 - 5:57 PM

Jung Ho Kang hit a three-run homer as the Pirates topped the Padres 11-5 on Thursday.

He finished 1-for-5. Now riding a 10-game hitting streak, Kang is making it mighty difficult for Jordy Mercer to make an argument to regain at-bats. It's still early yet, but Kang's game has transitioned surprisingly smoothly stateside. He's hitting .308/.371/.462 with three steals, three homers and 17 RBI in 104 at-bats. Kang deserves to be owned in more leagues than he currently is.
May 29 - 2:07 AM

Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI as the Pirates bested the Padres on Thursday.

McCutchen has finally woken up from his early-season slumber. He's had multi-hit games in five of his last eight, recording three in three of them. Hitting .188 as recently as May 6, McCutchen has his slash line up to .272/.364/.473. Expect it to keep rising.
May 29 - 1:58 AM

A.J. Burnett allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Thursday in an 11-5 win against the Padres.

He struck out six and walked two. Burnett wasn't sharp, but he didn't have to be facing off against an imploding Ian Kennedy. The 38-year-old has won five consecutive starts and is now 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
May 29 - 1:54 AM

Pirates prospect Nick Kingham underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday.

Kingham hadn't pitched since May 6 and was diagnosed this week with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. The 23-year-old right-hander ranked 67th on Baseball Prospectus' top-100 prospects list over the winter after posting a 3.34 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 119/52 K/BB ratio in 159 innings last season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. He won't pitch again until late 2016. It's obviously a significant blow to the Bucs' rotation depth.
May 28 - 12:31 PM

Mark Melancon picked up his 12th save with a scoreless ninth inning as the Pirates downed the Marlins 5-2 on Wednesday.

Melancon saw the tying run step to the plate with two outs as a result of Jung-Ho Kang's fielding error and an Adeiny Hechavarria single, but he got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out to end the game. Despite early-season struggles and continued low velocity, Melancon has been getting the job done for the Pirates. He has allowed a run just once in his last 15 appearances and is now 12-for-13 in save chances with a 2.86 ERA and an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
May 27 - 3:26 PM

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