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Jameson Taillon labored through five innings Tuesday, yielding three runs on seven hits and a walk in the Pirates’ loss to the Brewers.

Taillon managed to punch out seven batters, but he needed a whopping 100 pitches to cover his five frames. Jesus Aguilar was his main nemesis, as Taillon served up a two-run homer and RBI double to the big first baseman. The right-hander has been alternating good and bad starts lately, which is fitting for a guy who has battled inconsistency this season. Taillon will aim for better results on Sunday at home versus the Diamondbacks.
Jun 19 - 11:04 PM

Starling Marte belted a solo home run Tuesday versus the Brewers.

Marte's blast off of Jeremy Jeffress in the eighth inning cut the Brewers' lead to one, but that's as close as the Pirates would get. With his nine longballs in 2018, Marte has matched his highest total over the last three seasons. He's also tied for fifth in the National League with his 13 steals.
Jun 19 - 10:53 PM

Austin Meadows is dealing with a sore right foot.

Meadows fouled a ball off that foot on Sunday and has been held out of the Pirates' starting lineup in two consecutive games. Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco make up the Pirates' starting outfield on Tuesday night against the Brewers. Meadows could return to action on Wednesday.
Jun 19 - 3:56 PM

Austin Meadows is not in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday against the Brewers.

Meadows has now been held out the lineup in back-to-back games. The 23-year-old has cooled down a little bit since his hot start. Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco will start across the outfield Tuesday.

MLB issued a $1,000 fine to Joe Musgrove for intentionally hitting Chris Owings of the Diamondbacks with a pitch last Monday.

Musgrove threw at Owings in response to his teammate Josh Harrison getting plunked. Usually pitchers will just say to the media that a pitch got away, but Musgrove admitted after the game that he did it on purpose. He said Monday that he doesn't plan to appeal the fine, but that he might be more careful about his comments in the future.
Jun 19 - 9:49 AM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Brewers.

Those were the first hits for Cervelli since he suffered a head injury on June 9 at Wrigley Field. He wound up missing three games. The 32-year-old catcher boasts an .895 OPS with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 53 games this season and is shaping up as good trade bait for the Bucs, assuming they don't climb back into contention between now and the July 31 deadline.
Jun 18 - 9:56 PM

Felipe Vazquez nailed down his 14th save of the year on Monday night against the Brewers.

Vazquez gave up a leadoff single to Christian Yelich in the top of the ninth but retired the next three batters he faced -- two via strikeout -- to seal a 1-0 shutout victory for the Bucs. Vazquez has experienced some recent hiccups, but his job is safe as the closer in Pittsburgh and the hard-throwing left-hander is fully capable of dominating from here on out.
Jun 18 - 9:50 PM

Trevor Williams allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings Monday in the Pirates' 1-0 blanking of the Brewers.

Williams walked two but struck out seven in a tremendous outing versus a dangerous Milwaukee offense. He had struggled in five consecutive starts, so it came as somewhat of a surprise. The 26-year-old right-hander will bring a 4.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into his next turn Saturday against the Diamondbacks. He's an appealing streaming candidate in certain matchups.
Jun 18 - 9:43 PM

Pirates activated RHP Richard Rodriguez from the 10-day disabled list.

Rodriguez missed the minimum amount of time with a sore shoulder. He's been excellent out of the Pirates' bullpen this season with a 2.38 ERA and 33/3 K/BB ratio across 22 2/3 innings.
Jun 18 - 4:15 PM

Pirates recalled INF/OF Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Osuna has batted .241/.267/.483 with a pair of homers and six RBI in 29 at-bats with the big league club this season. He'll will mostly be a bat off the bench.
Jun 18 - 4:14 PM

Pirates optioned C Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Stallings was up for a few days as protection while Francisco Cervelli was banged up, but Cervelli is fine now.
Jun 18 - 4:13 PM

Pirates optioned RHP Dovydas Neverauskas to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Neverauskas has been back-and-forth between the majors and minors this season, posting a 10.64 ERA over 11 relief appearances with the big club. He'll surely be back up later this summer.
Jun 18 - 4:11 PM

Gregory Polanco went 3-for-3 with a double and a homer in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.

The homer gives Polanco nine on the season, with this one being a solo shot off of Anthony DeSclafani. It's been a disappointing 2018 season for the 26-year-old outfielder, but Sunday was a nice reminder that there's big-time talent in Polanco's left-handed bat. That being said, he's hitting just .211/.313/.427 in 2018, and at some point, he needs to produce. Hopefully that time starts in the second-half.
Jun 17 - 5:46 PM

Joe Musgrove allowed six runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.

It was easily the worst start for Musgrove this year, as the former Astro wasn’t fooling the Cincinnati hitters at all, despite having six strikeouts in the four-plus innings. Musgrove was due for a bad start; it just wasn’t expected to happen against the Reds’ mediocre lineup. He still has a 3.68 ERA on the season, and he’ll attempt to get back on track when he faces the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Jun 17 - 5:30 PM

Starling Marte is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

He's the odd man out for this one as the Pirates continue to shuffle four outfielders. Austin Meadows is in center field.
Jun 17 - 10:18 AM


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