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Jeff Locke spun 7 1/3 frames of one-run ball in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals.

Locke recorded just three strikeouts, but he was touched up for just one run in the form of a Matt Holliday solo blast in the third inning. The left-hander put up a 2.90 ERA over five August outings to lower his ERA on the year to 3.51. He'll try to keep it going next week in a rematch versus the Cards on the road.
Aug 27 - 3:58 PM

Mark Melancon converted his 24th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

Melancon allowed a first-pitch single to Jhonny Peralta to lead off the ninth but then got two lineouts and a flyout to end it. The right-hander has nailed down 24-of-28 save chances this season and holds a 2.11 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 52/9 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 frames.
Aug 27 - 3:54 PM

Ike Davis launched his second home run in as many days in Wednesday's victory over the Cardinals.

After belting a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer Tuesday, Davis got the start Wednesday and deposited an Adam Wainwright mistake well over the right-center field wall for a two-run shot in the second inning. The two runs wound up being all Jeff Locke and the Pirates' bullpen needed. Davis figures to see regular time against righties at first base if Pedro Alvarez (foot) is out a while.
Aug 27 - 3:46 PM

Travis Snider left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with left hamstring discomfort.

Snider tweaked the hamstring after beating out an infield single in the third inning. It's not clear at this point how long it might sideline him. Jose Tabata would stand to benefit if Snider is out a while, though the Pirates could also give Gregory Polanco another look.
Aug 27 - 2:18 PM

Travis Snider left Wednesday's game versus the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.

Snider tweaked something after beating out an infield single in the third inning. The outfielder entered Wednesday in a 1-for-19 funk at the dish. Jose Tabata pinch-ran for Snider and would stand to benefit if Snider is out a while, though the Pirates could also give Gregory Polanco another look.
Aug 27 - 1:33 PM

Pedro Alvarez (foot) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

Alvarez suffered a sprain between two toes on his left foot during Tuesday's game and has been fitted with a walking boot. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined. Ike Davis is at first base Wednesday after he slugged a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer in Tuesday's contest.
Aug 27 - 11:15 AM

Andrew McCutchen is back in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

McCutchen exited Tuesday's contest after aggravating his rib fracture when he slammed into the outfield wall, but his removal was precautionary and he's back out there the next day. The reigning National League MVP has just seven hits in 28 at-bats since returning from the disabled list, but three of them have left the yard.
Aug 27 - 11:13 AM

Pedro Alvarez was spotted leaving the Pirates' clubhouse Tuesday with a walking boot on his left foot.

Alvarez exited Tuesday's game due to sprain between two toes on his left foot. It's not clear at this point how serious the injury might be, but the fact that he's wearing a walking boot certainly isn't a good sign. Alvarez entered play Tuesday with three homers in his last three games before going hitless in three at-bats. If he's out a while, Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez will handle first base.
Aug 26 - 10:36 PM

Andrew McCutchen (rib) expects to be back in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

McCutchen exited Tuesday's contest after aggravating his rib fracture when he slammed into the outfield wall while making a catch. However, he downplayed the ailment after the game. "Just sore," McCutchen said. "Being smart." It's not clear whether the Pirates share the outfielder's optimism regarding his chances of playing Wednesday, but the good news is that it doesn't appear McCutchen suffered a serious setback.
Aug 26 - 10:33 PM

Ike Davis hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the eighth inning to propel the Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Davis, who hasn't started a game in a week, was called on with two runners on to face Cardinals reliever Seth Maness. The first baseman broke the 2-2 tie with his ninth homer of the season. It was a nice moment for Davis, who has struggled to gain much traction at either of his two major league stops so far, and with Pedro Alvarez possibly out Davis could see more at-bats in the coming weeks.
Aug 26 - 10:20 PM

Gerrit Cole struck out nine, allowing two runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Cole didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, and he'd kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard until the seventh -- and while both runs were charged to him, Cole wasn't around when either of the two runs scored. It was another promising start for the 23-year-old, who hasn't missed a beat since returning from a strained right lat muscle. Cole will look for some better luck in the win column when he meets the Cards in St. Louis on Monday.
Aug 26 - 10:16 PM

Josh Harrison hit his 12th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Harrison hit the solo shot off Cardinals starter Lance Lynn in the fifth inning. The 27-year-old is hitting .302/.336/.494 with 12 homers and 61 runs scored on the season. With Pedro Alvarez making the switch to first base, Harrison has found an everyday home at third base for the rest of the season.
Aug 26 - 10:12 PM

Russell Martin went 3-for-4 with a double in a win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Martin had three of the Pirates' nine hits on the evening. The multi-hit game raised his line to an impressive .292/.413/.414 on the year.
Aug 26 - 10:10 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals to earn his 23rd save on Tuesday.

Melancon issued a walk in the inning, but the Cardinals never really threatened to deprive him of the save. The right-hander struck out one, giving him a 52/9 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings, and he owns a 2.15 ERA and 0.92 WHIP overall.
Aug 26 - 10:08 PM

Pedro Alvarez exited Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with left foot discomfort.

It's not clear at this point how Alvarez hurt the foot or how long he might be out, but the Pirates should update his status after the game. It would be unfortunate timing if he should be out a while, as Alvarez entered play Tuesday with three homers in his last three games.
Aug 26 - 9:47 PM


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