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Nick Burdi (elbow) struck out the side for High-A Bradenton on Monday in his first appearance since last May's Tommy John surgery.

Burdi needed just 13 pitches, throwing 10 of them for strikes. There's no word on what the velocity was for Burdi, who touched triple digits before the operation. The Pirates are hoping that he can make an impact sometime after the All-Star break.
Jul 16 - 7:32 PM

Corey Dickerson went 2-for-5 with a homer on Sunday in a victory over the Brewers in extra innings.

Dickerson's homer was a two-run shot off of Jhoulys Chacin in the third inning, and it gives the left-handed hitting outfielder seven on the season. Acquired for a song, Dickerson has been strong in his first 86 games with the Pirates, hitting .306/.340/.469 with 37 RBI and five stolen bases. Keep in mind that Dickerson has had struggles finishing the year in his career, but so far there hasn't been much to complain about.
Jul 15 - 5:59 PM

Josh Bell went 2-for-5 with a two-run walk-off double in a 6-5 victory over the Brewers on Sunday in extra innings.

Bell came to the plate with the Pirates trailing 6-5, but he laced a two-run extra-base hit to score Gregory Polanco and Colin Moran to give Pittsburgh the win over Milwaukee. Bell has swung the bat much better as of late, but his first-half line of .261/.342/.396 with five homers is disappointing after he hit 26 homers in his 2017 campaign.
Jul 15 - 5:47 PM

Joe Musgrove allowed five runs over 7 2/3 innings with five strikeouts in a no decision against the Brewers on Sunday.

Musgrove allowed seven hits against the Milwaukee lineup, and he walked four. Things were going swimmingly for the right-hander, until he allowed three runs in the eighth inning; with all three coming on a Brett Phillips bases-loaded triple. The five runs bumps Musgrove’s ERA to 4.09, but he’s pitched better than that ERA suggests with a 50/16 strikeout-to-walk ratio over nine starts and 51 innings. His next start will likely come against Cleveland after the All-Star break, but he hasn’t been penciled in for that as of publication.
Jul 15 - 5:43 PM

Josh Harrison was pulled from Sunday's game against the Brewers with left hamstring discomfort.

Harrison was injured while running out a grounder. He's being treated and examined further and an update on his condition figures to be available after the game.
Jul 15 - 3:43 PM

Josh Harrison was lifted from Sunday's game against the Brewers with an apparent leg injury.

Harrison came up lame after running out a groundball. The Pirates should have an update on their infielder shortly.
Jul 15 - 3:23 PM

Pirates recalled RHP Tanner Anderson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Anderson was knocked around in his major league debut earlier this month. He'll work in low-leverage situations.
Jul 15 - 12:54 PM

Pirates optioned OF Austin Meadows to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Meadows hadn't started any of the team's last seven games, so a demotion was overdue. He'll play regularly back at Indy. Meadows batted just .204/.259/.245 over his last 19 games.
Jul 15 - 12:52 PM

Jordan Luplow roughed up the Brewers bullpen by blasting two solo home runs in a 6-2 victory on Saturday.

He victimized Dan Jennings in the seventh inning and Aaron Wilkerson in the eighth for his first two home runs of the season. Luplow had been 1-for-12 on the season before connecting on the pair of dingers. He was called up to the majors last week to serve as a backup outfielder. The 24-year-old had a .297 batting average with eight homers and 47 RBI in 77 games at Triple-A Indianapolis prior to his promotion.
Jul 14 - 8:16 PM

Felipe Vazquez struck out the only batter he faced and was rewarded with a save against the Brewers on Saturday.

The Pirates entered the final frame with a 6-0 lead and still had to put their closer into the game to lock it down. Michael Feliz started the inning and allowed three hits, a walk and two runs before they turned to Vazquez to put out the fire. He did it quickly by striking out Travis Shaw on three pitches. He earned saves in both games of the double-header today. Vazquez now has 23 saves and a 3.05 ERA on the season.
Jul 14 - 8:10 PM

Clay Holmes beat the Brewers by registering six scoreless innings and allowing just four hits on Saturday.

He struck out six and issued two free passes to earn his first major league win. He fared a lot better in this one than he did in his first career start last week. He allowed four runs to the Dodgers in 2 1/3 innings in that one. He made two relief appearances earlier in the year and now has a 3.65 ERA with 10 strikeouts and eight walks in 12 1/3 innings total for the season.
Jul 14 - 8:05 PM

Gregory Polanco homered for the second consecutive game on Saturday, powering the Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Brewers in the first game of their doubleheader.

Polanco went back-to-back with teammate Starling Marte in the first inning, giving the Pirates an early 2-0 lead, which was all the support that Ivan Nova and company would require. Polanco finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .235/.338/.481 with 15 homers and 50 RBI on the season.
Jul 14 - 4:17 PM

Starling Marte clubbed his 12th home run of the season as the Pirates topped the Brewers in the first game of Saturday's twinbill.

Marte launched his solo shot off of Chase Anderson in the first inning, and it was immediately followed by a blast from teammate Gregory Polanco. That would be the Pirates' only offense in the game, but proved to be enough. Marte finished the day 1-for-4. He has been a nice five-category contributor in fantasy leagues this year, slashing .283/.333/.471 with 12 homers, 42 RBI and 24 stolen bases.
Jul 14 - 4:15 PM

Felipe Vazquez slammed the door on the Brewers in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, working a scoreless frame to preserve a one-run advantage.

Vazquez did allow a two-out single to Erik Kratz, but was able to strand him there without issue. The 27-year-old hurler has now made good on each of his last 12 save chances and 22 of 26 on the season. His 3.07 ERA still looks bloated from his early-season struggles, but he owns a stellar 1.97 FIP and 12.29 K/9.
Jul 14 - 4:12 PM

Ivan Nova couldn't make it out of the fifth inning against the Brewers on Saturday, allowing one run on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander struck out three and didn't walk a batter in the contest. He ran into major trouble in the fifth inning, where the Brewers scored a run and loaded the bases with one out, causing Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle to go to his bullpen. Richard Rodriguez came on and did an excellent job, stranding all three of Nova's runners. Nova finishes the first half 5-6 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 102 2/3 innings in his 18 starts.
Jul 14 - 4:03 PM


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