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Francisco Liriano blanked the Braves for six innings and struck out seven in a victory Monday.

Andrew McCutchen's sixth-inning homer made a winner of Liriano in a 1-0 game. Liriano has won four straight starts, allowing just one run in 26 innings in the process. The potential is there for him to be really dangerous in October.
Sep 22 - 10:50 PM

Andrew McCutchen homered off the Braves' Aaron Harang for the only run in the Pirates' 1-0 victory on Monday.

McCutchen has been a better hitter this year than he was in his MVP season, with the caveat that he has missed 15 games. The sentiment is growing for Clayton Kershaw to win MVP honors, but McCutchen is as good a choice as any to be the top position player on the ballot.
Sep 22 - 10:43 PM

Vance Worley threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, in Sunday's 1-0 defeat of the Brewers.

Worley was dominant in the start, giving up just four singles without walking a batter in silencing the Brewers' bats. He struck out five in the win. After a rough stretch in the middle of August, Worley has bounced back to win three straight, improving his record to 8-4. Worley has been a tremendous find for the Bucs this season, and he'll take a 2.93 ERA in his final start of the season against the Reds on Friday.
Sep 21 - 4:25 PM

Russell Martin had the game-winning RBI single in the Pirates' win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Martin broke a scoreless tie with his RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Pirates would win by the same margin. Martin finished 1-for-3 on the day. The extended his hitting streak to 12 games, raising his average to .297. The 31-year-old has had a quietly productive year behind the plate.
Sep 21 - 4:20 PM

Josh Harrison extended his hitting streak to nine games Sunday, going 2-for-4 in a win over the Brewers.

The multi-hit game was Harrison's fifth during the nine-game streak. His average is an NL-best .318, and he's closing in on his first batting title. It's certainly been a memorable season for the do-everything 27-year-old.
Sep 21 - 4:17 PM

Tony Watson worked the ninth inning, allowing three baserunners but holding the Brewers off the scoreboard to earn his first save of the season Sunday.

Protecting a one-run lead, Watson gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Gomez and another hit to Rickie Weeks, but Gomez was gunned out trying for third base. He hit Aramis Ramirez with two outs to give Pirates fans more trepidation, but Ryan Braun flied out to end the threat. Watson got the call after Mark Melancon had worked the previous three days. Melancon is still locked in as the Bucs' closer, with Watson serving primarily as a setup man.
Sep 21 - 4:14 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that there's a chance Pedro Alvarez (foot) could return if the team advances to the NLDS.

He will not be ready for the Wild Card game. Alvarez has been nursing a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot since late August and it's an injury that normally requires 4-6 weeks to recover from.
Sep 21 - 1:33 PM

Edinson Volquez was handed a no-decision Saturday despite tossing seven scoreless innings against the Brewers.

Following Saturday's outing, Volquez has managed to lower his ERA by 76 points since the beginning of August. The right-hander yielded three hits and three walks while striking out six in the effort. He'll take a 3.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a 130/70 K/BB ratio into his final start of the season on Thursday in Atlanta against the Braves.
Sep 20 - 10:47 PM

Russell Martin hit a dramatic go-ahead three-run homer in a 4-2 win over the Brewers on Friday night.

After Yovani Gallardo pitched seven scoreless innings, Martin put the Pirates in front in the eighth inning against Jonathan Broxton and sent PNC Park into pandemonium. The veteran backstop has had a fantastic under-the-radar year, batting .296/.408/441 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI while throwing out 39 percent of attempted basestealers. He's a big reason why the Pirates are currently on track for their second straight postseason appearance. Look for him to land a nice contract in free agency this winter.
Sep 19 - 10:46 PM

Jeff Locke allowed two runs over seven innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Friday.

Locke held the Brewers to just five hits and no walks, with his only mistakes coming on an RBI single from Jonathan Lucroy in the first inning and a solo blast by Rickie Weeks in the fifth. Still, he was on the hook for the loss before Russell Martin's heroics in the eighth inning. With a 3.60 ERA and 86/35 K/BB ratio in 127 1/3 innings over 20 starts, Locke has been a stabilizing force in Pittsburgh's rotation. He'll get the Braves in Atlanta next week.
Sep 19 - 10:45 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Brewers for his 31st save of the season.

It wasn't nearly as tricky as Thursday night, as Melancon needed just eight pitches to set down the Brewers in order. The 29-year-old has converted nine straight save chances and owns a dominant 1.85 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 67/10 K/BB ratio over 68 innings this season.
Sep 19 - 10:43 PM

Vance Worley will start on Sunday versus the Brewers.

Charlie Morton took his spot for one turn, but his sports hernia is acting up again. Worley has faded in recent weeks but still boasts a 3.18 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 96 1/3 innings this season.
Sep 19 - 3:18 PM

Charlie Morton (sports hernia) has been scratched from Sunday's start against the Brewers.

Morton managed to toss five shutout innings in his return to the rotation Tuesday, but his sports hernia was bothering him and he was still in a subsequent bullpen session. It seems unlikely that he'll return this season. Vance Worley will take the ball on Sunday.
Sep 19 - 3:16 PM

Starling Marte hit a solo home run on Thursday as the Pirates finished off a sweep of the Red Sox with a 3-2 victory.

Marte's fifth-inning solo homer off of Brandon Workman turned out to be the deciding factor in the game. It's the 25-year-old's 13th of the season and fourth of September. Marte is now batting .289/.358/.458 with 53 RBI and 69 runs scored in what has been a productive 2014 showing.
Sep 18 - 10:34 PM

Mark Melancon got into hot water, but escaped the ninth inning without any damage, picking up his 30th save of the season in Thursday's win against the Red Sox.

Melancon hit Allen Craig to lead off the inning, then allowed a single to Daniel Nava. Next, Will Middlebrooks hit a grounder up the third base line and it hit pinch-runner Jemile Weeks, who was ruled out for obstruction. From there, Melancon struck out Jackie Bradley, Jr. and got Christian Vazquez to ground out to end the threat. Quite an interesting way to earn save number 30. Melancon has otherwise been lights out, sporting a 1.88 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 67/10 K/BB ratio.
Sep 18 - 10:31 PM

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