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A.J. Burnett lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- Thursday in a loss to the Reds.

Burnett struggled in his previous two starts, but his velocity was just fine in those, even a little better than usual. Tonight, he just didn't have it, and the Reds were all over him. Maybe the Pirates need to give him a little break in order to prepare him for the stretch run. That's probably up to him, though.
Jul 31 - 12:05 AM

Gregory Polanco started Thursday and went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk against the Reds.

Polanco left Wednesday's game because of knee discomfort. He's quietly hit .274 with a .361 OBP and 10 doubles in 95 at-bats this month, which should lessen the Pirates' desire for any outfield help. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, he's stopped running, going 0-for-1 in July after swiping 17 bases over the first three months. Perhaps the knee has played a role there.
Jul 30 - 11:55 PM

Pirates general manager Neil Huntington confirmed Thursday that Mark Melancon will remain the team's closer.

The acquisition of Joakim Soria on Thursday strengthened an already deep and talented setup corps for the Bucs, but it won't force the All-Star right-hander from his ninth-inning gig. Melancon boasts a stellar 1.32 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and league leading 32 saves on the year.
Jul 30 - 8:33 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Joakim Soria from the Tigers for SS JaCoby Jones.

While it's a major hit to the fantasy value for the veteran right-hander, he will bolster an already elite Pirates bullpen that boasts Tony Watson and Jared Hughes in front of closer Mark Melancon.
Jul 30 - 7:10 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates have agreed to a deal with the Tigers for Joakim Soria.

James Schmehl of MLive.com first reported the two sides were nearing a deal. It's unclear at the moment what the Tigers will receive in return. Soria will see his fantasy value take a major hit as he's relegated to a setup role behind Mark Melancon.
Jul 30 - 6:17 PM

According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, the Pirates are close to acquiring Joakim Soria from the Tigers.

It's unclear who the Tigers would receive in return. Soria has posted a 2.85 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio over 41 innings this season while going 23-for-26 in save chances, but he would likely move into a set-up role for Mark Melancon in Pittsburgh. The 31-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter.
Jul 30 - 5:50 PM

Pirates designated RHP Vance Worley for assignment.

The move opens a roster spot for Joe Blanton, who was acquired from the Royals late Wednesday night. Worley, 27, had a 3.78 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 47/19 K/BB ratio in 69 innings (eight starts, 12 relief appearances) this season for the Pirates. He is sure to draw some interest on waivers.
Jul 30 - 3:30 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are "working to trade" closer Joakim Soria.

Soria would make sense for the Blue Jays -- the team the Tigers just traded David Price to -- but it doesn't appear there's anything happening on that front. Soria, 31, has a 2.85 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 36/11 K/BB ratio in 41 innings this season for Detroit and he is 23-for-26 in save opportunities. As usual, just about every contending club is looking for relief help.
Jul 30 - 12:53 PM

Starling Marte finished 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored on Wednesday night.

The steal was his 20th of the season. Marte had to be scratched from the Pirates' starting lineup on Tuesday due to a stomach ache, but he's obviously just fine.
Jul 30 - 8:55 AM

Pirates acquired RHP Joe Blanton from the Royals for cash considerations.

Blanton was designated for assignment by Kansas City on Tuesday to open a 40-man roster spot for new ace Johnny Cueto. Blanton had a strong 3.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 40/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings (four starts, 11 relief appearances) this season for the Royals and should be an asset as a swing man down the stretch for Pittsburgh.
Jul 30 - 8:29 AM

Pirates promoted top prospect Tyler Glasnow to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.

The 21-year-old right-hander has dominated at every minor league stop and boasts a 2.50 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 88/21 K/BB ratio over 68 1/3 innings between Low-A West Virginia and Double-A Altoona this season. At this rate, he could debut with the Pirates before seasons end.
Jul 29 - 8:13 PM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Wednesday's 10-4 rout of the Twins.

McCutchen launched a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning and an RBI single (that turned into a little league home run after some errors) in the top of the sixth. He's batting .290/.386/.490 with 14 home runs and 64 RBI in 97 games this season for the Bucs.
Jul 29 - 5:00 PM

Joakim Soria converted his 23rd save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Rays.

Soria plunked Evan Longoria with a pitch with two outs but was able to get Tim Beckham to go down swinging to end it. It's been a nice season for the veteran reliever, as he boasts a 2.85 ERA and has nailed down 23 of 26 save opportunities. Soria could get traded this week if the Tigers decide to sell.
Jul 29 - 3:06 PM

Gregory Polanco departed Wednesday's game versus the Twins due to left knee discomfort.

He didn't appear to suffer the injury on one play, although it's worth noting that he had an issue with the same knee last month after banging into the outfield wall. More should be known on Polanco after Wednesday's game.
Jul 29 - 2:57 PM

Jung-Ho Kang went 2-for-4 with a game-winning home run as the Pirates outlasted the Twins 8-7 on Tuesday.

Kang was hit by a pitch and scored in the sixth inning and came up with the game tied in the top of the ninth. Against Twins closer Glen Perkins, Kang launched a solo homer to give the Pirates the lead and ultimately the win. The shortstop has seven multi-hit games in his last nine contests, raising his season line to .289/.367/.426 with six homers and 32 RBI.
Jul 29 - 12:16 AM


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