A.J. Burnett lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- Thursday in a loss to the Reds.
Gregory Polanco started Thursday and went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk against the Reds.
Pirates general manager Neil Huntington confirmed Thursday that Mark Melancon will remain the team's closer.
Pirates acquired RHP Joakim Soria from the Tigers for SS JaCoby Jones.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates have agreed to a deal with the Tigers for Joakim Soria.
According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, the Pirates are close to acquiring Joakim Soria from the Tigers.
Pirates designated RHP Vance Worley for assignment.
FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are "working to trade" closer Joakim Soria.
Starling Marte finished 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored on Wednesday night.
Pirates acquired RHP Joe Blanton from the Royals for cash considerations.
Pirates promoted top prospect Tyler Glasnow to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Wednesday's 10-4 rout of the Twins.
Joakim Soria converted his 23rd save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Rays.
Gregory Polanco departed Wednesday's game versus the Twins due to left knee discomfort.
Jung-Ho Kang went 2-for-4 with a game-winning home run as the Pirates outlasted the Twins 8-7 on Tuesday.