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Josh Harrison had a monster day on Sunday, going 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases in the Pirates' 7-5 victory over the Rockies.

Harrison was 5-for-27 since the All-Star break before Sunday's outburst. He's now hitting .294/.330/.447 with six homers and 13 stolen bases overall. He'll continue to find his way into the Pirates lineup on an everyday basis going forward.
Jul 27 - 9:44 PM

Mark Melancon struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the save against the Rockies on Sunday.

Melancon went through the meat of the Rockies order, retiring Josh Rutledge, Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado to close out the win. He's now got a 2.17 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 42/6 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings of work. As the unquestioned closer on a Pirates team that should be in a lot of close ballgames the rest of the way, Melancon has plenty of fantasy value these days.
Jul 27 - 9:24 PM

Edinson Volquez lasted just 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Sunday, allowing four runs -- two earned -- on six hits.

More than the hits allowed, Volquez was done in by the four walks issued. It was Volquez' second straight subpar start after a four-game run of strong performances. It's been that kind of year for the right-hander, who is 8-7 with a 3.87 ERA and 1.30 WHIP through 121 innings of work. He's got a chance to get back on the horse against a bad Diamondbacks club on Friday.
Jul 27 - 9:04 PM

Pedro Alvarez is back in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

Alvarez hasn't started since exiting Tuesday's game with a sore left knee, but he made a pinch-hitting appearance Saturday and is back at third base Sunday. The 27-year-old is batting just .238/.327/.409 this season but has slugged 15 homers and driven in 47 runs.
Jul 27 - 1:12 PM

Gregory Polanco was moved down to the No. 7 spot in the batting order during Saturday's loss to the Rockies.

Polanco has slumped after a hot start, batting just .178/.260/.256 over his last 23 games. He's hit only .137/.185/.196 against left-handers and will, at the very least, continue to hit lower in the order versus southpaws. However, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday of Polanco's move out of the leadoff spot that he's "hoping it's just a temporary deal."
Jul 27 - 10:49 AM

Jeff Locke was lit up for six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Rockies.

Those results probably could have been anticipated. Locke has pitched well this season, but he was due for some serious regression and Coors Field saw that it happened on Saturday night. Locke walked three and gave up a whopping 10 hits. He still has a strong 3.54 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, but the left-hander is unlikely to provide great fantasy value down the stretch.
Jul 26 - 11:06 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) will need a second minor league rehab start after his first one on Monday.

Cole has been out since July 5 with right lat soreness. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday that he wants the right-hander to get to 100 pitches in the minors before returning to the major league rotation.
Jul 26 - 6:16 PM

Pedro Alvarez (knee) appeared as a pinch hitter in Friday's loss to the Rockies, going 0-for-1 with a walk in his two plate appearances.

The most encouraging sign was that he remained in the game to play third base after he hit for Brent Morel in the seventh inning. Expect the slugger to return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
Jul 26 - 4:35 AM

Charlie Morton allowed four runs over six-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Rockies.

Morton held the Rockies to just one run before he unraveled to begin the seventh inning. He struck out three and walked one in the loss and now sits at 5-10 with a 3.40 ERA and 106/44 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings of work this season. He'll attempt to turn the page next week in another road start, this time against the Giants.
Jul 26 - 1:00 AM

Gregory Polanco went 0-for-5 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

Polanco got off to a red-hot start in the majors, but he's hitting just .125 (6-for-48) over his last 11 games. Ups and downs are to be expected for the 22-year-old rookie and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle continues to stick with him out of the leadoff spot. We wouldn't panic quite yet in fantasy leagues.
Jul 26 - 12:59 AM

Gerrit Cole (lat) is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated that he would be limited to 80-85 pitches in the ballgame. If all goes well, he could be cleared to rejoin the Pirates rotation shortly afterwards.
Jul 25 - 7:09 PM

Pedro Alvarez (knee) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Friday.

Alvarez hasn't played since exiting Tuesday's game against the Dodgers with left knee discomfort. The fact that he wasn't able to play following Thursday's off day is a bad sign, but to this point the Pirates haven't given any indication that the disabled list might be a possibility. Brent Morel is at third base Friday.
Jul 25 - 5:20 PM

Travis Snider singled, homered, drew a walk, and scored three runs as the Pirates emerged victorious against the Dodgers by a 6-1 margin on Wednesday.

Snider's second-inning solo home run off of Dan Haren was his first easy trot around the bases since June 22. He has played sparingly and carries a mediocre .252/.333/.374 slash line along with five home runs and 17 RBI in 184 plate appearances.
Jul 23 - 9:59 PM

Josh Harrison finished 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Wednesday's win against the Dodgers.

The National League All-Star has slumped since returning from the break. In fact, Wednesday's performance was his first multi-RBI game since July 10. He doubled in a pair of runs in the first inning to cap off a four-run outburst. The talented 27-year-old is slashing .291/.329/.437 with five home runs, 31 RBI, and 11 stolen bases.
Jul 23 - 9:53 PM

Francisco Liriano pitched well against the Dodgers on Wednesday, holding them to one run over seven innings en route to his second win of the season.

Liriano didn't have the strikeout stuff working the way he did in his last start against the Rockies, but he limited the Dodgers to four hits and a pair of walks while fanning four. The lefty finished the seventh inning for the first time since April 21. Now with a 4.18 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 93/47 K/BB ratio, Liriano will look to keep it going against the Giants on the road next week.
Jul 23 - 9:50 PM


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