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Jeff Locke held the Marlins scoreless over 5 2/3 innings, earning the win as the Pirates won 5-1 on Tuesday.

Locke walked four while allowing four hits, but was able to dance out of danger with six strikeouts. The lefty hadn't had good results but the Marlins have been wont to help out opposing pitchers as of late. Locke has a 4.70 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a 42/20 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings. He'll make his next start in San Diego against the Padres.
May 26 - 10:20 PM

Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Tuesday's victory against the Marlins.

Harrison had his 11-game hitting streak snapped on Monday. Tuesday's start was his sixth consecutive in the leadoff spot, as he was moved lower in the order at the start of May given his early-season struggles. His effort against the Marlins brings his triple-slash line up to .261/.289/.406 with four home runs, 15 RBI, and a pair of stolen bases.
May 26 - 10:16 PM

Neil Walker went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, helping lead the Pirates past the Marlins on Tuesday.

Walker pushed the Pirates' lead to 4-0 with his two-run blast in the second inning off of Jose Urena. The 29-year-old is batting an uninspiring .259/.320/.395 with three home runs and 16 RBI on the year.
May 26 - 10:14 PM

Gregory Polanco is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

He'll take a seat against right-hander Jose Urena. Josh Harrison will start in right field while Jung Ho Kang plays third.
May 26 - 3:37 PM

Deibinson Romero has agreed to a deal with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to Doosan and the Yonhap News Agency.

The Bears are expected to negotiate a buyout with the Pirates soon to finalize the deal. Romero, 28, signed a minor league deal with Pittsburgh over the winter and was batting .302/.403/.458 with six home runs and 27 RBI over 38 games with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. He has played 10 seasons in the minors, but never reached the major leagues.
May 26 - 10:01 AM

Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's victory against the Marlins.

Alvarez provided insurance with a sixth-inning solo homer off of David Phelps, extending the Pirates' lead to 4-2. He has homered in back-to-back starts and has four in his last eight games, giving him nine total on the season along with 21 RBI and a .241/.327/.496 triple-slash line.
May 25 - 9:40 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-2 with a walk and a three-run home run as the Pirates topped the Marlins on Monday.

Cervelli gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead in the second inning with a three-run blast off of David Phelps. Not exactly known for his power, that was Cervelli's first homer of the season. The catcher is batting a solid .316/.381/.404 with 13 RBI on the year.
May 25 - 9:38 PM

Charlie Morton, making his first start of the season, got the win after limiting the Marlins to two runs in seven innings of work on Monday.

Giancarlo Stanton was responsible for both runs, hitting an RBI single in the first inning and a solo home run in the third. Morton had his ground ball stuff working, inducing 20 of them compared to one fly ball. He scattered eight hits overall, walked none, and struck out three. Morton will look to repeat the success in a weekend start in San Diego against the Padres next.
May 25 - 9:33 PM

Jung Ho Kang is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday.

Josh Harrison is starting at third base and Jordy Mercer is starting at shortstop against Marlins right-hander David Phelps. Kang will be available off the bench. He's batting .304/.369/.435 in his first 31 major league games.
May 25 - 3:34 PM

Pirates activated RHP Charlie Morton from the 15-day disabled list.

Morton will make his 2015 debut for the Pirates on Monday night against the Marlins. He posted very good numbers on his lengthy minor league rehab assignment and could be worth a shot in some standard mixed fantasy leagues.
May 25 - 3:16 PM

Pirates designated RHP Radhames Liz for assignment.

Liz had walked 10 batters and allowed 20 hits in 17 1/3 innings this season out of the Pirates' bullpen, but the 31-year-old right-hander may draw interest on waivers.
May 25 - 3:14 PM

Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell delivered four hits in Sunday's win for Double-A Altoona

All of his hits were singles. The 22-year-old is now second in the Eastern League in batting average (.338), fourth in RBI (29), seventh in walks (21) and third in on base percentage (.412). Bell has shown remarkable consistency all season, batting .325 in May after hitting an even more robust .352 in April. He's struck out just 14 times in 151 at-bats. Altoona fans should get to the park soon because Bell won't be in Double-A for much longer.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 2:14 PM

Jameson Taillon (elbow) pitched two innings of an extended spring training game Saturday in Florida.

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said the ball was coming out of Taillon's hand "free and easy." The 23-year-old right-hander is being eased along in his rehabilitation from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery but could feasibly become an option for the Pirates' rotation sometime in the second half. He's only a couple weeks away from pitching in live, meaningful minor league games.
May 25 - 8:50 AM

Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer in Sunday's 9-1 win over the Mets.

Marte launched his bomb off of Erik Goeddel in the sixth inning. It was the young outfielder's ninth homer of the season and pushed his RBI total to an even 30. This is just a continuation of what's been a stellar year for Marte, who's hitting .278/.326/.513.
May 24 - 4:36 PM

Francisco Liriano was near-unhittable in a 9-1 win over the Mets on Sunday, striking out 12 and allowing one run in six innings.

Perhaps the only downside of striking out 12 batters is that it pumps up the pitch count. Indeed, Liriano had thrown 112 pitches by the time he exited the game after six, but these are just minor quibbles. Liriano was locked in from the word "go" and the only run to touch the plate came on a Wilmer Flores RBI single in the fifth inning. Flores was the only Mets regular Liriano failed to strike out. The non-regular? Pitcher Jon Niese, who went 1-for-2 without a whiff. Strange times, strange times. Liriano now boasts a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 64/23 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. Those numbers are skewed slightly high by a two-inning, seven-run debacle against the Twins in Liriano's last start. He's having a very good season. We'll see if he can strike out his opposing number when he takes to the road against the Padres in his next outing.
May 24 - 4:27 PM

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