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7/4/2015 | Bucs turn to untouchable Melancon in 9th

Jeff Locke was nearly finished with the best start of his career Saturday afternoon, and manager Clint Hurdle had a tough decision to make. Should he send out Locke for the ninth with a one-run lead or turn to closer Mark Melancon?


7/4/2015 | Locke dazzles with eight scoreless innings

Driven to not be the lemon in the Pirates' rotation garage, Jeff Locke on Saturday instead became their sleek roadster.


7/4/2015 | Richard gone, but Bucs feel good about depth

The Pirates had hoped to keep Clayton Richard in the Indianapolis on-deck circle until circumstances forced a call for starting pitching help, but even with the veteran left-hander's deal into the Cubs' rotation, manager Clint Hurdle remains comfortable with the Bucs' supply of standby arms.


7/4/2015 | Pirates carefully cast their own ASG votes

For a team like the Pirates, the outcome of the All-Star Game -- and the resulting home-field advantage in the World Series -- takes on a little added significance. So, too, does the process of filling out their All-Star ballots.


7/4/2015 | Salazar, Cole set to face off in rubber game

Gerrit Cole, who leads the National League in wins and boasts a 2.20 ERA, has held firm this season when facing hitters with runners in scoring position -- a trend he'll look to continue against the Indians at 1:35 p.m. ET Sunday at PNC Park. Meanwhile, Cole's counterpart -- Indians starter Danny Salazar -- has fared well when facing those situations, as well.


7/4/2015 | Bucs even series vs. Tribe with Locke's gem

Jeff Locke turned off a hot Indians offense for eight innings on Saturday and Neil Walker's sixth-inning single drove in the only run he needed to give the Pirates a 1-0 victory on Independence Day.


7/4/2015 | Bucs struggle after delay, but don't blame rain

The Pirates have gotten used to rain delays this season. They've sat and waited, gone back to the clubhouse and retaken the field through nearly 12 hours worth of them over eight games this year.


7/3/2015 | Hernia surgery likely to end Taillon's season

Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon was nearing another milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week, preparing to pitch for one of Pittsburgh's Minor League affiliates for the first time since 2013.


7/3/2015 | Bucs trade lefty Richard to Cubs

The Pirates made good on their promise and intent when they came to a Minor League agreement on Dec. 3 with veteran lefty Clayton Richard: to work him back to the Major Leagues.


7/3/2015 | Anderson, Locke face off in Interleague tilt

Don't be surprised if Saturday's 4:05 p.m. ET tilt between the Pirates and Indians at PNC Park is methodically defined by ground ball after ground ball as Cleveland's Cody Anderson takes the bump. Pirates starter Jeff Locke, meanwhile, has also induced double-digit ground ball totals in four of his past five outings.


7/3/2015 | Tribe battles rain, Bucs for 5th straight win

A trio of early runs and another solid start led the Indians to their fifth straight win, a 5-2 victory over the Pirates on a rainy Friday night at PNC Park.


7/3/2015 | Stats of the Day: Bucs arms on historic pace

Francisco Liriano kept the Tigers off the board for seven frames, and the Pirates completed a three-game sweep with an 8-4 victory in Detroit. As a team, Pittsburgh owns an historic 2.91 ERA. compiled a 2.65 ERA.


7/2/2015 | Liriano neutralizes lefty-mashing Tigers

The hard-to-hit left-hander went up against the team that hits lefties hard on Thursday afternoon. It was no contest. Francisco Liriano pitted his miniscule opponents' average (.189) against the masculine Tigers' .276 average against southpaws -- third best in the Majors -- and pulled rank with seven scoreless innings in the Pirates' 8-4 win at Comerica Park.


7/2/2015 | Liriano's gem sets tone in Bucs' Detroit sweep

Francisco Liriano tossed seven scoreless innings, and a four-run ninth weathered a late comeback attempt as the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers with an 8-4 win on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.


7/2/2015 | Bucs prideful on eve of first pitch with dads

The Bucs' annual "Take your father to work" week will have a special and heart-tugging conclusion on Friday night, when the Pirates will open a 10-game homestand and an Independence Day weekend of ball at PNC Park.


7/2/2015 | Cleveland-Pittsburgh rivalry renewed at PNC Park

The rivalry between the cities of Cleveland and Pittsburgh plays out yearly in the NFL, but it's rare that the respective fan bases can carry the passion into a baseball stadium. That will change this weekend, when the Indians head to PNC Park to take on the Pirates in a three-game Interleague series.


7/1/2015 | Burnett making strong case to be an All-Star

A.J. Burnett is not running. But If elected, he will serve with bursting pride on the 2015 National League All-Star Team.


7/1/2015 | Walker getting hot at right time for Pirates

Hit on the head by Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera's arm as he crossed the bag on an infield hit in the sixth inning of the Pirates' 9-3 win over the Tigers, Neil Walker got a temporary bad feeling. How bad? "I didn't know where I was," Walker said. After his second home run and fourth hit, Walker had no trouble placing himself: Oh, yes, Comerica Park.


7/1/2015 | Hanson rips inside-the-park home run for Triple-A Indianapolis

Well, that didn't take long. In Alen Hanson's first game back from the disabled list, the Pirates' No. 7 prospect ripped a third-inning solo inside-the-park home run off the center-field wall.


7/1/2015 | Walker's dad named to Texas League Hall of Fame

Wednesday, during this summer's Father's Trip, the tables were turned for one of the dads: Tom Walker, Neil's dad and a former Major Leaguer himself, received notification he had been chosen for the Texas League Hall of Fame.


7/1/2015 | Cole defends actions after Martinez hit-by-pitch

Gerrit Cole took an obviously reluctant turn Wednesday afternoon to answer Victor Martinez's accusation and sentiment. The Detroit DH had said postgame the Cole pitch that hit him midway through the Pirates' 5-4, 14-inning win Tuesday night had been intentional, and for that he had no respect for the player, his team and its coaches. "I mean, that's his opinion, man," said Cole. "Everybody is entitled to their opinion. I can't control who he respects and who he doesn't."


7/1/2015 | Walker leads Bucs' 21-hit attack in win over Tigers

Second baseman Neil Walker's two-homer night propelled the Pirates to a season-high 21 hits as the Buccos topped the Tigers, 9-3, on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.


7/1/2015 | Liriano, Ryan face off in matinee in Detroit

Southpaw Kyle Ryan once again steps out of the Tigers' bullpen to make his fourth start of the season; he lost his only decision as a starter and allowed 14 hits in 17 innings. He will be opposed by veteran lefty Francisco Liriano, who is 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA in his last seven starts.


7/1/2015 | Guerra waits 10 years to earn first MLB victory

After 10 years in the Minor Leagues, Pirates reliever Deolis Guerra earned his first big league win, pitching three frames in a 5-4, 14-inning victory over the Tigers.