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8/19/2014 | Cutch: Plunking may have contributed to injury

Upon his return to the active list on Tuesday, Andrew McCutchen acknowledged the likelihood that getting drilled in the back by Randall Delgado's pitch on Aug. 2 contributed to the avulsion rib fracture that sent him to the DL for the first time in his career.

8/19/2014 | Alvarez unlikely to see any more action at third

The night after Pedro Alvarez's debut at first base, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated it would take an emergency for the slugger to again be seen playing third base this season.

8/19/2014 | Cole hoping to boost Bucs vs. surging Braves

Gerrit Cole will look to give the struggling Pirates a shot in the arm when he returns from the disabled list for Wednesday's finale vs. Alex Wood and the surging Braves at PNC Park.

8/19/2014 | No setbacks for McCutchen in return to action

Andrew McCutchen returned to action Tuesday, and the outfielder reported feeling fine physically in his first game back from a rib fracture.

8/19/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Outfielder Bell has bright future

Pirates prospect Josh Bell is legitimate and it's only a matter of time until he's hitting in the middle of a big league lineup manning a corner outfield spot.

8/18/2014 | Longtime Pirates, Reds scout passes away

Longtime Pirates and Reds scout Elmer Gray, who recommended the signing of Ken Griffey Sr., passes away at age 91 following a long illness.

8/18/2014 | Bucs' power surge not enough after early jolt

Starling Marte homered twice and Neil Walker belted one that bounced into the Allegheny River, but that power surge couldn't overcome a rocky first inning for Vance Worley in a 7-3 setback Monday night at PNC Park.

8/18/2014 | Pirates mourn passing of longtime scout

Longtime Pirates scout Elmer Gray died Monday at the age of 91. He began working with the Pirates in 1984 and helped build the playoff teams of the early 1990s. Prior to joining the Pirates, Gray was a member of the Reds organization.

8/18/2014 | Alvarez 'pretty comfortable' in first-base debut

Less than two weeks after the Pirates decided to have lifelong third baseman Pedro Alvarez start practicing at first base, he made his first career appearance there Monday night against the Braves.

8/18/2014 | Rookie-level pitcher suspended for HGH

Minor League pitcher Michael Clemens, a 17th-round Draft selection by the Pirates in June, received a 68-game suspension on Monday for possession and use of human growth hormone.

8/18/2014 | McCutchen takes swings, on verge of return

Andrew McCutchen expects to be back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday, the first day he is eligible to be activated off the 15-day disabled list.

8/17/2014 | Pirates hope to snap skid at home vs. Braves

The Pirates, who have lost five straight games, send Vance Worley to the mound against Ervin Santana and the Braves on Monday at PNC Park.

8/17/2014 | Bucs hope MVP's return turns tide vs. Braves

Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen expects to be back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday night as the Bucs look to snap a six-game slide. Left-hander Francisco Liriano makes the start for Pittsburgh, with right-hander Aaron Harang taking the mound for the Braves, winners of four in a row.

8/17/2014 | Pirates rally in ninth, but fall in 11th vs. Nats

Scott Hairston's sacrifice fly off Brandon Cumpton with one out in the 11th inning gave the Nats a 6-5 victory over the Bucs on Sunday night at Nationals Park.

8/17/2014 | Nationals win challenge: Taylor was HBP

Manager Matt Williams challenged a call in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Pirates on Sunday night at Nationals Park after right fielder Michael Taylor appeared to be hit in the left hand by an errant fastball from right-hander Edinson Volquez.

8/17/2014 | Locke taking his tough luck with leads in stride

Jeff Locke won rotation tenure Saturday night, with 5 2/3 innings of shutout pitching taking him out of consideration for giving up his spot for Gerrit Cole's return. What Locke did not win, however, was the game.

8/17/2014 | Hip issue forces Morton to DL; Cole set to return

The Pirates placed Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with right hip inflammation and recalled Brent Morel. Gerrit Cole is expected to be activated from the DL in time to replace Morton in the rotation on Wednesday.

8/16/2014 | Cole given green light to return to Bucs' rotation

Gerrit Cole has gotten the green light to rejoin the Pirates' rotation. The only thing left to determine is when Cole will get the ball.

8/16/2014 | Walker gets planned break from Bucs' lineup

The day after Neil Walker had made his long-awaited return, his absence from Saturday's lineup provoked some uh-oh moments.

8/16/2014 | Volquez aims to get Bucs back on track in DC finale

The Pirates have lost four games in a row, including a stinging late-inning defeat on Saturday. The last time they won was when Edinson Volquez pitched, a common theme in the last two months. Volquez will be opposed by Doug Fister on Sunday as the Nats go for their sixth straight win.

8/16/2014 | Bullpen can't hold off Nats as Bucs fall in DC

The Pirates jumped left-handed nemesis Gio Gonzalez for three runs in the third, the Nationals waited until Jeff Locke exited to match that three-spot five innings later, and they then finished off their comeback in the ninth on Wilson Ramos' walk-off RBI ground-rule double off Justin Wilson for a 4-3 win on Saturday night in D.C.

8/15/2014 | Locke sets out to even series vs. Nationals

Jeff Locke may be pitching for his spot on the Pirates' big league roster Saturday when he takes the mound at Nationals Park. He will take on the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez as the Pirates vie to even the series while the Nationals' go for their fifth straight win.

8/15/2014 | Comeback bid falls short as Pirates drop opener

The Pirates couldn't get the big comeback they really wanted Friday night, as a quick 5-0 hole to Washington was too deep, and the Bucs went down, 5-4, at Nationals Park for their third consecutive loss.

8/15/2014 | Cole turns in strong fourth rehab outing

In his fourth rehab start, Gerrit Cole blanked Triple-A Louisville on five hits for seven innings, walking one and striking out three. He made 92 pitches -- of them 59 strikes.

8/15/2014 | Alvarez returns to field at third base, not first base

Current circumstances being anything but normal for the injury-slammed Bucs, Pedro Alvarez's first start in 13 days days in the field on Friday came at his old position, third base.

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