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Harrison shines again as Pirates clip Reds, 2-1

By Travis Sawchik
Clint Hurdle said before Friday’s game that everyone loves a good story. The Pirates’ manager cannot imagine there being a better story in baseball than the unlikely stardom of Josh Harrison. And Hurdle said after the 2-1 victory he can’t …

Pirates notebook: Morton status remains in limbo

By Travis Sawchik 3:44 p.m.
Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton sat before his locker prior to Saturday’s game clad in a T-shirt and shorts unsure of whether he would pitch again for the Pirates this season. Morton, diagnosed with a sports hernia, made a rehab outing …

Pirates notebook: Lambo recalled to bolster bench

By Karen Price
Facing the possibility of having Travis Snider and Pedro Alvarez unable to play in the series against the Cincinnati Reds, the Pirates recalled outfielder/first baseman …

Saturday’s scouting report: Reds at Pirates

By Tribune-Review
• Saturday would be an excellent time for Vance Worley to rediscover his fastball angle for the Pirates. Over his last two starts, Worley has left too many fastballs flat and out over the plate. In his last two outings …

Pirates starting pitcher Cole growing in his 1st full major-league season

By Karen Price
Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage liked what he saw from Gerrit Cole against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t necessarily the …

Statistically speaking: Can Pirates contain Hamilton on bases

By David Golebiewski
The Reds likely will miss the playoffs for the first time in three years, due mostly to a lethargic offense that has performed 15 percent worse than the MLB average once you account for Great American Ballpark’s hitter-friendly tendencies. The …

Friday’s scouting report: Reds at Pirates

By Travis Sawchik
Mike Leake has allowed at least three runs in all three of his starts against the Pirates this season. He has a 5.04 ERA against the Pirates this season. Leake is a command-and-control pitcher who does not have overwhelming raw …

Pirates down Cardinals, inch closer in wild-card chase

By Rob Biertempfel
The Pirates are battered and bruised, but they are not dead yet. The Pirates on Wednesday afternoon did what good teams do in the heat …

Starkey: Bucs still battlin’

By Joe Starkey
Clint Hurdle has become a limping metaphor for this Pirates season. He moves around slowly, painfully, because of a bad hip. But he gets there. …

Pirates notebook: McCutchen returns to starting lineup; Alvarez out

By Travis Sawchik
Andrew McCutchen continues to be remarkably resilient. Hours after leaving Tuesday night’s game in pain, McCutchen returned to the Pirates’ starting lineup Wednesday afternoon in …

Pirates top Cardinals, 5-2, on Davis’ homer; Alvarez, McCutchen hurt

By Rob Biertempfel
Ike Davis understands why he has lost playing time to Pedro Alvarez. “Petey hit something like five home runs in two days,” Davis said with …

Pirates notebook: Barmes back, gets start at SS

By Karen Price
Shortstop Clint Barmes made his first start Tuesday night since he strained his left groin during batting practice in early July. “It definitely feels like …

Wednesday’s scouting report: Cardinals at Pirates

By Tribune-Review
• Since the start of the 2007 season, Cardinals OF Matt Holliday has 222 late-inning RBIs (seventh inning or later). That’s the third-highest tally in the majors in that span behind Miguel Cabrera (265) and Albert Pujols (227). Holliday has …

Pirates send Polanco to Triple-A Indianapolis; Tabata, Barmes return

By Karen Price  and Rob Biertempfel
The timing is off on Gregory Polanco’s swing, manager Clint Hurdle said, and the Pirates didn’t think the best way to fix it was to …

Cardinals clip Liriano, Pirates in series opener

By Rob Biertempfel
The Pirates could not have asked for anything more from starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. The left-hander handcuffed the St. Louis Cardinals for six innings Monday. …

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MLB notebook: Yankees’ Tanaka to throw simulated game Thursday

By Tribune-Review
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka’s next hurdle will come in the form of three simulated innings off the mound at Comerica Park on Thursday morning. If he gets through that session with no issues, the right-hander’s return will seem much more …