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Pirates notebook: Cole to make rehab start at Indianapolis on Monday

By Travis Sawchik 8:43 p.m.
DENVER — Gerrit Cole could be on track for an early August return to the Pirates’ rotation. Cole (right lat strain) is not with the team in Denver. Cole joined Triple-A Indianapolis in Rochester, N.Y., where he threw a 55-pitch …

Pirates’ Melancon has been consistent since moving into closer’s role

By Andrew Erickson
Mark Melancon got off to a fast start in the second half. In three games against the Colorado Rockies to open up the Pirates’ most …

Saturday’s scouting report: Pirates at Rockies

By Tribune-Review 8:43 p.m.
• The sooner the Pirates can get into the Rockies’ bullpen, the better. Colorado’s reliever have struggled for much of the season. They lead baseball with 17 blown saves and are converting just 50 percent of save opportunities. Last weekend …

Friday’s scouting report: Pirates at Rockies

By Tribune-Review
• This will be Charlie Morton’s 21st start of the season. It’s just the second time in his seven-year career that Morton has exceeded 20 starts. Morton started a career-high 29 games in 2011. Over his past eight appearances, Morton …

Statistically speaking: Rockies’ bullpen suffering meltdowns

By David Golebiewski
The Pirates ravaged the Rockies bullpen last weekend, scoring a combined seven runs off Colorado’s relief corps while earning a series sweep. Late-game heroics once again could determine the outcome of this weekend’s matchup at Coors Field. The Rockies have …

Liriano, Snider lift Pirates to a victory over Dodgers at PNC Park

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano is not all the way back. Not yet. But he looks to be getting there. On Wednesday, despite a shaky start, …

Pirates notebook: Recovering Cole exceeds expectations in simulated game

By Karen Price
Gerrit Cole threw 70 pitches — about 10 more than expected — and mixed in all of his pitches Wednesday during a four-inning simulated game. …

Selig: Pirates’ rebirth a positive step for baseball

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates owner Bob Nutting was content to stay out of the spotlight Tuesday when the farewell tour for outgoing MLB commissioner Bud Selig rolled into …

Outfielder Polanco driving force for Pirates in victory over Dodgers

By Karen Price
Gregory Polanco stood at the plate facing Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, the count full, two …

Starkey: Pirates, Burnett could work again

By Joe Starkey
The question isn’t whether the Pirates should pursue A.J. Burnett at any cost. It’s whether they should pursue him at all. It’s whether they should …

Pirates notebook: Phillies’ Burnett not demanding trade

By Rob Biertempfel
Right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett is not lobbying the Philadelphia Phillies to trade him back to the Pirates. A source close to the situation said Burnett …

Wednesday’s scouting report: Dodgers at Pirates

By Karen Price
• In his last three starts — all losses — Dan Haren has an ERA of 11.57 and the recent slide has left his spot in the Dodgers’ rotation in jeopardy as the trade deadline draws near. Reports following his …

Rossi: Liriano no ace, but he’s Bucs’ key

By Rob Rossi
Francisco Liriano has one win. The Pirates have a whole bunch more, but given Liriano’s struggles, how? Clearly, the Pirates are pretty good. How good …

Dodgers rough up rusty starter Volquez, knock off Pirates at PNC Park

By Rob Biertempfel
When Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez took the mound Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, it had been 11 days since he last pitched in a …

Pirates notebook: Polanco, Puig held out of series opener

By Karen Price  and Rob Biertempfel
The Pirates’ and Dodgers’ dynamic young right fielders were missing from their respective starting lineups Monday. Gregory Polanco got the day off against left-hander Hyun-Jin …

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MLB notebook: Giants call up Uggla after brief stint in minors

By Tribune-Review 8:43 p.m.
• The Giants purchased the contract of second baseman Dan Uggla from Triple A-Fresno on Friday and put him in the starting lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers. The Giants placed second baseman Marco Scutaro …