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David Manel

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Gamethread: Brandon Cumpton takes on the Brewers

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Tonight's starting lineup: Josh Harrison RF Neil Walker 2B Andrew McCutchen CF Ike Davis 1B Russell Martin C Pedro Alvarez 3B Jose Tabata LF Jordy Mercer SS Brandon Cumpton P

Pregame: Tabata starts; Harrison's 1-WAR month

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Notes from this afternoon's press meeting with Clint Hurdle: Tabata starts over Marte Jose Tabata will start in left field tonight, making it the third game in a row that Starling Marte is not in...

Postgame: Liriano frustrated by recent outings

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Liriano frustrated After another poor start Sunday afternoon, a visibly-frustrated Francisco Liriano had a difficult time explaining the cause of his recent struggles. "I don't know," Liriano...

Postgame: A tactical win for the Bucs

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This was a fun one. The pitching matchup didn't live all the way up to its billing, but it was good enough. Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg weren't dominating. They didn't amass a bunch of...

Pregame: 'Marquee matchup'

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Notes from Clint Hurdle's afternoon chat with the press: -P- Yesterday afternoon, Hurdle said that he planned on slowly reintroducing Jason Grilli back into the closer's role. However, after...

Postgame: Circumstances dictate a Grilli save

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Circumstance dictates Friday afternoon, Clint Hurdle said that he doubted there were any circumstances that would lead to Jason Grilli closing the night's game. But when Justin Wilson got himself...

Pregame: Lineup shuffle, Morris tonight's closer

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Notes from Clint Hurdle's afternoon meeting with the press: -P- Jason Grilli will not immediately return to the closer's role. Hurdle said that they will follow a similar plan as last year,...

Postgame notes: Two (almost three) gem night

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Two (almost three) gem night After the Pirates cut ties with Wandy Rodriguez and Neal Huntington said that the team had two pitchers in the minors ready for the big-league rotation, Edinson...

Pregame: Wandy Rodriguez designated for assignment

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Wandy Rodriguez designated for assignment The Pirates announced that Wandy Rodriguez has been designated for assignment. The move made room for the reinstatement of Russell Martin from the 15-day...

Postgame: Winnin' ain't easy

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Rodriguez struggles again, but Bucs prevail in another one-run victory

Pregame: Grilli likely to return Saturday

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Notes from this afternoon's pregame media scrum with Clint Hurdle: -P- Jason Grilli and Russell Martin participated in a simulated game again this afternoon. Afterwards, Grilli said that returning...

Postgame: Davis, Orioles pile on the Bucs, 9-2

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The Pirates' hole got a little deeper tonight, as they dropped the first game of their six-game homestand, 9-2. With the loss, the Pirates drop back to eight games under .500, 18-26. With so many...

Pregame: 'You can't say it's early anymore'

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-P- Clint Hurdle said that Jose Tabata should be available off the bench tonight. He went through strength tests yesterday, and there does not seem to be a larger issue. -P- Starling Marte was...

Postgame: Bucs fall one big hit short in 6-5 loss

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Tonight was like anticipating a Grateful Dead show, only to have them open with "Hell in a Bucket" or "Picasso Moon." Kind of a buzz kill. But with The Dead things could change quickly, and...

Pregame: McCutchen to start, Starling Marte out

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-P- Starling Marte is not in tonight's lineup. Jose Tabata will play left field and bat fifth. Clint Hurdle said that that Marte is "doubtful" coming off the bench tonight, and he has "no idea" if...

Postgame: Bucs survive myriad of oddities, win 4-3

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Say what you will about these 2014 Pirates, but they are not boring. Tonight, the Bucs won their league-leading 11th one-run game of the season, while playing over half of the game with an...

Pregame: Rodriguez to start Thursday vs. Brewers

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-P- Wandy Rodriguez will come off the disabled list and start Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Hurdle said that the he has "made progress and is feeling better." Rodriguez was placed on the...

Postgame: Walker powers Bucs to 6-4 victory

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Walker: Frustration-to-triumph in 30 seconds With one out, runners on second and third, and the Bucs trailing 4-3 in the seventh inning, Neil Walker stepped to the plate. He quickly jumped ahead...

Gamethread: Liriano faces the Cardinals

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Tonight's lineups Jose Tabata RF Neil Walker 2B Andrew McCutchen CF Pedro Alvarez 3B Starling Marte LF Ike Davis 1B Tony Sanchez C Jordy Mercer SS Francisco Liriano P

Pregame: Bucs host "Wacha, Wacha" and the Cards

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Rodriguez update Wandy Rodriguez felt fine and in a "good place" physically after his rehab start on Tuesday, Clint Hurdle said this afternoon. He and Jason Grilli both threw bullpen sessions...

Pirates promote Brent Morel

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The Pirates have recalled Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis to fill the roster sport left open after Phil Irwin was optioned. Morel posted a .215/.279/.312 line in 104 plate appearances with...

Postgame: Bucs ready to change the narrative?

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Yesterday, in a short soliloquy that included an observation that reminded one of Ecclesiates 3, Hurdle said that the "baseball season has cycles, and the season has seasons." Over the long course...

Gamethread: Bucs look to take series vs. Giants

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Today's lineup: Travis Snider RF Neil Walker 2B Andrew McCutchen CF Pedro Alvarez 3B Starling Marte LF Ike Davis 1B Jordy Mercer SS Chris Steward C Gerrit Cole P

Postgame: In reversal of fortune, Bucs win, 2-1

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Reaction to The Riverside Review Obviously, the two teams had differing views on how the game ended. Asked if he thought he was safe, Starling Marte didn't hesitate. "Yes, yes," Marte said....

Pregame: history not kind to 12-20 starts

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Notes: -P- Tonight's Pirates' lineup will include Harrison leading off and playing right field for the fourth game in a row. Full lineup: Harrison RF, Walker 2B, McCutchen CF, Alvarez 3b, Marte...

Pirates fall to Blue Jays, 7-2

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Edinson Volquez added to a string of poor starts by Pirates pitchers and the offense was unable to muster much of anything, as the Bucs fell to the Blue Jays in a Sunday-afternoon drubbing, 7-2. V...

Huntington denies seeking first baseman

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Notes from Neal Huntington’s Sunday meeting with the press: -P- As Charlie posted earlier, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Pirates are still interested in acquiring a first...

Gamethread: Bucs look to sweep the Blue Jays

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Today's lineup: Josh Harrison RF Neil Walker 2B Andrew McCutchen CF Pedro Alvarez 3B Starling Marte LF Ike Davis 1B Jordy Mercer SS Chris Stewart C Edinson Volquez P Notes: -P- Jeff...

Postgame: two unlikely heroes propel Bucs to win

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Two big wins and shades of 2013 After limping home from a difficult road trip and a brutal 19-game stretch, in which they went 4-15, the Pirates have snatched dramatic victories on consecutive...

Pregame: Pirates promote Hughes, Mazzaro

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Stolmy Pimental placed on 15-day disabled list, Brandon Cumpton optioned

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