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8/30/2015 | Bastardo stays sharp with 2 strong innings

One of the bright spots for the Pirates in Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Rockies was left-hander Antonio Bastardo, who tossed two scoreless innings and recorded five strikeouts.

8/30/2015 | Rockies blank Bucs behind De La Rosa

The National League Wild Card-leading Pirates never got to left-hander Jorge De La Rosa and dropped a 5-0 decision to the Rockies on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

8/30/2015 | Bucs face Crew to open heavy Central stretch

After an off-day on Monday, the Pirates open a crucial series of 17 straight games against National League Central foes, starting in Milwaukee with a three-game set against the Brewers.

8/30/2015 | Burnett upbeat after 5-inning sim game

Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett, an established veteran who hasn't pitched since July 30 due to a right elbow injury, has said he expects to make at least three Major League starts before the end of the regular season.

8/30/2015 | Bucs adjust rotation, lining up Cole vs. Cards

With the Pirates' scheduled off-day on Monday, manager Clint Hurdle has adjusted his pitching plans for the next two series against National League Central foes Milwaukee and St. Louis. The moves assure that ace right-hander Gerrit Cole will get a start against the division-leading Cardinals.

8/30/2015 | Happ to it: Lefty bolstering Bucs' rotation

J.A. Happ, who has strengthened the Pirates' starting rotation since being acquired at the July 31 Trade Deadline from Seattle, turned in another solid effort for a win Saturday night.

8/29/2015 | Ram shot: Bucs' early HR holds up vs. Rox

Aramis Ramirez's three-run, first-inning homer and J.A. Happ's solid 5 2/3 innings were all the Pirates needed in a 4-3 victory Saturday night at PNC Park. The second-place Pirates kept pace in the National League Central, remaining 3 1/2 games behind the Cardinals.

8/29/2015 | Morton faces Rockies amid thrill of the chase

Right-hander Charlie Morton hasn't tired of the Pirates spending the summer building one of the Majors' best records in one of the toughest divisions in baseball. On Sunday, he matches up with Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa in the finale of a weekend series.

8/29/2015 | Aramis on RBI prowl since rejoining Bucs

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez's numbers are down since the Pirates acquired him from Milwaukee on July 23. Despite the dip in production, Ramirez had collected 20 RBIs with the Pirates after connecting a three-run homer Saturday.

8/29/2015 | Pirates toast 1960 World Series champs

The Pirates honored the 1960 World Series championship team prior to Saturday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.

8/29/2015 | Throw-lanco: Pirate shows off cannon

Right fielder Gregory Polanco saved the bacon for the Pirates in the eighth inning of their 5-3 victory over Colorado on Friday night. With the game tied, Polanco caught a one-out liner and gunned down Jose Reyes at home plate, completing an inning-ending double play.

8/28/2015 | Bucs sink Rox with late rally, Polanco's arm

Right fielder Gregory Polanco showed off his strong arm in right field and Josh Harrison lifted the Pirates with a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning of a 5-3 victory over the Rockies at PNC Park.

8/28/2015 | Rolling with Pirates, Happ sizes up Rockies

Cloaked in black and gold and represented by a swashbuckler and a skull-and-crossbones, left-hander J.A. Happ has found his aggression since joining the postseason-contending Pirates.

8/28/2015 | What a catch: Cervelli, Stewart solidify Bucs

You could make a case that the Pirates, with Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart, have the best catching tandem in baseball.

8/28/2015 | Glasnow, Garcia among 10 top prospect performers Thursday

It was a good night to be a Pirates pitching prospect. No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow's string of dominance continued Thursday with six scoreless innings in a no-decision for Triple-A Indianapolis.

8/27/2015 | Alvarez's solo blast reaches rare territory

Marlins Park can be a frustrating place for even the most powerful hitters. The lime-green wall in center field is 418 feet away, but it often feels like a mile. All week, the Pirates watched balls get swallowed up by the vast outfield expanse.

8/27/2015 | Bucs top Marlins to keep pace in NL Central

Pirates ace Gerrit Cole made an overdue return to the win column Thursday night at Marlins Park, throwing 7 1/3 innings and picking up his 15th victory as the Bucs beat the Marlins, 2-1.

8/27/2015 | Cervelli ejected after home-plate argument

Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli caught a 94-mph fastball from Gerrit Cole, held it in his gloved left hand and waited. The strike call never came, but within a few moments, Cervelli had been ejected.

8/27/2015 | Bucs keep it loose with pregame dugout antics

Take a look into the Pirates' dugout moments before first pitch every night. You never know what you might see. It could be Andrew McCutchen pretending to row a boat, with his bat at the oar. You might find Josh Harrison doing the limbo under his bat. Either way, odds are you will find McCutchen and Harrison dancing in the middle of a crowd of teammates, some of them stomping their feet while others bang on empty gum buckets.

8/26/2015 | McCutchen elevating his game to new heights

It may be hard to believe, but Andrew McCutchen -- with a little help from his friends -- has found a way to take his offensive game to another level this season.

8/26/2015 | Cole looks to end August strong in finale vs. Marlins

While the 24-year-old Gerrit Cole -- a former Pirates top prospect -- quickly established himself as a top-end starter in the Pittsburgh rotation, the Marlins are hoping 23-year-old rookie Justin Nicolino -- their No. 3 prospect according to -- can soon do the same. They'll square off in the series finale Thursday night at Marlins Park.

8/26/2015 | Pirates ride six-run 2nd to get by Marlins

Andrew McCutchen crushed a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning, left-hander Jeff Locke fired seven strong innings, and the Pirates cruised to a 7-2 win over the Marlins on Wednesday night at Marlins Park.

8/26/2015 | Bucs looking for flexibility with September callups

With Sept. 1 less than a week away, the Pirates are mulling over their September callup options. At the same time, they must consider the ramifications every move might have on their potential postseason roster.

8/26/2015 | Shoulder surgery to sideline Bucs' prospect 10-12 months

Shortstop Cole Tucker, the Pirates' top 2014 Draft pick, could be sidelined up to a year after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair the labrum in his right shoulder.

8/26/2015 | Narveson faces Pirates in first start since 2012

The Marlins will tie a club record for most starting pitchers in a season on Wednesday night, when they send lefty Chris Narveson to the mound for his first Major League start since 2012. The Pirates, against whom Narveson has fared well in the past, counter with Jeff Locke.

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