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 MLBPipeline.com -- 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.
8/25/2015 | Bucs can't match outfielders in holding runners
Pittsburgh's corner outfielders each gunned down a runner at third base, making Miami pay for its attempts to take an extra base. But the Bucs' battery struggled to slow down Marlins speedster Dee Gordon, allowing Miami to steal five bases in a 5-2 loss at Marlins Park on Tuesday night.
8/25/2015 | Marlins help Hand, who holds Pirates in check
Lefty Brad Hand threw a career-high eight-plus innings, silencing the Pirates' lineup and leading the Marlins to a 5-2 win over the National League Wild Card leaders Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
8/25/2015 | Burnett throws sim game, calls it 'positive day'
Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett took another step toward a possible September return Tuesday afternoon at Marlins Park, throwing a two-inning simulated game.
8/25/2015 | Cutch compares favorably to greats at 1K mark
Andrew McCutchen played in his 1,000th career game on Monday night -- and marked it in style with a two-run double that started the Bucs toward a 5-2 victory over the Marlins in Miami -- a nice round number that offers a convenient opportunity to compare.
8/25/2015 | Polanco continues hot streak in win over Marlins
The last time the Pirates came to Marlins Park, Gregory Polanco announced his presence with authority. He swatted five hits in one night, ripped a game-winning homer and tortured Miami's pitching all series. It was perhaps the best Polanco has looked at the big league level -- until now, that is. Polanco started hitting in early July and hasn't stopped since. He kept raking Monday night in his return to Marlins Park, piling up four hard hits in the Pirates' 5-2 win.
8/24/2015 | Caminero diversifies pitching arsenal
Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero is known for his blazing fastball, a pitch that often clocks in faster than 100 mph. But he has quietly, and quite successfully, diversified his arsenal recently.
8/24/2015 | Morton, Hand set to clash at Marlins Park
Pirates starter Charlie Morton and Marlins starter Brad Hand -- who each had success against Tuesday's opposition earlier in the season -- look to repeat those strong outings in the second game of the series at Marlins Park.
8/24/2015 | Pirates down Marlins behind strong Happ
Led by another strong start from left-hander J.A. Happ and Gregory Polanco's four-hit night, the Pirates continued their dominance against the National League East with a 5-2 win over the Marlins on Monday.
8/24/2015 | Bucs' bullpen going above and beyond
Four Pirates relievers contributed a typical 3 2/3 one-hit shutout innings to Sunday night's 5-2 victory over the Giants. Their efforts stretched the bullpen's latest prolonged mastery to three earned runs allowed in 36 2/3 innings. That's the equivalent of an ERA of 0.74.
8/23/2015 | Bucs overcome 3 errors for series win vs. Giants
The Pirates beat the Giants, 5-2, on Sunday night despite a series of physical and mental errors in the middle innings. After two fielding errors by first baseman Pedro Alvarez and a throwing error by second baseman Neil Walker gifted the Giants with two runs to trim the Bucs' lead to 3-2, homers by Andrew McCutchen in the sixth and Alvarez in the seventh restored order.
8/23/2015 | Bucs activate Mercer, place Ishikawa on DL
The Pirates activated shortstop Jordy Mercer on Sunday afternoon and accommodated him on the roster by placing Travis Ishikawa on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
8/23/2015 | Bucs bring Happ to extend dominance over Fish
Swept by the Pirates in a three-game series in late May at PNC Park, the Marlins look to play the role of spoiler against Pittsburgh, beginning Monday night at Marlins Park. The four-game set begins at 7:10 p.m. ET, with Miami going with Tom Koehler, while the Pirates counter with lefty J.A. Happ.
8/22/2015 | Seeking 'another level,' Kang hits two homers
It's become a remarkable rookie season for the Pirates' Jung Ho Kang, who clubbed his 11th and 12th home runs over the center-field fence in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Giants.
8/22/2015 | The Bucs tops here, rob SF, walk off in 9th
Starling Marte's home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Saturday lifted the Pirates to a 3-2 win over the stunned Giants at PNC Park.
8/22/2015 | Vogelsong looks to turn tide at Pirates' park
Former Pirates and current Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong will return to a place where he has often struggled when San Francisco wraps up its four-game series with Pittsburgh on Sunday at PNC Park. Vogelsong's counterpart for the evening will be Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, who has had a less-than-ideal August.
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