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7/30/2015 | Tigers net Pirates prospect for Soria

The Pirates are bulking up their bullpen for the postseason run with Tigers closer Joakim Soria, acquired for a Minor League player in a one-for-one swap Thursday night.


7/30/2015 | Blanton, Worley experience revolving door

Zach Duke hasn't thrown a pitch for the Pirates in five years. However, their former left-hander may have just thrown a lifeline to the Bucs' pennant-stretch pitching staff.


7/30/2015 | Pirates acquire Soria from Tigers

The National League Central race still has 10 weeks to go. But the Pirates have already beaten out the Cardinals on one count: Joakim Soria.


7/30/2015 | Locke, Lorenzen to face off in rematch

Reds rookie righty Michael Lorenzen and Pirates lefty Jeff Locke will square off for the second time this season on Friday night in the second tilt of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.


7/30/2015 | Phillips leads Reds' rout of Bucs

As many eyes spy what both teams might do before today's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Reds produced a big offensive display for a third-straight victory in a 15-5 win over the Pirates on Thursday. Leading the way was Brandon Phillips, who hit two home runs and drove in a career-high seven RBIs. For the second time in eight days, Joey Votto reached base five times, while scoring three runs.


7/30/2015 | Pirates designate Worley for assignment

In order to clear room on the 25-man roster for new acquisition Joe Blanton, the Pirates designated right-hander Vance Worley for assignment on Thursday.


7/30/2015 | Pirates pick up righty Blanton from Royals

The Pirates picked up veteran right-hander Joe Blanton late Wednesday night, acquiring him from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.


7/29/2015 | Hughes adept at making baserunners disappear

Matchup relief pitchers are commonplace in baseball. Specialists abound. When a game-changing left-handed hitter comes up, you go get your southpaw. When the bases are loaded, the Pirates go get Jared Hughes.


7/29/2015 | Bucs climb out of early hole to thump Twins

Andrew McCutchen had three RBIs, including a two-run homer, to back left-hander Francisco Liriano against his former team in a 10-4 win for the Pirates over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.


7/29/2015 | Polanco day to day with left knee discomfort

Hot-hitting Gregory Polanco had to be removed in the middle of Wednesday afternoon's 10-4 win over the Twins, complaining of "discomfort in the left knee."


7/29/2015 | Bucs promote top prospect Glasnow to Triple-A

Tyler Glasnow, the Bucs' No. 1 prospect, has been promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis, keeping him on schedule to join the Pirates' 2016 rotation.


7/29/2015 | Bucs, Reds to renew acquaintances in Cincinnati

The Pirates and the Reds, for a change on opposite ends of the National League Central standings, will begin a four-game series Thursday night at Great American Ball Park, with A.J. Burnett and David Holmberg meeting in the opener.


7/29/2015 | Kang continues to thrive in key spots

Jung Ho Kang was glad he connected for one of those ultimate home runs, with two outs in the ninth inning of a tie ballgame. He just wished he didn't have to do it. "I wish our games were easier," Kang said after the Pirates' 8-7 victory over the Twins that was anything but. "But I do always enjoy situations like that. When I hit it, I knew [it was gone]."


7/28/2015 | Liriano, Santana meet in Bucs-Twins finale

The Pirates and Twins will wrap up Interleague Play on Wednesday afternoon, capping off a two-game series at Target Field. Former Minnesota lefty Francisco Liriano will be on the mound for Pittsburgh, opposing righty Ervin Santana.


7/28/2015 | Bucs edge Twins on Kang's HR in ninth

After the Twins rallied to tie the game with four runs in the eighth inning, Jung Ho Kang delivered a go-ahead solo homer off closer Glen Perkins in the ninth to lift the Pirates to an 8-7 win Tuesday night at Target Field.


7/28/2015 | Bucs may boost middle relief via trade

The starters' picture is solid. Not only do the Pirates' starting pitchers rate high with their 42 wins and 3.26 ERA, but there are ample next-man-up candidates on the Triple-A level. The bullpen's end is even stouter. It is the in-between that has been a problem, and where general manager Neal Huntington is focused in the hours leading to Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.


7/28/2015 | Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominees announced

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.


7/27/2015 | Ramirez's career comes full circle with Pirates

Aramis Ramirez has come a long way since he last played for the Pirates in 2003.


7/27/2015 | Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

Here are our Top 25-and-Unders, our ranking of the top 25 players age 25 and younger. All players who were 25 and under as of July 1, 2015 -- their age-25 season or younger -- were eligible for votes, and the list was selected by a panel of MLB.com and MLB Network analysts, including two former Major League general managers (Dan O'Dowd and Jim Duquette).


7/26/2015 | Focus a big key to Cole's success on the mound

It was on Friday night when Gerrit Cole started to get amped up for his Sunday start. He's locked in and focused every time he takes the mound, but he particularly enjoys the opportunity to set the tone at the start of a series and the chance to finish one off.


7/26/2015 | S-Rod's 'D' helps Bucs short circuit Nats' rally

Sean Rodriguez's natural instincts and quick reflexes were on full display during the eighth inning of the Pirates' 3-1 win over the Nationals on Sunday at PNC Park.


7/26/2015 | Twins to host Pirates for brief Interleague set

Two months ago, the Twins came into PNC Park and took two games from the Pirates. Minnesota will try to return the favor in a brief two-game series beginning Tuesday at Target Field, with Mike Pelfrey taking the hill opposite Charlie Morton.


7/26/2015 | Huntington open to adding players before Deadline

The Pirates addressed their only glaring weakness a week before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, acquiring Aramis Ramirez on Thursday to help solidify the left side of their infield after a pair of injuries. But that doesn't necessarily mean the Pirates will remain quiet over the next five days leading up to the Deadline. General manager Neal Huntington said Pittsburgh would still like to add to the club before Sunday's 3-1 win over the Nationals.


7/25/2015 | Since break, Burnett has been off

In two starts since heading to Cincinnati for his first All-Star Game, Pirates righty A.J. Burnett has given up 11 earned runs on 22 hits over 11 2/3 innings. Considering his dominant first 3 1/2 months, what has he learned this week?


7/25/2015 | Cole faces Nats, out to extend MLB-best win total to 14

Fellow first-round selections in the 2011 Draft, Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and Nationals right-hander Joe Ross, will show why they were drafted so high when their teams square off Sunday afternoon in the series finale at PNC Park.




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