Jeff Locke will put his 6-1 record and 2.19 ERA on the line Wednesday against Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds. Locke hasn't lost since April 7, his first start of the season.
Pirates manger Clint Hurdle had a feeling Reds starter Mat Latos was due for a loss. A dominant performance from Charlie Morton and a big first inning from the Pirates' offense turned Hurdle's feeling into reality, as Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati, 4-0, on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.
In the ninth inning of Monday's 4-1 loss to the Reds, Neil Walker led off against Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman. With the count even at two balls and two strikes, Chapman buzzed a 100-mph fastball right past the chin of Walker, who barely evaded it and fell to his back.
Injured right-hander Jeanmar Gomez was expected to make his second rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Indianapolis as he recovers from a right forearm strain and inflammation, but rain postponed the game.
The Pirates announced they signed Reese McGuire, one of their two first-round selections in the Draft who was previously committed to play at the University of San Diego. The Kentwood (Wash.) High School catcher signed for $2.369 million, about $200,000 below the slot value for the 14th pick.
With a chance to move into second place in the National League Central by beating the team in front of them, the Pirates fell just short on Monday, losing to the Reds 4-1 at Great American Ball Park. Francisco Liriano allowed his first two homers of the season.
Left fielder Starling Marte was scratched before Thursday's game against the Giants and didn't start the next three games. He entered Sunday's win against the Dodgers in the sixth inning and finished the game, leaving manager Clint Hurdle confident Marte was ready for a pivotal series against the Reds.
For the third straight day, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle went with Jordy Mercer at shortstop, as the Bucs began a three-game series against the Reds. Mercer's name has been in the starting lineup more and more of late, but that doesn't mean Hurdle is abandoning Clint Barmes at short.
Wandy Rodriguez made the trip to Cincinnati with the team this week. Before Monday's game, Rodriguez, who left a June 5 start against the Braves with left forearm tightness, was able to get some work done with pitching coach Ray Searage.
When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh after the pair won a reality show searching for the next big talent in India, it was stuff of Hollywood legend. The cast and crew of the movie "Million Dollar Arm," now in production, took to Atlanta to film.
Andrew McCutchen ranks seventh among National League outfielders in All-Star voting as of Sunday's latest balloting update.
The Pirates have used 11 different starting pitchers already this season after employing only 10 all of last year, a sign of the club's improved depth.
Right-hander Brandon Cumpton will remain in the Pirates' rotation and make his next start in the finale of a four-game series with the Reds in Cincinnati on Thursday.
Pedro Alvarez launched a three-run homer off Zack Greinke to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth and give the Pirates a 6-3 win behind rookie starter Gerrit Cole, who won his second decision in as many starts on Sunday.
After the Pirates had clawed into a tie on Travis Snider's homer with one out in the ninth, the Dodgers scored twice in the 11th to take a 5-3 win over the Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park.
The final run of the Pirates' 3-0 Friday night victory appeared to be a result of answered opportunity when Andrew McCutchen tagged up and scored on Neil Walker's foul popup about 100 feet beyond first base.
Left-hander Mike Zagurski, whose comeback hopes with the Pirates dead-ended in a series of ineffective outings, was designated for assignment on Saturday, clearing roster space for Brandon Cumpton.
Starling Marte remained out of the Pirates' lineup on Saturday but remained on the team's active roster. Lefty-hitting Alex Presley was back in left and atop the batting order.
Jeff Locke permitted just two hits over seven shutout innings as the Bucs blanked the Dodgers, 3-0, on Friday at PNC Park.
Opposition players aren't the only ones scouted by Major League teams, who also put together their own information on managers.
With veteran A.J. Burnett sidelined by a Grade 1 tear in his right calf, fellow righty Brandon Cumpton will make his Major League debut for the Pirates on Saturday in a start vs. the Dodgers.
Pitching on the one-year anniversary of his perfect game against Houston, Matt Cain on Thursday blanked the Pirates on two hits for 6 2/3 innings in the Giants' 10-0 win over Charlie Morton, taking the luster off Morton's first start after recovering from Tommy John surgery last June 14.
The Pirates signed 10 players from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the team announced Thursday. Sam Houston State lefty Cody Dickson, a fourth-round selection, was the most notable of the 10.
Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer feels like a little kid again. He's playing baseball, contributing to his team, and having fun doing it.
Starling Marte's hopes of building on his first career four-hit game were spoiled a couple of hours prior to the start of Thursday night's game, when he was a late scratch from the Pirates lineup due to discomfort in his left rib-cage area.
In the middle of a weeklong homestand, the Bucs found themselves down to only one cog of their season-opening starting rotation: Jeff Locke, moved up for Friday's start against the Dodgers in place of A.J. Burnett, placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain.
A.J. Burnett was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a right calf strain that had already prompted the Pirates to scratch him from his scheduled start Friday. That opened up a spot on the active 25-man roster for Charlie Morton, while veteran right-hander Jose Contreras was given his unconditional release to clear room on the 40-man roster.
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker was awarded a home run after video review in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against the Giants.
The top third of the Pirates' lineup was top-notch Wednesday night, as Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen sparked a 12-8 victory over San Francisco at PNC Park.
Bert Leyva was fiercely proud of his son and his baseball career. But Nick Leyva, the Pirates' third-base coach, was even prouder of his father, who was 16 when he was born.