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9/16/2014 | Off-day doesn't lead Pirates to alter rotation

With their final off-day of the regular season behind them and a weekend series with the Brewers -- the team chasing them most closely for the National League's second Wild Card spot -- ahead, the Pirates did not make any immediate shuffles to their rotation.

9/16/2014 | Mercer scratched from lineup due to back tightness

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with back tightness. Clint Barmes started in his place, batting eighth in the series opener against the Red Sox at PNC Park.

9/16/2014 | Family, friends and fans celebrate Clemente at fundraiser

Major League Baseball announced each team's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award -- the humanitarian award presented annually by the league in his honor -- and will celebrate Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday. But the celebration of his life and contributions began on Monday night when the Clemente family, fans and former teammates gathered at the Roberto Clemente Museum's fifth annual fundraiser gala in "The Great One's" adopted second home town of Pittsburgh.

9/16/2014 | Tekulve heads home after heart transplant surgery

Former All-Star Kent Tekulve underwent heart transplant surgery on Sept. 5 and was discharged from Allegheny General Hospital on Friday.

9/16/2014 | MLB announces Clemente Award nominees

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the names of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, and fan voting will begin Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds Carlos Beltran as the winner of the prestigious community honor handed out annually at the World Series.

9/15/2014 | Flame-throwing Holdzkom a great find for Bucs

Righty John Holdzkom was drafted in '06, but his road to pitching for the Pirates was long and winding. Now, he dispatches hitters with ease. In fact, in his first five Major League innings pitched over five late-game appearances, Holdzkom yielded one hit and struck out nine. He walked one. He's a force.

9/15/2014 | For Bucs, Holdzkom can be second coming of K-Rod

Twelve years after the Angels procured Francisco Rodriguez virtually out of thin late-season air and rode his arm to a World Series title, the Pirates have a chance to recreate that magic with John Holdzkom: A mysterious reliever, unknown to Major League scouts and batters, locking down the money games.

9/14/2014 | Morton returns to Pirates' rotation against Red Sox

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh will host the Red Sox in the first of a three-game set. Charlie Morton will make his first start for the Pirates in about a month because he's been dealing with a sports hernia. Anthony Ranaudo will go for Boston.

9/14/2014 | Triple play sparks Pirates in finale win over Cubs

The Pirates trailed the Cubs early in Sunday's series finale at PNC Park, but a triple play in the fourth inning turned the momentum in a 7-3 Bucs victory. Josh Harrison had two RBIs in a six-run fifth inning.

9/14/2014 | Bucs turn first triple play in PNC Park history

The Pirates turned their first triple play in 14 seasons at PNC Park on Sunday, when third baseman Josh Harrison combined with Neil Walker and Andrew Lambo to go 5-4-3 on a Chris Valaika grounder.

9/14/2014 | Cubs get call at first overturned in first inning

Cubs manager Rick Renteria successfully challenged a call at first in the first inning Sunday, and lost a challenge in the sixth.

9/14/2014 | Pirates surging despite Trade Deadline inactivity

The Pirates may have been second-guessed for not being active at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but some of the clubs who were active have since trended downward.

9/14/2014 | Morton to start Tuesday; Worley to pitch out of bullpen

Charlie Morton, after a month on the disabled list with a sports hernia with which he had coped since early June, will start on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

9/14/2014 | Pirates lean on Volquez to maintain standing

Edinson Volquez has become an ace for the Pirates this season, and they'll rely on the right-hander to help them bounce back Sunday afternoon against the Cubs. Jacob Turner will take the mound for Chicago in the rubber match at PNC Park.

9/13/2014 | Locke picked; Pirates' momentum stolen by Cubs

The Pirates' late-season run stalled Saturday night at PNC Park with a 6-4 loss to the Cubs. Left-hander Jeff Locke gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings. Despite the loss, the Bucs maintained their position as the second National League Wild Card.

9/13/2014 | Pirates lose challenge of stolen base in seventh

The Cubs' Arismendy Alcantara was credited with a stolen base in the seventh inning Saturday night at PNC Park after Pirates manager Clint Hurdle lost his challenge of the close play. The safe call stood, and the Cubs tacked on a run later in the inning.

9/13/2014 | Sore Marte available off bench; offense rolling

The Pirates hoped to fan their offensive fire Saturday night without their hottest hitter. Starling Marte remained on the bench with a sore left elbow two days after taking an A.J. Burnett pitch there.

9/12/2014 | Pirates continue playoff push behind solid Cole

Gerrit Cole went six strong innings and the Bucs got three hits apiece from Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer en route to a 7-3 win over the Cubs on Friday at PNC Park.

9/12/2014 | Alcantara's homer confirmed after review

A crew-chief review requested by Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed a home run by Arismendy Alcantara in the fifth inning of the Bucs' game against the Cubs on Friday night.

9/12/2014 | Morton throwing, but still in holding pattern

The mysterious tour without a known destination of Charlie Morton wound through Philadelphia and pulled into the PNC Park bullpen on Friday afternoon.

9/12/2014 | Hurdle not surprised by Holdzkom's success

As far as most people are concerned, John Holdzkom has taken baseball by storm as one of the game's best "overnight success" stories ever.

9/12/2014 | Locke trying to keep Pirates rolling vs. Cubs

The Pirates will look to pick up their eighth win in nine games on Saturday vs. the Cubs, with Jeff Locke and Felix Doubront squaring off at PNC Park.

9/11/2014 | Marte day to day after getting plunked on elbow

Starling Marte left Thursday's game against the Phillies after getting hit with a pitch on his left elbow.

9/11/2014 | LaFromboise goes from forgotten to a playoff race

Three weeks ago, Bobby LaFromboise was a forgotten-about reliever in San Diego's system, putting up pedestrian numbers for Triple-A El Paso. If someone told LaFromboise he would be pitching in the Majors less than a month later, there's a decent chance he would have laughed at them.

9/11/2014 | Liriano dazzles as Pirates close gap on Cardinals

The Pirates' latest win came in 4-1 fashion against the Phillies on Thursday as Francisco Liriano out-pitched A.J. Burnett in a battle of the Pirates' top two starters from a season ago. The victory gave them a 1 1/2-game cushion in the Wild Card and has the Bucs 2 1/2 games back of the Cardinals in the National League Central.

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