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Scouting report: Pirates at Brewers; Sunday, July 31

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Sunday at Brewers 2:10 p.m. Miller Park, Milwaukee TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano(6-10, ...
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Baserunning blunders cost Pirates in loss to Brewers

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — MILWAUKEE — Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon is not fast, which is OK. Nobody expects pitchers to sprint like track stars. Yet, it still can be ...
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Pirates offense, bullpen falter in 5-3 defeat at Miller Park

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — The Pirates needed no closer Saturday night. Hours after trading Mark Melancon to the Washington Nationals for a pair of left-handed hurlers, the Pirates offense went quietly and the...
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MLB notebook: Former All-Star outfielder Kemp shipped to Braves

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — The Padres and Braves agreed on a trade that would send Matt Kemp to Atlanta for infielder-outfielder Hector Olivera, sources familiar with the discussions said ...
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Biertempfel: Puzzled by slump, Pirates’ McCutchen does not let it consume him

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Amid the most storm-tossed season of his career, Andrew McCutchen is not obsessed with finding solutions.  He is searching for some serenity. “You’ve got to ...
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Minor league report: Indianapolis’ Williams uses 4-seam fastball to get back on track

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — Trevor Williams was in a good place when he took the mound April 10 to start the second game of Triple-A Indianapolis’ opening day doubleheader ...
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Starting Nine: Improvement from Liriano, McCutchen could be huge for Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Written by Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik, “The Starting Nine” is a weekly feature composed of quick-hit thoughts and analysis on the Pirates and MLB. ...
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Pirates trade Melancon to Nationals

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — MILWAUKEE — The Pirates traded closer Mark Melancon to the Washington Nationals for reliever Felipe Rivero and a minor league pitcher, sources confirmed to the ...
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Pirates trade Mark Melancon to Washington Nationals

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — The Mark Melancon era in Pittsburgh ended Saturday when the Pirates traded the three-time All-Star closer to the Washington Nationals for a pair of hard-throwing left-handers.
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No fractures detected after Pirates catcher Cervelli hit in foot

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — MILWAUKEE — An exam of Francisco Cervelli’s sore right foot turned up no fractures, and the Pirates catcher apparently will not have to go on ...
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Pirates' Cervelli did not suffer broken bone in foot against Brewers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — Francisco Cervelli did not suffer a broken bone Friday night when he took a pitch off his right foot while catching, according to a source.
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Interest in Melancon intensifies as trade deadline nears

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — As interest in Mark Melancon intensified less than 72 hours before the non-waiver trade deadline Monday, the prospect of the Pirates moving their All-Star closer became less...
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Pirates notebook: Vogelsong feeling good after most recent rehab start

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — Two days after his most recent rehab start, Ryan Vogelsong’s neck is feeling much better.
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Well-traveled Guerra hurls masterpiece against Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — MILWAUKEE — Over the past decade, Junior Guerra has pitched just about everywhere. Guerra has pitched for 10 minor league affiliates of four different big ...
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Pirates lose Francisco Cervelli to ankle injury in 3-1 loss

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — The Pirates lost a ballgame Friday night, and they may have lost much more.
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Cervelli leaves Pirates-Brewers game due to foot injury

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — Francisco Cervelli left Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth inning because of an injury to his foot or ankle, sustained when he tried to block an errant...
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Pirates notebook: Closer Melancon remains calm amid trade rumors

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — MILWAUKEE — Mark Melancon went into this season firmly believing the Pirates would contend for a fourth straight playoff berth. He still is certain they ...
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Scouting report: Pirates at Brewers; Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Today at Brewers 7:10 p.m. Miller Park, Milwaukee. TV/radio: Root Sports/  93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers Pirates  RHP  JAMESON ...
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Melancon receiving interest as trade deadline nears

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — With less than 72 hours to go before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Pirates are receiving interest in Mark Melancon, and the sense from some in the industry is that it’s...
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Paul Zeise: If deal is right, Pirates should trade Melancon

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Paul Zeise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Multiple reports say teams are pursuing a deal with the Pirates for close Mark Melancon.
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Blog Articles

Friday Farm Report: Trade chips at the deadline, Williams looks to bounce back, plus a note on Kevin Newman

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — As we close in on the 2016 trade deadline with the conversation largely focused on what kind of a prospect haul it would take for the Pirates to obtain a legitimate starter, or conversely what...
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Is Archer worth it? Glasnow, Kuhl updates and more (including our podcast)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – As we move closer to the trade deadline, the Tampa Bay Rays are in position to be the key player as the club is willing to deal starting pitchers Chris Archer, Jeremy Hellickson...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: What to make of Glasnow, rotation depth, and the super subs

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – The eye test still matters. It still matters even in the age of Statcast, the age of big data. While I do believe in the power of the objective force that is statistical analysis,...
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Friday Farm Report: Trevor Williams and the Indianapolis rotation keep churning, plus a look at Tito Polo

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — Every time a Triple-A Indianapolis pitcher is called up to Pittsburgh, another seems to emerge as a bona fide Triple-A ace. With Jameson Taillon up with the Pirates and Tyler Glasnow likely soon...
  • 8 days ago

Pirates have the easiest remaining schedule, Taillon’s scary night, and our podcast

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – The Pirates began the easiest remaining schedule in baseball on Tuesday with a win. Josh Harrison walked off and thankfully Jameson Taillon got up (more on that in a bit) Tuesday....
  • 10 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: What to learn from Niese, what to do at the deadline

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have decisions to make about their second half rotation, but they made the right decision in moving Jon Niese to the bullpen. You’re probably aware Neal...
  • 12 days ago
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Friday Farm Report: A look at Kevin Kramer, Kevin Newman and the organization’s middle infield combinations

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — Last year’s draft was one heavy in early-round shortstop selections, in particular, college shortstops. Ten of the first 63 picks in the 2015 draft were shortstops, seven of them out of college....
  • 15 days ago
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The trade deadline complications for the Pirates: buyers beware, ‘buying and lying,’ and our podcast

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS –  The Pirates are in a predicament as we approach the trade deadline, as the sport gears up for its second half. The club’s July surge has given it a plausible path to the...
  • 17 days ago
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Monday Mop-Duty: A small-sample-size monster named Josh Bell… what to do with him and the 2nd-half rotation?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – So the “small-sample-size monster” Neal Huntington said is tormenting Pittsburgh after Josh Bell’s weekend is a real thing. Very real. Major league executives, and even members...
  • 19 days ago
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Friday Farm Report: More on Josh Bell’s promotion and first half, plus notes

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — PNC PARK – Josh Bell got some good news on Thursday night, and that could soon mean bad news for National League pitchers. In case you missed it, Josh Bell was called up to Pittsburgh, where he is...
  • 22 days ago
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Glasnow’s here and he should stay

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS - Tyler Glasnow pitched better in his debut Thursday than his final line suggests, allowing four runs allowed over 5 1/3 innings. Two runs charged to him were inherited by the bullpen...
  • 23 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty (on Tuesday): The end game is secured

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — OAKLAND, Calif. – (Sorry for the delay in posting this entry, folks. I was caught up with traveling back from Oakland and other activities on the holiday. But Monday Mop-Up is live on the Web site...
  • 25 days ago
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