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Glasnow looks to stay on a roll vs. Mets

Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow will be looking to build off his two best starts of the season as he faces off against Matt Harvey and the Mets on Sunday night at PNC Park.

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Jaso ties it, delivers walk-off as Bucs top Mets

John Jaso only had two at-bats, but they mattered the most. Jaso tied the game in the ninth and singled in the 10th to give the Pirates a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Mets Saturday night at PNC Park to even the three-game series.

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Cannonballs coming: Antonio Bastardo and Josh Lindblom rehab

— Indianapolis (26-21) lost to Rochester, 3-2, in 12 innings. Steven Brault allowed only one run, but ran into pitch count issues that limited him to four and two-thirds innings. It took him 107 pitches, only 62 of them strikes, to get that far. He gave up six hits and five walks, while striking out five. He had help from two double plays, one of them resulting from a batter’s interference call on old friend Matt Hague. Josh Lindblom made a rehab appearance, walking one and striking...

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John Jaso gets tying, walk-off hits in Pirates’ comeback win over Mets

John Jaso’s ninth- and 10th-inning singles scored the tying and winning runs, capping a long, slow comeback by the Pirates for a 5-4 victory over the Mets on Saturday night at PNC Park.

Jaso was one of a few unlikely heroes. Wade LeBlanc and Juan Nicasio were excellent in middle relief after Gerrit Cole struggled, and the Pirates bullpen shut the Mets out for five innings.

The Pirates were down 4-2 when LeBlanc entered for Cole in the sixth. LeBlanc went two strong, Nicasio one and...

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2017 MLB draft: Reviewing the Pirates’ drafts - 2014

In mock draft news, there are two just out. On Friday, Jim Callis at MLB Pipeline had the Pirates selecting Texas prep right-hander Shane Baz. Today, Baseball America has them going with “one of the draft’s risers,” University of Kentucky first baseman Evan White. On Baz, Callis notes that, while many teams shy away from selecting prep righties in the first round, the Pirates don’t. I’m not sure it’s the Pittsburgh Pirates he’s talking about, as under their current front...

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Jameson Taillon to make rehab start on Sunday

On May 8, Jameson Taillon had surgery for suspected testicular cancer, a suspicion that was confirmed by post-operative testing. On Sunday, just twenty days later, he’s scheduled to make a rehab start for Altoona.

When he got the diagnosis, Taillon was in the process of establishing himself as a top-of-the-rotation pitcher. In six starts, he was 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA that was inflated by a shelling in his last start before the surgery. His major league debut was delayed probably by two...

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Hudson's resurgence gives Bucs 'pen options

Daniel Hudson believes he's always had good stuff. He just wasn't getting results at the beginning of the season. But that hasn't been a problem of late. After struggling in April, The Pirates right-handed reliever hasn't allowed a run in his last five appearances, surrendering three hits and issuing only one walk in that span.

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Game Thread: Gerrit Cole, Pirates look to bounce back vs. Mets

The Pirates hope to get back on track in a fairly important series for late May, and Gerrit Cole is looking to do better after a not-so-good start on Monday in Atlanta. Reminder tonight’s game (7:15 p.m.) is being regionally broadcast on Fox, though this game’s region appears to be Pittsburgh and New York, and that’s about it.

The lineups:

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Michael Conforto, LF Jose Reyes, 3B Jay Bruce, RF Terre Haute, IN native and former Atlanta Brave Neil Walker, 2B Lucas Duda, 1B...

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Andrew McCutchen batting below cleanup spot for first time as starter

Andrew McCutchen’s rough start to the season led manager Clint Hurdle to change his lineup for Friday’s game against the Mets. The result was a first for McCutchen as a starter for the Pirates.After a disappointing 2016 season that saw McCutchen post career-lows in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, the hope around Pittsburgh was that he would rebound this season. That, however, has not been the case to this point. Through 46 games, the 2013 National League MVP...

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Game 50: Bastardo, Lindblom on the mend

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner Injured relievers Antonio Bastardo (strained left quad) and Josh Lindblom (left side discomfort) today began rehab assignments with Triple-A Indianapolis. Bastardo has been out since April 25. Lindblom went on the disabled liston May 20. >>> Yinz want links? I’ve got links: Mets 8, Pirates 1: Have a night, Neil Walker Notebook: Cutch bats sixth, Polanco returns >>> Saturday: Mets at Pirates, 7:15 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Fox. Radio: 93.7...

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Polanco shakes off rust in return to cleanup spot

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters before Friday's game that right fielder Gregory Polanco was in a good place. Even if he hadn't played a game since May 14.

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Cannonballs coming: Offensive outbursts by Indianapolis and Bradenton

The Pirates have placed Mitch Keller on the minor league disabled list due to back tightness, which caused him to leave his last start. The problem is not expected (sub. req’d) to be significant.

— Indianapolis (26-20) got big games from Austin Meadows and Max Moroff in an 11-6 win over Rochester. Meadows was 2-4 with a walk, his third HR, three runs and three RBIs. Moroff was 2-5 with a double, his 13th HR and three RBIs. Cody Dickson, whose starts generally mean bullpen games, gave...

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Felipe Rivero hires . . . you guessed it

Pirates’ reliever Felipe Rivero has hired Scott Boras as his agent. This comes shortly after Boras also picked up Pirates’ closer Tony Watson as a client. Rivero currently has a 0.73 ERA, 2.87 xFIP, 0.81 WHIP and 9.85 K/9.

Of course, this move has no more relevance to the Pirates than Watson’s decision. The Pirates control Rivero’s rights for four more years beyond this year. Few relievers retain Rivero’s level of effectiveness for such long periods and, even if Rivero turns...

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Mets pound Kuhl, Pirates, 8-1

Chad Kuhl got pummeled and the Pirates’ offense went back to sleep in an 8-1 rout at the hands of the struggling, injury-plagued Mets.

Kuhl got hit hard throughout. The Mets got to him for a run in the second on an RBI single by the severely struggling Curtis Granderson. In the third, Jose Reyes reached on a third strike wild pitch and some guy named Walker went deep with two out. In the fourth, Kuhl survived a pair of two-out hits, one by pitcher Jacob deGrom, when Michael Conforto...

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2017 MLB draft: Reviewing the Pirates’ drafts - 2013

Before getting on to the review, I wanted to note an article at BA yesterday from John Manuel that gives an overview of this year’s draft. The short version is that scouts don’t like the draft pool much at all. There are a few guys getting a lot of attention who’ll be long gone when the Pirates pick at 1-12. Beyond that, there are a few college hitters, some of whom might be available, in a group that scouts consider very weak. And there are some high-risk prep outfielders with...

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Cole looks to rebound from tough outing

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole labored in his last start on May 22 against the Braves. But he will have the chance to place that poor outing behind him and get back on track against Zack Wheeler and the Mets Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET at PNC Park.

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Felipe Rivero Changes Agents

Pirates reliever Felipe Rivero has changed his representation, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. Rivero has hired the Boras Corporation, per the report. Rivero, who will turn 26 this summer, can’t qualify for free agency until 2022. But he entered the season with 1.162 days of service, so he’s nearly certain to qualify for arbitration at year’s end as a Super Two player. The Bucs will end up paying Rivero at a healthy rate, as he’s currently carrying an outstanding 0.73 ERA with...

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Andrew McCutching batting below cleanup spot for first time as starter

Andrew McCutchen’s rough start to the season led manager Clint Hurdle to change his lineup for Friday’s game against the Mets. The result was a first for Andrew McCutchen as a starter for the Pirates. After a disappointing 2016 season that saw McCutchen post career-lows in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, the hope around Pittsburgh was that he would rebound this season. That, however, has not been the case to this point. Through 46 games, the 2013 National...

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Cutch returns to lineup in the sixth hole

After being out of the starting lineup for the last two games, Andrew McCutchen returns to the Pirates lineup Friday, hitting sixth.

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