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Bucs prospect Newman debuts at shortstop

With Jordy Mercer going on the disabled list with a left calf strain, the Pirates called up their potential shortstop of the future on Thursday. The Pirates selected the contract of infielder Kevin Newman, their first-round Draft pick in 2015, amid a series of roster moves before Thursday's series opener against the Cubs at PNC Park.

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Anthony Athens

Bucs drop opener to Cubs, 1-0

In a 1-0 loss to the Cubs, a belt high change up proved to be the difference in today’s ballgame. With one out in the top of the 4th inning, Ivan Nova fell behind Ian Happ with two fastballs outside of the zone. While attempting to change speeds, Nova left the next offering up in the zone and Happ hammered it into the right centerfield seats for what would be the game’s only run.

The Happ home run was the only blemish on what was otherwise a stellar pitching performance by...

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Pirates quiet behind Nova, fall to .500

Looking to make some noise during a critical stretch against clubs they're chasing in the postseason race, the Pirates instead found their bats silent in a 1-0 loss to the Cubs on Thursday night at PNC Park.

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Cannonballs coming: Jonah Davis homers twice

— Jesus Liranzo gave up a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to blow a 5-4 lead as Indianapolis (66-57) lost to Lehigh Valley, 6-5. Brandon Waddell started and gave up three runs in six innings on four hits and three walks. He struck out four. Jose Osuna and Kevin Kramer each went 2-4 with a double. Max Moroff was 0-2 with three walks. Jason Martin continued to slump, going 0-4. Dovydas Neverauskas gave up a run on a solo home run in his one inning.

— Altoona (63-54) blew...

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Prospect Newman joins Bucs; Mercer to DL

With Jordy Mercer going on the disabled list with a left calf strain, the Pirates called up their potential shortstop of the future on Thursday. The Pirates selected the contract of infielder Kevin Newman, their first-round Draft pick in 2015, amid a series of roster moves before Thursday's series opener against the Cubs at PNC Park.

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Anthony Athens

Game Thread: Nova vs. Lester

The Pirates and Cubs are set to square off tonight at 7:05pm EDT in game one of the four game set.

The Bucs will be sending Ivan Nova to the hill to face Chicago’s John Lester. Lester has struggled as of late, winless in his last five starts. He earned the loss against Pittsburgh on July 31st while allowing four runs over five innings of work. Unfortunately, the Pirates have gone 5-8 in the 13 games following the deadline.

Speaking of roster moves, Kevin Newman and Jordan Luplow will...

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Mercer to DL; Pirates add Newman, Luplow

The Pittsburgh Pirates today placed infielder Jordy Mercer on the 10-day disabled list (retro to August 15) with a left calf strain. To take Mercer's place on the 25-man active roster, outfielder Jordan Luplow has been recalled from Indianapolis. The club has also selected the contract of infielder Kevin Newman from Indianapolis. To make room for Newman on the 25-man roster, catcher Jacob Stallings has been optioned to Triple-A. To clear a space on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher...

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Pirates place Jordy Miller on DL, promote Kevin Newman

The Pirates announced a series of roster moves Thursday, most notably placing shortstop Jordy Mercer on the 10-day disabled list due to a calf strain and selecting the contract of shortstop prospect Kevin Newman in his place. To open 40-man roster space, Pittsburgh designated right-hander Casey Sadler for assignment. The Pirates also recalled outfielder Jordan Luplow and optioned catcher Jacob Stallings to Triple-A.Newman, 25, was the Pirates’ top selection in the 2015 draft (19th...

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Brian Cartwright

Newman!

I’d anticipated that Jordan Luplow would be back with the Cubs starting left-handed pitcher in all four of the games this weekend, but as he’d been down less than 10 days it would require someone being disabled - and that someone is Jordy Mercer with the leg discomfort he suffered the other day.

With that DL move, it appears that Kevin Newman will be the starting shortstop in Mercer’s absence. Newman was the Pirates top draft pick in 2015, selected 19th overall in the first round and...

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Eli Nellis

Series Preview: Cubs at Pirates

Losers of three in a row, the Pirates (61-60) return home to face first-place Cubs team (69-50) that, at nine games back, they’re not really chasing in the NL Central race as much as trying to remain relevant versus others in the Wild Card.

The Cubs are 8-5 in August, coming off a split of two games with the Brewers at Wrigley Field this week. Chicago split two games in Pittsburgh a little more than two weeks ago.

The Cubs are scheduled to send four left-handed starting pitchers against...

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Cannonballs coming: Lots of good pitching in the system

Bristol was off.

— Mitch Keller had a good outing as Indianapolis (66-56) won the first game of its doubleheader with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-3. Keller started off with five shutout innings before giving up two runs in the sixth. He finished with five hits and a walk allowed over six innings, with seven strikeouts. He threw 65 of 97 pitches for strikes. The Indians had baserunners on constantly, thanks to ten hits and a dozen walks in the seven-inning game, but they stranded 13. ...

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Pirates fall to Twins, miss chances in series

The Pirates played their way back into the postseason race last month, and they'll have to do it again after two days of missed opportunities at Target Field.

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Alex Stumpf

Pirates strand a dozen in 6-4 loss to Twins

The Pirates blew a pair of leads and stranded a dozen runners on base in a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins Wednesday. The loss brings an end to a 4-5 road trip.

Chris Archer failed to pitch more than five innings for the third time in three starts as a Pirate, getting pulled after 5+ innings of four run ball. He allowed six hits but did not walk a batter, striking out seven.

The Pirates jumped on the board in the second inning when Colin Moran’s infield single forced an early, bad throw...

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Kuhl (forearm strain) to begin throwing program

Right-hander Chad Kuhl hasn't pitched in a game since June 26, and he has not yet resumed throwing due to a right forearm strain. But the Pirates still hope to see him back on the mound this season.

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Alex Stumpf

Game Thread: Archer Day, Part III

Chris Archer (4-5, 4.36) will make his third start as a Pittsburgh Pirate Wednesday at 1:10 as the Bucs try to wrap up their nine game road trip with a winning record. Jose Berrios (11-8, 3.66) will go for the Minnesota Twins.

The Pirates have won the first two games Archer has started despite him going only a combined 9.1 innings and allowing seven runs (five earned). His calling card slider has been mixed in those first two starts. Of the 85 he’s thrown so far (which has been 44% of his...

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Shred Hate program gains Pittsburgh's support

The Angels, Dodgers, Phillies, Pirates and Rangers are the latest teams to join the Cubs, White Sox, Twins and Nationals as Shred Hate clubs in the effort to prevent bullying. Select schools in club markets will use the No Bully methodology that has remediated more than 90 percent of bullying incidents since Shred Hate's launch in January 2017.

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Pirates can't hold onto early lead vs. Twins

The second time through the order did not work out well for Jameson Taillon or the Pirates' lineup on Tuesday night at Target Field. After throwing three perfect innings, Taillon gave up three runs on five hits in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, the Pirates managed only four hits after the second inning and lost to the Twins, 5-2.

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Brian Cartwright

So close but yet so far away as Pirates fall to Twins 5-2

Everything looked to be going the Pirates’ way. Jameson Taillon hadn’t allowed more than three runs in his last thirteen starts, while the Twins’ Jake Odorizzi had a 5.90 ERA over the same stretch, averaging fewer than five innings a start.

For awhile everything went according to plan. David Freese led off the second with a single followed by a walk to Josh Bell. Francisco Cervelli’s double to left center plated one run and another scored on Colin Moran’s grounder to the right...

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Cannonballs coming: Will Craig hits HR #19

West Virginia and Morgantown were off.

— Indianapolis (65-55) was scheduled for a doubleheader with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but ended up playing just one, five-inning game that was shortened by rain. The Indians lost the game, 7-3. Nick Kingham started and threw four shutout innings before coming unglued in the fifth. He allowed seven runs in the inning and never did retire a batter. The game was called with nobody out after Tanner Anderson had come on in relief, but before Anderson...

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Brian Cartwright

Tyler Glasnow interviewed by Stephen Nesbitt of the Post-Gazette

This is a really good interview with Glasnow which confirms a lot of we thought about the situation. Glasnow doesn’t blame the coaching stuff, putting a lot on himself, but admits that he felt at a dead end in Pittsburgh.

Highlights:

I was kind of in limbo — even within myself — in Pittsburgh. I didn’t know if I was going to be a reliever or a starter. But the Rays were just like, “You’re going to be a starter. We know what you can do. We’ve seen you pitch.” It made me kind...

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