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Jung-Ho Kang breaks silence

Jung-Ho Kang spoke perhaps the most on-record since his offseason drunk-driving arrest and conviction in South Korea, giving an interview published in two parts to the Yonhap News Agency. Kang expressed contrition over his misdeed and enthusiasm towards returning to baseball with the Dominican Winter League and, perhaps eventually, the Pirates.

“Something like that must never happen again, and I am trying to be a better man,” Kang said.

The interview is worth your time, though it’s...

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Brault, Glasnow trending in different directions

Steven Brault knew he had five innings Wednesday night. The Pirates had a plan, and Brault's part did not include the sixth inning, no matter how effective he was, no matter how efficiently he worked.

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Adam Frazier’s walk-off home run ends Pirates’ losing streak

The Pirates were in a slogging September baseball game, having not put away the Brewers, but with Milwaukee, desperate for a win to take hold of a share of a wild-card spot, unable to close out the Pirates.

In a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the ninth, Adam Frazier drilled a fastball from closer Corey Knebel over the right-field wall for a two-run home run, giving the Pirates a 6-4 win over the Brewers on Wednesday night, snapping the Bucs’ seven-game losing streak.

Frazier finished 2-for-5...

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Pirates’ minor league recap: Altoona

Altoona had an eventful season from a performance and prospect standpoint. On the performance side, the Curve won the Eastern League title, sweeping through the playoffs without a loss. On the prospect side, Altoona was the scene of several breakouts and several significant promotions. The roster went through significant changes over the course of the season.

Hitters

The most prominent prospect on the Altoona roster at the start of the season was shortstop Kevin Newman, but it was second...

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Eli Nellis

Game Thread: Tyler Glasnow, Steven Brault to face unheralded rookie

Tonight’s pitching setup has plenty to look for. Tyler Glasnow is set to make his second September appearance in tonight’s 7:05 game, this time in relief of Steven Brault, who last time out had an excellent one-hit, six-inning start in Milwaukee last Monday. That also happens to be the last time the Pirates won.

The Brewers, fighting to get into the playoffs, will oppose Brault with Curtis Aaron Wilkerson, a 28-year-old righty making his first Major League start after spending all...

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Ke’Bryan Hayes, Edwin Espinal win gold gloves

MiLB.com has named two Pirates’ minor leaguers, first baseman Edwin Espinal and third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Those awards cover the entire minor leagues, meaning Espinal and Hayes were considered tops at their positions in all the minors.

Hayes was one of the younger players in the Florida State League. Baseball America rated him the Pirates’ sixth-best prospect coming into this season and he’s always been well regarded defensively. ...

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Planning for the Future in Today’s Record Home-Run Environment

I was driving recently in Pittsburgh, in my decade-old Honda Accord, when an NPR radio interview captured my attention. I can’t recall the names of the particular guests on this program (perhaps a reader can assist me in this effort), but they were discussing the expenses associated with building nuclear submarines, the expected life of a sub’s operation, and the concern that such costly projects could be made prematurely obsolete by advancements in technology. Rich Smith of the Motley...

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Kang ready to put past to rest, get back to ball

After a year away from professional baseball, Jung Ho Kang is ready to play again. In an interview with the Yonhap News Agency published Tuesday, Kang apologized for the drunken-driving arrest that has kept him out of the United States this season and looked forward to his time in the Dominican Winter League.

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Brault hoping to repeat success vs. Brewers

A little more than four years after turning down a promotion at his local grocery store to give baseball one last shot, 28-year-old Aaron Wilkerson will make his second big league appearance and first start when the Brewers finish their three-game series against left-hander Steven Brault and the Pirates on Wednesday at PNC Park.

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Another day, another shutout

Trevor Williams had the studliness oozing out his pores, but unfortunately for him the last time the Pirates scored a run I was watching the Steelers instead.

Williams allowed only three hits and two walks in five innings, while striking out six - but one of those three hits was a fourth inning fly ball that Domingo Santana dropped just inside the seats down the left field line.

Given a 1-0 lead, Chase Anderson breezed through the Pirates’ lineup, throwing six shutout innings before...

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Schugel quietly proving value in bullpen

Quietly, the Bucs may have found another answer for their 2018 bullpen in A.J. Schugel. The 28-year-old right-hander may fit as a jam-defusing fireman and bridge from the starting pitcher to the late-inning relievers, a role he's filled in the second half of the season.

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LIVE Color Feed: Brewers vs. Pirates

Video highlights, Statcast info, analysis, tweets, key updates, the latest news and more from the Gameday Color Feed.

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Pirates’ minor league recap: Bradenton

Bradenton opened the season with a large percentage of the Pirates’ top prospects, most of them in the infield and the rotation. For most, but not all, of them, things went reasonably well on the field. Several of the top guys missed some time with injuries, but none of them look like long-term concerns.

Hitters

The top position playing prospects on the Marauders were shortstop Cole Tucker, first baseman Will Craig and third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes (pictured). The results for the three...

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Gamethread: Do the Pirates have any studliness left for a Tuesday night?

Even with Starling Marte returning to the lineup, the Pirates, losers of their last eleventy some games, will start five rookies out of their nine. Trevor Williams (6-8, 4.26) will take the mound in the penultimate game of the year against the Brewers, who will counter with Chase Anderson (10-3, 2.88)

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BREWERS

1 L Eric Thames, 1B

2 S Neil Walker, 2B

3 R Ryan Braun, LF

4 L Travis Shaw, 3B

5 R Domingo Santana, RF

6 L Steven Vogt, C

7 R Orlando Arcia, SS

8 L Brett Phillips, CF

9 R Chase...

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Williams, Bucs out to play spoiler vs. Brewers

The Brewers could use a strong, lengthy start out of Chase Anderson when he takes the mound against Trevor Williams and the Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

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Pirates run bases like boneheads, lose to Brewers, 3-0

There is no excuse for the poor baserunning decisions the Pirates made in their 3-0 loss to the Brewers on Monday night. The best-case scenario is that Elias Diaz and Gregory Polanco simply didn’t care about a late-September game. Then at least there’s hope they’d choose more wisely in a meaningful situation. Then there’s less of the creeping feeling this organization can’t corral its players on the basepaths.

But there’s no reason for a baseball player to not know the basic...

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Quiet bats, baserunning gaffes hurt Pirates

Ryan Braun homered and five pitchers combined for the Brewers' 11th shutout victory, a 3-0 triumph over the slumping Pirates at PNC Park. With 12 games left on their schedule, the Brewers pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Cubs in the National League Central and two games of the Rockies in the race for the second NL Wild Card.

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Cervelli's season comes to an end

Sidelined since Aug. 26 by a sore left quadriceps, Francisco Cervelli has been taking batting practice and jogging but not blocking balls behind the plate or running the bases. So with 12 games remaining, the Pirates decided to shut him down for the rest of the season.

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Francisco Cervelli done for the season

In a thoroughly unsurprising development, Clint Hurdle has acknowledged that Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli won’t return this season.

Francisco Cervelli is done for the season, Clint Hurdle said. Not enough time for him to finish rehabbing before the season ends.

— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) September 18, 2017

In case you didn’t know, Cervelli has had some injuries this year. Just to recap . . . He suffered a foot injury in spring training that’s bothered him all...

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Francisco Cervelli Will Not Return This Year

Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli will be shut down for the rest of the year, manager Clint Hurdle tells reporters including MLB.com’s Adam Berry (via Twitter). Hurdle says there simply isn’t enough time for the backstop to make it back from his quad injury. While the Bucs don’t need Cervelli to make a push for the postseason — that ship sailed a while back — it’s disappointing for his season to end this year. The veteran has been out since mid-August (apart from a one-game...

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