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8/20/2014 | Back from injury, Cole impresses in victory

Gerrit Cole's first start since Independence Day originally looked like it may go the route of his teammates in the first two games against the hot-hitting Braves. But he settled in, retired 12 consecutive hitters at one point and put his team in a position to snap its seven-game losing streak in Wednesday night's 3-2 win.

8/20/2014 | Braves have mixed results in challenges vs. Bucs

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez gained a potentially important out when he successfully challenged Angel Hernandez's call on a pickoff move during the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Pirates at PNC Park.

8/20/2014 | Bucs try to make up ground during visit to Milwaukee

As recently as Aug. 7, the Pirates were breathing down the Brewers' necks, sitting a single game behind them in the National League Central and looking ready to take over at any moment. But a seven-game losing streak has put some serious space between the two contenders, and this weekend's series in Milwaukee could be pivotal for Pittsburgh's chances to stay in the division race.

8/20/2014 | Morton dealing with sports hernia in right hip

Charlie Morton told reporters Wednesday he has a sports hernia in his right hip and added the issue has bothered him since early June.

8/20/2014 | Pirates keep pace in playoff race with walk-off win

On Wednesday, Gerrit Cole's seven superb innings set up a 3-2 walk-off win over the Atlanta Braves, halting the Bucs' seven-game slide.

8/20/2014 | With Cutch back, don't count out the slumping Pirates

Although the Pirates dropped their season-worst seventh straight Tuesday, they did get reigning NL MVP Award winner Andrew McCutchen back from the DL, and the Bucs are still very much in position to make a run at an NL Wild Card spot.

8/19/2014 | Liriano roughed up as Bucs drop seventh straight

Francisco Liriano gave up a season-high seven earned runs in just four-plus innings as the Pirates saw their slide reach seven games in an 11-3 loss to the Braves on Tuesday at PNC Park.

8/19/2014 | Cutch: Plunking may have contributed to injury

Upon his return to the active list on Tuesday, Andrew McCutchen acknowledged the likelihood that getting drilled in the back by Randall Delgado's pitch on Aug. 2 contributed to the avulsion rib fracture that sent him to the DL for the first time in his career.

8/19/2014 | Alvarez unlikely to see any more action at third

The night after Pedro Alvarez's debut at first base, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated it would take an emergency for the slugger to again be seen playing third base this season.

8/19/2014 | Cole hoping to boost Bucs vs. surging Braves

Gerrit Cole will look to give the struggling Pirates a shot in the arm when he returns from the disabled list for Wednesday's finale vs. Alex Wood and the surging Braves at PNC Park.

8/19/2014 | No setbacks for McCutchen in return to action

Andrew McCutchen returned to action Tuesday, and the outfielder reported feeling fine physically in his first game back from a rib fracture.

8/19/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Outfielder Bell has bright future

Pirates prospect Josh Bell is legitimate and it's only a matter of time until he's hitting in the middle of a big league lineup manning a corner outfield spot.

8/18/2014 | Longtime Pirates, Reds scout passes away

Longtime Pirates and Reds scout Elmer Gray, who recommended the signing of Ken Griffey Sr., passes away at age 91 following a long illness.

8/18/2014 | Bucs' power surge not enough after early jolt

Starling Marte homered twice and Neil Walker belted one that bounced into the Allegheny River, but that power surge couldn't overcome a rocky first inning for Vance Worley in a 7-3 setback Monday night at PNC Park.

8/18/2014 | Pirates mourn passing of longtime scout

Longtime Pirates scout Elmer Gray died Monday at the age of 91. He began working with the Pirates in 1984 and helped build the playoff teams of the early 1990s. Prior to joining the Pirates, Gray was a member of the Reds organization.

8/18/2014 | Alvarez 'pretty comfortable' in first-base debut

Less than two weeks after the Pirates decided to have lifelong third baseman Pedro Alvarez start practicing at first base, he made his first career appearance there Monday night against the Braves.

8/18/2014 | Rookie-level pitcher suspended for HGH

Minor League pitcher Michael Clemens, a 17th-round Draft selection by the Pirates in June, received a 68-game suspension on Monday for possession and use of human growth hormone.

8/18/2014 | McCutchen takes swings, on verge of return

Andrew McCutchen expects to be back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday, the first day he is eligible to be activated off the 15-day disabled list.

8/17/2014 | Pirates hope to snap skid at home vs. Braves

The Pirates, who have lost five straight games, send Vance Worley to the mound against Ervin Santana and the Braves on Monday at PNC Park.

8/17/2014 | Bucs hope MVP's return turns tide vs. Braves

Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen expects to be back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday night as the Bucs look to snap a six-game slide. Left-hander Francisco Liriano makes the start for Pittsburgh, with right-hander Aaron Harang taking the mound for the Braves, winners of four in a row.

8/17/2014 | Pirates rally in ninth, but fall in 11th vs. Nats

Scott Hairston's sacrifice fly off Brandon Cumpton with one out in the 11th inning gave the Nats a 6-5 victory over the Bucs on Sunday night at Nationals Park.

8/17/2014 | Nationals win challenge: Taylor was HBP

Manager Matt Williams challenged a call in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Pirates on Sunday night at Nationals Park after right fielder Michael Taylor appeared to be hit in the left hand by an errant fastball from right-hander Edinson Volquez.

8/17/2014 | Locke taking his tough luck with leads in stride

Jeff Locke won rotation tenure Saturday night, with 5 2/3 innings of shutout pitching taking him out of consideration for giving up his spot for Gerrit Cole's return. What Locke did not win, however, was the game.

8/17/2014 | Hip issue forces Morton to DL; Cole set to return

The Pirates placed Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with right hip inflammation and recalled Brent Morel. Gerrit Cole is expected to be activated from the DL in time to replace Morton in the rotation on Wednesday.

8/16/2014 | Cole given green light to return to Bucs' rotation

Gerrit Cole has gotten the green light to rejoin the Pirates' rotation. The only thing left to determine is when Cole will get the ball.

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