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7/12/2014 | Polanco freshens up approach during slump

Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco has endured a recent lull to his rookie season, getting him extra time with batting coach Jeff Branson. "We're trying to get him back to a solid foundation," said manager Clint Hurdle. "Stand up tall at the plate, not a big swing."

7/12/2014 | Locke down on walks: Lefty limiting free bases

The number in the walks column for Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke is worth a double-take. Especially considering this is the same pitcher who led the National League in bases on balls last season.

7/12/2014 | Reds aim to continue climb with series win vs. Bucs

The Reds are 10-0-1 this season in series against National League Central opponents not named the Cardinals, and they are looking to extend that streak after a 6-5 comeback victory over the Pirates on Friday. Cincinnati will start Mike Leake on Saturday, while Pittsburgh will call on Charlie Morton.

7/11/2014 | Pirates prospect Glasnow continues strong season

Right-hander Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 3 prospect, struck out 10 batters in 5 2/3 scoreless innings Friday in Class A Advanced Bradenton's 2-1 win over Tampa.

7/11/2014 | Blindsided by late siege, Pirates fall to Reds

At some point between Devin Mesoraco's home run to signal the rise and Brayan Pena's single to end it, Tony Watson had to be thinking he was just having a bad dream. "I'll open my eyes, and I'll be laying in bed, none the worse," Watson must've told himself. But no such reprieve. The Reds' five-hit, three-run rally in the eighth -- all of it with two outs -- was all too real, as was the Pirates' 6-5 defeat resulting from it.

7/11/2014 | Harrison relishing homecoming as All-Star

As waves of reporters passed in front of his locker Friday afternoon, Josh Harrison couldn't stop smiling. It was the contented smile of a young man who, theoretically, left the Queen City years ago to cut his baseball teeth and came home as a National League All-Star.

7/11/2014 | Volquez keeps pledge to fill role as rotation ace

Edinson Volquez is good at pitching. He is even better at keeping a promise. When boyhood pal and fellow Pirates starter Francisco Liriano landed on the disabled list with a strained left oblique on June 11, Volquez pledged to assume the leadership role of the 2013 ace.

7/11/2014 | Heads up: Cards record odd forceout vs. Bucs

Confusion ultimately led to oddity at Busch Stadium in the finale between the Pirates and Cardinals on Thursday night, when a popped-up bunt turned into a forceout involving a center fielder.

7/10/2014 | Volquez goes distance as Bucs bash Cards

This must be why they show up and keep playing the game, as manager Clint Hurdle plainly put it the other day. After getting flattened and being flat for three straight nights here, on the fourth night the Pirates made it all right with a 9-1 beating of the Cardinals.

7/10/2014 | Kingham flirts with perfect game in Triple-A

Right-hander Nick Kingham, the Pirates' No. 8 prospect, retired the first 17 batters he faced Thursday and threw six scoreless innings. Behind Kingham's strong start, Triple-A Indianapolis defeated Columbus, 1-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

7/10/2014 | Slump buster? Polanco gets even with countryman

It is too early to have a very good idea of how well Gregory Polanco adjusts; the give-and-take between him and Major League pitchers is just getting underway. But we do know he gets even.

7/10/2014 | Timing of foes' injuries have benefited Bucs

Major League players and personnel will never gloat over, or even acknowledge, other teams' injuries. The opposition always remains big league, and you still have to go out and beat them. Plus, they recognize their own injuries could be a misstep away. That said, the Pirates have already taken considerable advantage of other teams' mishaps, and they continue to get that opportunity.

7/10/2014 | Bucs option Cumpton, recall Decker from Triple-A

The Pirates on Thursday optioned right-hander Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A Indianapolis and recalled outfielder Jaff Decker from Indianapolis.

7/10/2014 | Cards out to sweep closer to top of NL Central

For the first time since May 27, the Cardinals are within two games of first place in the NL Central. A three-game series with the division-leading Brewers looms on Friday, but first the Cards and Shelby Miller will have to deal with red-hot right-hander Edinson Volquez.

7/10/2014 | Reds send Latos to the hill to face division rivals

The Reds will call on Mat Latos in the series opener against the Pirates on Friday at Great American Ball Park. The Bucs will counter with Jeff Locke.

7/9/2014 | Pirates drop third straight game to Cardinals

Matt Adams, the ninth-inning hero for the Cardinals on Monday, got an earlier start on tormenting the Pirates on Wednesday. Adams ripped a two-run double off Brandon Cumpton in the first inning, giving the Redbirds a lead they never relinquished in a 5-2 victory over the Bucs.

7/9/2014 | Hague back in the bigs with Marte on bereavement

There was a new old face on the bench on Wednesday. Matt Hague was back in a Bucs uniform for the first time in two years, recalled from Indianapolis as a temporary replacement for Starling Marte, who is on the bereavement list.

7/9/2014 | It's official: Liriano to return in Cincinnati

Francisco Liriano will make his comeback start on Sunday in Cincinnati, bumping Vance Worley into the bullpen for the final series prior to the All-Star break.

7/9/2014 | Filling in for Cole, Cumpton faces Lynn

Brandon Cumpton went to the Minors when Gerrit Cole came off the DL, but with Cole back on the shelf, Cumpton will try to steer the Bucs away from a third straight loss when he opposes Lance Lynn and the Cardinals on Wednesday.

7/8/2014 | Pirates fall victim to walk-off win once more

After splitting the season's first 10 games, the Bucs and the Redbirds split the first eight innings of No. 11, until Kolten Wong's one-out homer in the ninth off Ernesto Frieri gave St. Louis a 5-4 win. Starter Vance Worley went five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits.

7/8/2014 | Pirates see baserunner erased following review

An out call on a pickoff play at third base in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals stood after the Pirates had challenged it.

7/8/2014 | Liriano will return to rotation for series vs. Reds

Francisco Liriano was back in the clubhouse on Tuesday, one day after a convincing rehab start in Triple-A Indianapolis, and therefore will be back in the rotation this weekend.

7/8/2014 | Pirates plan to take their time with Cole

The Bucs will make sure Gerrit Cole is on a slower track back from his current lat injury than he was from the shoulder fatigue that had him on the disabled list from June 8-28.

7/8/2014 | Bryant, Betts highlight First-Half All-Prospect team has put together a First-Half All-Prospect team, featuring the prospects who performed the best during the first few months of the 2014 season. The list includes Cubs 2013 first-round Draft pick Kris Bryant and a trio of Red Sox, led by Mookie Betts.

7/8/2014 | Worley, Martinez continue Bucs-Redbirds rivalry

Following their shutout, walk-off loss on Monday, the Pirates will look to even the series on Tuesday behind right-hander Vance Worley. Carlos Martinez will get the call for the Cardinals.

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