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  1. Pirates get Gerrit Cole back in the rotation

    Aug 20, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Gerrit Cole’s lengthy minor-league rehab assignment is over and the Pirates have activated the former No. 1 overall pick from the disabled list for tonight’s start against the Braves.

  2. Derek Jeter, Andrew McCutchen do the ice bucket challenge

    Aug 20, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT

    Ice Bucket

    In addition to raising awareness of a good cause, Jeter’s challenge raised awareness of CC Sabathia’s actual existence.

  3. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 20, 2014, 6:54 AM EDT

    Bases loaded walk

    A bases-loaded walk helped the Tigers win a game. A walkoff plunking gave the Cardinals the win. And the crew in Chicago couldn’t get a tarp on the field. Can anyone around here play this game anymore?

  4. Pirates activate Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list

    Aug 19, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    McCutchen was having another MVP-caliber season at the time of the injury, ranking among the NL’s top five in batting average (.311), on-base percentage (.411), slugging percentage (.536), and OPS (.947).

  5. The NL Wild Card race: less-than-inspiring

    Aug 19, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton, Alan Porter

    But I suppose someone — two someones, actually — has to win this ugly thing.

  6. Pedro Alvarez making first career start at first base Monday night

    Aug 18, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    After 584 games in the majors, Pedro Alvarez is going to try something new.

  7. Pirates expect Andrew McCutchen back when eligible Tuesday

    Aug 18, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    In his absence Pittsburgh has shifted Starling Marte from left field to center field and used Travis Snider as the primary left fielder. And the Pirates have gone 5-8 without McCutchen in the lineup, including five consecutive losses.

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 18, 2014, 5:30 AM EDT

    Lloyd McClendon, Tony Randazzp

    An ump show in Detroit couldn’t stop the Mariners’ momentum.

  9. Gerrit Cole to return to Pirates’ rotation Wednesday

    Aug 17, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

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    The Pirates have lost four straight games and would not have a spot in the playoffs if the regular season ended today, but a big boost is coming this week. Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that right-hander Gerrit Cole is due back from the disabled list on Wednesday.

  10. Joe Posnanski ranks all 30 MLB ballparks

    Aug 15, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

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    Joe Posnanski ranks all 30 MLB ballparks. Spoiler alert: Wrigley Field is No. 1.

  11. Pirates claim John Axford off waivers from Indians

    Aug 14, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

    John Axford

    Looking to add more bullpen help after the Jason Grilli-for-Ernesto Frieri swap worked out so horribly, the Pirates have acquired right-hander John Axford from the Indians.

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and hghlghts

    Aug 13, 2014, 7:16 AM EDT

    Mariners

    In the future, every pitcher will toss seven shutout innings for fifteen minutes — Andy Warhol.

  13. Gerrit Cole will make another rehab start

    Aug 12, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole was dominant in a rehab start Sunday at Triple-A Indianapolis, allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings. But he only made it to 73 pitches in that outing so the Bucs will have him make one more appearance in the minor leagues.

  14. Pirates place reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list

    Aug 11, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    After initially holding out hope that Andrew McCutchen could avoid the disabled list–including general manager Neal Huntington saying yesterday that he’d made “remarkable” progress in his recovery–the Pirates have placed the reigning MVP on the shelf with an avulsion fracture of his rib.

  15. Gerrit Cole tossed six scoreless innings in a rehab outing on Sunday at Triple-A Indianapolis

    Aug 11, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

    gerrit cole pirates getty

    Gerrit Cole allowed five runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings in a rehab start last week, but the Pirates insisted they weren’t worried about those results and it appears that their confidence was well-placed.

  16. Huntington: Andrew McCutchen making “remarkable” progress from injury

    Aug 10, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    Pirates GM Neal Huntington said outfielder Andrew McCutchen’s recovery from an injury suffered last week has been “remarkable”. McCutchen may be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list.

  17. Pedro Alvarez on board with potential move to first base

    Aug 9, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pedro Alvarez seems to be okay with potentially moving across the diamond to first base. He has taken fielding practice there over the last two days.

  18. Twins prospect Trevor May’s major league debut didn’t go so well

    Aug 9, 2014, 11:18 PM EDT

    Trevor May

    Trevor May made his major league debut in a start against the Athletics on Saturday night, but it ended much sooner than he had hoped.

  19. Pirates willing to wait a few more days before making decision on Andrew McCutchen

    Aug 8, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    The Pirates will wait a few extra days, if necessary, before deciding if they’ll place outfielder Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list.

  20. Pirates designate Ernesto Frieri for assignment

    Aug 8, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Frieri posted a 7.34 ERA in 48 appearances, which is shockingly bad for a 28-year-old who came into this season with a career 2.76 ERA and 315 strikeouts in 231 innings.

  21. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 8, 2014, 6:23 AM EDT

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    If you had money on “Shane Greene and Chris Capuano would go back-to-back shutting down the Detroit Tigers in August, keeping the Yankees in the playoff picture,” the casino management would like to have a word with you.

  22. Dan Jennings diagnosed with concussion after being hit in head by line drive

    Aug 7, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

    Dan Jennings Getty

    Scary moment tonight in Pittsburgh, as Marlins left-hander Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer in the bottom of the seventh inning.

  23. Gerrit Cole will make another rehab start as Pirates insist they aren’t worried

    Aug 7, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole

    Cole gave up five runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings, but manager Clint Hurdle spun things in a less negative light by saying that he was told to focus on repeating his delivery rather than getting batters out.

  24. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 7, 2014, 6:53 AM EDT

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    Joe Kelly gave his old mates fits. Well, maybe he gave them fits before too. Maybe they weren’t his mates. Maybe there were long-simmering disputes between him and the Cardinals about politics and religion and things. We can’t know!

  25. A lot of people think — or want to think — the Dbacks caused Andrew McCutchen’s injury

    Aug 6, 2014, 9:53 AM EDT

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    But really, it’s totally possible to be angry at the Dbcaks over this regardless of the damage it caused.

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