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5/3/2016 | Pirates need big start from Nicasio vs. Cubs

Coming off a start in which he was in "complete command," according to manager Clint Hurdle, Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio will try to shut down the Cubs' dangerous lineup in the series finale at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon. Chicago is going for a sweep behind left-hander Jon Lester.


5/3/2016 | Utter dominance: Arrieta (6-0) stellar vs. Bucs

Jake Arrieta walked the Pirates' first two hitters Tuesday night, and that was about as bad as it got for the Cubs. Returning to PNC Park for the first time since the National League Wild Card Game, Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings and improved to 6-0 in the Cubs' 7-1 win over the Pirates.


5/3/2016 | Cutch recounts feel-good moment with fans

In today's world of viral videos, what might be an otherwise innocuous moment noticed by a few observers can, for better or for worse, turn into much more.


5/3/2016 | Hurdle: Rivalry with Cubs 'good for the game'

After tempers flared during the Pirates' 7-2 loss on Monday night at PNC Park, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the National League Central rivals had developed "an actual organic rivalry" that benefits baseball. Does that ring true for the Pirates?


5/3/2016 | Nothing contrived about Cubs-Pirates rivalry

For a rivalry to really work, a few elements have to be in order: Both teams have to be good, they have to have a lot on the line every time they play, and they have to -- at least between the lines -- not like each other very much.


5/3/2016 | Containing leadoff hitters an issue for Cole

Gerrit Cole was admittedly "out of sync" in Monday's 7-2 loss to the Cubs at PNC Park, the long-awaited rematch of last season's National League Wild Card Game. That description applied to the Pirates' work controlling the Cubs' running game, too.