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7/23/2014 | Pirates place Marte on disabled list, recall Morel

The Pirates placed Starling Marte on the 7-day concussion disabled list Wednesday, five days after Marte took a 93-mph fastball off the helmet. Infielder Brent Morel was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Marte's roster spot.

7/23/2014 | Rehabbing Cole throws sim game without issue

Gerrit Cole's second and more cautious rehab process of the season saw its first simulated game Wednesday at PNC Park. The hard-throwing righty tossed 70 pitches and said he wasn't bothered by the tight right lat that put him on the disabled list earlier this month.

7/23/2014 | Alvarez out of lineup due to knee injury

Pedro Alvarez was not in the Pirates' starting lineup Wednesday, one day after tweaking his left knee while running the bases.

7/23/2014 | Liriano cruises past LA after Bucs break out early

The air around PNC Park cooled dramatically Wednesday night. But matters heated up between the foul lines. While an odd weather front dropped afternoon mid-80s temperatures into the upper 60s, the Pirates were dropping the Dodgers, 6-1.

7/23/2014 | Ike looks to build on big night facing Haren, Dodgers

Ike Davis took the first step toward a big second half with a 3-for-5 night Tuesday, which included his sixth home run. Davis, who will likely earn his second straight start Wednesday against Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren, helped the Pirates even the series, and they'll send lefty Francisco Liriano to the hill in the rubber match.

7/22/2014 | Polanco leads way as Pirates outslug Dodgers

Gregory Polanco took a few long strides and watched to make sure his bases-loaded line drive would land in the outfield. The way the last two weeks have gone for the rookie, it had to. Polanco broke out of a slump with three RBIs, and his tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning powered a four-run rally as the Pirates topped the Dodgers, 12-7, on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

7/22/2014 | Wilson, Hurdle ejected after lefty hits LA's Turner

Pirates lefty Justin Wilson was ejected from Tuesday night's game when his second pitch of the seventh inning hit the Dodgers' Justin Turner on the left elbow. Manager Clint Hurdle was also tossed for arguing the ejection decision by home-plate umpire Toby Basner, in whose judgment Wilson's pitch had been intentional. Wilson's first pitch to Turner was also inside.

7/22/2014 | Bucs prospect Glasnow fans 11 in Class A win

Right-hander Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 2 prospect, threw six scoreless innings and struck out 11 batters Tuesday, as Class A Advanced Bradenton defeated Dunedin, 1-0.

7/22/2014 | Alvarez departs with left knee discomfort

Pedro Alvarez left the Pirates' Tuesday night game against the Dodgers in the fifth inning with left knee discomfort.

7/22/2014 | Harrison named Bucs' Heart & Hustle Award winner

Josh Harrison has been the Pirates' spark this season, playing the game with an edge that has inspired his teammates and drawn the admiration of fans. Quite fittingly, then, Harrison on Tuesday was named the Bucs' winner for the 2014 Heart & Hustle Award, presented since 2005 by the MLB Players Alumni Association.

7/22/2014 | Cutch, Pirates make 12-year-old's wish come true

Andrew McCutchen shared crab legs and laughs with Matthew Beichner, and lunch was just the beginning of a memorable day. Matthew, a 12-year-old who has been diagnosed with Germinoma, had his dreams play out in front of him as he not only met his favorite player, but signed a one-day contract, got his own jersey and locker in the Pirates' clubhouse and threw out the first pitch before the Bucs faced the Dodgers on Tuesday night. The team partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make the events possible.

7/22/2014 | Bucs win two challenges in game vs. Dodgers

The Pirates won a pair of challenges in Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, one overturning a safe call of Justin Turner in the first inning, the other reversing Russell Martin being called out in the seventh.

7/22/2014 | Selig visits PNC, pleased with balance in MLB

Bud Selig's tenure as Major League Baseball's ninth Commissioner will not officially end until Jan. 24, 2015. But as far as he is concerned, his job, at least in one important sense, was accomplished last Oct. 1. On that day, the Pirates were hosting the Cincinnati Reds in a National League Wild Card Game that turned on a city that had slept through baseball Octobers since 1992 -- Selig's first year in office.

7/21/2014 | Beckett returns from disabled list to face Pirates

He's done it before, and now Josh Beckett will try to do it again. The right-hander will return from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday against the Pirates after missing just one start with a left hip impingement. Pittsburgh will counter with righty Vance Worley.

7/21/2014 | Bucs' six-game home win streak snapped by LA

Athletes dealing with rough times are known to say they'd rather be lucky than good. Edinson Volquez did not have to make that choice Monday. He was neither in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers.

7/21/2014 | Hurdle loses challenge on play at second in first

The Pirates lost a first-inning challenge in Monday's game against the Dodgers on a safe call at second base. Facing Pirates starter Edinson Volquez with two outs, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez laced a line drive off the right-field wall, which was quickly fielded and thrown to second by Michael Martinez. Second-base umpire Laz Diaz ruled Gonzalez slid in safely ahead of shortstop Jordy Mercer's tag, and the call stood after replay review.

7/21/2014 | Slumping Polanco sits with Bucs facing lefty

Gregory Polanco's slump finally reached the Pirates' bench Monday night. With the Bucs going up against Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, Polanco was absent from the lineup after he had gone 0-for-10 in the previous two games, started by Colorado southpaws Brett Anderson and Tyler Matzek.

7/21/2014 | PLAY teaches youth negative effects of steroids

Brian Parker knows the ill effects performance-enhancing drugs can have, and that is why he, along with the Pirates' training staff and closer Mark Melancon, stressed the negative effects of steroid use to a group of 120 children Monday morning at PNC Park as part of the national PLAY (Promoting a Lifestyle of Activity for Youth) campaign that sets out to raise awareness in children's health issues.

7/21/2014 | Buxton, Sampson are Pipeline Prospects of the Week

Throughout the season, the staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Week -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the previous seven days. This week, baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton took the award for hitters, while Pirates No. 19 prospect Adrian Sampson won for pitchers.

7/20/2014 | Twelve teams to receive supplemental '15 Draft picks

Major League Baseball's version of the Draft lottery doesn't attract nearly as much attention as its NBA and NHL counterparts, mostly because baseball's top picks aren't determined randomly like they are in the other sports. But for 12 big league clubs, the Competitive Balance Lottery will provide them with a valuable extra selection in 2015.

7/20/2014 | Huntington confident about Bucs' roster

From a personnel standpoint, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday he has a better feeling about where his team's roster is at this point in 2014 opposed to where it was last season, when the Bucs ended their long playoff drought.

7/20/2014 | Dodgers offense seeks answers vs. surging Pirates

Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed the second complete game of his career his last time out, limiting the Cardinals to one run on six hits. He'll face the Dodgers and Hyun-Jin Ryu on Monday night at PNC Park.

7/20/2014 | Marte comes off bench to hit after missing two starts

Starling Marte came off the bench and pinch-hit in the sixth inning Sunday. It was noteworthy because it was his first action after being held out of the Pirates' starting lineup two consecutive games as he dealt with head trauma from a fastball he took off the helmet Friday night.

7/20/2014 | McCutchen's clutch hit helps Pirates sweep Rockies

The Bucs came from behind for the third time in as many games and beat Colorado, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Andrew McCutchen's RBI single in the seventh was the difference, and it was actually the earliest of the Pirates' three game-winning hits in the series.

7/19/2014 | Martin throws out second runner after call overturned

The Pirates on Saturday won a sixth-inning challenge, which overturned a safe call at second base and ended the Rockies' half of the inning. In the eighth, a crew chief review was initiated on a crucial out call.

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