Walker getting hot at right time for Pirates

Walker getting hot at right time for Pirates

DETROIT -- Hit on the head by Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera's arm as he crossed the bag on an infield hit in the sixth inning of the Pirates' 9-3 win over the Tigers, Neil Walker got a temporary bad feeling. How bad?

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Burnett making strong case to be an All-Star

Burnett making strong case to be an All-Star

DETROIT -- A.J. Burnett is not running. But If elected, he will serve with bursting pride on the 2015 National League All-Star Team.

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Walker, Burnett lead Pirates to win over Tigers

Walker, Burnett lead Pirates to win over Tigers

DETROIT -- Second baseman Neil Walker's two-homer night propelled the Pirates to a season-high 21 hits as they topped the Tigers, 9-3, on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

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Liriano looks for another strong start for Bucs

Liriano looks for another strong start for Bucs

The sight of a left-hander probably won't make Neil Walker disappear Thursday afternoon, when the Pirates and Tigers conclude their Interleague Series with a matinee at Comerica Park. The switch-hitting Pittsburgh second baseman has historically been weaker from the right side, and has not started seven of the last nine times a southpaw opposed the Bucs.

That is likely to change Thursday. Walker loves hitting in Comerica Park where he is an over .300 hitter in 10 career games. Not only that, but his game-winning 14th-inning hit Tuesday came off lefty Tom Gorzelanny, giving him three hits in his last four ups against lefties.

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Cole defends actions after Martinez hit-by-pitch

Cole defends actions after Martinez hit-by-pitch

DETROIT -- Gerrit Cole took an obviously reluctant turn Wednesday afternoon to answer Victor Martinez's accusation and sentiment.

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Walker's dad named to Texas League Hall of Fame

Walker's dad named to Texas League Hall of Fame

DETROIT -- A couple of years ago, the Pirates' annual Father's Trip happily coincided with the announcement of the National League All-Star team. The fathers of Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Jason Grilli were all in Wrigley Field to celebrate with their sons.

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Hanson rips inside-the-park home run for Triple-A Indianapolis

Pirates No. 7 prospect goes 3-for-4 in his first game back from the disabled list

Hanson rips inside-the-park home run for Triple-A Indianapolis

Well, that didn't take long.

In Alen Hanson's first game back from the disabled list, the Pirates' No. 7 prospect (No. 77 overall) ripped a third-inning solo inside-the-park home run off the center-field wall, which ultimately provided the winning margin in Triple-A Indianapolis' 2-1 win over Columbus on Wednesday.

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Walker picks up Bucs with 14th-inning double

Walker picks up Bucs with 14th-inning double

DETROIT -- Neil Walker's double down the right-field line scored the go-ahead run in the 14th inning as the Pirates outlasted the Tigers, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

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Gorkys' miscue pardoned by Walker's winner

Baserunning error could have cost Bucs game without 14th-inning double

Gorkys' miscue pardoned by Walker's winner

DETROIT -- "Gorkys' gaffe" might have found a permanent place in Pirates history -- had the Bucs not rendered it essentially trivial by overcoming it to beat the Tigers, 5-4 in 14 innings. Infamy grows in miscues, not in unlikely triumph.

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Guerra waits 10 years to earn first MLB victory

Reliever caps off Pirates' 14-inning win over Tigers, pitching final three frames

Guerra waits 10 years to earn first MLB victory

DETROIT -- When it was time to sum up the Pirates' 5-4, 14-inning escape, manager Clint Hurdle could have started at a lot of places. He chose to start with Deolis Guerra.

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Bucs happy to have Hernandez back with club

Outfielder made his debut with Pittsburgh after coming from Detroit in 2012

Bucs happy to have Hernandez back with club

DETROIT -- As he does every time the schedule brings him to Detroit, Michigan-born-and-raised Clint Hurdle talks emotionally about the chance to return to his roots. But the Pirates' manager isn't the only one who has come home.

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Cole finds comfort as the Cy Young slayer

Ace will face fellow strikeout artist Verlander in Pirates-Tigers series opener

Cole finds comfort as the Cy Young slayer

PITTSBURGH -- Back during Gerrit Cole's 2013 Major League infancy, before he'd established any discernible identity (aside from the celebrity of being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft), just to clue in the sort of pitcher they were talking about, some journalists referred to him as "Gerrit Verlander." You know, comfortably in the mid-90s and able to dial it up to triple digits when needed in the later innings.

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Cutch seeks surge in final week of ASG voting

Cutch seeks surge in final week of ASG voting

PITTSBURGH -- The final 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting update was released Monday afternoon, and it shows that Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is going to need some help to return to the National League's starting lineup.

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Bucs' seventh-inning rally fizzles vs. Wood

Pirates can't cash in after two singles

Bucs' seventh-inning rally fizzles vs. Wood

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates entered the seventh inning down by two runs with the heart of the order coming up against Braves lefty Alex Wood, who'd been all but unhittable in Sunday afternoon's 2-1 loss at PNC Park. Francisco Cervelli formulated a plan in his mind as the inning unfolded.

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Bucs' late rally falls short vs. Braves

Bucs' late rally falls short vs. Braves

PITTSBURGH -- Left-hander Alex Wood quieted the Pirates into the eighth inning on Sunday as the Braves downed Pittsburgh, 2-1, to snap a five-game losing streak.

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Cutch back, wears elbow guard after HBP

Outfielder goes 1-for-4 with new gear on vs. Braves

Cutch back, wears elbow guard after HBP

PITTSBURGH - Andrew McCutchen put pitchers on guard prior to Sunday's game -- then put a guard on.

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Bucs shuffle roster as Tabata, Volstad DFA'd

Hernandez, Lombardozzi added to bench

Bucs shuffle roster as Tabata, Volstad DFA'd

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates made a series of roster moves Sunday morning, calling up two outfielders as they balanced out their bench and bullpen.

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Bucs wade through rain, Cutch injury to beat Braves

Bucs wade through rain, Cutch injury to beat Braves

PITTSBURGH -- Pedro Alvarez has only been along the ride for most of the first half of the season, but he may be ready to give the Pirates a lift. Alvarez's two-run double triggered a five-run first on Saturday and the Bucs went on to an 8-4 win over Atlanta at rain-soaked PNC Park.

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Marte hits, runs, even stands on head in win

Bucs outfielder goes 3-for-4, comes home on double steal, takes stumble at second

Marte hits, runs, even stands on head in win

PITTSBURGH -- As the expression goes, some Pirates might have been thinking between rain delays on Saturday at PNC Park, "I'd stand on my head to help us win." Starling Marte actually did it, though. He provided the lighter side of the Bucs' 8-4 win over Atlanta with a seventh-inning slide that didn't quite go as designed.

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Morton eats innings, but saves bite for Guerra

Young right-hander debuts after 10 years in Minors

Morton eats innings, but saves bite for Guerra

PITTSBURGH -- After recording only two outs in a disastrous outing last time out, Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton did his best to eat up innings in the Pirates' 8-4 win Saturday at PNC Park. But he saved a special bite for Deolis Guerra.

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Marte flips over head while sliding into second base

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Marte flips over head while sliding into second base

You're probably thinking, "That's odd, I assumed that sliding into second base was a fairly simple endeavor, and one that wasn't open to much interpretation." Sure, you could go feet-first or head-first, depending on the situation or personal preference, but that would just be reinforcing the status quo sliding paradigm, man. 

Instead, may we all follow the example of Pirates left fielder Starling Marte, baserunning visionary and proprietor of the finest partays, who turned his attempted steal of second during Saturday's game against the Braves into an opportunity to ... play leap-frog with himself, or something.

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Pitch, Hit & Run championship held at PNC Park

PITTSBURGH -- Morning rain along the Allegheny River didn't ruin the chance of a lifetime for 24 participants in Saturday's Pitch, Hit & Run team championship at PNC Park.

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Hurdle addresses Polanco's baserunning gaffe

Hurdle addresses Polanco's baserunning gaffe

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has seen a lot during his time as a player, coach and manager. But the fourth inning of Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over Atlanta on Friday night presented something entirely new to Hurdle.

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Mercer's walk-off double leads Pirates over Braves

Mercer's walk-off double leads Pirates over Braves

PITTSBURGH -- Jordy Mercer's one-out RBI double in the 10th inning gave the Pirates a 3-2 walk-off win over the Braves on Friday night at PNC Park.

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Cutch sparks Pirates' game-winning rally

Cutch sparks Pirates' game-winning rally

PITTSBURGH -- Jordy Mercer ended the Pirates' 10th-inning walk-off rally in their 3-2 win over the Braves on Friday night at PNC Park. But it was Andrew McCutchen who got it started.

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Mercer making a habit of ending slumps in June

Mercer making a habit of ending slumps in June

PITTSBURGH -- Stop us if you have heard this one before: Jordy Mercer lifted the Pirates' spirits and their winning percentage in Friday night's 3-2 win over the Braves with a 10th-inning walk-off RBI double, his third hit of the game and sixth hit of a week that has seen his average reach .225 after being at .192 entering June.

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Liriano settles down for solid game vs. Braves

Liriano settles down for solid game vs. Braves

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano had just walked the bases loaded, then walked the Braves' No. 8 hitter, Ryan Lavarnway. It was only the second inning, but Liriano looked like he might be losing control of the game.

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