Kuhl's trouble working deep costly vs. Cards

Kuhl's trouble working deep costly vs. Cards

ST. LOUIS -- Getting to the sixth inning wasn't the problem for Chad Kuhl on Sunday night at Busch Stadium. Getting through it, however, proved to be more difficult.

Kuhl pitched into the sixth but didn't record an out, instead putting the game in the hands of the Pirates' leaky middle relief and setup corps. Pittsburgh's lead quickly evaporated, and the Bucs went on to lose to the Cardinals, 8-4, missing a chance for their first three-game series sweep in St. Louis since 1991.

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Remembering McClendon's steal of first base

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Remembering McClendon's steal of first base

Baseball has seen more than its fair share of memorable ejections over the years. Lou Piniella treated his poor hat like a pinata. Bobby Valentine snuck back into the dugout as Vobby Balentine, international man of mystery and mustaches. Joe Mikulik ... well, words cannot adequately describe what Joe Mikulik did.

But of the myriad ways that very angry baseball men have seen fit to express their frustration, arguably none have ever been as passionate -- as pure -- as Lloyd McClendon's ejection strategy. On June 26, 2001, McClendon didn't just get tossed from his Pirates' game against the Brewers: He performed an interpretive dance across the field at PNC Park. Oh, and he took first base with him.

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Bucs can't hold off Cards in 7th, fall in finale

Bucs can't hold off Cards in 7th, fall in finale

ST. LOUIS -- With a chance to notch their first three-game series sweep in St. Louis in 26 seasons, the Pirates instead endured a seventh-inning meltdown that aided the Cardinals' comeback on Sunday. With key hits from Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong, the Cardinals scored four runs in the frame to surge to an 8-4 win that halted their home losing streak at five games.

The Pirates couldn't overcome their own generosity, as free bases and extra outs put them in precarious position with the game tied at 4-4. Reliever Juan Nicasio walked the first two batters, and Molina, who went 3-for-4 in his return from nagging knee soreness, pushed across the go-ahead run with a single. From there, the floodgates opened.

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Hurdle: Bucs need consistency from Polanco

Pirates outfielder gets 'breather' to work out of slump

Hurdle: Bucs need consistency from Polanco

ST. LOUIS -- Gregory Polanco laid out to make a pair of outstanding defensive plays on Friday night, but the right fielder still hasn't hit his stride offensively. Hoping to get Polanco back on track, the Pirates held him out of the starting lineup for Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Polanco did pinch-hit in the seventh inning and grounded out in his only at-bat.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams to open Interleague set with Rays

Williams to open Interleague set with Rays

Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05) and the Rays pitchers get a chance to swing the bat as the team heads to Pittsburgh to face hot-hitting Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Cobb and fellow Rays starter Chris Archer prepared Saturday by taking batting practice at Tropicana Field, with Cobb swatting half a dozen homers. He said he always looks forward to the chance for in-game hitting.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#ASGWorthy J-Hay takes licking, keeps ticking

Pirates infielder plunked for MLB-leading 16th time after hitting double, homer

#ASGWorthy J-Hay takes licking, keeps ticking

ST. LOUIS -- Looking for a snapshot of Josh Harrison's contributions to the Pirates' lineup over the first three months of the season? Check out the highlights from the Bucs' 7-3 win over the Cardinals on Saturday night at Busch Stadium.

There was the first-inning double and run scored. There was the fifth-inning home run. There was even the obligatory hit-by-pitch in the sixth inning, because no record of Harrison's season is truly complete without mentioning the beating his body has taken in the batter's box.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Strong Cole helps Bucs secure series at Busch

Strong Cole helps Bucs secure series at Busch

ST. LOUIS -- A dominant six-inning performance by Gerrit Cole, assisted by six two-out runs, led the Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday night and their first series victory at Busch Stadium since July 2016. They entered the series having lost seven in a row in St. Louis.

Cole gave up five hits over six innings and allowed one run, Matt Carpenter's first leadoff homer of the season, to earn his third consecutive win.

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Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Saturday.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast.

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Hudson searching for answers to HR issues

Hudson searching for answers to HR issues

ST. LOUIS -- Over the past six weeks, Daniel Hudson has posted a 2.81 ERA. He's held opponents to a .182 batting average, allowing 10 hits in 16 innings over his past 18 outings entering Saturday.

One problem: Hudson has been scored upon in four of those 18 appearances, and four of those 10 hits have been home runs. Hudson allowed another key homer Friday night, a go-ahead shot by Paul DeJong, before the Pirates came back to win, 4-3.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jaso's HR ends Bucs' losing streak at Busch

Jaso's HR ends Bucs' losing streak at Busch

ST. LOUIS -- One inning after David Freese added another game-tying, two-out hit to his Busch Stadium resume, John Jaso capped the Pirates' comeback with a solo homer that stood as the difference in Pittsburgh's 4-3 win.

The back-and-forth affair was nothing new for these two teams; they played a trio of one-run games at Busch Stadium earlier this year. The difference, however, was who won this one. With their victory Friday, the Pirates snapped their seven-game losing streak at Busch Stadium.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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Fireballer Rivero locks down another late lead

Fireballer Rivero locks down another late lead

ST. LOUIS -- After John Jaso's fly ball cleared the center-field fence Friday night, there was a sense of excitement and relief in the Pirates' dugout. Felipe Rivero had just defused a jam in the eighth inning, and thanks to Jaso's home run, he would have a lead in the ninth.

"I was like, 'Yeah, we got it now,'" Rivero said. "Shut the door. Let's go home."

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Statcast of the Day: Polanco's great catches

Right fielder lays out to make three clutch grabs

Statcast of the Day: Polanco's great catches

While Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 on Friday night in St. Louis, his stellar effort with the glove helped the Pirates pull out a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

The Pirates' right fielder made two grabs with catch probabilities of 35 percent or lower, according to Statcast™, becoming only the third player this year to do that in a game. Polanco joined Steven Souza Jr. of the Rays (April 28 at Toronto) and Carlos Gomez of the Rangers (May 4 vs. Houston) in that prestigious club.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Will teams start pitching around red-hot Cutch?

Will teams start pitching around red-hot Cutch?

ST. LOUIS -- Andrew McCutchen may soon find himself in a familiar situation, but in an unfamiliar spot.

McCutchen entered Friday's 4-3 series-opening win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium slashing .393/.486/.742 since taking two days off in Atlanta just less than a month ago, fixing his swing and being moved down to the sixth spot in the order. During that stretch, he hit eight homers, driven in 23 runs in 25 games, with 16 walks and 17 strikeouts.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bucs ink deal with 42nd overall pick Jennings

Bucs ink deal with 42nd overall pick Jennings

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates locked in the last of their unsigned Day 1 Draft picks on Thursday, announcing a deal with right-hander Steven Jennings, the 42nd overall pick.

Jennings agreed to a $1.9 million signing bonus, according to MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis, above the pick's slot value of $1,635,500.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pirates see positives in series despite mistakes

Bucs rue missed chances, but feel confident they can beat the best

Pirates see positives in series despite mistakes

The Pirates' past two days at Miller Park were defined by missed opportunities.

On Wednesday, they didn't take advantage of scoring chances and a late lead and lost, 4-3. In Thursday's 4-2 loss, they couldn't make the most of the few innings in which they had runners on base. In a broader sense, the Pirates couldn't capitalize on the momentum of winning Monday and Tuesday, leaving Milwaukee on Thursday night with a four-game series split.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nova settles down, but Bucs settle for split

Nova settles down, but Bucs settle for split

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson logged his sixth straight quality start and Travis Shaw homered and drove in three runs in a 4-2 win over the Pirates on Thursday at Miller Park, which sent the Brewers back on the road with at least a game and a half lead over the rest of the National League Central.

"This team, this run," said Anderson, "it's been a lot of fun."

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Pirates on Thursday.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Top Bucs prospect Meadows lands on DL

Potential McCutchen replacement out with right hamstring strain

Top Bucs prospect Meadows lands on DL

The Pirates' top prospect was put on the shelf Thursday, as Triple-A Indianapolis moved outfielder Austin Meadows to the seven-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

Meadows left Indianapolis' game on Wednesday following a first-inning groundout. After undergoing tests, Meadows was placed on the disabled list for the first time this season. It is unclear how long he will be out.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cervelli returns to 7-day concussion DL

Stallings called up as Bucs look out for long-term health of veteran catcher

Cervelli returns to 7-day concussion DL

Eight days after rejoining the team, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was placed back on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Thursday with what head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk described as "post-concussive" and "post-viral" symptoms.

Cervelli was sent to Pittsburgh, where he will be evaluated by team physicians and concussion experts. Cervelli has been treated for one concussion this season, which he suffered on June 6 in Baltimore, and he has been diagnosed with at least three during his professional career. Cervelli was put on the concussion list on June 7 and reinstated after serving the minimum seven-day stint.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bell homers, Williams solid in loss to Brewers

Bell homers, Williams solid in loss to Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Domingo Santana's two-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Brewers their first lead, and Orlando Arcia made it stand in the ninth with one of the sweetest game-ending plays you'll ever see.

Arcia's daring play finished the Brewers' 4-3 win over the Pirates on Wednesday at Miller Park, decided by Santana's opposite-field homer off Pirates reliever Daniel Hudson that barely stayed fair in the the Brewers' three-run seventh. As it left his bat, Santana wasn't sure to which side of the foul pole it would sail.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Pirates on Wednesday.

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Pirates' bullpen lets another lead get away

Hudson allows game-winning home run Wednesday vs. Brewers

Pirates' bullpen lets another lead get away

The Pirates' 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday night was a microcosm of their last month.

Most of the lineup played a part, from Adam Frazier's three hits to Josh Bell's solo home run and a hit apiece from the streaking Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer. Their starting pitching was good enough, with Trevor Williams working into the seventh inning.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freese congratulates Brewers fan after catch

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Freese congratulates Brewers fan after catch

It's been a good week for Brewers fans in the stands. On Father's Day, one dad ruled supreme over all others with a great catch on a second-deck foul ball and basked in well-deserved glory.

During Wednesday night's Pirates-Brewers game at Miller Park, a fan decked in a slick throwback Robin Yount jersey made a play the Brewers' Hall of Fame legend would be proud of -- making a great grab on a popup off the bat of Travis Shaw. It was such a solid play, Pirates third baseman David Freese gave the fan a congratulatory fist/glove-bump as a result. 

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Hearn throws five hitless frames

Hearn throws five hitless frames

With one no-hitter already under his belt this season, Lucas Giolito made a bid at a second one on Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

Starting game two of a doubleheader versus Gwinnett, Giolito, the White Sox No. 4 prospect (No. 30 overall), tossed four no-hit frames before permitting a leadoff single in the fifth inning.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Osuna, Cutch spark 6-run 1st in win vs. Crew

Osuna, Cutch spark 6-run 1st in win vs. Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Chad Kuhl picked up a bat before he threw his first pitch. That's never a bad thing for a starting pitcher.

The Pirates spotted Kuhl a six-run lead before he took the mound in Pittsburgh's 7-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday at Miller Park. Jose Osuna hit a three-run home run to punctuate Pittsburgh's six-run first inning, and Andrew McCutchen stayed hot with a homer and three RBIs for the second straight night, as the Pirates piled up the sort of clutch hits that eluded the Brewers.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Pirates on Tuesday.

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Bucs' big inning ignites confidence in lineup

Pirates have taken first two games of series from first-place Brewers

Bucs' big inning ignites confidence in lineup

MILWAUKEE -- Andrew McCutchen's historical hitting success at Miller Park spread through the rest of the Pirates' lineup on Tuesday.

The Pirates scored six runs on six consecutive hits off Brewers starter Zach Davies, including McCutchen's two-run single, in the first inning of their 7-3 win over the first-place Brewers. It was their biggest opening inning in over a year.

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Pirates on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marinez returns to solid form in Pirates' 'pen

Brewers designated right-hander for assignment on May 15

Marinez returns to solid form in Pirates' 'pen

MILWAUKEE -- It's been a little more than a month since Jhan Marinez was claimed off waivers by the Pirates, but the former Brewers reliever looks right at home in black and gold.

Marinez threw two scoreless innings in relief of starter Gerrit Cole in the Pirates' 8-1 victory on Monday at Miller Park. He faced a number of former teammates and got his good friend, Brewers outfielder Domingo Santana, to ground out to end the eighth inning.

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Pirates on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pirates come to terms with 11 Draft picks

Pirates come to terms with 11 Draft picks

PITTSBURGH -- After signing first-round selection Shane Baz last week, the Pirates signed 11 other MLB Draft picks on Tuesday, including both of their selections in the second round.

The Pirates announced that they signed second-round pick Calvin Mitchell, a California high school outfielder, and supplemental second-rounder Conner Uselton, a high school outfielder from Oklahoma. According to MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis, Mitchell signed for $1,357,300 (slot value for the 50th overall pick) and Uselton for $900,000 (above the $804,000 slot value for the 72nd pick).

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cutch backs Cole with HR as Bucs win opener

Cutch backs Cole with HR as Bucs win opener

MILWAUKEE -- Andrew McCutchen has long been a Brewers-killer, and Gerrit Cole is becoming one.

McCutchen's two-run shot in the sixth inning was his 29th career homer against Milwaukee, and he drove in three runs in the Pirates' 8-1 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Monday, as Pittsburgh pulled away late to back Cole's second straight seven-inning gem. The Pirates tacked on four more runs in the seventh to win for the seventh time in their last eight games in Milwaukee.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Pirates on Monday.

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Cole hitting stride with another gem

In each of last two outings, right-hander has allowed one run on three hits in seven innings

Cole hitting stride with another gem

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell had a hard time believing Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was struggling two weeks ago.

The right-hander dealt his second straight seven-inning outing on Monday against the Brewers, allowing only one run in the Pirates' 8-1 win in the series opener at Miller Park.

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Pirates on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.