Liriano is 1st pitcher to homer off King Felix

Left-hander also first Pirates hurler to hit a home run in Interleague Play

Liriano is 1st pitcher to homer off King Felix

PITTSBURGH -- Francisco Liriano unexpectedly found more success at the plate -- against Felix Hernandez, no less -- than on the mound Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Liriano struggled to follow up on his strong 13-strikeout, no-walk performance in the Pirates' 7-4 loss to the Mariners. He allowed seven runs on eight hits and four walks in only 3 1/3 innings, losing his 10th game and seeing his ERA climb up to 5.38.

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Early lead doesn't stick against Mariners

Early lead doesn't stick against Mariners

PITTSBURGH -- Felix Hernandez dug Seattle into an early hole, but the Mariners climbed out of it with a pair of big innings and some gritty relief work, holding on to beat the Pirates, 7-4, on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

"We're certainly looking for crisper, sharper stuff than Felix showed tonight early in the game," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "But to his credit, he hung in there. He gave us a chance, kept it right there and our offense was really the story of the game tonight. That and some really good relief pitching late."

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Locke making most of bullpen stint

While lefty would rather be starting, he's learning from his time as a reliever

Locke making most of bullpen stint

PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Locke didn't exactly envision himself pitching from the bullpen for the Pirates at this point in the season.

"I didn't think there'd ever be a day this season where [Francisco Liriano], [Jonathon] Niese and I would all throw in the same game, unless we played 100 innings," Locke said.

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Sharper last start, Cole takes on Mariners

Sharper last start, Cole takes on Mariners

The Pirates and Mariners will conclude their two-game Interleague set on Wednesday at PNC Park.

According to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, the pros and cons of Interleague Play mostly depend on who has the home-field advantage.

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McGuire among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rays' No. 13 prospect knocks in career-high five runs, Reds' No. 18 scores winning run and hits for cycle

McGuire among top prospect performers Tuesday

Justin Williams tied his career high for homers in a season and set a career high for RBIs in a game. Not bad for a day's work.

Williams, the Rays' No. 13 prospect, went 3-for-4 with five RBIs Tuesday as he led Double-A Montgomery to a 10-5 win over Pensacola.

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Pirates considering options for Friday's start

Hurdle says club will likely promote someone from Minor Leagues

Pirates considering options for Friday's start

PITTSBURGH -- Just when it appeared the Pirates' pitching plans were falling into place, two injuries have sent them back to the drawing board.

With Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day disabled list and Chad Kuhl unlikely to pitch this week due to right triceps discomfort, Pittsburgh has not yet announced a starter for Friday's series opener in Milwaukee.

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Fryer returns to Bucs following birth of twins

Pirates catcher activated from paternity list, now father of five

Fryer returns to Bucs following birth of twins

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates catcher Eric Fryer rejoined the club at PNC Park on Tuesday after being activated from the paternity list following the birth of twins.

Fryer left the team Friday night after the first game of the Bucs' weekend series against the Phillies and got home in time to see his wife, Allison, give birth to daughter Abigail (at 10:37 a.m.) and son Hayden (at 10:47 a.m.) on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

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Bucs' rookies could have major roles in stretch run

Young pitchers Taillon, Kuhl, Glasnow may be crucial to Pirates' postseason push

Bucs' rookies could have major roles in stretch run

PITTSBURGH -- With a brother who's a doctor, a sister who's a lawyer and another brother with a Ph.D., Jameson Taillon's parents get asked the same question time and again.

"What are you putting in the water?"

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Frazier blasts first Major League home run

Frazier blasts first Major League home run

PITTSBURGH -- During his first month in the Major Leagues, Adam Frazier has impressed. Power, however, is not an area the Pirates' super-utility player in which has excelled.

That's what made Frazier's long pinch-hit homer that accounted for the winning run Sunday so unlikely.

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Joyce, Frazier HRs help Bucs edge out Phils

Joyce, Frazier HRs help Bucs edge out Phils

PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Adam Frazier couldn't have picked a better time to knock his first Major League home run that nearly reached the Allegheny River. His pinch-hit solo shot to the top of the right-field bleachers broke a tie in the bottom of the seventh inning, leading the Pirates to a 5-4 series win over the Phillies on Sunday at PNC Park.

"I figured [right-hander Edubray Ramos] was coming back with a fastball after just missing with two off-speed pitches," Fraizer said. "I got my hands to it and got the barrel out in front."

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Prospect Glasnow placed on 15-day DL

Prospect Glasnow placed on 15-day DL

PITTSBURGH -- The shoulder discomfort that ended Tyler Glasnow's PNC Park debut has landed the Pirates' top prospect on the disabled list.

The Pirates announced Sunday morning that Glasnow was placed on the 15-day DL after he had been pulled from his second Major League start while facing his third hitter of the fourth inning on Saturday.

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Pirates fan makes fantastic barehanded catch

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Pirates fan makes fantastic barehanded catch

This has been the summer of the barehanded fan catch. We've seen a ton already through the season's first three-plus months, from homers to mid-Snapchat fouls and everything in between, including some amusing flubs at the expense of concession-stand fare and frothy cups of beer.

During the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Phillies on Sunday, one dad who really knew what he was doing added a new installment to the collection. Elias Diaz slapped a foul over the first-base dugout, setting up this textbook display of how to do things well.

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Pirates shake off shaky Glasnow, erupt vs. Phillies

Pirates shake off shaky Glasnow, erupt vs. Phillies

PITTSBURGH -- With two hit batsmen, three walks and five stolen bases allowed in three-plus innings, it's safe to say Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow struggled in his home debut. The Bucs' offense compensated, erupting for a five-run fifth inning and holding on to beat the Phillies, 7-4, on Saturday.

Down, 3-2, in the fifth inning, a single by Jordy Mercer and back-to-back Aaron Nola walks to pinch-hitter Matt Joyce and John Jaso loaded the bases. Gregory Polanco delivered a go-ahead two-run single, David Freese followed with a two-run single of his own, and a sacrifice fly by catcher Francisco Cervelli made it 7-3.

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With Fryer on paternity list, Diaz gets 2nd callup

With Fryer on paternity list, Diaz gets 2nd callup

PITTSBURGH -- You never forget your first time. For Elias Diaz, the second time was even better.

Diaz was recalled by the Pirates in time to serve as the backup catcher for Saturday's game against the Phillies. Diaz was needed because Eric Fryer was placed on the paternity list.

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Newman among top prospect performers Saturday

Brewers prospect caps huge game with walk-off shot; Indians' No. 2 notches season-high four hits

Newman among top prospect performers Saturday

The Midwest League is notorious for dampening the power of young hitters. Apparently no one told that to Isan Diaz.

The Brewers' No. 11 prospect slugged a pair of home runs on Saturday, including a walk-off shot to propel Class A Wisconsin past Lake County, 9-8. Diaz also hit a triple in the contest en route to finishing 3-for-4, while his six RBIs represented a new career high.

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Cole solid in 2nd start back but bats stymied

Cole solid in 2nd start back but bats stymied

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates got a solid performance out of their ace on Friday night at PNC Park, but Phillies rookie Zach Eflin answered with a gem of his own, throwing his first career shutout in a 4-0 win over Gerrit Cole at PNC Park.

Eflin efficiently mowed down the Pirates' lineup, needing only 100 pitches to get through his second complete game in his last four starts, a three-hit masterpiece in which he outdueled Cole. He benefitted from some impressive outfield defense by center fielder Odubel Herrera and right fielder Peter Bourjos, but he also induced eight groundouts and struck out six batters without a walk. He faced 29 batters, two more than the minimum, and retired 20 of the Pirates' last 21 hitters.

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Brault among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Brault among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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Bucs waste Cole's outing, can't gain ground

Bucs waste Cole's outing, can't gain ground

PITTSBURGH -- Friday night was a step in the right direction for Gerrit Cole, an encouraging sign that the Pirates' ace may be finding his form in the second half. But it was a step in the wrong direction, at the wrong time, for Pittsburgh's lineup.

Entering the All-Star break, the Pirates' rotation was their only glaring weakness. Their bench and bullpen had taken shape. Their lineup hit well in consecutive series wins over the A's, Cardinals and Cubs. But their ace delivered a solid start, and it went to waste as they were shut out by rookie Zach Eflin in a 4-0 loss to the Phillies at PNC Park.

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Harrison, McCutchen closely tied to Griffey

Harrison, McCutchen closely tied to Griffey

PITTSBURGH -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, and two Pirates will be closely tied to the man they used to call "The Kid."

Andrew McCutchen grew up a huge fan of Griffey. The superstar center fielder inspired some hometown pride in Cincinnati native Josh Harrison, as Griffey attended Archbishop Moeller High School and played for the Reds from 2000-08.

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Liriano K's 13, Joyce homers as Bucs win set

Liriano K's 13, Joyce homers as Bucs win set

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates' Opening Day starter finally returned to top-of-the-rotation form Thursday night. Left-hander Francisco Liriano struck out 13 without a walk and led the Pirates to a 5-3 win over the Brewers at PNC Park.

Liriano had been unreliable for the better part of the season, going 1-6 with a 6.02 ERA in his past nine starts, leaving the Pirates with yet another question mark in their struggling rotation. He made progress earlier this month, but he took a big step forward as he held the Brewers to one run -- a Jonathan Villar solo shot to center field -- over his first six innings in the rubber game. Milwaukee tacked on two more runs, one of them charged to Liriano, in a sloppy seventh, but Liriano earned the standing ovation he received as he walked into the dugout after 6 2/3 innings.

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In for ill Marte, Joyce makes most of chance

Hurdle's lineup changes pay off, as rookie Frazier delivers in leadoff spot

In for ill Marte, Joyce makes most of chance

PITTSBURGH -- Just fifteen minutes before Thursday's 5-3 win over the Brewers, Pirates outfielder Matt Joyce found out he'd be starting.

He made the most of taking Starling Marte's spot in the lineup, sending a three-run shot off Matt Garza to right field in the first inning, giving the Pirates a 3-0 lead. Pittsburgh also moved rookie Adam Frazier to the leadoff spot, and both lineup changes resulted in an offensive boost.

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Sarah K. Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hurdle happy to see vintage Liriano on display

Confident, focused Bucs lefty whiffs season-high 13

Hurdle happy to see vintage Liriano on display

PITTSBURGH -- The results had been creeping in the right direction for Francisco Liriano this month, small but visible signs of progress. He limited the damage to three runs or less in back-to-back starts, then he completed six innings his last time out. But still, it wasn't quite vintage Liriano.

There were too many walks and not enough strikeouts, too many long at-bats and not enough swinging strikes. Thursday night at PNC Park? That was more like it. The veteran left-hander struck out 13 and didn't walk anyone over 6 2/3 innings, leading Pittsburgh to a 5-3 win over Milwaukee.

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Williams among top prospect performers Thursday

Marlins prospect continues to sizzle on mound; Padres' No. 4 keeps on slugging

Williams among top prospect performers Thursday

It's been a stellar month for Marlins No. 24 prospect Jeff Brigham. Pitching for Class A Advanced Jupiter, Brigham has yet to yield an earned run in July, lowering his ERA from 5.28 to 3.87 in just four starts (21 2/3 innings).

The 24-year-old righty turned in yet another impressive performance Thursday, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out a season-best 10 batters. Brigham limited the Dunedin Blue Jays to four hits and one walk as the Hammerheads secured a 1-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Bucs fall short in see-saw battle with Brewers

Bucs fall short in see-saw battle with Brewers

PITTSBURGH -- After being dealt back-to-back walk-off losses, the Brewers walked off the field at PNC Park on Wednesday night with a 9-5 win over the Pirates following one of their best offensive performances of the season.

Milwaukee lost three of its first four games coming out of the All-Star break, the last two in especially frustrating fashion -- a passed ball on Sunday and a Little League homer on Tuesday. Neither team looked particularly crisp in the three-hour, 43-minute affair before a sold-out crowd of 36,717, but the Brewers put together a balanced offensive attack against Pirates starter Jeff Locke and four Pittsburgh relievers.

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Hurdle ejected in first inning vs. Brewers

Hurdle ejected in first inning vs. Brewers

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was ejected three batters into Wednesday night's 9-5 loss to the Brewers at PNC Park for arguing with home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook.

"It's the earliest I've been run," Hurdle said about three hours and 40 minutes later.

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Taillon 'surprisingly good' day after taking liner to head

Taillon 'surprisingly good' day after taking liner to head

PITTSBURGH -- After taking a 105 mph line drive off the back of his head on Tuesday night, Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon reported no concussion symptoms or soreness.

The 24-year-old right-hander will remain under Major League Baseball's concussion protocol for another day, head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said. There is a 48-hour time frame following the incident during which the Pirates can place Taillon on the seven-day concussion disabled list, if necessary.

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By Josh, by jolly: Pirates' walk-off is wild

By Josh, by jolly: Pirates' walk-off is wild

PITTSBURGH -- Just when it seemed like the Pirates might be in for another long day, Josh Harrison brought things to a quick, decisive and wild close Tuesday night at PNC Park. Harrison led off the bottom of the ninth by ripping a triple into center field and completed the walk-off, Little League homer as the Pirates beat the Brewers, 3-2.

Before Tuesday's game, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talked to his team about Murphy's law, the adage that whatever can go wrong will go wrong. Pittsburgh saw it play out throughout an injury-plagued, up-and-down first half. They saw a condensed version in effect Sunday, when a two-out, two-strike solo homer off rock-steady closer Mark Melancon led to an 18-inning marathon. And it looked like recent history might repeat itself Tuesday. Down to their last strike in the top of the ninth, the Brewers tied the game on a Hernan Perez hit to center field off Melancon.

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