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9/20/2014 | Pirates win challenge, get out call overturned

The Pirates successfully challenged an out call at first base in the second inning of Saturday night's game that originally credited the Brewers with a double play.

9/20/2014 | Martin's improvement with RISP key for Pirates

At some point between seasons, Jeff Branson, taking over as the Pirates' primary hitting coach, distributed questionnaires to his players. They were asked to list three personal things on which they wanted to improve from 2013 to 2014. Russell Martin put down, "Hitting better with men in scoring position."

9/19/2014 | Pirates out to put more room between them, Crew

The Pirates' lead over the Brewers for the second Wild Card spot in the National League is 4 1/2 games with just over a week to go. On Saturday night at PNC Park, Pittsburgh aims to pad that cushion as righty Edinson Volquez opposes Milwaukee righty Matt Garza.

9/19/2014 | Martin's late blast moves Bucs even closer to playoffs

Pirates catcher Russell Martin knocked a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Jonathan Broxton to stun the Brewers, 4-2, in front of 37,974 revelers Friday night at PNC Park. With their fifth straight win, the Bucs reduced their magic number for clinching a postseason berth as at least the National League's No. 2 Wild Card to 5. Their lead over Milwaukee grew to 4 1/2 games.

9/19/2014 | Pirates to set club season attendance record Sunday

The Pirates will set a club record for season attendance Sunday, the last home game of the regular season at PNC Park.

9/19/2014 | Worley to fill in for ailing Morton, start Sunday's finale

Charlie Morton had what he called a "discouraging" bullpen session Thursday, and a sports hernia in his right side will prevent him from starting Sunday. The team announced Friday afternoon that Vance Worley will take the mound in the series finale against the Brewers this weekend.

9/19/2014 | Bryant, Glasnow are Pipeline Prospects of the Year

One led all of the Minors in home runs and slugging percentage. The other topped all pitching prospects in batting average against while finishing third in ERA. It's for those reasons that Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Tyler Glasnow of the Pirates have been chosen as's 2014 Hitting Prospect and Pitching Prospect of the Year.

9/18/2014 | Hurdle pushing through hip pain to be with Pirates

The six-month grind of the Pirates' season may be the most physically obvious right now from an unlikely source -- manager Clint Hurdle. Whenever Hurdle heads to the pitcher's mound to make a switch, or goes to have a discussion with an umpire, there is a limp in the step of the Bucs' skipper -- one that has grown more noticeable as the season has gone on.

9/18/2014 | Morton throws in bullpen, may make Sunday start

The Pirates have not yet announced an official starter for Sunday's game against the Brewers, as they were waiting to see how Charlie Morton responded to a bullpen session.

9/18/2014 | Brewers, Pirates set for pivotal Central matchup

Leading the Brewers by 3 1/2 games in the Wild Card race, the Pirates will send left-hander Jeff Locke to the mound for the series opener against Yovani Gallardo and the Crew on Friday in Pittsburgh.

9/18/2014 | Fortuitous play helps widen Bucs' WC lead

Mark Melancon ran into trouble in the ninth, allowing runners on first and third with no outs. However, Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball while standing off third, thwarting the Red Sox rally. The Pirates closed out the 3-2 win on Thursday to close out the sweep.

9/17/2014 | Looking to overtake Cards, Cole aims for sweep

With Gerrit Cole on the mound, the Pirates will try to sweep the Red Sox, who will counter with Brandon Workman, in Thursday's series finale at PNC Park.

9/17/2014 | Homers help Bucs keep pace in NL Central race

It might be a good idea for the Cardinals, who lead the National League Central, and the Giants, who hold the NL's No. 1 Wild Card spot, to channel Satchel Paige, the legendary pitcher who famously advised, "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."

9/17/2014 | Doubly good: Bucs make home run history

Ike Davis launched a three-run homer on Wednesday to give him 10 home runs with the Bucs this season. It also gave the team nine players who are in double-digits in the category for the first time in franchise history.

9/17/2014 | Players hold Roberto Clemente Award in highest regard

Though there are no statistical criteria for Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award, it has become one of baseball's most revered honors since its inception in 1973. The award is presented annually "to the player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others."

9/16/2014 | Off-day doesn't lead Pirates to alter rotation

With their final off-day of the regular season behind them and a weekend series with the Brewers -- the team chasing them most closely for the National League's second Wild Card spot -- ahead, the Pirates did not make any immediate shuffles to their rotation.

9/16/2014 | Mercer scratched from lineup due to back tightness

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with back tightness. Clint Barmes started in his place, batting eighth in the series opener against the Red Sox at PNC Park.

9/16/2014 | Family, friends and fans celebrate Clemente at fundraiser

Major League Baseball announced each team's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award -- the humanitarian award presented annually by the league in his honor -- and will celebrate Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday. But the celebration of his life and contributions began on Monday night when the Clemente family, fans and former teammates gathered at the Roberto Clemente Museum's fifth annual fundraiser gala in "The Great One's" adopted second home town of Pittsburgh.

9/16/2014 | Tekulve heads home after heart transplant surgery

Former All-Star Kent Tekulve underwent heart transplant surgery on Sept. 5 and was discharged from Allegheny General Hospital on Friday.

9/16/2014 | MLB announces Clemente Award nominees

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the names of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, and fan voting will begin Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds Carlos Beltran as the winner of the prestigious community honor handed out annually at the World Series.

9/15/2014 | Flame-throwing Holdzkom a great find for Bucs

Righty John Holdzkom was drafted in '06, but his road to pitching for the Pirates was long and winding. Now, he dispatches hitters with ease. In fact, in his first five Major League innings pitched over five late-game appearances, Holdzkom yielded one hit and struck out nine. He walked one. He's a force.

9/15/2014 | For Bucs, Holdzkom can be second coming of K-Rod

Twelve years after the Angels procured Francisco Rodriguez virtually out of thin late-season air and rode his arm to a World Series title, the Pirates have a chance to recreate that magic with John Holdzkom: A mysterious reliever, unknown to Major League scouts and batters, locking down the money games.

9/14/2014 | Morton returns to Pirates' rotation against Red Sox

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh will host the Red Sox in the first of a three-game set. Charlie Morton will make his first start for the Pirates in about a month because he's been dealing with a sports hernia. Anthony Ranaudo will go for Boston.

9/14/2014 | Triple play sparks Pirates in finale win over Cubs

The Pirates trailed the Cubs early in Sunday's series finale at PNC Park, but a triple play in the fourth inning turned the momentum in a 7-3 Bucs victory. Josh Harrison had two RBIs in a six-run fifth inning.

9/14/2014 | Bucs turn first triple play in PNC Park history

The Pirates turned their first triple play in 14 seasons at PNC Park on Sunday, when third baseman Josh Harrison combined with Neil Walker and Andrew Lambo to go 5-4-3 on a Chris Valaika grounder.

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