2:00 PM EDT, Mon August 29, 2016

Monday Mop-Up Duty: Cole train slows again, what does it mean? The power of humility and more

SOUTH HILLS  – Although the Pirates don’t believe Gerrit Cole has damage to his right ulnar ligament, although his initial MRI reportedly did not show any damage, we’ll have to wait and learn the results of the second opinion. The elbow discomfort could explain his spotty fastball command and lessened effectiveness – and movement – […]
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Pirates win 8th straight on road, sweep Brewers 3-1

Pirates win 8th straight on road, sweep Brewers 3-1

Ivan Nova remained undefeated in a Pirates uniform as Pittsburgh completed a four-game sweep of the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.

Farm Report: Dean Treanor’s Robinson Cano story, September callups, plus notes

Dean Treanor is a fan of winter league baseball. The Triple-A Indianapolis manager has seen winter ball turn around players’ careers, vault them to the next level and, at the very least, give them live at-bats while others are limited to offseason cage work. Treanor has spent an estimated 14 years as a coach or […]
Nova leaves Pirates game after injuring hamstring

Nova leaves Pirates game after injuring hamstring

MILWAUKEE — There was some surprise among Pirates fans when manager Clint Hurdle lifted right-hander Ivan Nova for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning Sunday. Nova had tossed six innings of one-run baseball against the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing only four base-runners.
Pirates notebook: Gerrit Cole alerted management to elbow pain after last start

Pirates notebook: Gerrit Cole alerted management to elbow pain after last start

MILWAUKEE — Right-hander Gerrit Cole ran sprints on the outfield grass Sunday morning at Miller Park but was gone by the first pitch of the series finale, headed to Los Angeles for a second opinion on his sore right elbow. Cole declined to comment until after the appointment today with elbow specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who works with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Rams.
Beaver County Times Aug 28, 2016
Three Thoughts: With David Freese in tow, Sean Rodriguez the likely target for Pirates to re-sign

Three Thoughts: With David Freese in tow, Sean Rodriguez the likely target for Pirates to re-sign

Looking at prospective free agents, rookie Josh Bell is mature beyond his years and the Paul Simon interview on ROOT Sports.
Beaver County Times Aug 27, 2016
Polanco's 3-run double leads Pirates past Brewers

Polanco's 3-run double leads Pirates past Brewers

Gregory Polanco's three-run double proved to be the game-winning hit as the Pirates rallied past the Brewers in Milwaukee on Saturday.
Pirates notebook: Gerrit Cole flying to Los Angeles to have elbow evaluated

Pirates notebook: Gerrit Cole flying to Los Angeles to have elbow evaluated

MILWAUKEE — Gerrit Cole’s serpentine season has hit another snag. The Pirates right-hander will fly to Los Angeles today to have his right elbow examined, a source said Saturday. Left-hander Steven Brault will fill Cole’s spot in the rotation Monday in Chicago.
Jordy Mercer's first grand slam carries Pirates to second consecutive win at Miller Park

Jordy Mercer's first grand slam carries Pirates to second consecutive win at Miller Park

MILWAUKEE — Matt Garza, the Milwaukee Brewers right-hander, punched his mitt and howled at the night sky above Miller Park. Jordy Mercer had parked a sixth-inning grand slam in the Brewers bullpen, a two-strike slider swatted just beyond left fielder Ryan Braun’s reach at the wall.
Pirates notebook: Bell's value in Pirates lineup continues to increase

Pirates notebook: Bell's value in Pirates lineup continues to increase

MILWAUKEE — Thursday, Josh Bell became the fifth Pirates player since 1950 to walk three times in one of the first 10 games of his major league career. The other four were Frank Thomas in 1951, Paul Smith and Eddie O’Brien in 1953, and, most recently, Barry Bonds in 1986.
Beaver County Times Aug 26, 2016
McCutchen, Pirates win in 10th, end 9-game skid at Milwaukee

McCutchen, Pirates win in 10th, end 9-game skid at Milwaukee

Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and a pair of RBI singles, including the tiebreaker in the 10th inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates stopped a nine-game skid at Miller Park, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Thursday night. McCutchen has 44…
Andrew McCutchen drives in three as Pirates take opener from Brewers, 3-2, in 10 innings

Andrew McCutchen drives in three as Pirates take opener from Brewers, 3-2, in 10 innings

MILWAUKEE — Manager Clint Hurdle dared not dance around the Pirates’ dreadful history at Miller Park when he spoke before the series opener Thursday. His words, chosen carefully, were, “We’re still looking for the key to the lock here.” The search has gone on for nine years now, with 18 wins in 82 tries, and Hurdle admitted he’s tested many tiny tweaks over the years.
Pirates notebook: Gerrit Cole ponders reasons for recent slump

Pirates notebook: Gerrit Cole ponders reasons for recent slump

MILWAUKEE — This melancholy month of August has faded right-hander Gerrit Cole‘s showroom sheen. The day after allowing five runs in five innings, his fourth consecutive shaky start, Cole paused before attempting to pinpoint what has gone wrong. After a beat, he said, “It’s been an interesting year.”
Paul Zeise: The Pirates can't waste Gregory Polanco like they did Andrew McCutchen

Paul Zeise: The Pirates can't waste Gregory Polanco like they did Andrew McCutchen

Gregory Polanco has become a superstar in front of our very own eyes.

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