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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.

9/14/2014 | Cubs get call at first overturned in first inning

Cubs manager Rick Renteria successfully challenged a call at first in the first inning Sunday, and lost a challenge in the sixth.

9/14/2014 | Pirates surging despite Trade Deadline inactivity

The Pirates may have been second-guessed for not being active at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but some of the clubs who were active have since trended downward.

9/14/2014 | Morton to start Tuesday; Worley to pitch out of bullpen

Charlie Morton, after a month on the disabled list with a sports hernia with which he had coped since early June, will start on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

9/14/2014 | Pirates lean on Volquez to maintain standing

Edinson Volquez has become an ace for the Pirates this season, and they'll rely on the right-hander to help them bounce back Sunday afternoon against the Cubs. Jacob Turner will take the mound for Chicago in the rubber match at PNC Park.

9/13/2014 | Locke picked; Pirates' momentum stolen by Cubs

The Pirates' late-season run stalled Saturday night at PNC Park with a 6-4 loss to the Cubs. Left-hander Jeff Locke gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings. Despite the loss, the Bucs maintained their position as the second National League Wild Card.

9/13/2014 | Pirates lose challenge of stolen base in seventh

The Cubs' Arismendy Alcantara was credited with a stolen base in the seventh inning Saturday night at PNC Park after Pirates manager Clint Hurdle lost his challenge of the close play. The safe call stood, and the Cubs tacked on a run later in the inning.

9/13/2014 | Sore Marte available off bench; offense rolling

The Pirates hoped to fan their offensive fire Saturday night without their hottest hitter. Starling Marte remained on the bench with a sore left elbow two days after taking an A.J. Burnett pitch there.

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