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5/29/2015 | Alvarez still has learning curve at first base

The transition of Pedro Alvarez from third base to first base is still a work in progress, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Friday night, hours before his club played the Padres in the second game of a four-game set at Petco Park.

5/29/2015 | Ross takes on Morton, looking for series edge

Padres right-hander Tyson Ross takes the mound Saturday night, facing the Pirates' Charlie Morton. Unfortunately when Ross has pitched of late, the Padres' offense has been sporadic.

5/29/2015 | 5 questions Bucs have answered on hot streak

The Pirates have won seven straight games to join a three-team party in the National League Central, a division in which three clubs -- the Cardinals, Cubs and Bucs -- are separated by six games. Pittsburgh had questions when the season began. Have they been answered?

5/29/2015 | Burnett finds vintage form in final season

A.J. Burnett has made six starts this month and is 5-0 with wins in each of his last five starts. He was only as good as he had to be Thursday night in an 11-5 win over the Padres at Petco Park. It was Burnett's 160th career win, fifth most among active players.

5/29/2015 | Bucs roll to seventh straight with rout of Padres

The Pirates continued to ride their starting pitching Thursday night against the Padres at Petco Park as they won their seventh in a row, 11-5, this time behind veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett.

5/28/2015 | Liriano looks to give Pirates eighth straight win

Francisco Liriano gets the start as the Pirates go for their eighth straight win. The Padres counter with James Shields.

5/28/2015 | Polanco stays positive through growing pains

After bursting onto the scene with hits in each of his first 11 big league games, Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco has had to make adjustments through struggles at the plate.

5/28/2015 | Kingham undergoes Tommy John surgery

Pirates pitching prospect Nick Kingham underwent Tommy John elbow surgery on Wednesday.

5/27/2015 | Cole racks up another win with efficiency

As dominant as Gerrit Cole has been so far this season, what impressed Pirates manager Clint Hurdle the most on Wednesday was the young right-hander's efficiency.

5/27/2015 | Alvarez, Marte go against the grain to help Bucs

Clint Hurdle said, "If you want more, you've got to do more. The last six games, they've done more." That was certainly evident when watching Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte in Wednesday's 5-2 win.

5/27/2015 | McCutchen 11th in NL outfield on ballot update

Andrew McCutchen was the Pirates' lone representative in the first National League update to the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, released Wednesday afternoon. He ranked 11th among NL outfielders.

5/27/2015 | Rally vs. Marlins 'pen lifts Bucs to 6th straight

Led by another strong start from Gerrit Cole, the Pirates rallied to score five runs with two outs in the seventh inning and beat the Marlins, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

5/27/2015 | Burnett set to continue renaissance in San Diego

The Pirates and Padres will kick off a four-game series at Petco Park on Thursday night, with resurgent right-hander A.J. Burnett set to oppose fellow veteran Ian Kennedy.

5/27/2015 | NL All-Star Game ballot update: May 27

At the first update in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the National League, the Cardinals have four players in line to start July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, and another four among the voting leaders. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, leads all NL players in balloting with 1,447,753 total votes.

5/27/2015 | MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

5/27/2015 | Not trying to do too much, Bucs' hitters thriving

With a full count and two outs in the fifth inning Tuesday night, Marlins starter Jose Urena fired a 93-mph fastball to the outer half of the plate. Pedro Alvarez reached out and grounded it through the left side of the infield, and Starling Marte wheeled around third base to score.

5/26/2015 | Locke caps memorable Bucs rotation turn

It's impossible to quantify the effect one night's starting pitcher might have on the next's. But for the Pirates' staff, momentum is a real thing. The last turn through their rotation, it's been a very good thing, too. Left-hander Jeff Locke completed a dominant one-through-five performance for the Bucs' rotation on Tuesday night.

5/26/2015 | Pirates go for sweep of Fish, season-high streak

The Pirates have a chance to secure their second straight three-game sweep and a season-high six-game winning streak Wednesday at PNC Park, where they will take on the Marlins in a 12:35 p.m. ET matinee.

5/26/2015 | Bucs hit Marlins rookie hard, win 5th straight

The Pirates rode left-hander Jeff Locke's solid start and a two-out barrage to a 5-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at PNC Park, the Bucs' fifth straight win.

5/26/2015 | Cutch earns honor as resurgence continues

Andrew McCutchen says he prioritizes team success and doesn't get caught up in personal accolades. But McCutchen, who earned the co-National League Player of the Week Award, has broken out of a prolonged early-season slump, and the Bucs' fortunes are turning.

5/26/2015 | Braun, McCutchen share NL Player of the Week

Two of the National League's prime sluggers have tied as the face of the league. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen were named the NL's Co-Players of the Week on Tuesday in recognition of a powerful week for both outfielders.

5/26/2015 | Hall of Famers, legends top list of Draft reps

Three members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

5/25/2015 | Alvarez shows off deep opposite-field power

Pedro Alvarez stood in front of his locker after the Pirates' 4-2 win over the Marlins on Monday night and searched for the right words to describe the ball he crushed out of the deepest part of PNC Park.

5/25/2015 | Morton looks like his old self in season debut

Pirates starter Charlie Morton knew his pitches were working during three Minor League rehab starts. He saw the results: a lot of ground balls and some swings and misses. Morton passed his first test Monday night, throwing seven efficient innings and recording 18 outs on the ground -- 16 groundouts, including two double plays -- in the Pirates' 4-2 win.

5/25/2015 | Bucs' blasts back Morton, sink Stanton, Fish

Backed by a pair of home runs, right-hander Charlie Morton made an encouraging return to the rotation as the Pirates beat the Marlins, 4-2, on Monday night at PNC Park.

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