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5/4/2015 | Cole named NL Pitcher of the Month

Gerrit Cole, who set the tone for the Pirates' outstanding pitching during the month of April, was named the National League's Pitcher of the Month on Monday.


5/4/2015 | Off-the-field youth endeavors important to Bucs

While Pirates wins encourage fans to raise Jolly Rogers, the team itself is thoroughly immersed in helping raise well-coached and adjusted ballplayers in the Greater Pittsburgh area.


5/4/2015 | Syndergaard headlines Prospect Team of the Week

Noah Syndergaard threw a seven-inning shutout in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday, then came back five days later with seven more scoreless innings. His performance was the most impressive among prospects for the week of April 27-May 3.


5/3/2015 | Kang notches first big league homer vs. Cards

Jung Ho Kang launched his first Major League homer to tie the game in the ninth vs. the Cardinals in the Bucs' eventual 3-2 loss.


5/3/2015 | Bucs' starting pitching bright spot in recent losses

There were some mighty big numbers in the fabulous Pirates-Cardinals series. Like 1,048 pitches over 35 innings played across 11 hours and 26 minutes. One of the most impressive numbers, however, was a small one: 0.90. That was the combined weekend ERA of the three starting pitchers who took the ball for the Bucs, none of whom got a win.


5/3/2015 | Locke, Reds rookie face off as rivals meet again

Tuesday's series opener between the Reds and Pirates at PNC Park will feature two pitchers coming off subpar outings. One's a newcomer, the other has logged more than 370 innings in his career. Michael Lorenzen will make his second career start for the Reds on Tuesday, and Pittsburgh will counter with lefty Jeff Locke.


5/3/2015 | Morton makes progress toward rejoining rotation

Charlie Morton moved a step closer Saturday to rejoining the Pirates rotation with an extended outing in Pirate City. Pitching a sim game at the club's training complex, Morton made 93 pitches in a six-inning workout he and Jim Benedict both were satisfied with.


5/3/2015 | Cards sweep Bucs with third straight walk-off

Kolten Wong's home run with one out in the 14th inning Sunday gave the Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Pirates and extended to six a winning streak half-comprised of pulsating, extra-inning walk-off wins over Pittsburgh.


5/3/2015 | Bucs show infectious offense on road trip

One of baseball's time-worn beliefs holds that "hitting is contagious." It is a theory, and also an excuse, invoked by slumping clubs. And it is generally accepted -- but is it true? You aren't going to get any proof, obviously. But there is some evidence, and the Pirates currently offer a scorebook full of it.


5/2/2015 | Liriano not concerned about personal record

When things are not going your way, when you are consistently dealt unfair hands, the righteous act is to humbly shake it off. Well, as often as Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano is asked to do so, he may soon need a neck brace.


5/2/2015 | Wacha looks to deliver sweep of Pirates

Righties Vance Worley and Michael Wacha will square off Sunday in the finale of a three-game series between the Pirates and Cardinals at Busch Stadium, with both trying to rebound from their previous starts. St. Louis is going for the sweep after walk-off wins in the first two games.


5/2/2015 | Cutch's great defense made clear on Statcast

Andrew McCutchen has battled a sore left knee all season, and he jammed that same knee Friday night while sliding into second base. He showed no ill effects Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit a sinking liner to center field to lead off the third inning, and McCutchen made a sensational play to keep lefty Francisco Liriano's no-hitter alive.


5/2/2015 | Cards notch another walk-off win vs. Bucs

October baseball in early May? That's how it felt Saturday, when the Pirates and the Cardinals got into it for 11 more tense innings before Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly off Jared Hughes with one out in the 11th gave St. Louis another 2-1 win. Their second consecutive extra-inning win over the Bucs by that score extended the Redbirds' winning streak to five.


5/2/2015 | Cutch, Harrison back Liriano with fine defense

Francisco Liriano's no-hit bid Saturday during the Pirates' 2-1 loss to the Cardinals lasted into the sixth inning because of a pair of sparkling defensive plays behind him.


5/2/2015 | Bad spell at Busch not in Pirates' head

The Pirates face a lot of human obstacles to reach their goal of a division championship. Do they now also have a geographic opponent, Busch Stadium?


5/2/2015 | Bucs left frustrated after leaving 'em loaded

Friday night's 2-1 walk-off loss in 10 innings to the Cardinals doesn't happen -- the 10th inning doesn't happen -- if the Bucs get something more than frustration out of a bases-loaded, none-out sixth-inning threat against Lance Lynn.


5/1/2015 | Burnett passes Koufax on all-time K's list

A.J. Burnett tied Sandy Koufax for 42nd place on the all-time with his sixth whiff of the night -- of pitching adversary Lance Lynn in the fifth inning of Friday's game with the Cardinals -- and passed him the next inning when Matt Holliday became career victim No. 2,397.


5/1/2015 | Lackey eyes series win for Cards vs. Liriano, Bucs

The Pirates and the Cardinals will play the second game of a three-game series at Busch Stadium on Saturday, with lefty Francisco Liriano and righty John Lackey on the mound -- with both hoping to stop recent trends.


5/1/2015 | Glasnow dominates Erie in 7 K performance

Tyler Glasnow continued his outstanding season for Double-Altoona Friday evening. The Pirates' top prospect struck out seven in six innings and lowered his ERA to 0.79.


5/1/2015 | Morton to throw in sim game at Pirate City

Charlie Morton, in the home stretch of recovering from his late-September labrum surgery, had his next rehab outing slightly altered. It will still take place on Saturday, but instead of taking the mound for Class A Advanced Bradenton, he will throw in a sim game at Pirate City.


5/1/2015 | Adams, Cardinals walk off Pirates in opener

After A.J. Burnett and Lance Lynn dueled, Matt Adams' 10th-inning, two-out RBI single off Rob Scahill gave the Cardinals a 2-1 walk-off win over the Pirates on Friday in St. Louis.