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June’s amateur draft is a tool the Pirates have leaned on to turn a downtrodden franchise into an annual playoff contender.

General manager Neal Huntington has used the draft to stock the team with current contributors Andrew McCutchen, Gerrit Cole, Jordy Mercer, Jared Hughes, Tony Watson, Jameson Taillon and Chad Kuhl.

06/28/2016 - 17:19
Jed Johnson
After Monday’s game, the Pirates only have three more home games before the All-Star break, and both the AL and NL rosters will be announced before then.

This team will probably have a couple of All-Stars, with guys like Mark Melancon, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco already making very good cases on why they belong in San Diego this 12th of July

06/27/2016 - 16:57
Alex Stumpf
The Pirates scored four in the first but the Dodgers rallied with a four-spot in the fifth as LA avoided a four-game series sweep, beating the Bucs 5-4 on Monday afternoon at PNC Park.

The Pirates got off to a hot start, but Francisco Liriano blew a four-run lead and the Pirates were unable to complete the four-game sweep.

06/27/2016 - 16:22
Kurt Hackimer
Newsflash: Clayton Kershaw is really good at baseball. Historically good, even.

The Dodgers left-handed starter is in the midst of one of baseball’s all-time best seasons. The lefty entered Sunday night’s game with an 11-1 record and a 1.57 ERA.

06/27/2016 - 00:46
Kurt Hackimer
David Freese hit a three-run double as the Pirates roughed up Clayton Kershaw early, beating the Dodgers 4-3 to give Chad Kuhl a win in his MLB debut.

Kuhl said he got plenty of messages before the game that told him “good luck against that guy.”

06/26/2016 - 22:56
Alex Stumpf
For years, the Pirates have been touted as having one of the best farm systems in baseball. It’s finally being put to use in 2016.

In 2013, there were two big rookies who were promoted: Gerrit Cole and Tony Sanchez. 10 rookies made their debut for that team, but only Cole remains after a series of trades and fizzle outs.

06/26/2016 - 04:33
Alex Stumpf
Jeff Locke was perfect through the first five innings and allowed just one run over seven strong, Andrew McCutchen homered twice and the Pirates beat the Dodgers 6-1 on Saturday night at PNC Park.

In baseball, there are some nights where the pitching has to compensate for a lack of hitting. There are others where the batters have to bail out their starting pitcher.

06/25/2016 - 22:17
Kurt Hackimer
As Clint Hurdle, his wife, and three children posed for a photograph during this weekend’s Family Week at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates manager was greeted by two surprise guests: His parents.

Under the cover of darkness, Hurdle’s wife, Karla, secretly flew in Clint Sr. and Louise from Florida just in case the Pirates manager notched his 1,000th career win over the weekend.

06/25/2016 - 04:21
Kurt Hackimer
Jameson Taillon was shaky in his fourth major league start Friday night, but the Pirates came out on top in a 8-6 slugfest against the Dodgers to earn Clint Hurdle his 1,000th victory as a big league manager.

Hurdle’s dad was able to make the game after his wife organized an impromptu family gathering.

“It was a very interesting way to get there tonight,” Hurdle said on the win.

06/24/2016 - 22:33
Alex Stumpf
In their last 10 losses, the Pirates have allowed 82 runs. Technically, Wednesday’s 7-6 loss where they blew an early 6-1 lead was a better than average performance in that stretch.

Coming into play Wednesday, the entire pitching staff had combined for a grand total of 0 fWAR on the season. Zip. Nadda. Zilch.

06/23/2016 - 11:48
Alex Stumpf
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