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The Mets scored three runs in the first inning off starter Gerrit Cole and went on to beat the Pirates 4-2 Sunday afternoon, closing the book on the Pirates first-half of the 2013 season. Cole threw five innings, gave up six hits and three runs, while striking out five Mets' hitters.

Despite the loss on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park to the New York Mets, 4-2, the Pittsburgh Pirates still had a first half to be proud of.

07/14/2013 - 18:52
Scott Kromko
Reliever replaces teammate Jeff Locke

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Mark Melancon has been named to the National League All-Stars squad, replacing inactive pitcher Jeff Locke.

Melancon is a first-time All-Stars.

07/14/2013 - 14:38
PSR Staff
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to conclude their first half with a sweep of the New York Mets Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Gerrit Cole (4-2, 3.68 ERA) makes the start in place of Jeff Locke for the Pirates (56-36) against the Mets’ (40-50) Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60).

UPDATE: Mark Melancon has been named to the National League All-Star team as a replacement for Jeff Locke, who is inactive for Tuesday's game.

07/14/2013 - 12:27
Nate Barnes
Almost forgotten in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ magnificent 2013 season thus far is the guy that anchors the team. But Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 Saturday night with a home run and two runs batted in to propel the Pirates (56-36) to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets (40-50), and back to 20 games over .500 in front of 39,173 fans—the largest PNC Park crowd to-date this season.

McCutchen hit a game-tying solo home run in the sixth inning off reliever David Aardsma, and later drove in the eventual game-winning run in the seventh inning with a single that glanced off the gl

07/13/2013 - 23:36
Nate Barnes
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to get back to 20 games over .500 tonight at PNC Park, in the second of a three-game set against the New York Mets. The Pirates (55-36) throw A.J. Burnett (4-6, 3.05 ERA) on the mound against Carlos Torres (0-1, 0.51 ERA) of the Mets.

--Burnett makes his first start at PNC in over a month, as the last time he started in front of Pirates fans was May 29 in a 2-1 loss to Milwaukee.

07/13/2013 - 17:56
Nate Barnes
It took roughly two hours for the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets to play the first eight innings of their series-opener Friday night at PNC Park. 90 minutes later, Jordy Mercer singled up the middle to score Andrew McCutchen with two outs in the 11th inning which gave the Pirates a 3-2 victory.

“I knew that if I got it through, someway, somehow [McCutchen’s] going to get home,” Mercer said.

07/13/2013 - 01:35
Nate Barnes
The Pittsburgh Pirates open their final series of the first half tonight at PNC Park, as the New York Mets come to town for three games prior to the start of the All-Star Break Monday. Charlie Morton (1-2, 3.38 ERA) starts for the Bucs (54-36) against the Mets' (40-48) Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.39).

--The Pirates avoided a sweep Wednesday night (into Thursday morning) with a 5-0 win over the Oakland Athletics. The win also ended a four-game losing streak.

07/12/2013 - 19:14
Nate Barnes
Russ Canzler joins Pittsburgh in exchange for minor league pitcher Tim Alderson

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have acquired first baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler from the Baltimore Orioles organization in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Tim Alderso

07/12/2013 - 15:35
Tony DeFazio
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford made his Major League debut in May 2011 and promptly launched a grand slam, becoming just the sixth player in history to hit a grand slam in his first game.

The 26-year-old former UCLA Bruin earned the starting job last season and drove in 5 runs in the Giants NLCS victory over the Cardinals en route to winning the World Series.

07/11/2013 - 21:33
Tony DeFazio
Francisco Liriano threw 7 shutout innings and Pedro Alvarez knocked in a pair of runs to lead the Pirates over the A's 5-0 after a 3-hour rain delay Wednesday night/Thursday morning at PNC Park. Liriano gave up only four hits and one walk while striking out six in his team-leading ninth victory on the year.

The Pittsburgh Pirates bounced back in a big way, shutting out the Oakland Athletics for their Major League leading 13th shutout of the season with a 5-0

07/11/2013 - 01:33
Scott Kromko
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