Another late night: Bucs rally for 10-inning win

Another late night: Bucs rally for 10-inning win

ATLANTA -- A little less than 24 hours after blowing a ninth-inning lead, the Pirates staged a ninth-inning rally against a thin Braves bullpen, then added seven more runs in the 10th inning to cruise to a 12-5 win on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.

After Gift Ngoepe's go-ahead RBI double and Josh Harrison's two-run single, David Freese, Jose Osuna and Jordy Mercer hit back-to-back-to-back homers off right-hander Josh Collmenter.

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3 in a row: Trio of HRs caps Bucs' comeback

Pirates broke through for seven runs in 10th inning Wednesday

3 in a row: Trio of HRs caps Bucs' comeback

ATLANTA -- Pinch-hitting on a scheduled off-day because the Pirates forced extra innings and exhausted their other options, Andrew McCutchen slapped a single to left field leading off the 10th. Chris Stewart then dropped a sacrifice bunt, moving McCutchen to second base.

The Pirates were playing for one run at that point, manager Clint Hurdle said. They got seven, resulting in a 12-5 win over the Braves on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park. Pittsburgh's bats broke out, beating up on reliever Josh Collmenter, which included hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs.

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McCutchen looking to fix swing amid slump

Given day off Wednesday, outfielder focusing on adjustment

McCutchen looking to fix swing amid slump

ATLANTA -- Around 1:30 on Wednesday morning, Andrew McCutchen hit a hard ground ball -- 102.3 mph off his bat, according to Statcast™ -- at Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson. McCutchen ran down the line, but Swanson's throw beat him to first base, the end of an 0-for-5 night.

After a pinch-hit single in his only at-bat Wednesday, McCutchen's batting average is .203 and his OPS is .634. For all his struggles last season, his production never fell this far. Coming off a long night at SunTrust Park and a season-long slump he hasn't been able to shake, McCutchen was given the day off Wednesday, other than his pinch-hit appearance in the 10th inning.

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Taillon progressing in return from surgery

Pirates right-hander had procedure for testicular cancer May 8

Taillon progressing in return from surgery

ATLANTA -- After throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon is scheduled to pitch off the mound again Thursday morning.

Providing his weekly update on Pittsburgh's injured and rehabbing players, head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Taillon responded well to his first side session since undergoing surgery for testicular cancer on May 8.

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Nova looks to maintain road success in finale

Nova looks to maintain road success in finale

The Pirates and Braves are trending in different directions, as they match up for the final time in a Thursday afternoon matinee at SunTrust Park.

The Braves look to conclude their first winning homestand in auspicious fashion, while the Pirates are looking to salvage what started as a tough road trip prior to Wednesday's come-from-behind, 10-inning win.

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Glasnow strong, but Bucs fall after long delay

Glasnow strong, but Bucs fall after long delay

ATLANTA -- This might not have been as wacky as the 19-inning game these same two teams played in 2011. But a long rain delay combined with an exchange of ninth-inning rallies certainly made things interesting as the Braves completed a 6-5 win over the Pirates during the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

Nick Markakis gave the Braves life when he delivered a game-tying, two-out double off Tony Watson, and Matt Adams further endeared himself to his new teammates when he laced an opposite-field, walk-off single against the Pirates' closer at 1:52 a.m. ET.

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Late-inning heroics not enough vs. Braves

Late-inning heroics not enough vs. Braves

ATLANTA -- The Pirates had not played a game this deep into the night -- into the morning, technically -- in 34 years, not since June 20, 1983, when the last out at Three Rivers Stadium was recorded at 2:04 a.m. But there they were a few minutes after 1:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, having survived a three-hour, 12-minute rain delay and a Braves comeback with their own late rally.

The late-night/early-morning heroics of David Freese and Jordy Mercer put the Bucs in position to win a wet, wild game at SunTrust Park. But they weren't enough. Closer Tony Watson gave up a two-out, game-tying double to Nick Markakis before Matt Adams lined a walk-off single to left. Six hours and 15 minutes after they began playing, the Pirates were dealt a 6-5 loss by the Braves.

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Hurdle ejected for second straight game

Hurdle ejected for second straight game

ATLANTA -- For the second time in as many games, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was ejected Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

Hurdle was tossed by home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi during the fourth inning of Monday's loss to the Braves after defending infielder David Freese, who was ejected for arguing a called third strike. Hurdle didn't even make it that far in the Pirates' 6-5 loss to the Braves, as he was sent to the dugout in the top of the first inning following an argument with home-plate umpire Nic Lentz.

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Josh Bell responded to Onion article with joke

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Josh Bell responded to Onion article with joke

The nature of first impressions is that you don't get a second chance to make them. For a rookie first baseman, the anxiety of that logical truth can be crippling. One's reputation for an entire career can be smeared by a bad joke or unintentionally insulting comment.

Luckily for Pirates rookie first baseman Josh Bell, he has a tried-and-true icebreaking joke.

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Cole labors in short outing as Bucs drop opener

Cole labors in short outing as Bucs drop opener

ATLANTA -- Mike Foltynewicz bested Gerrit Cole through the first five innings and Ender Inciarte recorded a career-best five hits as the Braves received another stellar effort from their bullpen during Monday night's 5-2 win over the Pirates at SunTrust Park.

Brandon Phillips belted his 200th career home run during a two-run third inning, and Matt Adams hit his first home run with the Braves to cap a three-run fifth inning against Cole, who allowed five earned runs for the first time since Opening Day and surrendered a season-high 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings. The Pirates' ace entered having allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his past seven starts.

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Pirates' Freese, Hurdle ejected in Atlanta

Pirates' Freese, Hurdle ejected in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Third baseman David Freese and manager Clint Hurdle were ejected during the fourth inning of the Pirates' 5-2 loss to the Braves on Monday night at SunTrust Park.

Freese was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, who promptly tossed Hurdle as he attempted to defend Freese.

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Closer Watson inducing weaker contact in '17

Closer Watson inducing weaker contact in '17

ATLANTA -- Tony Watson's lower strikeout rate may indicate he's missing fewer bats. But the Pirates' closer is also missing fewer barrels this season.

Watson pitched a perfect, eight-pitch ninth inning Saturday and another clean, 10-pitch ninth on Sunday to lock down his 10th save in 11 chances this season. Those two appearances came after a scheduled, non-save situation Friday in which Watson allowed his third home run of the season.

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Rodriguez thankful for Bucs' timely support

Braves utility man appreciates Pirates' concern following car crash

Rodriguez thankful for Bucs' timely support

ATLANTA -- When Sean Rodriguez had surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff on Feb. 14 following a fatal car crash in Miami, the Braves initially projected the Pirates' former super-utility man would miss the entire season.

Rodriguez had other plans, which is why he's showing up to work -- physical therapy, in this case -- every day at SunTrust Park and is already, by his estimate, ahead of schedule.

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Kuhl returns to form, throws five scoreless

Kuhl returns to form, throws five scoreless

PITTSBURGH -- Searching for answers after two rough starts, Chad Kuhl turned to the past. He watched video from his best games -- "when I was good," Kuhl said. He worked on his delivery with pitching coach Ray Searage, focusing on keeping his upper body over his back leg, and looked to regain the downward angle on his sinker.

Kuhl also received some advice Saturday from bench coach Tom Prince that resonated in his mind as he pitched five scoreless innings in the Pirates' 1-0 win over the Phillies on Sunday at PNC Park.

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Joe makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Joe makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week features our first two repeat performers, an organization hitting the list for the first time and the youngest player to make the team so far this year.

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Pirates score lone run on HBP in win vs. Phils

Pirates score lone run on HBP in win vs. Phils

PITTSBURGH -- Aaron Nola's worst pitch of the day came at the worst possible moment. After the Phillies decided to intentionally walk Josh Bell to load the bases with one out in the sixth, Nola hit David Freese in the back to bring home the only run in the Pirates' 1-0 win on a rainy Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

It was the first time a game's only run came on a hit-by-pitch since July 5, 1998, when Scott Erickson hit Chad Curtis in the third inning in the Yankees' 1-0 win over Orioles.

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Hayes notches three more hits for Marauders

Hayes notches three more hits for Marauders

Scott Kingery has found his power stroke.

The Phillies' No. 11 prospect hit a pair of solo homers, in the seventh and ninth innings, as part of a 4-for-5 day, but it was not enough for Double-A Reading as the Fightin Phils fell 8-7 to New Hampshire.

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Pirates still seek clarity on Kang's situation

GM says club is working to gather the facts after court ruling

Pirates still seek clarity on Kang's situation

PITTSBURGH -- With a quarter of the season behind them, the Pirates are still without third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who remains in his native South Korea awaiting a work visa.

On Thursday, Kang lost his appeal of a suspended eight-month jail sentence following his third DUI charge since 2009. Pirates president Frank Coonelly said it was too soon to comment on the impact that ruling will have on Kang's chances of playing for the Pirates this season. General manager Neal Huntington echoed Coonelly's statement, saying Sunday the Bucs are still looking for clarity.

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Bucs get behind Nova to take down Phillies

Bucs get behind Nova to take down Phillies

PITTSBURGH -- Ivan Nova turned in another lengthy start, David Freese tucked a go-ahead home run inside the left-field foul pole and Adam Frazier continued to sizzle atop the order, leading the Pirates to a 6-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday at PNC Park.

Nova held Philadelphia to three runs in 7 1/3 innings, recording 14 outs on the ground, and the Bucs' bats -- and some slick infield work, particularly by Freese and shortstop Jordy Mercer -- helped the right-hander pick up his first win since his shutout in Miami on April 29.

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Frazier's bat draws high praise from Pirates

Frazier's bat draws high praise from Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- During a postgame television interview Saturday at PNC Park, David Freese made a prediction: If Adam Frazier gets enough at-bats, he'll win a batting title someday.

Frazier has given no evidence to support a contradicting argument. Since reaching the big leagues last June, all the utility man has done is hit. Frazier went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in the Pirates' 6-3 win over the Phillies, improving his batting line to .358/.402/.469 this season.

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Joe perfect at plate for Altoona

Joe perfect at plate for Altoona

Astros prospects Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin have been swinging hot bats lately, and the trend continued Saturday as the duo led Class A Advanced Buies Creek to an 8-2 win over Down East.

Tucker, ranked as the Astros' No. 2 prospect and 30th on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, and Martin (Astros' No. 26) combined for five hits and five RBIs as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.

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Lindblom lands on DL; Marinez joins Pirates

Lindblom lands on DL; Marinez joins Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have had their eyes on reliever Jhan Marinez for a while now, manager Clint Hurdle said. The right-hander throws a hard two-seam fastball and produces ground balls while pitching multiple innings, a trio of traits the Bucs value out of the bullpen.

For the Pirates to get the 28-year-old right-hander, he had to struggle. Marinez posted a 5.40 ERA and 2.04 WHIP for the Brewers in 15 appearances to start the season, so Milwaukee designated him for assignment on Monday. That made him available to the Pirates, who claimed Marinez off waivers on Friday and added him to their roster on Saturday.

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Taillon attacking cancer like he does pitching

Following procedure for testicular cancer, righty carrying mental toughness from mound to recovery

Taillon attacking cancer like he does pitching

PITTSBURGH -- There is a mindset that defines Jameson Taillon's mental toughness as a pitcher. When runners get on base, his focus shifts away from how they got there to what he can do to stop them from scoring. He does not dwell on the past.

Taillon has carried the same mentality into his recovery following surgery for testicular cancer. The Pirates' right-hander spoke with the media Friday for the first time since he received the diagnosis, and he reported that he has received nothing but good news since undergoing the procedure on May 8.

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Bell stays hot at plate in loss to Phillies

Bell stays hot at plate in loss to Phillies

PITTSBURGH -- Two batters into Friday night's series opener at PNC Park, Jeremy Hellickson had given up two hits and a run. Twenty-six batters later, the Pirates still had two hits. Hellickson gave the Phillies the kind of start they needed, throwing six strong innings in a 7-2 win over the Pirates.

In the first inning, Hellickson gave up a leadoff single to Josh Harrison and an RBI double to Josh Bell. The Pirates tacked on another run through an error, and Hellickson proceeded to retire 16 of the next 17 batters he faced. After throwing 31 pitches in the first, Hellickson needed only 53 to get through the next five innings. The only thing that forced him out of the game? An apparent injury while slugging an RBI double down the left-field line.

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Williams grinds through start without slider

Hurdle impressed by right-hander's 5 2/3 innings against Phillies

Williams grinds through start without slider

PITTSBURGH -- Trevor Williams didn't have his slider for much of Friday night. How did he know? "It didn't slide," he said. Without his best swing-and-miss offspeed pitch, Williams set out to make the most of what he had by forcing the Phillies to put the ball in play.

But Williams fell victim to the often random nature of batted balls, allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings in the Pirates' 7-2 loss to the Phillies at PNC Park. Pittsburgh only mustered three hits on the night, none of them between the first and ninth innings, so Williams was dealt his third loss of the season.

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Bucs claim Marinez off waivers from Brewers

Right-hander had 3.18 ERA in 46 appearances in 2016 for Milwaukee

Bucs claim Marinez off waivers from Brewers

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates claimed reliever Jhan Marinez off waivers from the Brewers on Friday, adding a big arm to their bullpen.

Marinez, 28, was designated for assignment by Milwaukee on Monday. The right-hander has put together a 5.40 ERA in 16 2/3 innings over 15 appearances this season, but he is coming off a strong 2016 season in which he posted a 3.18 ERA in 62 1/3 innings over 46 outings, three of which came early in the year with the Rays.

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