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4/20/2014 | Safe call upheld on Tabata's infield single

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke fell to 1-1 in baseball's new system of instant replay Sunday after he unsuccessfully challenged a call at first base in a game against the Pirates.

4/20/2014 | Benches clear in Brewers-Pirates finale

The Pirates and Brewers exchanged blows in the third inning of their Easter Sunday series finale, resulting in the ejections of Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and bench coach Jerry Narron, and Pirates outfielder Travis Snider.

4/20/2014 | Liriano, Leake look to take control in series opener

Cubs starter Francisco Liriano will look to keep a revitalized Reds lineup in check when he takes the mound against Mike Leake in the series opener at PNC Park.

4/20/2014 | Velocity, strikeout rate up for reliever Morris

Right-hander Bryan Morris has been very effective out of the Pirates' bullpen with a 2-0 record and a 2.00 ERA entering Sunday's game. Morris' fastball has averaged 95.2 mph this season, up from 94.1 mph last year, and he has also added some sink to the pitch.

4/20/2014 | Hurdle, Searage remain confident in starting pitchers

Pirates starting pitchers are a combined 3-8 through 18 games, and they haven't been as sharp as manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Ray Searage would like.

4/20/2014 | Pirates fall in 14 innings due to Brewers' late blasts

Gerrit Cole allowed a run over a career-high eight frames and Neil Walker crushed a solo homer, but the Bucs lost, 3-2, to Milwaukee in extras on Sunday at PNC Park.

4/20/2014 | Crew looks to keep magic going vs. Cole, Pirates

The way they're going, it looks like Ron Roenicke's Brewers are never out of a ballgame. After being blown out in Thursday's opener, the Brewers committed four errors on Friday and beat the Pirates. They committed another error and played a generally sloppy brand of baseball during a five-run Pirates fourth inning on Saturday, yet won again. The Brewers will try to do it one more time on Sunday, when Marco Estrada draws Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole at PNC Park.

4/19/2014 | Grilli, Pirates stunned by Braun's homer in ninth

Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun smacked his second home run of the game, a two-run shot in the ninth inning off closer Jason Grilli, to send the Pirates to an 8-7 loss on Saturday night at PNC Park.

4/19/2014 | Ike gets two hits, scores twice in Pirates debut

The Pirates acquired left-handed-hitting first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets on Friday night in a trade for Minor League reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named, and Davis went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while batting sixth in an 8-7 loss to the Brewers on Saturday night.

4/19/2014 | Pirates activate Stewart from DL, option Sanchez

Pirates catcher Chris Stewart, who underwent right knee surgery on March 19, has been recalled from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. To make room on the active roster, catcher Tony Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

4/19/2014 | Mercer out of starting lineup with sore right ankle

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer left Friday night's 5-3 loss to Milwaukee after the third inning with discomfort in his right ankle, and he was held out of the starting lineup for Saturday night's contest but flew out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.

4/19/2014 | Ike will like his fresh start with the Pirates

Ike Davis will have a chance to get his career back on track with the Pirates, who could definitely use some more production at first base.

4/19/2014 | In Bucs-Mets trade, no bigger winner than Ike

The Pirates' trade with the Mets for Ike Davis was a simple one, but a good one. Give Neal Huntington credit for making an early move to improve, and by joining a contender, Davis may feel like he won the lottery.

4/19/2014 | Davis-fortified Bucs set to take on Brewers

The Pirates acquired Ike Davis in a trade with the Mets on Friday evening, and he will be in the lineup on Saturday to face Brewers right-hander Matt Garza.

4/18/2014 | Morton stumbles against Crew, Bucs can't recover

The Pirates couldn't hold an early lead and fell to the Brewers, 5-3, on Friday night, as Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse upped his career record against the Pirates to 11-2. Pirates starter Charlie Morton was tagged for five runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He took the loss, falling to 0-2.

4/18/2014 | Mercer gets spiked, nursing bruised ankle

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer exited Friday's 5-3 loss to the Brewers after getting spiked in the third inning by Martin Maldonado. "I wasn't cut. It's just a bad bruise. It is very sore. We'll see how it feels tomorrow," Mercer said after the game.

4/18/2014 | Pirates acquire Davis in exchange for Thornton

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets in exchange for Minor League right-handed pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named on Friday.

4/18/2014 | With hard work, Volquez finding his stride

The reclamation of Edinson Volquez is starting to pay dividends for the Pirates. Volquez was signed in the offseason to a one-year, $5 million contract with the hopes that pitching coach Ray Searage could help him return to the form he flashed in his first year in Cincinnati in 2008.

4/18/2014 | Hurdle thinks Martin's well-suited for two-spot

Catcher Russell Martin was moved back into the second spot in the batting order, and the Pirates' offense perked up with 11 runs on Thursday night against Milwaukee. "It worked out great," manager Clint Hurdle said.

4/18/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Polanco should get the next call

While D-backs Minor Leaguer right-hander Archie Bradley,'s top pitching prospect, certainly has what it takes to pitch in the Majors sooner rather than later, no prospect is more deserving of a promotion to the bigs than than Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco. And the Pirates would be best served by making that happen pronto.

4/17/2014 | Hurdle loses challenge on stolen-base attempt

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle challenged a play at second base in the seventh inning of Thursday's game against the Brewers, and the umpires ruled that the call would stand after replay review. The Pirates attempted a double steal with one out. Andrew McCutchen took third, but Pedro Alvarez was thrown out at second base by Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

4/17/2014 | Brewers' Lohse aims for repeat vs. Pirates

Only Andrew McCutchen stood between Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse and a complete game last weekend at Miller Park, and the two are about to meet again. Lohse will aim for a repeat performance when he takes on Charlie Morton and the Pirates Friday.

4/17/2014 | Tabata available one day after crashing into wall

Jose Tabata was available one day after crashing into the wall to make a catch.

4/17/2014 | Walker pleased with powerful start

Second baseman Neil Walker is off to a solid start for the Pirates, entering play on Thursday night batting .259 with five home runs and nine RBIs. He didn't hit his fifth home run last season until June.

4/17/2014 | Harrison's heroics get Pirates' bats going in win

Josh Harrison delivered a two-run seventh-inning home run to lift the Bucs to an 11-2 win over the Brewers behind starter Edinson Volquez, who had another quality start.

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