Pirates’ Bats Jump on Samardzija to Support Burnett in 6-2 Victory

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett took a shutout bid into the 9th inning and mound opponent Jeff Samardzija allowed a season-high eight hits to a lineup he usually dominates en route to a 6-2 Pittsburgh win on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Burnett became the first Pirates starter to pitch into the 8th inning this season, tossing 8⅓ innings and allowing only four hits. The veteran righty took a no-hit bid into the 5th inning and a shutout bid...

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Gerrit Cole Will Start for Pirates on Tuesday

Top Pirates pitching prospect Gerrit Cole will make his Major League debut Tuesday Night at PNC Park. Cole and the Bucs will face pitcher Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the homestand. Cole was drafted by Pittsburgh with the number one overall pick in the 2011 draft out of UCLA. In his first professional season last year, Cole made 26 starts among the Pirates’ High-A, Double-A and Triple-A teams....

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Pirates Recall Alex Presley, Place Jared Hughes on DL

Outfielder Alex Presley will re-join the Pirates to get the team back to having 13 position players on the roster. Right-handed reliever Jared Hughes has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The Pirates were working with a 13-man pitching staff this week after the injury to starter Jeanmar Gomez. Hughes was recalled and pitched a scoreless inning Monday in Atlanta then gave up two runs in 1.2...

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Francisco Liriano Pitches Seven Scoreless to Stop Pirates’ Slide

Francisco Liriano was at his wildest, but the left-hander battled through jams with strikeouts and flyouts to pitch the Pirates to a 2-0 win Friday afternoon in Chicago. The left-hander struck out eight hitters and allowed only two hits en route to the second seven-inning shutout of the Cubs in the last month. Despite giving up five walks and throwing a season-low 56% strikes, Liriano kept a zero on Wrigley Field’s scoreboard...

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Gerrit Cole Could Make Major League Debut on Tuesday

Pirates’ top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole could start Tuesday night at PNC Park, according to the beat writers for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Cole started the year as the No. 7 overall prospect in the minor leagues, according to Baseball America. In his first full season for Triple-A Indianapolis, Cole has posted a 2.91 ERA, 47 strikeouts and 28 walks in 68 innings. In each of his last two...

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