PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon wants to keep pitching, but how much longer the Pirates will be willing to accommodate that request may be up in the air, particularly after his outing on Thursday, when he gave up six runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings in an 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

It’s not just the line. After all, the Pirates have committed to playing their younger players at the expense of trying to maximize their wins down the stretch and while Taillon has more experience than many of the other players on the roster, he's still just 25 and has just over 200 innings in the majors.

But Taillon fell short of being competitive against the Cubs. He allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in three of his four innings. Of his 11 hits allowed, six went for extra bases. The problem didn’t ...

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