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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.

4/16/2014 | Back home, Bucs out to avenge sweep by Brewers

Mere days after the Brewers finished a three-game sweep of the Pirates at Miller Park, the Pirates get a chance for payback. The teams will meet again for a four game series beginning Thursday, this time on Pittsburgh's turf at PNC Park.

4/16/2014 | Tabata crashes into wall on catch, exits with injury

Pirates left fielder Jose Tabata was removed from Wednesday's game after making a spectacular catch of Brayan Pena's fifth-inning line drive an instant before slamming into the left-field wall of Great American Ball Park. Tabata, who was replaced by Starling Marte, was diagnosed with mild concussion-like symptoms.

4/16/2014 | Hurdle wins replay challenge; Price loses review

Same place, different situation, different umpire: Same outcome. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was correct on another challenge of a play at first base in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Reds. In the bottom of the eighth Wednesday, there was a crew-chief challenge on a fielder's choice play at the plate.

4/16/2014 | Hurdle hoping to get idle Pimentel some game action

The Bucs' rotation has gone six-plus innings in 11 of the first 14 games. So the problem became having one key reliever with nothing to do: Entering Wednesday, Stolmy Pimentel had gotten into one game, albeit for four innings in the 16-inning extravaganza on April 2 with the Cubs.

4/16/2014 | Amid string of whiffs, Marte out of starting lineup

Pittsburgh leadoff hitter Starling Marte got a breather Wednesday, in the wake of his second straight three-strikeout game.

4/16/2014 | Pirates can't back Liriano, blanked by Reds' Cueto

One could say that the Reds stole one Wednesday from Francisco Liriano and the Pirates, and one would not be wildly wrong. Billy Hamilton, who gives batterymen the shakes, went hitless but scored two of the runs as the Reds blanked the Bucs, 4-0, at Great American Ball Park behind Johnny Cueto.

4/16/2014 | MLB Notebook: Bucs, Reds power up in Cincy

The Pirates and Reds combined for 10 home runs at Great American Ball Park in a game that was completed Tuesday, including three sets of back-to-back shots by the Bucs.

4/15/2014 | Liriano, Cueto set for Wild Card rematch

Johnny Cueto and Francisco Liriano will square off in the series finale between the Reds and Pirates today at 12:35 p.m. ET at Great American Ball Park.

4/15/2014 | Pirates win challenge, overturned call leads to run

Pirates manger Clint Hurdle successfully challenged a call that originally credited the Reds with a double play in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game.

4/15/2014 | Cole allows career-high five runs as Bucs fall to Reds

The Pirates went down in a 7-5 defeat at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night, with Gerrit Cole allowing a career-high five runs against the Reds.

4/15/2014 | Bucs return to action to top Reds in homer-filled action

Russell Martin provided the go-ahead run with two outs in the seventh -- the first inning in the resumption of a game suspended by rain after six with the teams tied -- giving the Pirates the two-day 8-7 win at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday.

4/15/2014 | Cole feels connection wearing Jackie's No. 42

Losing Tuesday night made Gerrit Cole feel bad. Losing on Jackie Robinson's Day and in his No. 42 made Cole feel inconsolable.

4/15/2014 | Pirates keeping close eye on Wandy's velocity

Three of Wandy Rodriguez's mistakes went over the wall in the Monday portion of the suspended game completed Tuesday afternoon. And those were not the young season's first far-hit mistakes by Rodriguez, whose velocity has been a couple ticks off his usual 92-93 mph.

4/15/2014 | Gaby emerges as option against righties

From the outset, Clint Hurdle said first base would not be a "cookie-cutter" platoon, and Gaby Sanchez can look forward to facing more right-handers after drilling a couple of cookies into the seats Monday night.

4/15/2014 | Pirates, Reds have score to settle in Cincinnati

After resuming Monday's suspended game, tied at 7 after hitting a Great American Ball Park-record 10 home runs, the Pirates and Reds will play their regularly scheduled Tuesday contest, with Gerrit Cole dueling with Mike Leake.

4/14/2014 | Rain suspends Bucs' power display in Cincinnati

The Pirates hit six home runs, all solo shots in three back-to-back sets. The Reds hit four, but three of theirs came with a man on. Oh, and all that happened within six innings, which was all the teams got to play before rain suspended the 7-7 game. It will be resumed at 5:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, prior to the regularly scheduled second game of the series.

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