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Pirates acquire Joe Blanton from Royals

The veteran righty had a 3.89 ERA in 15 games, including 4 starts, this season. Kansas City designated him for assignment after acquiring Johnny Cueto.

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McCutchen, Pirates sweep Twins (0:45)

Pirates beat Twins, win third straight

Bucs CF Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs, including his 14th HR of the season, in the 10-4 win over the Twins, who have dropped four straight. The Pirates' bullpen threw 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief in Minnesota. Box score

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Twins CF Hicks going up on a Tuesday

Aaron Hicks skies to make the leaping grab vs. the Pirates and earns a couple of style points.

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Kang hero in Pirates' win (0:32)

Pittsburgh back on top in the 9th

Pittsburgh broke an 8th-inning tie with 4 runs in the frame, but gave it all up in the bottom of the inning as the Twins tagged Tony Watson (0.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) to pull level. No worry, Jung Ho Kang smashed a solo homer to left-center and the Pirates lead 8-7. Follow live

Pirates take control in the 8th

Gregory Polanco's bases-clearing double broke an 8th-inning tie at Target Field, giving Polanco 7 RBIs in his past 4 games. Neil Walker followed with an RBI single and Pittsburgh leads 7-3. Follow live

Scahill to start rehab assignment

Pirates right-handed reliever Rob Scahill (forearm tightness) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment August 6 with Single-A Bradenton, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pirates keeping Pedro Alvarez?

The Pirates have shopped Alvarez to free up payroll and make room for another first baseman, but Jayson Stark hears Pittsburgh is likely to hold onto Alvarez and end its hunt for an upgrade at first. MLB deadline daily

First base a priority for Pittsburgh

The Pirates solidified third base with Aramis Ramirez. They'll also look for an offensive upgrade at first base. Chris Davis, Adam Lind and Adam LaRoche are the most likely candidates. Updated deadline preview (Insider)

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Pirates interested in Red Sox duo?

Pittsburgh has reportedly checked in with Boston on first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Shane Victorino. Both veterans have salaries the Red Sox would likely have to help cover in a deal. MLB rumors roundup

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Pirates place third this week

Gerrit Cole pitched a gem, Aramis Ramirez is back and the Bucs won a four-game series against the Nationals. None of those things could prevent them from dropping a spot this week though. MLB Power Rankings

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Cole train keeps rolling for Pirates

Gerrit Cole threw 7 2/3 one-run innings to beat the Nationals 3-1 on Sunday. It was Cole's fifth quality start in a row, and 17th in 20 outings so far this season. And it helped produce this nifty stat. Kahrl: Sunday's Top 5

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs41317th
Batting Average.2578th
On Base Percentage.31713th
Slugging Percentage.38622nd
Earned Run Average3.092nd
Quality Starts633rd
WHIP1.239th
BAA.24811th

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