Not this time, Cutch

Entering the game, 30 of 36 baserunners have stolen successfully off Jon Lester. But Cubs C David Ross threw out Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen at second to end the first and keep it scoreless heading into the second inning. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Watch: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

Get a glimpse of two teams battling for postseason positioning as Pittsburgh (leads first wild card) hosts Chicago (tied for second wild card) tonight. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

In pursuit of the wild card

With Chicago tied with San Francisco for the second NL wild card, the next seven games are huge for the Cubs; they play three in Pittsburgh starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, then they go back home for a four-game series vs. the Giants.

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Burnett hoping to pitch again this season

After an MRI on his pitching elbow showed a strain flexor tendon rather than a torn ligament, Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett said: "I'm going to do everything I can to make it back." He was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday and reiterated he's retiring at the end of the season.

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Morse joins Pirates 3 days after Dodgers trade

First baseman/outfielder Michael Morse has joined the Pittsburgh Pirates before their game against the Chicago Cubs, three days after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade.

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10 big storylines for the second half

The trade deadline has passed, now it's time to consider the final two months of the season. Here are 10 big storylines to watch.

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Pirates' three-point plan paying dividends

Pittsburgh's blueprint not only has ended the franchise's record streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons but has provided the organization with a model for continued future success.

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Can Pirates survive Burnett injury?

Pittsburgh holds at No. 3 but must find a rotation replacement for RHP A.J. Burnett, who's sidelined with an elbow issue that might end his career. MLB Power Rankings

Make or break week for the Cubs?

For the next 7 days, the Cubs will face the two teams they are chasing in the NL wild card race. The Cubs are 4 games back of the Pirates for the 1st spot and tied with the Giants for the 2nd spot.

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Tempers flare in Pirates' win (1:10)
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Pirates earn split with 3-0 win over Reds

Charlie Morton pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Neil Walker hit a review-aided home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Sunday in a testy game in which benches cle

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Pirates shut out Reds

Lost in a bench-clearing fight that saw 3 players ejected, plus 2 more 9th-inning ejections, was one of Charlie Morton's best starts of the year for the Pirates. Morton pitched 7 scoreless innings with 7 K's. Box score

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Benches clear in Pirates-Reds

Mounting tension over beanings caused the benches to empty in the 8th inning with the Pirates leading 3-0. Marlon Byrd (Reds), Joey Votto (Reds) and Sean Rodriguez (Pirates) were ejected, but it did not appear any punches were thrown. Follow live

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs42916th
Batting Average.25510th
On Base Percentage.31614th
Slugging Percentage.38520th
Earned Run Average3.162nd
Quality Starts643rd
WHIP1.2513th
BAA.25016th

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