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2016 Schedule
35-39, 3rd in NL Cent

Lineup: Pirates (35-39) vs. Dodgers (41-34)

  • 1. John Jaso, 1B (L)
  • 2. Starling Marte, LF (R)
  • 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF (R)
  • 4. David Freese, 3B (R)
  • 5. Matt Joyce, RF (L)
  • 6. Josh Harrison, 2B (R)
  • 7. Jordy Mercer, SS (R)
  • 8. Erik Kratz, C (R)
  • 9. Jeff Locke, LHP
  • Daily notes

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pirates' Clint Hurdle wins his 1,000th game as a manager, with his team's 8-6 victory over the Dodgers.

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Taillon's spikes get in the way (0:28)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

If Roberto Clemente, on a bike, in full uniform, doesn't make you smile, nothing will.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Facing largely their competitors for NL playoff spots, the Pirates have gotten 5 quality starts from their starters in their past 17 games. Francisco Liriano, Jonathon Niese and Juan Nicasio have amassed more than a third of the team's innings in that time, and a 6.93 ERA combined. If the Pirates finish only a couple games out of the wild-card race at year's end, this will be the stretch to which they'll need look back.

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Williamson wallops solo shot (0:27)

Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

Andrew McCutchen not in starting lineup for Pirates. Manager Clint Hurdle says he needed some rest and that club has considered a couple days at some point. "That could be an option down the road. That's one where he would have to be brought into the conversation about as well."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

I asked Pirates GM Neal Huntington about the recent flurry of Andrew McCutchen trade speculation. "We hear the narrative," Huntington said. "We're aware of the narrative. But it's not on our radar." Despite a brutal schedule and a rough start by McCutchen (who is slashing .238/.315/.716), the Pirates are only 5 games out of a wild card spot.

Stats & Info

Different story for Giants, Pirates

As the two teams wrap up their four-game set on Thursday, a look at their vastly different results since June 11 helps explain San Francisco's offensive success in the series.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

How the Pirates plan their June 26 and July 2 rotation openings will be a fun one to watch. Chad Kuhl is on turn for the former; Tyler Glasnow can be for latter (with a June 27 Triple-A start in between). On skill alone, it has to be Glasnow soon.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Tyler Glasnow tossed seven no-hit innings for Triple-A Indianapolis tonight, but issued five walks, the third straight start he has walked at least that many. In five starts in June, he has a 0.32 ERA, .058 BAA and 28.7 percent strikeout rate … but also a 20.4 percent walk rate. No, that's not a typo.

Pirates fading in All-Star vote

In the NL's fourth ballot update, John Jaso is out of the top five among vote-getters at first base, and Andrew McCutchen is down a spot among outfielders:

  • Josh Harrison - No. 5 second baseman
  • Andrew McCutchen - No. 8 outfielder
  • Starling Marte - No. 9 outfielder
  • Gregory Polanco - No. 14 outfielder

It's still Erik Kratz's world

Kratz was at it again for the Pirates on Tuesday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning and striking out Brandon Belt on a 3-2 "fastball" registered at 79 mph. This comes a day after he homered in a 1-0 win. Five things we learned Tuesday

Stats & Info

Tough to blame Bucs for losses

In their last eight games, the Pirates have faced some of the best starters that the National League has to offer. They're 2-6 in that stretch.

Stats & Info

Erik Kratz brings it back to 1879

Like he did for the Astros earlier this year, Kratz took the mound for the Pirates in their blowout loss to the Giants on Tuesday. By doing so, he became the first catcher to pitch for two different teams in the same season since Blondie Purcell in 1879, via the Elias Sports Bureau.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

How quickly things change... if the Pirates' score tonight holds, they'll have scored 61 runs in 20 June games. They scored 62 in a nine-game, west-coast road trip in April.

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Keep an eye out for Glasnow, Pirates

When discussing potential summer call-ups, Pittsburgh joins the discussion. Insert Tyler Glasnow. The pitcher has a mean fastball and three weapons to get right-handed and left-handed hitters out, but Keith Law thinks Glasnow needs more development. Law: Prospect options for contenders (Insider)

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4dDavid Schoenfield

A look at baseball's longest droughts

The Cubs' World Series drought has been well documented, but did you realize the Pirates have gone the longest without winning a playoff series?

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs34013th
Batting Average.2676th
On Base Percentage.3393rd
Slugging Percentage.41514th
Earned Run Average4.5926th
Quality Starts34Tied-14th
WHIP1.4528th
BAA.27126th

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