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52-49, 3rd in NL Cent
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Nationals pick up Melancon to counter Chapman move (1:49)
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Melancon's rise traced to increased use of cutter

Mark Melancon ramatically increased the use of his cutter with the Pirates. He became one of the game's top relievers and a target of the Nationals.

Lineup: Pirates (52-49) at Brewers (45-56)

  • 1. David Freese, 1B (R)
  • 2. Gregory Polanco, RF (L)
  • 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF (R)
  • 4. Starling Marte, LF (R)
  • 5. Jung Ho Kang, 3B (R)
  • 6. Francisco Cervelli, C (R)
  • 7. Josh Harrison, 2B (R)
  • 8. Jordy Mercer, SS (R)
  • 9. Jameson Taillon, RHP
Daily notes

Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer 

Nationals upgrade closer with Mark Melancon, but real statistical winner is Tony Watson. Another lefty with saves! Wonder how the No. 3 active saves guy feels about this trade?

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Nationals didn't want to pay the price of any of their top prospect pitchers to solve their desperate closer need and accomplished that today when they landed the Pirates Mark Melancon in exchange for lefty reliever Felipe Rivero and minor league left-handed pitcher Taylor Hearn. The Nats had Davis, Miller, Chapman all ahead of Melancon on their target list but didn't like the exorbitant asking price. Melancon a 3-time all star including last 2 yrs has 1.51 ERA 0.96 whip. Cheap price to pay considering present sellers market.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals had to find a closer. They found one in Pittsburgh. Get Mark Melancon for LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn. Nationals give up two good arms but hold onto Lucas Giolito, Trea Turner & Reynaldo Looez

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Carter jump starts Brewers with two-run homer (0:22)
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Expert picks: Melancon a dark horse for trade?

Two of five ESPN baseball experts polled see Pirates closer Mark Melancon as the biggest surprise player to be dealt before the deadline. Trade deadline predictions (Insider)

Here come the Pittsburgh Pirates

If Gerrit Cole, who pitched a gem Wednesday, can get on a roll, Andrew McCutchen, who homered and drove in four runs, can get on a roll and if the bullpen remains on its roll ... well, the Bucs are just 2½ back in the wild-card race. And their upcoming 12 games are against cellar-dwellers. Five things we learned Wednesday

Pair of Pirates each drive in four

Both Andrew McCutchen and Jung Ho Kang drove in four runs for the Bucs on Wednesday. It's the first time the Pirates had multiple players with at least four RBIs in the same game since Ryan Doumit (four) and Adam LaRoche (five) each did it on Sept. 17, 2008, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

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Wednesday's longest home runs

Yoenis Cespedes' nine-pitch showdown against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in the seventh inning ended in a 447-foot homer that ranked as the day's longest. Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton had yet another big blast.

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Cole pitches 3-hitter, Pirates rout Mariners 10-1

Gerrit Cole pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game and Andrew McCutchen had a three-run home run among his three hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Seattle Mariners, 10-1.

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King Felix didn't cheat Francisco Liriano

Liriano had a rough day on the mound Tuesday, but he was able to make the most of his one at-bat by launching a 425-foot homer off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. The blast is the eighth by a pitcher to reach that distance since 2009, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.

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Small chance Pirates trade Meadows

The Pirates are in the wild-card hunt, but they'll likely play it conservatively at the deadline. In other words, guys such as Austin Meadows, Josh Bell, Harold Ramirez and Reese McGuire aren't going anywhere, David Schoenfield writes. Untouchable players for all 30 teams

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What does future hold for McCutchen?

It's largely been a season to forget for Andrew McCutchen, but he can still bounce back as a productive hitter and play for a long time. That said, ZiPS has his projected career WAR in line with that of a Hall of Famer's #MLBRank: Forecasting the future

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Pirates suffer setback in ESPN rankings

The Bucs remain in the thick of the wild-card battle. They've been dealt another blow, however, as Tyler Glasnow left his second career start after the third inning with right shoulder discomfort and landed on the disabled list. Week 16 Power Rankings

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Sunday's longest home runs

Trevor Story's post-break homer binge continued on Sunday, as the rookie launched a career-long 456-foot blast to pace the competition. Story has six homers in his last seven games.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs466Tied-13th
Batting Average.26110th
On Base Percentage.3324th
Slugging Percentage.41017th
Earned Run Average4.2616th
Quality Starts4520th
WHIP1.4024th
BAA.26522nd

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