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Pirates announce postseason ticket information

Bill Brink 4 minutes ago

ST. LOUIS -- The Pirates announced their postseason ticket information this morning, as well as their 2016 season-ticket pricing. 

Pirates season-ticket information can be found here

The Pirates are currently in second place in the NL Central. They trail the first-place St. Louis Cardinals by 61/2 games and begin a three-game series against the Cardinals here tonight. The Pirates hold the first wild-card spot and lead the Chicago Cubs by four games, meaning if the season ended today the Pirates would play the Cubs in the one-game wild-card playoff at PNC Park.


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Pirates-Cardinals probable starters, more on this week's sweep

Bill Brink about 12 hours ago

MILWAUKEE -- Here are the probables for this weekend’s series.

Friday: LHP J.A. Happ (3-1, 1.98) for the Pirates; RHP Carlos Martinez (13-6, 2.91) for the Cardinals.

Saturday: RHP Charlie Morton (8-6, 4.22) for the Pirates; LHP Jaime Garcia (7-4, 2.03) for the Cardinals.

Sunday: RHP Gerrit Cole (15-8, 2.64) for the Pirates; RHP John Lackey (11-8, 2.87) for the Cardinals.

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Francisco Liriano and Clint Hurdle both don’t think Liriano’s control problems were systemic. They felt they resulted from not getting A) calls on the corners or B) swings at borderline pitches.

“I don’t know because I feel like I’m just missing the strike zone by a little bit, not way up or way down,” Liriano said.

Liriano had a 4.94 ERA in August and walked 15 batters in 271/3 innings, but said he felt healthy. Hurdle said the velocity -- Liriano hit 95 mph Thursday -- and spin rates on his breaking pitches showed no red flags.

“Sometimes they just have bad months,” Hurdle said. 

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Jordy Mercer went 2 for 2 with two doubles Thursday night. In eight games since returning from the DL he is hitting .400 (8 for 20).

“The knee’s responding really well,” Mercer said. “My timing feels really good, I feel like I’m in a good spot. The last couple games in triple-A was when I just started feeling really good and I carried it over to here.”

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The Pirates trail the Cardinals by 61/2 games and have six more games head-to-head against them.

“I hear a lot, well, you’re chasing the Cardinals, does that frustrate you? Absolutely not,” Hurdle said. “There’s so much positive going on, there’s so much work to be done … everything starts with a thought. If your first thought in the morning when you wake up is that somebody else is frustrating you because they’re playing well, you’re missing the whole point of playing the game. Our focus needs to be on us playing better.”

Game story: Pirates swept in Milwaukee -- again.

Notebook: Cardinals series awaits; McCutchen sits. 

Coverage of the Brewers from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

 


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Pirates minor league report 9/3

Post-Gazette Staff about 12 hours ago

INDIANAPOLIS (81-59) beat Columbus, 6-3. RHP Wilfredo Boscan (10-3, 3.07) was the winner, giving up 3 runs and 9 hits in 6 1/3 innings. 1B Josh Bell (.355) went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs. DH John Bowker (.207) homered.

ALTOONA (72-66) lost to Bowie, 6-3. RHP Tyler Eppler (0-1, 10.13) was the loser, allowing 6 runs and 4 hits in 5 1/3 innings. C Jacob Stallings (.277) went 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBIs.

BRADENTON (72-63) beat St. Lucie, 4-2. RHP Luis Heredia (5-6, 5.44) was the winner, giving up 3 hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. CF Junior Sosa (.270) went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs. RF Harold Ramirez (.339) went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (83-52) lost to Kannapolis, 10-6. RHP Colten Brewer (4.90) gave up 6 runs (5 earned) and 7 hits in 7 innings. LHP Jared Lakind (2-1, 2.29) was the loser. 3B Tyler Filliben (.260) went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS (39-33) beat Williamsport, 2-1. RHP Dario Agrazal (6-5, 2.72) was the winner, allowing 1 run and 6 hits in 6 innings. DH Daniel Arribas (.279) went 2 for 3 and scored both runs.


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Pirates pre-game notes: Andrew McCutchen out of the lineup

Bill Brink about 19 hours ago

MILWAUKEE -- Andrew McCutchen is not in tonight’s starting lineup on the day he won the NL player of the month award.

“We’ve been talking about a day off for the past four or five days,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Last night we decided today would be a good day off.”

Hurdle said McCutchen’s left knee, which had bothered him earlier this season, did not cause him trouble. 

McCutchen hit .348 with five home runs, a .609 slugging percentage and .470 on-base percentage. He ranks fifth in the NL in Wins Above Replacement, behind Bryce Harper, Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock, just ahead of Kris Bryant, Buster Posey and Anthony Rizzo

McCutchen is hitting .303/.404/.517 with 20 homers, a weighted Runs Created plus (wRC+) of 154, with 100 being league average and Harper leading the league with 193. He will again finish within the top 10 in MVP voting.

Hurdle said he thinks the Pirates having had success without him makes it easier for him to agree to a night off.

“I think it’s also a relief off his mind, that he feels like he’s not doing a disservice to the ballclub,” Hurdle said. “I think earlier in his career there were times where he didn’t feel like taking the night off.”


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Pirates pre-game: Francisco Liriano vs. Taylor Jungmann

Bill Brink about 19 hours ago

Game: Pirates (79-52) at Brewers (57-75)

Time: 7:20 p.m. ET

TV, radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM 93.7

Standings: Pirates in 2nd place, six games back of Cardinals in NL Central; first wild-card spot, 41/2 games up on Cubs

Weather: 77 and sunny

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MILWAUKEE -- Here are the lineups for tonight’s game.

Pirates

1. Gregory Polanco (L) RF
2. Josh Harrison LF
3. Starling Marte CF
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Francisco Cervelli C
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) 1B
8. Jordy Mercer SS
9. Francisco Liriano (L) LHP

Brewers

1. Jean Segura SS
2. Jonathan Lucroy C
3. Ryan Braun RF
4. Khris Davis LF
5. Jason Rogers 1B
6. Domingo Santana CF
7. Hernan Perez 3B
8. Elian Herrera (S) 2B
9. Taylor Jungmann RHP


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