MLB Rumors: Pittsburgh Pirates

Alvarez done at 3B? 

August, 20, 2014
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The Pittsburgh Pirates started Pedro Alvarez at first base on Monday -- the first time in his career he manned the position -- and on Tuesday, they didn't start him at all. Not having Alvarez at the hot corner may indeed be the trend gong forward for the team.

Pirates moving Alvarez? 

August, 12, 2014
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In his major league career, Pedro Alvarez has never played any other position in the field but third base. However, that may soon change as the Pittsburgh Pirates are planning to move Alvarez across the diamond.

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Pirates won't rush McCutchen decision 

August, 9, 2014
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Outfielder Andrew McCutchen has not played since Sunday with what is being called an "avulsion fracture" involving one of his ribs. Whether or not the injury is related to his being hit by a Randall Delgado pitch hardly matters at this point.

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Who fills in for McCutchen? 

August, 5, 2014
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The Pittsburgh Pirates now face the difficult if not impossible task of finding an adequate replacement for All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an oblique muscle injury.

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Could Alvarez move to first base? 

August, 4, 2014
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At first, it looked like a platoon. Now Pedro Alvarez has officially been displaced as third baseman of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Musings on a Lester deal continue 

July, 29, 2014
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ESPN.com's Jim Bowden reported earlier today that there are several teams who are interested in making a deal for Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, and he listed Toronto, Seattle, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Baltimore, Miami and the Los Angeles Dodgers as being in.

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What will Pirates pursue? 

July, 29, 2014
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With a record of 56-49, putting them just two games out of first place in their division, the Pittsburgh Pirates are certainly in position to be buyers at the trade deadline. The big decision for the team is deciding exactly what pieces they want to add in preparation of a playoff push.

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Pirates looking at Hawkins? 

July, 28, 2014
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While the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has performed fairly well thus far in 2014, ever since the acquisition of Ernesto Frieri and his 11.25 ERA since joining the club, there's certainly a feeling that there's room for improvement.

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Pirates switching to 3B platoon? 

July, 27, 2014
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The starting lineup for the Pittsburgh Pirates has been missing the name Pedro Alvarez for the last three games, with Josh Harrison and Brent Morel finding themselves on the field at the hot corner in his place. All three of those games came against opponents with left-handed pitchers on the mound.

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Pirates seeking bullpen help? 

July, 12, 2014
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With less than three weeks to go before the July 31 trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Pirates would like to bolster the bullpen, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune-Review.

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The slow start to the season is now a fading memory for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have won 12 of 15 games after completing a weekend series sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. But the Bucs are still 4 1/2 games out of first place in the National League Central and third in the wild card race, so another trip to the playoffs is far from a slam dunk.

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Could Burnett return to Pirates? 

July, 2, 2014
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On Tuesday night, A.J. Burnett struck out ten Miami Marlins, but at the end of the day, his Philadelphia Phillies ended up losing yet another game. As Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes, Burnett's frustration level seems to be growing.

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After a couple of false alarms, Gregory Polanco is finally on his way to the major leagues.

The Pittsburgh Pirates called up their coveted outfield prospect late Monday night after second baseman Neil Walker landed on the 15-day disabled list following an emergency appendectomy.

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Pirates' plans with Grilli 

May, 30, 2014
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Jason Grilli returned to his role as the Pittsburgh closer on Thursday night, preserving a win over the Dodgers to record his sixth save of the season.

But after missing the final two months of last season with a right forearm strain and sitting out the past month with a strained left oblique, the Pirates will have to be careful with how much they use the 37-year-old veteran.

According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, the Pirates' staff "will be mindful enough of Grilli's workload to make back-to-back appearances uncommon, and three days in a row out of the question."

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Ike's role in Pittsburgh 

April, 19, 2014
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The Pittsburgh Pirates needed an upgrade at first base and Ike Davis needed a change of scenery. The two sides finally came together Friday night when the Bucs acquired Davis from the New York Mets for or pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named.

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