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Pirates | Josh Harrison returns as pinch-hitter

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:30:07 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Josh Harrison (illness) returned to action in a pinch-hitting role Thursday, May 26, against the Arizona Diamondbacks and delivered a two-run double in his only at-bat.

Fantasy Tip: This should indicate Harrison is very close to returning to the starting lineup, and perhaps he'll be back in there for the club's next game, if not by the end of the weekend. He's been having a strong season, batting .319 with 25 RBI -- his most runs driven in this early in the season.

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Pirates | Jung Ho Kang collects three hits

Thu, 26 May 2016 15:12:01 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI Thursday, May 26, opposite the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Tip: This was one of Kang's best games since making his season debut a few weeks ago, so hopefully this is a sign he's heating up for an extended period much like he did all throughout last summer. In 16 games, the South Korean import is hitting .298 with five home runs and 14 RBI.

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Pirates | Gerrit Cole decent in no-decision

Thu, 26 May 2016 14:48:52 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole picked up a no-decision in his start Thursday, May 26, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He worked five innings, yielding only one unearned run on seven hits and three walks. He also struck out five.

Fantasy Tip: Cole only went five innings because he was pretty much as inefficient as can be, in needing 106 pitches to get through his day. He was actually in line for the win when he departed, but the bullpen coughed it up right away. Even so, this wasn't a bad outing by any stretch, as Cole still helped out owners with ERA and strikeouts. The Pirates ace is in the midst of putting together another nice campaign overall.

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Pirates | Jordy Mercer leading off

Thu, 26 May 2016 09:00:41 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer is hitting leadoff Thursday, May 26, against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Patrick Corbin.

Fantasy Tip: Mercer is hitting .400 the last week and is a prosperous choice in the midrange today.

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Pirates | Francisco Cervelli returns

Thu, 26 May 2016 07:41:44 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli returned to the lineup Thursday, May 26, and he's hitting sixth after two days off.

Fantasy Tip: Cervelli is hitting just .193 this month, but he hits lefties at a .391 clip. He's a midrange option against Patrick Corbin.

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Pirates | Two Pirates sitting Thursday

Thu, 26 May 2016 07:41:23 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B John Jaso and 2B Josh Harrison are out of the lineup Thursday, May 26, with 1B David Freese hitting third and 2B Sean Rodriguez hitting eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Freese homered yesterday and is hitting .350 against lefties this year. He's a solid option against Patrick Corbin. Rodriguez is hitting just .258 this month after a fast start. He hits lefties much better than righties, though, and he's a low-end option.

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Pirates | Mark Melancon earns save

Wed, 25 May 2016 21:16:33 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates RP Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, May 25, to pick up his 16th save of the season.

Fantasy Tip: Melancon has recorded a save in nine of his last 10 appearances and has allowed only two earned runs this month. He should receive plenty of save opportunities moving forward and should be a starting option in all leagues.

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Pirates | David Freese records two RBI

Wed, 25 May 2016 21:00:54 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B David Freese went 1-for-4 with one home run and two RBI against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, May 25.

Fantasy Tip: Freese has become a bench player since Jung Ho Kang has returned but has received starts at first base against left-handed pitchers. He is hitting .277 this season and can be used by owners in daily fantasy leagues when he is in the lineup.

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Pirates | Gregory Polanco continues hot streak

Wed, 25 May 2016 20:51:54 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with one RBI against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, May 25. He is hitting .343 with 16 RBI since being moved to the No. 3 spot in the starting lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Polanco has recorded at least one hit in eight of his last nine games and has five multi-hit games during that span. He is a must-start option in all leagues as long as he is on his hot streak.

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Pirates | Josh Harrison scratched with illness

Wed, 25 May 2016 14:56:36 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Josh Harrison (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup with an illness Wednesday, May 25. 1B Sean Rodriguez is replacing Harrison at second base and is batting sixth against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Rubby De La Rosa.

Fantasy Tip: S-Rod isn't a bad replacement, as he's hitting .298 with four home runs and 14 RBI. De La Rosa has improved this season but isn't exactly a daunting matchup, making Rodriguez worth a look as a midrange flier in daily contests.

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Pirates | Jung Ho Kang, Francisco Cervelli out

Wed, 25 May 2016 12:39:57 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Jung Ho Kang and C Francisco Cervelli are not in the starting lineup Wednesday, May 25. 3B David Freese is starting at third base and is hitting fifth, while C Chris Stewart is behind the plate and batting eighth against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Rubby De La Rosa.

Fantasy Tip: This is Cervelli's second straight day sitting, so he may be dealing with an injury. Check back for more updates. Stewart is batting .229 after going 1-for-3 last night and is a very low-end catching option in DFS action. Freese has been respectable for the Pirates this year, batting .276 with two home runs and 12 RBI, and he could have an opportunity to drive in plenty of runs as a value pick.

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Pirates | Tony Watson on paternity list

Wed, 25 May 2016 11:20:02 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates RP Tony Watson was placed on the paternity list Wednesday, May 25. RP Rob Scahill has been recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis.

Fantasy Tip: Watson is the primary eighth-inning setup man for Mark Melancon in Pittsburgh. The left-hander has been stellar with a 2.18 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He's valuable in much deeper leagues and as a handcuff for Melancon owners.

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Pirates | Gregory Polanco enjoys big night

Tue, 24 May 2016 19:57:55 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBI Tuesday, May 24, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also added a double and his sixth home run of the year.

Fantasy Tip: Polanco has really been breaking out in his third major league season, as he actually leads the National League in doubles with 17, and his six homers in 163 at-bats are already almost as much as the nine he hit last season in 593 at-bats. While Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen get most of the attention, Polanco has pretty much been as steady as any outfielder in the bigs thus far.

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Pirates | Francisco Liriano nabs fourth win

Tue, 24 May 2016 19:49:14 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano improved to 4-3 after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks in his start Tuesday, May 24. He tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on two hits and five walks. He also had two strikeouts.

Fantasy Tip: Liriano didn't really have his command on this night, as he walked five batters for the third time this season, but fortunately for him, the offense provided three runs in the first inning to make things a bit easier. He's now allowed two runs or fewer in three of four starts this month, so while his current season numbers are off from his usual output, the left-hander is still worth deploying in fantasy on a regular basis.

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Pirates | Francisco Cervelli takes a seat

Tue, 24 May 2016 12:10:07 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 24. C Chris Stewart is doing the catching and is batting eighth against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Shelby Miller.

Fantasy Tip: Stewart is sporting a .219 average (7-for-32) with one home run and four RBI. While hitting at the bottom of the order, Stewart is nothing more than a desperation daily play to save salary cap space.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Player News

Acosta Jose P
Adams Terry RP
Alduey Darlin P
Allie Stetson 3B
Almonte Hector P
Amato Gary P
Aneudy Darlin P
Antelo Derek P
Aponte Kelly 1B
Baker Nate P
Baker Nathan P
Bankston Maurice P
Barnes Barrett OF
Barrios Gustavo 3B
Bell Josh 1B
Benitez Deybis SS
Bernero Adam RP
Biela Andrew OF
Bishop Harrison P
Bleich Jeremy P
Bloom Kyle P
Boeve Adam OF
Bomback Daniel 2B
Bonifay Josh 2B
Boone James OF
Boscan Wilfredo SP
Bouknight Kip P
Brault Steven P
Brito Jesus 3B
Brolsma Owen P
Bromberg David SP
Bullinger Kirk P
Buttler Vic OF
Cameron Taylor P
Caminero Arquimedes RP
Cardenas Eliecer P
Cardona Rodolfo INF
Carrasco Roman P
Carver Mark C
Castellano John C
Castillo Wilkin C
Castro Orlando P
Cavagnaro Matt INF
Cave Kevin P
Cervelli Francisco C
Chaves Brandon INF
Chen Yung-Chi INF
Chi Ping-Hung OF
Chiaffredo Paul C
Child Dylan C
Claggett Anthony P
Clapp Brad P
Cofield Kyle P
Cole Gerrit SP
Copley David P
Corey Mark P
Corley Brad OF
Corsaletti Jeff OF
Cortes Jorge OF
Covington Christopher OF
Cox Tyler P
Craig Dustin P
Cuffman Jacob P
Cumpton Brandon SP
Curry Matt 1B
Davis Blake SS
De Aza Miguel OF
Del Castillo Angelo OF
DeLaCruz Michael OF
Delaney Jason INF
DeLeon Cristopher P
Diaz Elias C
Diaz Francisco C
Diaz Juan SS
Dodson Zackry P
Dorta Melvin INF
Durham Miles OF
Edwards Mike 3B
Enochs Chris P
Erickson Casey P
Escobar Elvis OF
Escobar Elvis OF
Esqueda Carlos SS
Evans Tom INF
Fagan Albert P
Falcon Omar C
Fallon Ed P
Farrell Jeremy INF
Feliz Neftali RP
Fernandez Erick C
Fields Caleb OF
Figuera Luis P
Figueroa Cole 3B
Fitzpatrick John 1B
Florimon Pedro SS
Forrer Daniel P
Foster Zachary P
Freeman Wesley OF
Freese David 3B
Fuesser Zac P
Fuller Jim P
Garabito Eddy INF
Garcia Christopher INF
Garcia Juan C
Giblin Sean P
Glasnow Tyler P
Gonzalez Issael 2B
Gryboski Kevin RP
Guerrero Emilis P
Guillory Matthew P
Guzman Edwards C
Hagan Thomas OF
Haley Trey RP
Hamilton Clayton P
Hamman Corey P
Hanson Alen SS
Harris Justin SS
Harrison Josh 2B
Hart Kevin SP
Harts Jeremy P
Harvey Kris RP
Hayes Ke'Bryan 3B
Henriquez Cristian P
Henriquez Ralph C
Herbort Ryan P
Heredia Luis P
Hernandez Anderson 2B
Hernandez Christopher P
Herrera Johan 3B
Hill Josh P
Holliday Brian P
Hollingsworth Ethan P
Holmes Brett OF
Holmes Clay P
Hughes Jared RP
Inman Jeff P
Irving Nate C
Ivany Devin C
Jackson Steven P
Jaso John 1B
Jones Mitch OF
Jones Rodarrick OF
Joves Julio 1B
Joyce Matt OF
Julio Jorge RP
Kaminista Kyle RP
Kang Jung Ho 3B
Keel Jared 3B
Keller Mitch P
Kingsbury Robert OF
Kinney Josh RP
Kleis Kevin P
Klinger Brent P
Knotts Allan P
Knudson Guido RP
Krebs Eric P
Lakind Jared 1B
Lara Pedro OF
Lee Taber 2B
Lee Wilson P
Leesman Charlie RP
Leon Jose INF
Linares Serguey P
Liriano Francisco SP
Lobstein Kyle SP
Locke Jeff SP
Lomack Jermal 2B
Lopez Cesar P
Lorenzo Arquimedes P
Luebke Cory SP
Mallette Brian P
Mann Brandon P
Marte Kelvin P
Marte Starling OF
Masterson Justin SP
Mathisen Wyatt C
McClung Seth RP
McCullen Matthew P
McCutchen Andrew OF
McGuire Reese C
Meadows Austin OF
Medina Jhondaniel P
Melancon Mark RP
Melhuse Adam C
Mendez Mauricio P
Mercer Jordy SS
Miller Matt J. RP
Miller Quinton P
Moeves Mark P
Montero Yunior P
Montilla Richard P
Morales Jose C
Morel Brent 3B
Morris Hunter 1B
Mulhern Ryan OF
Myles Candon OF
Myrow Brian 1B
Neverauskas Dovydas P
Newman Kevin SS
Newsom Randy P
Nicasio Juan SP
Niese Jon SP
Norman Anthony OF
Nunez Gustavo SS
O'Flaherty Eric RP
Oliver Zachary P
Ortiz Daniel OF
Padilla Fredys 2B
Parrish David C
Parry Craig OF
Partch Curtis P
Paulino Carlos C
Payne Matthew 3B
Payne Vincent P
Pena Ramses SS
Perez Miguel C
Pevny Logan P
Polanco Gregory OF
Polo Tito OF
Polonia Rodney SS
Pond Simon OF
Ponder Allen P
Powell Jeremy P
Prasch Eddie 3B
Pribanic Aaron SP
Quarles Jason P
Ramirez Elvin P
Ramirez Harold OF
Ramirez Harold OF
Ramos Jhonathan P
Reames Britt RP
Reddinger Brandon C
Reichert Dan P
Reid Justin P
Reith Brian P
Reyes Milver C
Rice Chad SS
Rivera Maximo SS
Roberts Kevin P
Roberts Willis P
Robertson Nash P
Robles Moises P
Rodriguez Leandro P
Rodriguez Nerio P
Rodriguez Sean 1B
Rogers Jason 1B
Rojas Chris SP
Ronco Jesus SS
Rondon Jorge RP
Roneberg Brett OF
Rooi Vince 3B
Rosario Melvin P
Rubinstein Dave OF
Ryan Michael OF
Sakamoto Kent 1B
Salas Marino RP
Salcedo Edward 3B
Sanchez Angel P
Sanz Luis P
Scahill Rob RP
Schugel A.J. P
Serrano Elio RP
Shortslef Josh P
Simon Keanon OF
Simpson Allan P
Singh Rinku P
Sinkbeil Brett P
Smith Gregory 1B
Spain Robert SS
Stein Blake SP
Stevenson Trent P
Stewart Chris C
Suarez Steven C
Sucre Antonio OF
Sues Jeff RP
Taillon Jameson SP
Tarpley Stephen P
Tejeda Oscar SS
Thompson Mike P
Tucker Cole SS
Urena Luis OF
Valdez Alex 3B
Valdez Luis Alfonzo P
Valdez Yunior OF
Valiquette Phillippe P
Valle Sebastian C
Vogelsong Ryan SP
Von Rosenberg Zack P
Walcott Damian OF
Waldron Tyler P
Waldrop Kyle RP
Walker Andrew C
Watson Tony RP
Webster Anthony OF
Welch Stefan 1B
Whitehead David P
Whiteside Matt RP
Williams Brandon P
Williams Michael P
Williams Trevor P
Yang Yao-Hsun P
Yates Tyler RP
Zarate Robert P

Branson Jeff TO
Dorante Luis TO
Fischer Brad TO
Huntington Neal GM
Hurdle Clint MAN
Jauss Dave TO
Leyva Nick TO
Livesy Jeff TO
Searage Ray PC
Sofield Rick TO

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