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Pirates | Jeff Locke solid Saturday

Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:32:40 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Locke allowed two hits over eight shutout innings and fanned six to beat the Cleveland Indians Saturday, July 4.

Fantasy Tip: It was his second solid start in a row. At $3,900 (7.8% of cap), he might be a sleeper starter to consider on FantasyScore.

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Pirates | Jameson Taillon to have surgery

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:10:25 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates minor league SP Jameson Taillon (hernia, elbow) will undergo surgery next week to repair an inguinal hernia. He is expected to be sidelined for two months.

Fantasy Tip: Taillon, who had been recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, is considered to be one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. After suffering this latest setback, it's possible that he won't resume pitching until 2016. Despite these injuries, he remains worthy of monitoring in long-term keeper and dynasty leagues.

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Pirates | Mark Melancon keeps door shut

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:08:12 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates RP Mark Melancon recorded the final out Thursday, July 2, against the Detroit Tigers, to pick up his 25th save of the season.

Fantasy Tip: Melancon has allowed just a single unearned run since May 11, and he's walked just three batters in that span. Melancon has cast aside the early-season doubts, but his owners may want to sell high if they have other sources of saves.

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Pirates | Neil Walker stays hot

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:07:10 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker collected his second straight four-hit game Thursday, July 2, against the Detroit Tigers. Walker went 10-for-17 in the series, while driving in seven runs, and he raised his batting average by more than 20 points.

Fantasy Tip: Walker ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) now has hits in six consecutive games. Walker has a considerable preference for right-handed pitching, and he needs to be in FantasyScore lineups for the next few days.

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Pirates | Francisco Liriano finally tops Tigers

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:43:38 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano picked up his second win against the Detroit Tigers since 2010, Thursday, July 2.

Fantasy Tip: Liriano ($8,500, 17.0% of cap) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks, while striking out five. That's now two strong outings by Liriano, since he allowed five earned runs June 20, against the Washington Nationals. Liriano will be a top option Tuesday, July 7, against the San Diego Padres.

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Pirates | Jordy Mercer up to No. 2

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:22:30 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer was moved up to the two-hole Thursday, July 2, with 2B Neil Walker dropped to seventh against a left-hander.

Fantasy Tip: Mercer ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) is a good plug-and-play against the youthful Kyle Ryan today. Mercer is hitting .448 with six RBI in the last seven days. Walker ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) has a .417-2-4 line the last seven days, but he's hitting just .200 against lefties this year. Avoid Walker against the lefty.

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Pirates | Jung Ho Kang in at 3B

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:13:06 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung Ho Kang is starting at third base and hitting fifth against Detroit Tigers SP Kyle Ryan Thursday, July 2.

Fantasy Tip: Kang ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) hit only .221 (17-for-77) with a home run and eight RBI in June, but he owns a .293/.383/.512 slash line with an .895 OPS and two of his four home runs against southpaws this year. Kang is a good choice as a value play on FantasyScore this afternoon against Ryan.

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Pirates | Pedro Alvarez resting

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:34:14 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez is out of the lineup Thursday, July 2, with 2B Sean Rodriguez in his spot.

Fantasy Tip: Sean-Rod ($2,300, 4.6% of cap) and his .250-3-5 line isn't much of an option on FantasyScore despite the matchup against youngster Kyle Ryan.

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Pirates | Neil Walker homers twice

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:54:52 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker went 4-for-6 with two home runs, three RBI, three runs scored and a steal in a 9-3 win over the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, July 1.

Fantasy Tip: Walker ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) is riding a five-game hitting streak, and he has multiple hits in three of his last four games. He could make a nice lower-priced sleeper at FantasyScore while he is swinging the bat well.

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Pirates | Sean Rodriguez draws into lineup

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:42:21 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Sean Rodriguez is starting at first base and hitting ninth against Detroit Tigers SP Alfredo Simon Wednesday, July 1. 1B Pedro Alvarez is serving as the designated hitter in an American League park.

Fantasy Tip: Rodriguez ($2,300, 4.6% of cap) isn't very attractive to FantasyScore gamers normally, let alone hitting at the bottom of the team's lineup. Consider him a very weak sleeper pick.

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Pirates | Corey Hart begins rehab stint

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:22:11 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Corey Hart (shoulder) started a minor-league rehab stint Tuesday, June 30, with Class AAA Indianapolis.

Fantasy Tip: Hart has been sidelined since June 22 due to a left shoulder injury. FantasyScore players will want to see him officially return and prove his health in a full game before trusting him again.

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Pirates | Bucs hope Pedro Alvarez powers up

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:11:57 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez was blasting the ball in pre-game batting practice last week, but during the game he has been struggling. He is on pace for 23 home runs, which would be his second straight season under 30 homers. Hitting coach Jeff Branson has been working with him and has identified the issue with his lost power. "It's contact point more than anything," Branson said. "The ground-ball rate is up because it's a lot of offspeed. The ground-ball rate is up because the contact is going to be out front because of the off-speed pitches and not letting the ball travel in the zone enough."

Pitchers have been adjusting their fastball location to limit Alvarez's power. Branson is trying to work with Alvarez on developing a deeper contact point, to become less susceptible to getting out in front, thus pounding the ball into the ground.

Fantasy Tip: Alvarez has been ranked as one of the worst defensive first basemen in the game, so he really needs the power to return. FantasyScore players and owners in other formats do not care about his defense as long as he is hitting.

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Pirates | Gregory Polanco batting leadoff

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:32:25 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco is batting in the leadoff spot against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, June 30.

Fantasy Tip: Polanco ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) has a .231 average and seven steals in the top spot, so the Pirates may be playing the leadoff game with Polanco in the hopes to establish speed. His value goes up significantly in FantasyScore.

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Pirates | Jung Ho Kang at third base Tuesday

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:25:27 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung Ho Kang is playing third base Tuesday, June 30, against the Detroit Tigers. SS Jordy Mercer is in Kang's spot in the field.

Fantasy Tip: Kang ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) has really tailed off as of late with a .188 average, but he is hitting .209-3-12 on the road. That may be a bit too much to pay for Kang, despite his improved road stats. Mercer ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) has a .211 road average but is batting .423 in the past week. That may be enough to spend a little money on in FantasyScore.

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Pirates | Josh Harrison not in lineup Tuesday

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:58:47 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Josh Harrison is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, June 30, against the Detroit Tigers.

Fantasy Tip: Harrison ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) appears to be the odd man out because the Pirates are playing in an AL park. Francisco Cervelli ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) is at designated hitter so Chris Stewart ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) is at catcher.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Player News

Acosta Jose P
Adams Terry RP
Alduey Darlin P
Allie Stetson 3B
Almonte Hector P
Alvarez Pedro 1B
Amato Gary P
Andino Robert 2B
Aneudy Darlin P
Antelo Derek P
Aponte Kelly 1B
Aquino Jayson P
Baker Nate P
Baker Nathan P
Balester Collin SP
Bankston Maurice P
Barnes Barrett OF
Barrios Gustavo 3B
Bastardo Antonio RP
Bell Joshua OF
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
Bowker John OF
Brault Steven P
Brito Jesus 3B
Brolsma Owen P
Bromberg David SP
Broxton Keon OF
Bullinger Kirk P
Burnett A.J. SP
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
Decker Jaff OF
Del Castillo Angelo OF
DeLaCruz Michael OF
Delaney Jason INF
DeLeon Cristopher P
Diaz Francisco C
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
Fernandez Erick C
Fields Caleb OF
Figuera Luis P
Fitzpatrick John 1B
Florimon Pedro SS
Forrer Daniel P
Foster Zachary P
Freeman Wesley OF
Fuesser Zac P
Garabito Eddy INF
Garcia Christopher INF
Garcia Juan C
Giblin Sean P
Glasnow Tyler P
Gonzalez Issael 2B
Gryboski Kevin RP
Guerra Deolis RP
Guerrero Emilis P
Guillory Matthew P
Guzman Edwards C
Hagan Thomas OF
Hamilton Clayton P
Hamman Corey P
Hanson Alen SS
Harris Justin SS
Harrison Josh 3B
Hart Corey OF
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
Hernandez Gorkys OF
Herrera Johan 3B
Hill Josh P
Holdzkom John RP
Holliday Brian P
Hollingsworth Ethan P
Holmes Brett OF
Holmes Clay P
Hughes Jared RP
Inman Jeff P
Ivany Devin C
Jackson Steven P
Jones Mitch OF
Jones Rodarrick OF
Joves Julio 1B
Julio Jorge RP
Kaminista Kyle RP
Kang Jung Ho SS
Keel Jared 3B
Keller Mitch P
Kingsbury Robert OF
Kinney Josh RP
Kleis Kevin P
Klinger Brent P
Knotts Allan P
Krebs Eric P
LaFromboise Bobby P
Lakind Jared 1B
Lambo Andrew 1B
Lara Pedro OF
Lee Taber 2B
Lee Wilson P
Leesman Charlie RP
Leon Jose INF
Linares Serguey P
Lincoln Brad RP
Liriano Francisco SP
Liz Radhames SP
Locke Jeff SP
Lomack Jermal 2B
Lombardozzi Steve 2B
Lopez Cesar P
Lorenzo Arquimedes P
Mallette Brian P
Mann Brandon P
Marte Starling OF
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
Morton Charlie SP
Mulhern Ryan OF
Myles Candon OF
Myrow Brian 1B
Neverauskas Dovydas P
Newman Kevin SS
Newsom Randy P
Norman Anthony OF
Nunez Gustavo SS
Oliver Zachary P
Padilla Fredys 2B
Palmeiro Patrick 3B
Parrish David C
Parry Craig OF
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
Rojas Chris SP
Romero Deibinson 3B
Ronco Jesus SS
Roneberg Brett OF
Rooi Vince 3B
Rosario Melvin P
Rubinstein Dave OF
Ryan Michael OF
Sadler Casey SP
Sakamoto Kent 1B
Salas Marino RP
Salcedo Edward 3B
Sanchez Angel P
Sanchez Tony C
Sanz Luis P
Scahill Rob RP
Sellers Justin SS
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
Tabata Jose OF
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
Volstad Chris SP
Von Rosenberg Zack P
Walcott Damian OF
Waldron Tyler P
Waldrop Kyle RP
Walker Andrew C
Walker Neil 2B
Wall Josh RP
Watson Tony RP
Webster Anthony OF
Welch Stefan 1B
Whiteside Matt RP
Williams Brandon P
Williams Michael P
Wood Blake RP
Worley Vance SP
Yang Yao-Hsun P
Yates Tyler RP

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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