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Pirates | Francisco Cervelli, David Freese out

Sun, 01 May 2016 08:54:41 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli and 3B David Freese are not in the starting lineup against Cincinnati Reds SP Tim Adleman Sunday, May 1. INF Sean Rodriguez will bat sixth and play the hot corner, while C Chris Stewart will bat eighth and start behind the plate.

Fantasy Tip: Stewart and Rodriguez should both be viewed as solid value plays in daily fantasy leagues this afternoon. Stewart is 5-for-18 with a double, home run and two RBI, while Rodriguez is batting .333 with two doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI in just 30 at-bats.

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Pirates | Francisco Liriano nets second win

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:50:28 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano picked up his first win since the opening game of the season Saturday, April 30, in a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. He held the Reds to five hits and struck out six while walking none after allowing 17 walks in his first four starts.

Fantasy Tip: Liriano closed out April the same way he opened it, but there are a few caution flags. If Liriano walks this many batters in the next few starts he could hit a slump. Still, all it has cost Liriano is one loss and a couple of no-decisions, He remains a strong pitcher in fantasy circles.

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Pirates | Juan Nicasio defeats Cincinnati

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:51:57 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Juan Nicasio (3-2) allowed three hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings in a victory over the Cincinnati Reds Friday, April 29, with eight strikeouts. He improved to 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three starts at PNC Park this year.

Fantasy Tip: Nicasio has 29 strikeouts over 27 innings through his first five starts and is worth considering as an inexpensive flier option in daily fantasy leagues versus most opponents. However, he should not be viewed as a safe choice for his next scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, May 4.

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Pirates | Jung Ho Kang progressing

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:53:12 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung Ho Kang (knee) has given the team good reports during his rehab assignment. "Jung Ho Kang is playing nine innings of third base at Triple-A," said Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk. "He continues to show physiologically good signs of recovery. He continues to meet the demands of the rehab. It's his second time he's gone back-to-back games."

Fantasy Tip: Kang's return will shake things up in the infield with David Freese, Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison and John Jaso likely to see more days off. Kang, when he kicks off the rust, will be a daily consideration in DFS due to his power. Harrison will find his way into the lineup most days, but Mercer and Jaso are likely to be hurt the most.

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Pirates | Starling Marte sitting Thursday

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:49:50 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte is out of the lineup Thursday, April 28, with OF Matt Joyce hitting cleanup. C Francisco Cervelli also has the day off, which bumps 2B Josh Harrison up to fifth, and C Chris Stewart is hitting eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Joyce has a .333-2-7 line and is a solid plug-and-play in Coors Field against Tyler Chatwood. J-Hay is on fire and is a daily consideration. Stewart is a basement flyer because of the park.

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Pirates | Jung Ho Kang playing back to back

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:05:44 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung Ho Kang (knee) played in a minor-league rehab game for the second straight day Wednesday, April 27, for Class AAA Indianapolis. It is the second time in his rehab assignment that he has played back-to-back days.

Fantasy Tip: Kang is making his way back, and he is worth grabbing right now if he is available off the waiver wire. He has a ton of upside and power potential at middle infield and corner infield.

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Pirates | Andrew McCutchen goes deep thrice

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:39:15 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen smacked three home runs Tuesday, April 26, against the Colorado Rockies. It was the second time he has hit three homers in a game, and first time since Aug. 1, 2009.

Fantasy Tip: Cutch snapped out of a 3-for-23 slide in a big way. He remains a must-start fantasy option, even when he is in a funk, because he can break out at any moment.

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Pirates | John Jaso sitting vs. lefty

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:11:14 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B John Jaso is not in the starting lineup against Colorado Rockies left-handed SP Jorge De La Rosa Tuesday, April 26. 1B Jason Rogers is at first base and is hitting sixth. Also, SS Jordy Mercer moves up to the leadoff position.

Fantasy Tip: Rogers has a bit of power but has only four career long balls, and they all came last season. He's a desperation source of salary cap relief in DFS play. Mercer is more known for his glove but does carry a .300 early-season average. He's facing a pitcher that can yield plenty of hits, too, so he could be worth a sleeper selection tonight atop the order.

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Pirates | Gregory Polanco in lineup despite injury

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:56:58 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco (shoulder) is in the starting lineup against Colorado Rockies SP Chad Bettis Monday, April 25, even though he was dealing with shoulder discomfort Sunday, April 24.

Fantasy Tip: Polanco has recorded 11 hits and five RBI in his last eight games and should be a starting option in all mixed leagues.

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Pirates | Andrew McCutchen sitting out

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:01:43 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen is not in the starting lineup against Colorado Rockies SP Chad Bettis Monday, April 25. OF Starling Marte will start in center field, while OF Matt Joyce will start in left field and is batting second in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Joyce has been used mostly as a pinch hitter this season but does have a .300 average over the first few weeks of the season. Joyce could be a desperation option in some daily fantasy leagues, but owners should be able to find better options in most leagues.

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Pirates | Mark Melancon blows first save

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 20:14:28 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates RP Mark Melancon blew his first save of the year by allowing two hits (one home run) and two earned runs while striking out two in an inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, April 24. The blown save snapped Melancon's streak of 18 consecutive saves.

Fantasy Tip: Melancon allowed a homer to Paul Goldschmidt, one of the best hitters in the game, so we can give the Pirates closer a pass here. He remains one of the more consistent fantasy closers out there.

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Pirates | Four hits for Starling Marte

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 20:04:29 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte went 4-for-6 with a double, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk in a 12-10 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, Apri 24.

Fantasy Tip: Marte is hitting .333, and he is currently on pace to approach 100 RBI, 100 runs and 40 steals. He is blossoming into an elite fantasy outfielder.

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Pirates | Pittsburgh resting right side of infield

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 12:48:21 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B John Jaso and 2B Josh Harrison are not in the lineup Sunday, April 24, against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Robbie Ray. SS Jordy Mercer will replace Jaso in the leadoff spot while 1B Jason Rogers will occupy first base and bat fifth. INF Sean Rodriguez will slide over to second base and hit sixth.

Fantasy Tip: It's a rest day for Jaso and Harrison, each of whom are hitting well over .300. Mercer is 8-for-15 with a homer in the four games he has played during the Pirates' 10-game West Coast road trip and is a sensible low-cost option in DFS. Rodriguez has homered in each of the first two games of this series and appears to be in the middle of one of his patented power binges, making him a fine short-term pickup.

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Pirates | Sean Rodriguez pushing for more at-bats?

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:54:24 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates INF/OF Sean Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during the Pirates 7-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, April 23.

Fantasy Tip: Rodriguez is 7-for-17 to start the season with six runs, three home runs and nine RBI. His hot start could enter him into the conversation for a few more at-bats because he can start all over the diamond. In NL-only formats, Rodriguez could provide nice versatility as a depth piece, and you'll want to keep him in mind when he starts for daily contests.

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Pirates | Andrew McCutchen continues slump

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:48:06 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen went 0-for-3 during the Pirates 7-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, April 23.

Fantasy Tip: McCutchen is 10-for-58 through his past 15 games with an underwhelming eight runs, two home runs, four RBI, one stolen base and .172/.294/.328 slash line. The superstar will breakout of his funk, but at 29, it isn't out of the question to suggest his prime offensive years are behind him. Still, it is worth checking for a potential buy-low opportunity.

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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
Bard Daniel RP
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 3B
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 SS
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
Richardson Antoan OF
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

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Dorante Luis TO
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Livesy Jeff TO
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