Pirates aim for back-to-back wins over Reds

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David Bednar has returned to form for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who aim to make it two straight wins over the visiting Cincinnati Reds when the teams meet on Tuesday. Bednar earned his 15th save when he retired the Reds in order in the ninth inning of a 4-1 victory on Monday. The two-time All-Star has converted 14 consecutive save opportunities after struggling to begin the season, when he had an 11.70 ERA through the end

Paul Skenes, Pirates return home to face Reds

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Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Paul Skenes has been so impressive in his first six starts, even fans of opposing teams have taken to giving him standing ovations. Skenes (3-0, 2.43 ERA) will be back in front of his home crowd on Monday when the Pirates begin a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. Pittsburgh took two of three games from the Colorado Rockies in Denver over the weekend, while Cincinnati has lost four of its last

Rockies look to duplicate highlight-reel effort vs. Pirates

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The Colorado Rockies haven’t had much to celebrate this season, but Ryan McMahon’s unlikely steal of home in Saturday night’s 16-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates is one to remember. McMahon’s straight steal was one of many highlights of the night as host Colorado evened the three-game series ahead of Sunday’s finale in Denver. The Rockies, who have the second-worst record in the National League at 25-45, will send Dakota Hudson (2-8, 4.87 ERA) to

Pirates’ Paul Skenes impacting games despite not facing Rockies

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Pittsburgh rookie sensation Paul Skenes has experience pitching in altitude, so he can talk with plenty of credibility about how to be successful in Denver. Skenes isn’t scheduled to be on the mound this weekend during the Pirates’ series at the Colorado Rockies, but he had advice for Saturday night’s starter, Jared Jones. “Don’t complicate it,” Skenes said Friday. “The game doesn’t change, so don’t complicate it in your mind. You might have to adjust,

Young players in spotlight as Pirates oppose Rockies

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The Colorado Rockies haven’t spent much time at home lately, playing 10 of their past 13 games away from Denver. They will get a chance to recover from the road when they open a 10-game homestand Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Colorado will send right-hander Ryan Feltner (1-5, 5.74 ERA) to the mound for the series opener. Pittsburgh had not named a starter as of Thursday night. The Pirates are halfway through their six-game

Cards’ Nolan Arenado brings hot bat to finale vs. Pirates

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Nolan Arenado tried to stay patient during a bumpy start to the season. Now things are starting to click for the third baseman, who has collected multiple hits in three consecutive games. He will try to maintain his hot streak when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon. It will be the rubber match of a three-game series. The Pirates won the series opener 2-1 on Monday before the Cardinals answered

Pirates face Cardinals, look to continue surge

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have won five of their past seven games to move into second place in the National League Central. Next, the Pirates will look to move within one game of .500 on Wednesday night when they play the second contest of their three-game series against the host St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh scratched for a pair of runs in the ninth inning and held on for a 2-1 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday.

Pirates rookie Paul Skenes faces Cardinals for first time

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Pittsburgh Pirates rookie right-hander Paul Skenes will look to put the Cardinals on their heels Tuesday night when the National League Central rivals open a three-game series in St. Louis. Skenes (3-0, 3.00 ERA) will feature both his triple-digit fastball and his “splinker” — a combination split-finger fastball and sinker — when he takes the mound opposite fellow right-hander Miles Mikolas (4-6, 5.32). The light continued to shine bright on the 6-foot-6 Skenes in his

Surging Pirates look to complete sweep vs. tumbling Twins

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After turning boos into cheers with a single at-bat, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Rowdy Tellez is hoping to carry the momentum into the rest of the season. Tellez and the Pirates aim for a three-game sweep of the visiting Minnesota Twins on Sunday after recording consecutive shutouts. Tellez homered and drove in three runs in Saturday’s 4-0 victory to help Pittsburgh win for the fifth time in its past seven games. Minnesota has lost five

Once again, Twins look to end a losing streak

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Leaving their perennial tormentors behind wasn’t enough for the Minnesota Twins to avoid extending another losing streak in their roller coaster season Friday night. The Twins will look to snap their latest skid Saturday afternoon, when they visit the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle game of a three-game interleague series. Simeon Woods Richardson (2-0, 3.05 ERA) is slated to start for the Twins against fellow right-hander Carmen Mlodzinski (0-2, 6.75), who will serve as an