Manny Pina hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
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Who will win NL Central?
The division title is a tightly contested battle as teams head into the home stretch, but with the easiest remaining schedule in the league, it looks like the Cubs will have the edge.
Keon Broxton hit a pinch-hit home run, Manny Piña drove in two runs, Zach Davies pitched into the seventh and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Tuesday night.
With McCutchen's offensive surge this summer, exercising his $14.75 million option for 2018 has become a no-brainer for the Pirates. The question now is do they shop him again this offseason.
The postgame handshake line is a time-tested symbol of sportsmanship. And while it's common in other pro leagues, pressing palms with the opponent is all but prohibited in the majors. Still, there's a chance that could change Sunday in Williamsport.
With games against the Brewers, Cardinals and Dodgers upcoming, here's where the season makes or breaks for the Pirates.
J.A. Happ pitched six innings to win his third straight start, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 Sunday.
Chris Rowley pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his major league debut, Jose Bautista scored two runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Saturday.
Cutch will sit Saturday
OF Andrew McCutchen is out of the Pirates' lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays after taking an early exit in Friday's contest. The former NL MVP limped off one batter after hitting an RBI double in the third inning Friday night with soreness in his left knee.
Jameson Taillon pitched six innings to snap a three-start winless streak, Josh Harrison had two hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Friday night, their seventh win in nine games.
Hurdle to miss two games
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report bench coach Tom Prince will manage the Pirates the next two games while Clint Hurdle attends the funeral of Don Baylor. Hurdle served as hitting coach under Baylor for two seasons (1997-98) with the Rockies, his first MLB coaching job. Baylor returned to the Rockies as Hurdle's hitting coach for two seasons (2009-10).
Thursday's longest home runs
Eugenio Suarez's seventh-inning shot off the Padres' Brad Hand, his 20th of the year, was the longest blast. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz had one of the night's five longest home runs for the third time in two days.
The Texas Rangers have received right-handed reliever Jhan Marinez off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Rookie Josh Bell hit his 20th home run and drove in three runs Thursday, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Justin Verlander allowed one hit over eight innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 on Wednesday night.
Pirates unveil Players Weekend unis
Following MLB's Players Weekend announcement on Wednesday, the Pirates revealed the special jerseys they will wear Aug. 25-27. Players chose nicknames to sport on the backs of their uniforms, including "Cutch" (Andrew McCutchen), "Super Nova" (Ivan Nova) and "Cole Train" (Gerrit Cole). (Courtesy: @Pirates/Twitter)
Andrew McCutchen hit his 23rd home run of the season and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates downed the reeling Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Tuesday.
Trevor Williams allowed one hit over seven dominant innings to outduel Detroit's Jordan Zimmermann and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory on Monday night.
Felipe Rivero is having a fine season in the Pirates' bullpen, but overall, the team doesn't have good enough relievers to catch up in the NL Central.
Sean Rodriguez homered in the 12th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Rookie Dinelson Lamet allowed just one hit in 5 2/3 innings, Wil Myers broke out of a slump with a home run and three RBIs and the San Diego Padres quieted the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Saturday night.