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Josh Bell went 2-for-5 on Sunday in a victory over the Reds.

After a pedestrian -- if we're being nice -- first three months of the season, Bell has been red-hot with the bat in July. The pair of knocks gives him a .360 average on the time frame, and his OPS of .958 in the month is nothing to sneeze at, either. The power hasn't shown up like it has in 2017, but it's still nice to see the switch-hitter flash the talent we saw last year.
Jul 22 - 4:12 PM

Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in a win over the Reds on Sunday.

Polanco hit his 17th homer in the first inning off of a less-than-spectacular Matt Harvey with a runner on in the first inning. He picked up another RBI with a single off Harvey in the fourth, and it gives the outfielder 54 on the season. He's still hitting just .237, but the power stroke has really shown up in July, and his on-base percentage of .335 shows that he's still showing a good approach at the plate. It shouldn't shock anyone if Polanco has a big second half.
Jul 22 - 4:08 PM

Corey Dickerson went 4-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and three runs scored in a 9-2 victory over the Reds on Sunday.

Dickerson took Matt Harvey deep in the second inning with a runner on to give him 11 homers on the season. He also doubled, which gives him 23 in 2018. Hitting at the top of the lineup, Dickerson has been excellent for the Pirates in his first year with the club, and the four hits have his average up to .315 with an .856 OPS to go with it. The Pirates have him under control through 2019 so they don't have to trade him, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see a contender try and procure his services.
Jul 22 - 4:05 PM

Ivan Nova allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings on Sunday in a victory over the Reds on Sunday.

Nova breezed through the first six innings, but tired in the seventh before exiting after a two-run single by Phillip Ervin. As usual, he showed quality command with just two walks, and -- also as usual -- he relied on his defense to make plays with just two strikeouts. His ERA drops to 4.28, and his K/BB ratio sits at 81/19. Nova’s next start will come Friday against the Mets.
Jul 22 - 4:02 PM

Josh Harrison (hamstring) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

Harrison injured his left hamstring in the first-half finale and has now missed the entire weekend series against the Reds. It doesn't appear at this point that the Pirates are considering a disabled list stint, but obviously he'll need to show improvement in a hurry. Sean Rodriguez is at second base again Sunday.
Jul 22 - 10:09 AM

Josh Bell went a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.

Bell had a double and three singles in the victory, giving him 47 RBI and 51 runs scored on the year. It was his second four-hit game in his last six contests, after he went his first 92 games of the year without one such game. Bell is a better offensive player than he showed for much of the first half and is worth keeping an eye on as we get into the second half. After Saturday's game, he's suddenly hitting .267/.350/.402.
Jul 21 - 11:10 PM

Corey Dickerson hit a pair of home runs -- his third game in a row with at least one, giving him four in his last three games -- to lead the Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

Dickerson opened the scoring with a solo shot out to the grass in center field in the third inning, and he got Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani again in the fifth for another one-run blast. Dickerson also stole a base in the game, giving him a surprising six steals in 88 games. The homers -- 10 overall, now -- are less surprising, as is his stout .307/.341/.493 line through Saturday's contest.
Jul 21 - 11:06 PM

Nick Kingham limited the Reds to two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a win Saturday.

Kingham gave up four hits and two walks while striking out three, with only a Curt Casali two-run homer in the seventh inning marring his line. Kingham has now won three straight starts -- all quality starts -- to improve to 5-4 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 10 starts overall. The 26-year-old will look to make it four in a row Thursday, and he'll have a good shot to do so -- and represents a good streaming option for those so inclined -- when the Mets come to town.
Jul 21 - 10:57 PM

Sean Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and three runs scored Friday as the Pirates crushed the Reds 12-1.

It was Rodriguez's first game back since he was placed on the DL with a quad strain on June 27. Whether he was actually hurt is unclear, but he was hitting just .145/.270/.274 in 117 at-bats before landing on the DL. Not only was tonight his first three-hit game of the season, but it was just his third with multiple hits and first since May 17. He'll mostly be slotted in against lefties.
Jul 21 - 2:38 AM

Jameson Taillon pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run Friday in a win over the Reds.

It's the 10th straight start in which Taillon has allowed no more than three earned runs. The last time he gave up more was actually against this same Reds team on May 22. He was 2-4 with a 4.56 ERA at that point. He's now 7-7 with a 3.80 ERA.
Jul 21 - 2:36 AM

Starling Marte went 2-for-6 and hit a grand slam in Friday's rout of the Reds.

Marte's second career slam made it 11-1 in the eighth. He has 14 homers in 86 games this year after hitting just 16 in 206 games the previous two years. Of course, he did miss half of 2017 because of a steroids suspension.
Jul 21 - 2:33 AM

Colin Moran had four hits and scored twice against the Reds on Friday.

All four hits were singles. After Jung Ho Kang was reinstated in May, it seemed likely that he'd have replaced Moran at third base by now. Kang has been hurt, though, and Moran has been plenty solid in hitting .274/.344/.411.
Jul 21 - 2:31 AM

Josh Harrison (hamstring) is out of the Pirates' lineup Friday against the Reds.

Harrison exited the final game before the All-Star break due to left hamstring discomfort and isn't ready to go just yet. Sean Rodriguez, fresh off the disabled list, will make the start at second base.
Jul 20 - 7:24 PM

Pirates optioned RHP Tanner Anderson to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The move clears the way for Sean Rodriguez to return from the disabled list. Anderson has made two appearances with the Pirates this season while allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and four walks over three innings.
Jul 20 - 6:27 PM

Pirates activated INF Sean Rodriguez from the 10-day disabled list.

Rodriguez has been out for about a month with a right quad strain. He returns to a miserable .145/.270/.274 batting line over 137 plate appearances this season.
Jul 20 - 6:25 PM


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