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  • Pirates' Paul Skenes: Saddled with first loss

    Skenes (6-1) took the loss Tuesday against the Cardinals, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out eight over 8.1 innings.

    It was an unfortunate way for Skenes to take his first loss in the majors -- the right-hander held St. Louis to one run on a Nolan Arenado solo homer through eight dominant innings. Skenes would come out for the ninth, making a bid for his first complete game, but Michael Siani led off the frame with a double before eventually scoring on an Alec Burleson hit. Despite the disappointing finish, it was another stellar outing overall for the 22-year-old rookie -- Skenes has held opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last seven outings while logging seven or more strikeouts in 11 of his 12 starts this season. His ERA sits at a pristine 1.93 with a 0.87 WHIP and 97:13 K:BB across 74.2 innings. Skenes is currently lined up to face the Astros on the road in his next outing.

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  • Pirates' Bailey Falter: Beginning rehab assignment

    Falter (triceps) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Noah Hiles of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Falter has been out since early July with left triceps tendinitis but is feeling well enough to test things out in a game setting. The left-hander could be ready to rejoin the Pirates by early next week if things go well Wednesday, but an additional rehab outing after that might be likelier.

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  • Pirates' Jared Jones: Aiming for mound work this weekend

    Jones (lat) is hoping to be ready to throw a bullpen session by this weekend, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Jones threw on flat ground Tuesday for the second day in a row and on Wednesday he will throw off the front slope of the mound. If that goes well, it sounds like he could be cleared to begin throwing off a mound this weekend. Jones is working his way back from a Grade 2 right lat strain, an injury he suffered in early July.

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  • Pirates' Jared Jones: Tuesday's session on flat ground

    Jones' (lat) throwing session Tuesday was from flat ground, not from the mound as previously indicated, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Destin had reported earlier that Jones was throwing a bullpen session, but he later issued a correction, noting it was a flat-ground throwing session from the Pirates' bullpen. While it means the right-hander isn't quite as far along as previously indicated, it's still good news that he is doing any kind of throwing for the second day in a row. Jones has been sidelined for most of July with a Grade 2 right lat strain.

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  • Pirates' Joey Bart: Resting Tuesday

    Bart is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Bart will yield to Yasmani Grandal behind the plate Tuesday after catching back-to-back games. Prior to the All-Star break, Bart seemed to supplant Grandal as the Pirates' preferred catcher, and he's caught three of Pittsburgh's first five contests coming out of the break.

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  • Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes: Not in Tuesday's lineup

    Hayes is absent from the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Cardinals.

    Hayes went hitless in four plate appearances in the series opener Monday and will now begin Tuesday's festivities on the bench. The Pirates will go with Jared Triolo at third base.

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  • Pirates' Jared Jones: Throws bullpen session

    Jones (lat) threw a bullpen session at PNC Park on Tuesday, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Jones did some flat-ground throwing Monday and was then spotted progressing to mound work a day later, which is certainly a good sign as he works his way back from a Grade 2 lat strain. The Pirates will certainly proceed cautiously with the prized youngster, particularly since he was going to have his workload limited somewhat down the stretch, anyway, but this is a big step in his recovery.

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  • Pirates' Michael Kennedy: Out with undisclosed injury

    Single-A Bradenton placed Kennedy on the 7-day injured list June 16 with an undisclosed injury.

    Kennedy, a 19-year-old southpaw, logged a 4.70 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a 60:11 K:BB in 53.2 innings across 11 starts for the Marauders before landing on the shelf. His 3.35 xFIP and 21.6 K-BB% were strong marks, and he is a better prospect than his Single-A ERA suggests.

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  • Pirates' Mitch Keller: Fires seven strong innings

    Keller came away with a no-decision Monday against the Cardinals, allowing one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out three in seven innings.

    The lone blemish on Keller's line was a solo home run by Nolan Gorman in the fifth inning, the only extra-base hit of the night for the Cardinals. The right-hander matched a season low with just three strikeouts, but he logged his 11th quality start in what has been a strong campaign for the 28-year-old. Keller owns a 3.34 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and a 108:32 K:BB across 121.1 innings this season. He will look to keep things going in his next start, currently scheduled for this weekend in Arizona.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Picks up save No. 18

    Bednar pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 18th save of the season Monday against the Cardinals, allowing one hit and zero walks while striking out one batter.

    Bednar allowed a two-out single to Paul Goldschmidt but he promptly struck out Nolan Gorman to secure the win for Pittsburgh. The 29-year-old has rebounded from a tough start to the season, logging a 2.45 ERA and converting all seven of his save chances since June 1. Bednar still owns a 4.98 ERA on the season, but his 1.08 WHIP is more reflective of his performance.

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  • Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Swipes two bags in win

    Cruz went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two stolen bases in Monday's win against the Cardinals.

    Cruz logged his first multi-steal game of the season, nabbing second base in both the first and third innings off Cardinals starter Andre Pallante. The shortstop hasn't been very active on the basepaths this season but he is now 9-for-10 in stolen base attempts. The 25-year-old has had a highly productive July, batting .321 with three home runs, 14 RBI, eight runs scored, and three steals across 14 games played.

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  • Pirates' Jared Jones: Plays catch Monday

    Jones (lat) threw off flat ground up to 120 feet Monday, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Jones has started up a throwing progression just under three weeks after landing on the injured list with a Grade 2 right lat strain. While it's encouraging sign that the 22-year-old is throwing again, Jones is likely to be ramped up slowly and deliberately with his long-term health in mind. A clearer target date for Jones' return from the IL probably won't be known until he reaches the point in his rehab where he's facing hitters, but fantasy managers should prepare for his absence to stretch into August, at the very least.

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  • Pirates' Joshua Palacios: Absent from lineup

    Palacios is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Palacios had started the last five games and nine of the last 10 contests, but he'll take a seat versus righty Andre Pallante. Connor Joe will pick up a start in right field in place of Palacios.

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  • Pirates' Marco Gonzales: Decent in defeat

    Gonzales (1-1) took the loss Sunday against Philadelphia, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk across 4.2 innings. He struck out four.

    Both runs against Gonzales came in the second inning, when he allowed a leadoff single to Alec Bohm and a double to Edmundo Sosa to put two runners in scoring position with one out. Weston Wilson brought in Bohm on a sacrifice fly, then Garrett Stubbs plated Sosa on a base hit. While Gonzales hasn't been dominant in his two starts since being activated from the injured list, he's been reliable, yielding three runs on 13 hits and one walk across 9.2 innings. The 32-year-old is slated to face the Diamondbacks in Arizona next weekend.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .233
(25th)
417
(24th)
101
(23rd)
3.81
(12th)

Injuries

Player Injury
J. Jones SP Jared Jones SP Lat
B. Falter SP Bailey Falter SP Triceps
E. Rodriguez C Endy Rodriguez C Elbow
R. Borucki RP Ryan Borucki RP Wrist
H. Stratton RP Hunter Stratton RP Triceps

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