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Pirates | Jung-Ho Kang starting again

Wed, 06 May 2015 11:55:17 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung-Ho Kang is starting at shortstop and hitting sixth in the batting order against Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake Wednesday, May 6. SS Jordy Mercer is on the bench again.

Fantasy Tip: Kang ($2,400, 4.8% of cap) is seeing more playing time as the Pirates look to jump start their offense, and Mercer looks like the loser right now. It could continue if Kang proves productive. He has enticing power for a shortstop and makes for an attractive under-the-radar option at FantasyScore today.

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Pirates | Josh Harrison dropped in order

Wed, 06 May 2015 11:50:54 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Josh Harrison was dropped to seventh in the batting order Wednesday, May 6. 2B Neil Walker is in the two-hole against Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake.

Fantasy Tip: Harrison ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) hasn't been able to put it together this year after a breakout in 2015. He's hitting just .188 (18-for-96) with two home runs and six RBI. His owners are hoping a drop in the order can jump start him, but you'll probably want to stay away from him until that happens. Walker ($4,100, 8.2% of cap) is an intriguing player for FantasyScore rosters today in the two-hole, and he's hitting .262 (11-for-42) with a home run and 12 RBI in his career against Leake. He has value play written all over him.

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Pirates | Gerrit Cole looks to stay hot

Tue, 05 May 2015 21:49:15 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, going 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA. He is the first Pirates pitcher since Randy Tomlin (June 1992) to win the award.

Fantasy Tip: Cole is 8-0 with a 2.40 ERA over his past 10 starts dating back to last season. He is fairly expensive at $8,700 (or 17.4% of cap) in FantasyScore, but he has been extremely consistent and is worth the money.

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Pirates | Charlie Morton tosses bullpen session

Tue, 05 May 2015 21:48:48 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (hip) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, May 5, and he is scheduled to make a minor-league rehab start Friday, May 8, for Double-A Altoona.

Fantasy Tip: Morton's rehab after hip surgery is progressing nicely. However, his exact timetable is uncertain, and when he returns it is unclear if he'll start or work in long relief.

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Pirates | Josh Harrison slumping hard

Tue, 05 May 2015 18:39:43 -0700

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Josh Harrison was held out of the lineup Tuesday, May 5, against the Cincinnati Reds. Harrison is hitless over his past 10 at-bats, and he has one hit over his past 23 at-bats.

Fantasy Tip: Harrison was a breakout player last season, but so far this season he has struggled to earn his $3,900 (or 7.8% of cap) FantasyScore salary most nights.

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Pirates | Andrew McCutchen has sore knee

Tue, 05 May 2015 18:38:48 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (knee) is dealing with a sore left knee, although manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday, May 5, that it is not "a concerning area right now." McCutchen is hitting just .193 and he has yet to steal a base this season.

Fantasy Tip: Hurdle might simply be protecting his player and playing possum with the opposition, as admitting an injury could help in their defensive plan against Cutch. FantasyScore players have certainly not been getting a good return on their $5,100 (or 10.2% of cap) investment so far this season.

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Pirates | Francisco Cervelli hitting second

Tue, 05 May 2015 13:04:34 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli is hitting second in the batting order against Cincinnati Reds SP Michael Lorenzen Tuesday, May 5, with 3B Josh Harrison out of the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Cervelli ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) doesn't tip the scales much at FantasyScore, but his low value will receive a bit of a boost hitting atop the order. He's also facing a rookie that was roughed up in his first major league start last week.

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Pirates | Josh Harrison off Tuesday

Tue, 05 May 2015 12:46:55 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Josh Harrison is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 5. SS Jung-Ho Kang is batting seventh.

Fantasy Tip: It appears Harrison ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) is just having an off night and nothing else is going on. Kang ($2,400, 4.8% of cap) is getting better at the plate and may be worth the lower cost, but see if you can find other alternatives with proven power first.

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Pirates | Pedro Alvarez a headache for St. Louis

Sun, 03 May 2015 18:20:58 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and four walks in a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, May 3, and his 16 career home runs against St. Louis are his second most against any opponent.

Fantasy Tip: In addition to the homers, Alvarez's ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) 51 RBIs against the Cardinals are his most against any team. Alvarez has a ton of power, but he also has a poor batting average and strikes out a bunch. He is a boom-or-bust option at FantasyScore, but if you are going to roll the dice on him, it makes the most sense to do so when he is playing the Cardinals.

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Pirates | Chris Stewart playing Sunday

Sun, 03 May 2015 11:08:23 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Stewart is starting behind the plate against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, May 3.

Fantasy Tip: Francisco Cervelli ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) is receiving the day off after catching last night's game. Stewart ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) is an intriguing option for FantasyScore owners who typically punt the catcher position.

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Pirates | Jung-Ho Kang playing Sunday

Sun, 03 May 2015 11:07:56 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates INF Jung-Ho Kang is starting at third base against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, May 3.

Fantasy Tip: FantasyScore owners should be able to find better options at the hot corner than Kang ($2,400, 4.8% of cap), who is starting because INF Josh Harrison ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) is playing second base.

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Pirates | Charlie Morton to pitch Saturday

Sat, 02 May 2015 13:49:04 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (hip) pitched in an extended spring-training game Saturday, May 2.

Fantasy Tip: Morton ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) will meet with the Pirates staff this week to possibly throw a bullpen session. He's not quite ready yet, but monitor Morton's progress and see what transpires in the next couple weeks.

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Pirates | Gregory Polanco sticking atop lineup?

Fri, 01 May 2015 14:45:11 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco is batting leadoff for a second consecutive game Friday, May 1.

Fantasy Tip: Josh Harrison ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) had been leading off, but Polanco ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) might be better suited for the gig. Polanco is 15-for-44 (.341 average) with 12 runs and five stolen bases over his last 12 games, after all. Polanco's stolen base and runs scored potential receives a boost leading off, but his RBI takes a minor hit. Overall, consider it a positive for Polanco.

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Pirates | Gerrit Cole locked in on the mound

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:38:43 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole has won four consecutive starts with 29 strikeouts over 25 2/3 innings and a 1.05 ERA. He has held opposing hitters to a .185/.242/.196 slash line, too.

Fantasy Tip: Cole ($8,100, 16.2% of cap) appears to be emerging as a high-end arm in the real and fake game. He now has 286 innings at the majors, and the arrow is pointing straight up for the 24-year-old righty and 2011 first overall selection. FantasyScore players will want to consider Cole whenever he takes the hill, and especially in favorable matchups.

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Pirates | Francisco Cervelli on the bench

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:21:21 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, April 29. C Chris Stewart will be the starting catcher for the Pirates.

Fantasy Tip: Cervelli ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) has started seven of the last eight games, so he is likely receiving a day off. Stewart ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) has only gone 3-for-14 at the plate and is not a great option on FantasyScore.

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Acosta Jose P
Adams Terry RP
Alduey Darlin P
Allie Stetson 3B
Almonte Hector P
Alvarez Pedro 1B
Amato Gary P
Andino Robert 2B
Aneudy Darlin P
Antelo Derek P
Aponte Kelly 1B
Baker Nate P
Baker Nathan P
Balester Collin SP
Bankston Maurice P
Barnes Barrett OF
Barrios Gustavo 3B
Bastardo Antonio RP
Bell Joshua OF
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
Broxton Keon OF
Bullinger Kirk P
Burnett A.J. SP
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
Decker Jaff OF
Del Castillo Angelo OF
DeLaCruz Michael OF
Delaney Jason INF
DeLeon Cristopher P
Diaz Francisco C
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
Fernandez Erick C
Fields Caleb OF
Figuera Luis P
Fitzpatrick John 1B
Florimon Pedro SS
Forrer Daniel P
Foster Zachary P
Freeman Wesley OF
Fuesser Zac P
Garabito Eddy INF
Garcia Christopher INF
Garcia Juan C
Giblin Sean P
Glasnow Tyler P
Gonzalez Issael 2B
Gryboski Kevin RP
Guerra Deolis RP
Guerrero Emilis P
Guillory Matthew P
Guzman Edwards C
Hafner Ryan P
Hagan Thomas OF
Hamilton Clayton P
Hamman Corey P
Hanson Alen SS
Harris Justin SS
Harrison Josh 3B
Hart Corey OF
Hart Kevin SP
Harts Jeremy P
Harvey Kris RP
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Henriquez Ralph C
Herbort Ryan P
Heredia Luis P
Hernandez Anderson 2B
Hernandez Christopher P
Hernandez Gorkys OF
Herrera Johan 3B
Hill Josh P
Holdzkom John RP
Holliday Brian P
Hollingsworth Ethan P
Holmes Brett OF
Holmes Clay P
Hughes Jared RP
Inman Jeff P
Ivany Devin C
Jackson Steven P
Jones Mitch OF
Jones Rodarrick OF
Joves Julio 1B
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
Krebs Eric P
LaFromboise Bobby P
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Lambo Andrew 1B
Lara Pedro OF
Lee Taber 2B
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Leesman Charlie RP
Leon Jose INF
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Liriano Francisco SP
Liz Radhames SP
Locke Jeff SP
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Mallette Brian P
Mann Brandon P
Marte Starling OF
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McCutchen Andrew OF
McGuire Reese C
McPherson Kyle SP
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
Morton Charlie SP
Mulhern Ryan OF
Myles Candon OF
Myrow Brian 1B
Neverauskas Dovydas P
Newsom Randy P
Norman Anthony OF
Nunez Gustavo SS
Oliver Zachary P
Padilla Fredys 2B
Palmeiro Patrick 3B
Parrish David C
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Paulino Carlos C
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Perez Miguel C
Pevny Logan P
Polanco Gregory OF
Polo Tito OF
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Pribanic Aaron SP
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Ramos Jhonathan P
Reames Britt RP
Reddinger Brandon C
Reichert Dan P
Reid Justin P
Reith Brian P
Reyes Milver C
Rice Chad SS
Richard Clayton SP
Rivera Maximo SS
Roberts Kevin P
Roberts Willis P
Robertson Nash P
Robles Moises P
Rodriguez Leandro P
Rodriguez Nerio P
Rodriguez Sean 2B
Rojas Chris SP
Romero Deibinson 3B
Ronco Jesus SS
Roneberg Brett OF
Rooi Vince 3B
Rosario Melvin P
Rubinstein Dave OF
Ryan Michael OF
Sadler Casey SP
Sakamoto Kent 1B
Salas Marino RP
Salcedo Edward 3B
Sanchez Angel P
Sanchez Tony C
Sanz Luis P
Scahill Rob RP
Sellers Justin SS
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Spain Robert SS
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