After a sluggish start, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen's game has blossomed this month.
The shift from pitcher to hitter has improved Stetson Allie's mental approach to baseball and rescued his pro career with the Pirates.
Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs and scored another Thursday at PNC Park to move to a 29-18 record this season.
Pitcher Francisco Liriano continued his dominance since returning from the disabled list earlier this month, striking out nine batters.
Francisco Liriano said he worked hard this offseason to perfect a tweak in his delivery.
A heavy helping of Pirates and Penguins discussion in this week's online forum.
The grand slam put the exclamation mark on an 11-batter, five-run sixth inning, before which the Pirates had just one hit on the night.
The Chicago Cubs no longer buck the trend, and, like the Pirates, are signing top young players to long-term contracts earlier than before.
Jose Contreras went on the bereavement list Friday after a death in his family.
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