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  • Pirates' Domingo German: Back with Pittsburgh

    German re-signed Sunday with the Pirates on a minor-league contract, Alex Stumpf of MLB.com reports.

    German had opted out of his minor-league deal with the Pirates last week, but after canvassing the open market, he's elected to rejoin the organization. His new contract contains an Aug. 9 opt-out clause, so he could choose to pursue free agency once again in three weeks if he's not promoted to the big leagues before then. German has turned in a 5.36 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 48:28 K:BB across 50.1 innings over his 10 starts with Triple-A Indianapolis this season.

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  • Pirates' Jack Suwinski: Idle against righty

    Suwinski is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies.

    The lefty-hitting Suwinski was on the bench for Saturday's 4-1 win while the Phillies sent southpaw Cristopher Sanchez to the hill, but Suwinski's absence from the lineup Sunday against Philadelphia right-hander Tyler Phillips comes as more of a surprise. Connor Joe will draw a start in the outfield in place of Suwinski, who has gone 1-for-16 with three walks and four strikeouts over his last six contests.

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  • Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Stays hot in Saturday's win

    Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Phillies.

    The young shortstop carries the Pirates' offense, with his two-run homer in the eighth inning off Matt Strahm giving his club some valuable insurance. Cruz has collected multiple hits in three straight games and driven in at least one run in four straight, and he's slashing .348/.380/.652 through 50 plate appearances in July with five doubles, three homers, a steal, eight runs and 14 RBI. Cruz also has a 2:16 BB:K on the month, but as long as he's crushing the ball when he does make contact, he'll be a valuable fantasy asset.

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  • Pirates' Luis Ortiz: Blanks Philly for fifth win

    Ortiz (5-2) picked up the win Saturday, allowing three hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings in a 4-1 victory over the Phillies. He struck out two.

    The right-hander continued an impressive stretch that has seen him give up only three runs in 26.2 innings over his last five appearances (four starts) with a 23:3 K:BB. Ortiz may not be able to hang onto a rotation spot once Jared Jones (lat) gets healthy no matter how well he does, but he's making a strong case to be in the Pirates' long-term pitching plans. Ortiz will take a 2.57 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 59:21 K:BB through 73.2 innings this season into his next outing, which is scheduled to come on the road next weekend in Arizona.

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  • Pirates' Anthony Solometo: Returns to mound

    Solometo threw scoreless innings on two hits and one walk while striking out three in a Florida Complex League start on Saturday.

    Solometo began the season with Double-A Altoona but struggled to a 6.27 ERA across 13 starts. He was placed on the Development List on June 18 and Saturday's outing marked his return to the mound. Solometo will presumably make a few more starts in the lower levels of the minors before returning to Altoona.

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  • Pirates' Jack Suwinski: Sitting down Saturday

    Suwinski isn't in the Pirates' lineup for Saturday's game versus the Phillies.

    The lefty-hitting Suwinski will take a seat Saturday while the left-handed Cristopher Sanchez starts on the mound for Philadelphia. Michael Taylor will start in center field while Suwinski rests.

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  • Pirates' Rowdy Tellez: Sitting down versus lefty

    Tellez isn't in the Pirates' lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    Southpaw Cristopher Sanchez will start on the bump for the Phillies, meaning the lefty-hitting Tellez will begin Saturday's contest on the bench. Connor Joe will fill in at first base and bat third.

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  • Pirates' Joey Bart: Idle Saturday

    Bart isn't in the Pirates' lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    Bart went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts during Friday's win, and he'll sit down Saturday while Yasmani Grandal gets the nod at catcher and bats ninth.

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  • Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Two doubles, three RBI in win

    Cruz went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, three RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 8-7 win over the Phillies.

    Cruz got the Pirates on the board with an RBI double in the first inning. He'd add another RBI in the seventh before driving in a third run in the ninth with a fielder's choice that tied the game 7-7. The 25-year-old Cruz picked up where he left off before the All-Star break -- he's gone 16-for-45 (.356) over his last 12 games with seven extra-base hits and 13 RBI in that span. The shortstop is now slashing .252/.304/.447 on the season with 14 homers, 47 RBI, 43 runs scored and seven steals across 86 games.

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  • Pirates' Martin Perez: Struggles in no-decision

    Perez did not factor into the decision Friday against the Phillies, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks over 3.2 innings. He struck out four.

    Perez was spared the loss after Pittsburgh rallied for a walk-off win, though it's been a tough go for the left-hander of late -- he has allowed 18 runs in 19.2 innings across his last four outings. Overall, he's 1-5 on the year with a 5.61 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 61:27 K:BB across 15 starts (77 innings). Perez will look to get back on track in his next outing, currently lined up for next week at home against St. Louis.

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  • Pirates' Hunter Stratton: Rehab moved to Triple-A

    Stratton (triceps) will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, Alex Stumpf of MLB.com reports.

    Stratton has made a pair of rehab appearances for the Pirates' Florida Complex League affiliate, tossing two scoreless innings. The 27-year-old shouldn't require much work with Indianapolis before being reinstated. Prior to the injury, Stratton posted a 4.26 ERA across 31.2 innings with the Pirates.

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  • Pirates' Bailey Falter: Throws live batting practice

    Falter (triceps) threw a live batting practice session Thursday, Noah Hiles of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Falter looked healthy during the session, and the next steps in the left-hander's recovery will be discussed over the next day or two. Falter has been sidelined since early July with left triceps tendinitis.

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  • Pirates' Thomas Harrington: Dominant at Double-A

    Harrington has thrown five-plus innings in eight straight starts for Double-A Altoona, logging a 2.80 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 45 innings over that span.

    Harrington's season numbers are even better, but he wasn't pitching as deep into games early in the season. The 23-year-old righty matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in his most recent start July 10 against Bowie. He has three above-average-or-better offerings (fastball, changeup, slider) and also throws a cutter and a curveball. His 3.5-percent walk rate is the fourth-best mark among Double-A pitchers who have thrown at least 50 innings.

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  • Pirates' Braxton Ashcraft: Heads to Triple-A IL

    Triple-A Indianapolis placed Ashcraft on its 7-day injured list July 6 with an unspecified injury.

    Ashcraft had previously been placed on Indianapolis' IL on June 28 before being activated July 6, but it's unclear if his latest injury is related to the previous one or a new concern. While the IL stints in quick succession certainly aren't ideal, Ashcraft has otherwise continued to excel when he's been able to take the mound. Over his last 10 outings between Indianapolis and Double-A Altoona, Aschraft has rung up a 1.39 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 59:10 K:BB in 51.2 innings.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .233
(25th)
414
(21st)
101
(21st)
3.86
(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
D. Jefferies RP Daulton Jefferies RP Elbow

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