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 Latest Pittsburgh Pirates Player Notes:

Oct 1 2017 - Felipe Rivero
  LHP Felipe Rivero had an impressive season after he was traded to the Pirates in July, 2016 by the Nationals for veteran closer Mark Melancon. Rivero (5-3, 1.67 ERA) had 21 saves this year and has a fastball that has been clocked over 100 mph.


Oct 1 2017 - Starling Marte
  OF Starling Marte ended the year on a high note after missing 80 games due to suspension early in the season. He had two hits in Sunday's win over Washington and his last five hits in the series were infield hits. Marte had seven hits in the four games series.


Oct 1 2017 - Steven Brault
  RHP Steven Brault made his fourth start of the year Sunday at Washington. The first four batters in the third reached against him as he gave up four runs in two innings plus four batters. He finished the season 1-0 with a 4.67 ERA.


Oct 1 2017 - Jordy Mercer
  SS Jordy Mercer ended the season on a down note after going 3-for-3 with four RBIs on September 23 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Mercer did not play in any games of the four-game set in Washington due to a left leg injury.


Oct 1 2017 - Andrew McCutchen
  OF Andrew McCutchen may have played his last game with the Pirates on Sunday in a win over Washington. The Florida native broke into the majors with the Pirates in 2009 and was the subject of trade rumors last winter, including a possible deal to the Nationals. He has one year left on his contract and the Pirates may look to retool around a trade this winter. McCutchen has 14 homers in 53 career games against the Nationals. He was 1-for-3 Sunday and was taken out after his double in the fifth.


Sep 30 2017 - Jameson Taillon
  RHP Jameson Taillon, who dealt with testicular cancer earlier this year, went seven innings in his last start of the year Saturday at Washington. He gave up only one run on four hits and would have been the hard-luck loser had not the Pirates rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth for the win. Manager Clint Hurdle said it may have been the best start of the year for the Florida native, who ended up with a 4.44 ERA. He was 8-7 in 25 starts this year.


Sep 30 2017 - Steven Brault
  RHP Steven Brault will make the start Sunday in Washington in the regular-season finale. It will be the fourth start of the year and 11th outing for the former Baltimore minor leaguer, who spent most of the year at Triple-A Indianapolis. Brault is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA with the Pirates.


Sep 30 2017 - Andrew McCutchen
  OF Andrew McCutchen could be in his last weekend with the Pirates. The veteran outfielder has excelled during his career at Nationals Park, and he has 14 homers and 35 RBIs in 52 career games against Washington overall. He was a late scratch from the starting lineup Saturday with a foot problem.


Sep 30 2017 - Jordy Mercer
  SS Jordy Mercer (left leg) did not start for the sixth game in a row Saturday. He was 3-for-3 with a career-high four RBIs on Sept. 23 against the St. Louis Cardinals.


Sep 30 2017 - Max Moroff
  SS Max Moroff was 2-for-2 with two walks Saturday. He had a three-run triple in the ninth for the game-winning hit as the Pirates came back to win 4-1. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Moroff is built like a wrestler and is strong from his elbows to his fingers, giving him power.


Sep 30 2017 - Felipe Rivero
  LHP Felipe Rivero paid back his former team Saturday. He got his 21st save at Washington, the team that traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline in 2016.


Sep 30 2017 - Jordy Mercer
  SS Jordy Mercer (knee) did not start for the fifth game in a row Friday. He is hitting .255 in 145 games this season.


Sep 30 2017 - Gregory Polanco
  RF Gregory Polanco broke up a no-hit bid Thursday night by Stephen Strasburg. With two outs in the fifth, he lined a shot off the glove of first baseman Ryan Zimmerman.


Sep 30 2017 - Jameson Taillon
  RHP Jameson Taillon will make the start on Saturday in Washington. He is 8-7 with a 4.62 ERA this year and will make his second career start against the Nationals. He had a no-decision last year as the Pirates won 6-5 in 11 innings at home against the Nationals.


Sep 30 2017 - Gerrit Cole
  RHP Gerrit Cole went 5 1/3 innings and gave up eight hits and three runs Friday. He took the loss as he made his career-high 33rd start of the year in Washington.


Sep 29 2017 - Steven Brault
  RHP Steven Brault will start the final game of the season, manager Clint Hurdle announced Thursday. Brault was forced to pinch hit in the third inning when RHP Ivan Nova had to leave the game after he was hit on the hand by a pitch on a bunt try. He is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 games (three starts).


Sep 29 2017 - Trevor Williams
  RHP Trevor Williams is done for the season, manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday. Williams started at home Tuesday but Hurdle said RHP Steven Brault will start the season finale Sunday. Williams is 7-9 with a 4.07 ERA in 31 games (25 starts).


Sep 29 2017 - Ivan Nova
  RHP Ivan Nova had to leave the game in the top of the third inning Thursday in Washington after the ball hit him on the pitching hand as he fouled off a bunt attempt on an offering from Nationals starter Edwin Jackson. Manager Clint Hurdle said after the game the X-rays were negative. Nova was replaced by pinch hitter and fellow pitcher Steven Brault, who inherited a 1-1 count and then grounded out for the second out. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said before the game Brault would be the starting pitcher Sunday. Nova ended the season 11-14 with a 4.14 ERA. He allowed one run on four hits in two innings Thursday against the Nationals. Tyler Glasnow came on to pitch in the last of the third for the Pirates with his team leading 2-1.


Sep 29 2017 - Tyler Glasnow
  RHP Tyler Glasnow came on in the last of the third Thursday when starter Ivan Nova had to leave the game when a pitch hit his hand on a bunt try. He gave up two hits and one run in 3 2/3 innings.


Sep 29 2017 - Gerrit Cole
  RHP Gerrit Cole will start Friday in Washington. It will be the 33rd start for Cole, who is 12-11 with a 4.23 ERA this season. Cole has never made more than 32 starts in a season at any level.


Sep 29 2017 - Chris Bostick
  INF Chris Bostick, a former Nationals minor-leaguer, led off and played second in his first game in Washington. He was 1-for-4 with a run and RBI and is hitting .286.


Sep 29 2017 - Jordy Mercer
  SS Jordy Mercer (left knee) was out of the starting lineup for the fourth game in a row Thursday. He is hitting .255 in 145 games this season.


Sep 28 2017 - Gregory Polanco
  SS Jorge Polanco was one of the few regulars who played in Thursday's noon start. Manager Paul Molitor gave most of the regulars the day off after their wild-card-clinching celebration late Wednesday night. Polanco had a single and a walk in four plate appearances. Polanco appeared in all 10 of the games on the Twins' road trip, hitting .333 (13-for-39) on the trip, with two doubles, one home run and seven RBIs.


Sep 28 2017 - Gregory Polanco
  RF Gregory Polanco was 1-for-4 on Wednesday vs. Baltimore. He hit his 11th homer, a solo shot to right, to lead off the second. He is 11-for-49 (.224) in 14 games since coming off the disabled list.


Sep 28 2017 - Josh Bell
  1B Josh Bell was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run Wednesday vs. Baltimore. He his hit 25th homer in the third, a two-run shot to right that bounced into the Allegheny River. "I feel like I'm in a good spot," Bell said. "I definitely have a foundation now, something that I can work off this offseason, continue to grow and continue to learn and hopefully next year, come out strong." Bell goes into the final weekend of the season hitting .256 with 87 RBIs.