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29 Francisco Cervelli C
Height/Weight: 6-1/205 | Birthdate: 3/6/1986 | Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $515,350 | Owned/Started%: 23/18 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Pirates shake up lineup prior to game with Marlins


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(11:12 am ET) The Pirates will face off against the Marlins with a number of moves whithin their lineup.

Catcher Francisco Cervelli, first baseman Pedro Alvarez and right fielder Gregory Polanco -- all regulars in the lineup -- will not start on Wednesday. 

Alvarez went 1 for 4 with an RBI in his team's 5-1 win on Tuesday, but left four runners on base. Cervelli struck out twice and left two runners stranded. Polanco will be out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game.


Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli blasts first home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli went a perfect 2 for 2 at the plate in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win over the Marlins on Monday.

Cervelli did his damage in the second inning when he ripped a three-run homer off of David Phelps over the right field wall, his first of the season.

"He hammered that ball," manager Clint Hurdle said to MLB.com. "He's been in a good place at the plate, seeing pitches."

It was his first home run since August 13 of last year and just the 11th in his eight-year career.

Cervelli, who also walked once, is now hitting .316 with 13 RBI on the season.


Pirates' Cervelli returns to lineup after taking a foul ball off mask


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli returned to the starting lineup for Wednesday's clash against Minnesota, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Cervelli will be behind the plate and batting seventh on Wednesday, after taking a foul ball off the mask during Tuesday's contest.

"They gave me whole bunch of tests. I'm OK," Cervelli said.

Cervelli is hitting .297 (30 for 101) with no homers and nine RBI over his last 30 games played.

Pittsburgh is favored (-150) at home against Minnesota, per VegasInsider.com.


Foul ball knocks Francisco Cervelli out of game for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli left Tuesday's game against Minnesota after taking a foul ball off the mask, per the Post Gazette

Cervelli was replaced by Chris Stewart behind the plate to start the sixth inning.


Francisco Cervelli drives in four in Pirates' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli went 3 for 6 and drove in four runs in Friday's 12-inning loss to the Cubs. 

Cervelli doubled and scored once. He's now hitting .284 with seven doubles and eight RBI. 


Pirates' Josh Harrison, Francisco Cervelli back in the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison and catcher Francisco Cervelli are back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Phillies, the team announced.

Harrison was given the day off on Monday with Jung Ho Kang drawing the start at third. He will shift to shortstop Tuesday with Jordy Mercer heading to the bench. Harrison is hitting .173 in 110 at-bats this season. Cervelli got a day off on Monday after starting five straight games for Pittsburgh. He is hitting .253 with four RBI in 83 at-bats this season.

The Pirates are currently the favorites (-155) against Philadelphia.


Pirates' Harrison off, Cervelli batting second Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Reds.

Harrison played a total of 35 innings during a three-game stretch over the weekend as the Pirates lost three straight extra-innings games to the Cardinals. The Pirates were off Monday, but Harrison will get an extra day to rest.

"He's had the tendency throughout the season at times where the weight is transferring from back to front, and the term we use is it's almost like falling into your swing," manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It's (about) getting that foot down, holding his backside, keeping his weight where it needs to be."

With the third baseman out, Francisco Cervelli will bat second for the third time this season.

"You've got to come to the field ready for anything," Cervelli said. "I just like to be in the lineup. I spent a lot of time in my career showing up and seeing my name at the bottom of the paper (as a bench player). Now I just like to see it anywhere in No. 1 through 9, and I'm happy."

The Pirates are favorites (-145) against the Reds at home Tuesday.


Pirates' Josh Harrison, Francisco Cervelli return to lineup Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison and catcher Francisco Cervelli each returned to the starting lineup on Friday after getting the day off on Wednesday. Harrison, who had been the Pirates' leadoff hitter, hit from the second spot in the order for the first time this season, while Cervelli was batting seventh for manager Clint Hurdle. 

SS Mercer in, C Cervelli out of Thursday lineup for Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) One regular has returned, but another is getting a day off Thursday for the Pirates.

Shortstop Jordy Mercer is back in the lineup against the Cubs after being sidelined since Monday with a rib injury. He hopes to bring a hotter bat - he is in a 1-for-15 slump

Meanwhile, starting catcher Francisco Cervelli is catching a break for a day game following a night game. Chris Stewart will squat behind the plate instead.


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli collects two hits Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has collected two hits in two of his last three games.

Cervelli went 2 for 3 with one walk during Tuesday's loss to the Cubs. Cervelli also collected two RBI during Tuesday's game when he drove in Starling Marte and Neil Walker on a single in the sixth inning. He is now batting .306 with three RBI.


Pirates' Francisco Cervelli not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Brewers.

Cervelli has started each of his team's last five games but will catch a break Sunday. Chris Stewart will get the start behind the plate and bat eighth.

The Pirates are heavy favorites (-170) at home Sunday.


Pirates' Francisco Cervelli has on-base streak end at 19 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli had his hitting and on-base streaks end with a 0-for-3 performance Wednesday against the Tigers. Cervelli had hit safely in his first six games this season and reached base safely in 19 straight games dating back to last season before Wednesday's hitless performance.

He is batting .304 (7 for 23) with one RBI, two doubles, two runs, one walk and six strikeouts in seven games this season. Cervelli hit .297 with one triple, two doubles, four home runs and eight RBI in 15 games during spring training.


Pirates' Francisco Cervelli back in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is back in the starting lineup and batting seventh in Monday's home opener against the Tigers.

Cervelli has picked up at least one hit in each of his first four appearances and is 5 for 14 with one walk, two doubles and one RBI in the early going. He has yet to face Monday starter Anibal Sanchez in his career.

The Pirates are favorites (-135) for Monday's matchup with the Tigers.


Pirates' Cervelli continues to produce at plate, belts fourth spring HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli hit his fourth home run and drove in three runs during Tuesday's spring game against the Tigers. 

Cervelli, who also had two runs, had a two-run homer off David Price during a four-run fourth inning. He added an RBI single off Price in the sixth inning.

Cervelli is batting .344 (11 for 32) with one triple, two doubles, four home runs, eight RBI, seven walks and nine runs in 13 spring games.


Francisco Cervelli hits third homer in four days for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Francisco Cervelli continued his spring power surge for the Pirates on Monday. 

Cervelli hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, capping a day when he went one for two with two walks. 

It was Cervelli's third homer of the spring, all of them coming in the last four days. He had a two-home run game on Friday.

Cervelli has topped three home runs in a season only once, in 2011. Cervelli is hitting .316 this spring. 


Pirates' Hurdle: Francisco Cervelli 'a hungry learner'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Friday that catcher Francisco Cervelli has been "a hungry learner" while preparing for his first camp with the team, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

"He is a hungry learner right now," Hurdle said. "He's asking questions, having conversations, watching video tape. It's getting the time on the field, behind the plate, watching the ball out of the hand, getting to know the guys."

"In bullpens, I watch every pitch, where the pitch goes and the mechanics," Cervelli said. "I've got to go slow and keep my eyes open."

Cervelli had a great season at the plate in limited action last year, hitting .301/.370/.432 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 146 at-bats with the Yankees.


Pirates, Cervelli come to terms on one-year, $987,500 deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Pirates and catcher Francisco Cervelli avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $987,500 contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Cervelli, who is in his second year of arbitration, made $700,000 in 2014.

The Pirates acquired Cervelli in a November trade with the Yankees. He has a .278 average, .348 on-base percentage, .381 slugging percentage and .729 OPS in 250 MLB games.


Pirates' GM 'very comfortable' with Cervelli, Stewart at catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said he is "very comfortable" with the catcher tandem of Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart after failing to re-sign catcher Russell Martin, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Pirates acquired Cervelli in a trade with the Yankees.

"Francisco was an aggressive acquire for us," Huntington said, "and Chris did a heck of a job for us last year. We feel very comfortable with the defensive side, and we feel Francisco has some bat upside.

"At this point in time, we would feel very comfortable if opening day were tomorrow and this was our catching mix."


Pirates tender 11 arbitration-eligible players before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Pirates have tendered a contract to 11 arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the team's official website. Those players include: Sean Rodriguez, Neil Walker, Francisco Cervelli, Mark Melancon, Chris Stewart, Travis Snider, Pedro Alvarez, Tony Watson, Josh Harrison, Jared Hughes and Vance Worley.

Yankees deal Francisco Cervelli to Pirates


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has been traded to the Pirates , according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cervelli turned out a strong season in limited work. The 28-year-old hit .301/.370/.432 over 146 at-bats. Cervelli was limited by a hamstring injury and migraines during the year. The Pirates will send over 27-year-old pitcher Justin Wilson, according to the New York Post. Wilson posted a 4.20 ERA over 60 innings last year. 


Francisco Cervelli returns to lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is back in the starting lineup Tuesday.

Cervelli has played just once in September while dealing with migraines. He returns to a .280/.341/.441 line wtih two home runs and 11 RBI in 118 at-bats.


Francisco Cervelli not ready to return Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli was held out of the starting lineup Monday night against Tampa Bay.

Cervelli hasn't played since Sept. 2 due to migraines. He has been pain-free for nearly a week, but has not been cleared to return to the starting lineup. He is hitting .280 with two homers and 11 RBI over 118 at-bats.


Three injured Yankees remain sidelined Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, third baseman Chase Headley and catcher Francisco Cervelli all remain out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.

Beltran has been out since Tuesday with an elbow injury that could keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. Headley is on the mend after being struck on the face by a pitch Thursday. Cervelli hasn't played since Sept. 2 due to migraines.


Francisco Cervelli sidelined by migraines


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is dealing with migraines that were severe enough to keep him out of action Friday and Saturday, but they are not related to his history of concussions, manager Joe Girardi told The Star-Ledger.

"From the neurologist standpoint, it wasn't concussion-related," Girardi said. "I'm a migraine sufferer. They're no fun. Sometimes they come in clusters where you'll get them a couple of days in a row and that's even worse. Most of the days I can take my medicine and I'm OK. But a couple of times I've had to go to the hospital to get rid of them. Hopefully it's something he's going through and he'll get through it."

Cervelli is day to day at this point, though he is not an everyday player anyways, so it is not clear when he is expected back in the lineup. 


Francisco Cervelli provides power in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) The Yankees got a rare boost from catcher Francisco Cervelli Wednesday, though it went to wast in a 5-3 loss to the Orioles.

Cervelli drove in two of the team's three runs with his third-inning home run, and finished the game 1 for 2 with two RBI and a walk. He added a stolen base as well, his first of the season.

Cervelli now has two home runs in 92 at-bats for the Yankees this season, while hitting .293/.356/.467 overall.