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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%: 45/35 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Chris Stewart starts for Francisco Cervelli for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. 

Cervelli has started 76 games behind the plate this year, including the last four and seven of the last eight. 

Chris Stewart gets his 25th start of the season in his place. 


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli homers, singles in win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) So much for a forearm issue affecting Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli at the plate. He was considered questionable for the game Thursday against the Nationals, but played and slammed a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Cervelli, who has now gone yard five times this season, added a single in the win and improved his slash line to .289/.359/.399. His fine night ended a 5-for-35 slide.


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli (forearm) returns to lineup


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, who missed Wednesday's game with a forearm injury, will return to the lineup on Thursday against the Nationals.

Cervelli will hit out of the seventh spot in the lineup.


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli (forearm) still sidelined on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/22/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli will miss at least one more game as he is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals. Cervelli is nursing a bruised forearm that he sustained in Monday's game, and he will be held out of the lineup for the second straight game.

Chris Stewart, who is riding a nine-game hitting streak, will be behind the plate once again on Wednesday.


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli (wrist) unable to start on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Royals. Cervelli was forced to exit Monday's game with a wrist injury, and he apparently is not ready to give it a go on Tuesday.

Chris Stewart will fill in behind the plate and bat seventh in the order on Tuesday


Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli dealing with wrist injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was forced to leave Monday's game at Kansas City after experiencing discomfort in his wrist, the team announced.

Cervelli was 1 for 4 before exiting the game. He is being further evaluated.


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli tossed early Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was ejected in the top of the second inning Saturday by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza. Clint Hurdle was also tossed.

Their arguments fell on deaf ears, which allowed Cardinals first baseman Mark Reynolds to remain in the batter's box, where he homered to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Cervelli didn't get a chance to bat in the game.


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli scratched from Tuesday's lineup


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Padres. Cervelli's scratch was because of "manager's decision", according to the Pittsburgh Tribune. No further details were provided.

Cervelli is batting .250 with two home runs and nine RBI over his last 10 games.

Chris Stewart entered the lineup behind the plate while batting eighth. 


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli blasts solo home run on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli got the scoring started on Thursday, as he launched a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to give his club the early 1-0 lead. Cervelli also singled and scored later in the game, as the Pirates defeated the Tigers 8-4.

The home run was Cervelli's fourth of the season, and he now has 10 hits in 40 at-bats over his last 10 games. 


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli continues to rake in Saturday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli finally appears destined to receive significant at-bats this year for the first time in his career. He continued to make the most of it Saturday against Atlanta.

Cervelli, who has proven productive when given the chance, stayed hot with a double and single, two runs scored and two RBI. He singled in a run in the first and doubled in another in the seventh, crossing the plate later on both occasions.

He boasts a fine slash line of .307/.379/.408. He is batting .300 since the start of the 2013 season.


Pirates' Francisco Cervelli hits three-run home run


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run home run to key a seven-run inning in Tuesday's win over Cincinnati. 

Cervelli went 1 for 4. He hit his third home run and recorded his 22nd RBI. 

"I thought it was a big hit -- a big swing of the bat," manager Clint Hurdle said of the homer. "Someone was able to step up and do something."


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli hits home run in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli smacked his second home run of the season to help lead the Pirates to a 3-0 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

Cervelli hit the solo shot off Jose Quintana in the sixth inning. The home run was his only hit in three at-bats during the game. He also walked once.

Over his last 10 games, Cervelli is 12 for 34 with one home run and six RBI.


Chris Stewart replaces Francisco Cervelli at catcher for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is not in the team's starting lineup on Saturday. It's the second time in the last 10 games that he'll get a rest. 

Replacing Cervelli behind the plate is Chris Stewart, who gets the call for the 14th time this season. He'll bat eighth in the order. 


Pirates' Chris Stewart catching Gerrit Cole Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Pirates catcher Chris Stewart is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, with Francisco Cervelli on the bench.

Stewart has been catching Sunday starter Gerrit Cole for the last few turns through the rotation and will do so again on Sunday. Cole owns a 1.33 ERA and 54:8 K:BB ratio in seven starts with Stewart as his catcher, while he has posted a 3.04 ERA and 25:8 K:BB ratio in four starts with Cervelli behind the plate.

The Pirates are road favorites (-148) in Atlanta, per VegasInsider.com.


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli has four-hit night on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli recorded his first four-hit game since 2010 in Friday's 10-8 win over the Braves. All four of his hits went for singles, but he drove in two runs and scored one.

Cervelli has found his offensive swing lately. Over his last 10 games, Cervelli is batting a robust .459 with a double and a home run. His season average has gone from .304 to .331 over that stretch.


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli collects three hits in Thursday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli had three more hits during Thursday's 11-5 win over the Padres to raise his batting average to .320 on the season.

During Thursday's contest, Cervelli went 3 for 5 with two runs scored. Over his last five games, Cervelli is 9 for 17 with four RBI and six runs scored.


Pirates shake up lineup prior to game with Marlins


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) 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.