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24 Pedro Alvarez 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/240 | Birthdate: 2/6/1987 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Vanderbilt | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $700,000 | Owned/Started%: 69/45 | Average Draft Position: 185.50
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Pirates DH Pedro Alvarez hits 11th home run of season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Pirates designated hitter Pedro Alvarez hit his 11th home run of the season in Wednesday's game over the Tigers.

Alvarez went 2 for 5 with a RBI. His solo home run came in the eighth inning off Tigers relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain.

Alvarez is hitting .370 with 10 hits, three doubles, a home run and seven RBI over his last eight games.


Pedro Alvarez gets rest for Pirates, replaced by Sean Rodriguez


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. 

Alvarez has started 61 games this year, including the last five and eight of the last nine. 

He'll be replaced in the lineup by Sean Rodriguez, who starts at first for the seventh time this year. 


Hot streak continues for streaky Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Hot-and-cold Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is hot again. He ran his hitting streak to five games in a Saturday victory over Atlanta with two hits.

Alvarez doubled in two in a five-run first and added a single to give him seven hits in his last 10 at-bats. He has six RBI during that stretch after enduring a 2-for-17 slide.


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco, 1B Pedro Alvarez out vs. lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) A matchup against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzales has both outfielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Pedro Alvarez out of the lineup for the Pirates on Sunday.

Polanco has struggled despite steadier playing time lately. He has just five hits in his last 38 at-bats and is just 5-for-32 against left-handers this season.

Alvarez is on a similar slide. He is batting .167 (5-for-30) since June 6 and is 3-for-21 against southpaws in 2015.


Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez is out of starting lineup Wednesday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez will not start on Wednesday against the White Sox.

Alvarez is hitting .226 with seven hits, three RBI and three walks during his last 11 games. He will be replaced by Corey Hart at first base.


Pedro Alvarez not in Pirates lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game.

After starting 14 of the last 15 games, Alvarez is replaced by Corey Hart, who bats seventh and plays first base. 

Hart is getting his fifth start of the year at the spot and first since May 16. 


Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez belts 10th HR on Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez homered Wednesday against the Brewers, but he wasn't around for the end of the 2-0 win, as he was lifted for a defensive replacement in the top of the seventh inning.

Alvarez went 1 for 3 before being replaced. He hit his 10th home run of the season, which was a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez sits, Sean Rodriguez starts Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Alvarez is taking a seat against Braves lefty Alex Wood. Sean Rodriguez will start at first base and bat seventh.

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


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez ridding bad habits at the plate


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez has worked on becoming more than just a hitter that likes to pull pitches this season

Wanting to change this, Alvarez has been working before games to break the habit of trying to pull pitches on the outside corner of the plate, according to MLB.com. 

"The approach has always been the same," Alvarez said. "I just think it's a combination of seeing pitches out there and being able to put good swings on them and executing the swing to the pitch."

In Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Marlins, Alvarez was able to record an RBI opposite-field single in the seventh inning during his team's rally to win. 

"The work he is doing before the game and in the cage is transferring to the game. That's the biggest part," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Our guys have found a way to slow themselves down to a better pace, a much more workable pace, the last week or so. Pedro in particular."


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 1B Pedro Alvarez blasts ninth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 at the plate in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win over the Marlins on Monday. 

Alvarez did his damage in the sixth when he crushed a David Phelps pitch to left center field for a solo home run, his ninth of the season. Alvarez is now hitting .241 with 21 RBI in 133 at-bats this season.


Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker out of Pirates' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) First baseman Pedro Alvarez and second baseman Neil Walker are both out of the Pirates' Sunday lineup. 

Alvarez is replaced by Sean Rodriguez, who gets his second start of the year at first base. Rodriguez will hit sixth.

Walker's absence requires shifts at all other infield positions. Josh Harrison moves over from third place to replace Walker at second. Jung Ho Kang moves to third from shortstop, and Jordy Mercer returns to the lineup at short, for just the second time in eight games. 


Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez goes 2 for 4 Saturday, belts eighth homer


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez launched his eighth home run of the season in the 8-2 victory over the Mets on Saturday. Alvarez, who also had an RBI-double on the afternoon, hit his solo home run in the bottom of the first off Matt Harvey, giving his club an early 3-0 lead. 

This was his third home run over his last 10 games, but is still sporting a low .233 batting average on the season. 

“It’s always good when Pedro drives in a couple runs in a game,” manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Usually works out well for us.”


Pedro Alvarez hits solo homer in Pirates' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez hit a solo home run in the fourth inning of Tuesday's loss to Minnesota. 

Alvarez went 2 for 5, improving his average to .227. He homered for the seventh time and drove in his 17th run. 


Corey Hart in, Pedro Alvarez out of Pirates lineup Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez will not be the first baseman Saturday. He is out of the lineup against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester.

Corey Hart is set to man the position instead.

Alvarez has just one hit in 12 at-bats against lefties this season. But Hart is 1-for-13 against them in 2015.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez homers in three-hit day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 6 in Friday's 12-inning loss to the Cubs. 

Alvarez lifted his average to .218. He hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his sixth of the year, producing his 16th RBI. 


Pirates going without Andrew McCutchen on Thursday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is not in Thursday's lineup against the Phillies. More than likely, this is just a day off for the veteran. 

After a cold start in April, McCutchen has seen his batting average rise as he's recorded hits in seven of his last eight games. 

Outfielder Gregory Polanco is back in the lineup and hitting first. First baseman Pedro Alvarez is hitting fifth. Third baseman Jung Ho Kang is hitting sixth and catcher Chris Stewart is batting ninth. 


Pirates' Gregory Polanco and Pedro Alvarez not starting Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) With a left-hander on the mound Wednesday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has juggled his lineup for the matchup against the Phillies.

Left-handed batters Gregory Polanco and Pedro Alvarez are out of the lineup, while Corey Hart covers right field and Sean Rodriguez handles first base. Josh Harrison will move up to the leadoff spot in the order.

Second baseman Neil Walker is sliding down to the seventh spot in the lineup. This is the first time all season he has hit lower than sixth in the order.


Pirates' Polanco, Walker, Alvarez out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Pirates are using Sunday to give several players a break from starting, as right fielder Gregory Polanco, second baseman Neil Walker and first baseman Pedro Alvarez are not in the lineup against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are sending a lefty to the mound, making it the first time in 10 games that the Pirates have faced a lefty starter. Polanco and Alvarez have been in the lineup for that entire stretch but also sat in the team's last game against a southpaw. The switch-hitting Walker also received last Sunday off from starting.

With the shakeup to the lineup, Josh Harrison will man second and return to the leadoff spot, while Jung Ho Kang will bat second and play third base.

The Pirates are favorites (-115) at home Sunday.


Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez has tough matchup Friday vs. Wacha


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Not many hitters have enjoyed great success against Cardinals young standout Michael Wacha, but Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez has been particularly poor heading into the matchup against him Friday night.

Alvarez has just one hit in nine at-bats lifetime against Wacha. That hit traveled over the fence, but the mark is still .111. with three strikeouts.


Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez blasts fifth home run of 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 2 at the plate with four walks in Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss to the Cardinals in 14 innings on Sunday.

Alvarez did his damage in the 12th inning when he took a Samuel Tuivailala pitch over the right field wall for a solo shot, his fifth of the season. Alvarez is now hitting .227 with 12 RBI in 75 at-bats this year.


Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez to miss second start of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is not listed in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game. It's just the second time this year that Alvarez has missed a start at first. 

Corey Hart replaces Alvarez at first. It's his second start there this season and second in the last seven games. He'll bat cleanup. 

The Pirates are +107 money line underdogs at the Cubs. 


Pirates' Gregory Polanco, Pedro Alvarez back in the lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Pedro Alvarez are back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Cubs, the team announced.

Polanco got the day off Tuesday with Sean Rodriguez getting the start in right. Polanco is hitting .250 with four doubles and three RBI in 52 at-bats this season. Alvarez got his first day off of the season Tuesday, allowing Corey Hart to take over at first. Alvarez is hitting .227 with four home runs and seven RBI in 44 at-bats this season.

The Pirates are currently the favorites (-110) against Chicago.


Pirates bench Polanco, Alvarez on Tuesday against Cubs lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Pedro Alvarez had missed one start between them heading into Tuesday. But both are absent from the lineup against Cubs southpaw Travis Wood.

Alvarez has been particularly unproductive against Wood. He is 1 for 18 against him lifetime. Polanco has just one hit agianst lefties this season.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez slugs fourth home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Brewers Sunday.

Alvarez knocked his fourth home run of the season in the third inning to break a 2-2 tie and put his team up for good. He has hit .256/.310/.590 with four home runs and seven RBI in 39 at-bats over 12 games.