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Height/Weight: 5-8/195 | Birthdate: 7/8/1987 | Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $503,000 | Owned/Started%: 91/79 | Average Draft Position: 145.63
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Pirates 3B Josh Harrison on a tear at the plate of late


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison has turned things around at the plate. On May 10, general manager Neal Huntington suggested Harrison was pressing too much to prove his worth. Harrison is hitting .468 (22 for 47) in 11 games since those remarks and Huntington is estatic for him, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"It looks like a guy that's having fun playing the game again," Huntington said Sunday. "Just showing up with energy every day and trying to do everything in his power to help a club win versus trying to justify. It’s fun to watch him get back out there and be the guy he is."

Harrison extended his hitting streak to 11 on Sunday and noted his contract may have factored into his early struggles.

"The contract could have played a little into it," he said. "It's no secret I knew I was a contract guy. But that doesn't make me approach the game any different. It's just a matter of, you know, I got off to a rough start."

Harrison is now hitting .261 with 14 RBI in 157 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 3B Josh Harrison drives in two, extends hit streak to 10


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison extended his hitting streak to 10 games, as he went 2 for 4 in Saturday's win over the Mets. Harrison knocked a two-run double in the fourth inning off Matt Harvey, giving the Pirates a 7-1 lead. The two-bagger was his 11th of the season.

Harrison, who also stole his second base of the season, is 21 for 43 during his hitting streak with two home runs, five doubles and seven RBI. His average has gone up from .177 to .261 thanks to his hot hitting.


Pirates insert Josh Harrison in RF for Gregory Polanco


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was not included in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Minnesota.

Polanco will take a seat after an 0-for-5 performance the previous night. He also stranded five baserunners in that game. Polanco is hitting .177 (11 for 62) with four RBI over his last 17 games. Manager Clint Hurdle moved Josh Harrison to right field with Jung Ho Kang at third on Wednesday.

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


Josh Harrison gets three hits for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 3 for 4 and drove in a run in Tuesday's loss to Minnesota. 

Harrison improved his average to .245 and drove in his 11th run of the season. Harrison also doubled--his tenth of the year. 


Streaking 3B Josh Harrison a key for Pirates


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Third baseman Josh Harrison has finally begun to come out of his early season funk, with another hit on Sunday extending his hitting streak to six games. 

Over that run, Harrison is hitting 12-for-25 (.480), raising his average from .173 to .230, and the Pirates have been playing much better baseball. 

"We all want to continue to get better," Harrison told MLB.com. "At the end of the day, barreling up balls is all you can control."


Pirates' Josh Harrison has huge day in 12-inning loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 4 for 6 and scored three times in Friday's 12-inning loss to the Cubs.

Harrison doubled twice and hit a solo home run. He's now hitting .222 with eight doubles, four homers and 10 RBI.


Pirates' Josh Harrison could be moving to super utility role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison made his first start of the season in left field Thursday, going 3 for 4 with a run scored in his team's 4-2 loss to the Phillies.

Harrison opened the season as the team's regular third baseman but has seen starts at second base and in left field over his last three games. Part of the reason for his unsettled role is due to the emergence of Jung Ho Kang, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

"It's all going to depend on demand and what we see as the best fit for that day," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It allows us to get Kang in at third."

Harrison is no stranger to being moved around the field, having made 72 appearances at third base last season but also playing left field and right field in more than 20 games apiece while adding 17 appearances at second base and eight more at shortstop. He's hitting .200/.244/.325 with three home runs, nine RBI and one stolen base in 120 at-bats.


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' Josh Harrison hits three-run homer in win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, to lead Pittsburgh to a win over Philadelphia on Tuesday. 

Harrison went 1 for 3, improving his average to .177. He scored twice. He now has three home runs and nine RBI and stole his first base of the season. 

"I was looking for something up in the zone, something I could get in the air," Harrison said, per MLB.com.

"I want to be able to come in every day and do something to contribute to the team," Harrison said. "Tonight I had a chance in the fourth inning, put a good swing on the ball and it ends up going over the fence.


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' Jung Ho Kang grabs third straight start, Josh Harrison sits


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is seeting his third straight start at third base Monday against the Phillies.

Regular third baseman Josh Harrison is out of the lineup for the second time in three games after starting at second base Sunday, leaving Kang to try and build on his strong weekend, in which he went 5 for 10 with one home run and two RBI in three games against the Cardinals.

The Pirates are heavy road favorites (-175) in Philadelphia Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Pirates GM: Josh Harrison pressing to justify latest contract


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington believes he knows why third baseman Josh Harrison hasn't put it together yet at the plate, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Huntington said Harrison is trying to justify his four-year, $27.3 million contract extension with the club.

"Josh is the main the guy trying to do too much to justify [his contract]," Huntington said. "You generally see guys go in three directions when they get a contract. One, they relax and you see the true player because they have nothing to worry about as they are financially set for life. Two, we see a player that relaxes and maybe doesn't care enough because he is financially set for life and so he takes a deep breath and doesn't give you same energy and effort which is certainly not the case with Josh."

Harrison is hitting just .173 with six RBI in 110 at-bats this season.


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 shuffle lineup Wednesday, drop Josh Harrison to seventh


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds but batting seventh for the first time this season.

Harrison led off in 20 of the team's first 21 games, only getting one game off from starting. After his next day off, he was slotted second Friday and left in the spot for three games. Harrison was off again Tuesday and now returns in the bottom third of the order. He has hit just .188/.220/.313 with two home runs and six RBI in 96 at-bats.

With Harrison dropped in the lineup, second baseman Neil Walker has been moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, while the team's regular fifth-through-seventh hitters have been bumped up a spot, with left fielder Starling Marte landing in the cleanup role.

The Pirates are favorites (-160) against the Reds Wednesday with Gerrit Cole on the mound.


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. 

Pirates 3B Josh Harrison gets first day off since April 12


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison received just his second day off in 22 games this season on Wednesday against the Cubs. Harrison's only other day off came April 12.

Jung Ho Kang started for Harrison, who is batting .189 (7 for 37) over his last nine games. He does have one home run, three RBI, four doubles and five runs in that span.


Pirates' Josh Harrison hits solo homer in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison hit a solo home run in the first inning of Tuesday's 9-8 loss to the Cubs. 

Harrison went 1 for 5, taking his average to .212. He went deep for the second time this year and drove in his third run. 


Pirates' Josh Harrison begins to heat up vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison entered last weekend's series against the Brewers with just six hits in 31 at-bats but went 4 for 12 with one RBI in the Pirates' three-game sweep of their division rivals.

Harrison has had trouble creating a spark from the leadoff spot over the first two weeks of the season but began to show signs of turning things around against Milwaukee this weekend. He's performed well leading off the first inning for the Pirates, going 3 for 11 with one home run, but has failed to find the same success later in the game. Harrison and the Pirates will open a four-game home series against the Cubs Monday.


Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison rips first home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 2 for 4 Monday in Pittsburgh's 5-4 win over the Tigers. Harrison ripped the first pitch he saw from Anibal Sanchez to deep center field for a solo home run to open the first inning. 

Harrison, who also scored twice, boosted his average to .217 in 23 at-bats this season.


Pirates' Andrew McCutchen returns to lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is back in the lineup Sunday and batting third in his team's matchup with the Brewers.

McCutchen came out of Friday's game with knee soreness and did not play Saturday. He's 2 for 16 with one home run this season but has extensive experience against Sunday starter Kyle Lohse, batting .317 with two home runs and eight RBI in 41 at-bats.

The Pirates are resting third baseman Josh Harrison Sunday, with Jung Ho Kang making the start at the hot corner. Gregory Polanco is leading off for the Pirates Sunday.

The Pirates are underdogs (+105) against the Brewers Sunday.


Pirates sign Josh Harrison to four-year, $27.3M contract extension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison signed a contract extension through the 2018 season, the team announced Wednesday. There are also teams options for 2019 and 2020.

Harrison's deal is worth $27.3 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. His deal could reach $50.3 million, if the Pirates exercise both options.

“We are pleased to make this commitment to Josh and that Josh has made this commitment to the Pirates,” general manager Neal Huntington said in a press release. “Josh is a very talented, well-rounded player who helps our team win games offensively, defensively and on the bases. Additionally, he is an outstanding person who leads by example with his energy, grit and positivity. We look forward to continuing to work with Josh to achieve our shared goals.”

Harrison is coming off a breakout season in 2014. He hit .315 with a .490 slugging percentage, .837 OPS, seven triples, 13 home runs, 38 doubles, 52 RBI, 77 runs and 18 stolen bases in 143 games. Harrison was a first-time All-Star last season.

The 27-year-old Harrison has a career .283/.314/.429/.743 slash line over five MLB seasons (373 games).


Pirates' Josh Harrison likely to lead off, unconcerned with lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is likely to serve as the team's leadoff hitter this season but said Thursday he's unconcerned with how the lineup is put together, MLB.com reports.

"To be honest, I don't really pay attention to the lineup," said Harrison, who led off Thursday with a homer. "The lineup gets jumbled so much and we don't pay attention too much to what could be the Opening Day lineup and what could not. ... That's more [the media's] job, to look at the lineup and say maybe Opening Day, but none of us here have said, 'This may be our Opening Day lineup.' At the end of the day, we've got to worry about the task at hand and that's getting better every day."

Harrison hit .328/.359/.535 atop the lineup last season and started 83 games as the leadoff hitter.

"Your approach changes at-bat to at-bat," Harrison said. "My leadoff approach changes day to day as well. They attacked me differently throughout the course of last year. The last month and a half, guys started mixing it up on me early. My approach is to go out there and get a good pitch to hit -- so in the grand scheme of things, my approach really doesn't change."


Pirates' Josh Harrison looking to build off last season's success


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Pirates utility man Josh Harrison did it all for the team last season. Harrison played five different positions in a career-high 143 games for the Pirates. He and the coaching staff want to see him build off the success in 2014, reports the TribLive.com.

"Josh is mentally tough," Hurdle said. "He's disciplined and he's committed. So I don't foresee any of those challenges, as far as him (thinking) he's arrived and he's made it. This kid's hungry. He's worked hard and he believes he's only scratched the surface."

Harrison continues to have the same mindset he had before the best season of his career.

"My role has changed a little bit, but I don't attack the day any different than I did when I wasn't playing every day," Harrison said. "That's how I'm programmed. I keep things in perspective. Whether I'm the number one man or the 25th man (on the roster), I carry my business the same way."

Now, Harrison will be the full-time third baseman, which makes it possible for him to focus better.

"It's a little easier mentally because I can just focus on one position and get the extra work I need there," Harrison said. "I'm not rushed anymore. It's definitely a nice switch."