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25 Gregory Polanco RF
Height/Weight: 6-5/220 | Birthdate: 9/14/1991 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 85/54 | Average Draft Position: 159.68
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Pirates' Polanco totals three hits as HR drought reaches 26 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:22 am ET) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco started July on a promising note after he struggled offensively for most of June. 

Polanco totaled three hits, including one double, one RBI, one run and one walk during a 9-3 win against the Tigers. Prior to Wednesday's game, Polanco hit .138 in his previous 20 games (15 starts).

Polanco hasn't homered in his last 26 games, which is the second-longest drought of his career, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The longest home run drought of his career lasted 28 games.


Gorkys Hernandez starting for Pirates in place of Gregory Polanco


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Polanco has started 54 games in right, including four of the last five. 

Gorkys Hernandez , just called up from the minor leagues, will start in Polanco's place. He becomes the seventh player the Pirates have started in right this season. 

Hernandez is playing his first MLB game since Oct. 3, 2012 and playing right for the first time since July 25 of that year. 


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 OF Gregory Polanco in action against Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco declared that he would be fine for the Saturday game at Colorado after slamming into the scoreboard Friday night. And he was right - he is in the lineup.

Polanco has started the last four games after being benched in two of the previous three.


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco says he's fine after Friday collision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) A crash into the scoreboard Friday will likely not have Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco sidelined Saturday. He has declared himself fine.

"I didn't want to come out of the game," he told DK on Pittsburgh Sports. "But they said I had to come out. But I'm fine."

The fear was that Polanco had hurt his knee.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco exits game after crashing into wall


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was forced to exit Friday's game in the seventh inning with an apparent injury. Polanco crashed into the right field wall trying to track down a fly ball, and remained on the ground for several minutes. He walked out on his own power, however. 

Polanco had been 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI prior to his exit. The Pirates have not provided details on the nature or the extent of the injury.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco sits again on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/16/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco is out of the lineup for the third straight game, with the team facing a left-handed starter once again. Polanco has struggled against lefties this year, so he will be shielded from Jose Quintana on Tuesday.

Josh Harrison will handle right field duties, with Neil Walker returning to the lineup at second base on Tuesday.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco benched Monday against lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) A matchup against promising White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon has Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco sitting Monday for the second straight game.

Polanco, who has been out of the lineup for four of the last eight games, has just five hits in 28 at-bats against southpaws this season. He is also just 3-for-24 since June 6. His .250 batting average is at its lowest point this month.


Sean Rodriguez replaces Gregory Polanco in Pirates' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco is not in the team's lineup for Sunday's game. Polanco has started 13 of the last 15 games in right. 

Replacing him in the lineup is Sean Rodriguez, who gets his fifth start and first since May 16. 


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco dealing with mild knee issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco had a large ice pack wrapped around his knee after the game Saturday and before the game Sunday, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Clint Hurdle revealed that Polanco "spurred his knee" Saturday diving back to first base on a pickoff throw.

Polanco was out of the lineup Sunday but pinch-hit in the eighth innning and flied out to end his 10-game hitting streak.


Pirates' Gregory Polanco out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Braves.

Polanco will get a breather with the Pirates facing Braves lefty Alex Wood. Jose Tabata will play right field and bat sixth. Polanco indicated that his left knee, for which he has been receiving treatment, is fine, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco gets three hits in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco extended his hit streak to 10 games during his team's 5-4 loss to the Braves on Saturday.

Polanco went 3 for 4 with two RBI in the loss. In his last 10 games, Polanco is hitting .533 with 16 hits, two home runs and four RBI.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco blasts third home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco went 2 for 3 at the plate in Pittsburgh's 7-1 loss to the Padres on Sunday. Polanco did his damage in the seventh inning when he blasted a Odrisamer Despaigne offering out of the park for a solo home run, his third of the season.

Polanco is now hitting .257 with 14 RBI on the year.


Pirates' Gregory Polanco smacks second home run of season Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco connected off Padres starter Ian Kennedy for his second home run of the season during Thursday's 11-5 win over the Padres.

Polanco hit the solo home run in the second inning. He finished the game 2 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored. He is now hitting .247 on the season.

Prior to his performance Thursday, Polanco was hitting .333 with one RBI in his last five games.


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco trying to gain consistency


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) With Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco hitting just .242 with one home run in 2015, Polanco said he's trying to find consistency in his game in the hopes of producing more at the plate, reports MLB.com.

"That's where my focus is right now," Polanco said. "Just trying to be me and do what I can do and not try to do too much."

Polanco is in his full season in the big leagues and general manager Neal Huntington said Polanco needs to rely more on his natural ability.

"Our [coaches] are working hard to get him back to just trusting his abilities, because he has the ability to play up here," Huntington said.

Polanco has particular trouble with left-handed pitching. He is hitting .173 against southpaws, but he plans to overcome his struggles.

"I know I'm going to be as I've always been. In the Minor Leagues, I hit the good lefties," Polanco said. "I'm going to get it. I just have to keep working at it every day and trust what I'm working on."


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 move Josh Harrison to right field, Jung Ho Kang to third


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Pirates normal third baseman Josh Harrison will bat leadoff on Tuesday, but will be lined up in right field, the team announced. The move allows Jung Ho Kang to draw his eighth start at third base this season. The move pushes Gregory Polanco to the bench.

Harrison will make just his third start in the outfield this season, his second in right. Harrison is hitting .255 with 14 RBI in 161 at-bats this season. 


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco gets rare start in second hole


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco has batted in four different spots in the lineup this season, but has not filled the No. 2 hole since April 26.

That is, until Monday.

Polanco provided some encouragement by managing his first two-hit in two weeks Sunday. He came off the bench to smack those two hits.


Jose Tabata replaces Gregory Polanco in right for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Jose Tabata gets his first start of the season for the Pirates, playing right field and batting second in Sunday's game.

Tabata was called up from the minor leagues on Tuesday. He replaces Gregory Polanco in the lineup. 


Pirates hope day off for Gregory Polanco pays off


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) With Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco in an 0-for-18 slump, manager Clint Hurdle gave Polanco the day off Wednesday in the hopes of turning his luck around, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"It's been a hard stretch here lately," Hurdle said. "He's fighting, he wants to play, he wants to compete. I think sometimes you've got to unplug him. He's out there [Wednesday] trying to get some work in and do some things. We'll take it one day at a time."


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.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco set to sit Saturday in Wrigley


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) A matchup against tough left-hander Jon Lester has Pirates right fielder and leadoff hitter Gregory Polanco benched Saturday against the host Cubs.

Sean Rodriguez is taking his place in the field and Josh Harrison in the lineup.

Polanco is 3-for-17 against southpaws this season and has one hit in his last 13 at-bats overall as his average has slipped to .252, its lowest point since April 15.


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.


Gregory Polanco gets two RBI in Pirates' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco drove in two runs in Tuesday's win over Philadelphia. 

Polanco went 1 for 5. He's now hitting .268 with 11 RBI.