Josh Harrison the only bright spot Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison was the lone bright spot Wednesday night.

Harrison was the only player on the club to collect two hits during the outing. In his final two at-bats, Harrison hit two singles. The Pirates managed just four hits off Madison Bumgarner during the contest. Half of those came from Harrison's bat. Harrison enjoyed a breakout during the regular season, hitting .315/.347/.490 over 520 at-bats. 


Pedro Alvarez, Chris Stewart out of wild-card lineup
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez (foot) and catcher Chris Stewart (wrist) are not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Giants. Alvarez hasn't played since Sept. 5, while Stewart sits in favor of regular starter Russell Martin.

Ramon Santiago blasts walkoff grand slam Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Reds shortstop Ramon Santiago went 1 for 5 with a walkoff grand slam in his team's 10-6, 10-inning win over the Pirates Saturday.

Santiago delivered the key home run with two outs in the 10th, marking his first home run since Aug. 5. He has hit .246/.343/.324 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 179 at-bats.


Todd Frazier homers, draws three walks Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier went 1 for 2 with three walks and a two-run home run in his team's 10-6 win over the Pirates Saturday.

Frazier watched his team fall behind 6-4 after the Pirates scored twice in the top of the seventh, but he evened the game with his blast in the bottom half of the inning before the Reds went on to win in extra innings. Frazier has hit .274/.337/.461 with 29 home runs, 79 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 594 at-bats.


Mike Olt to learn corner outfield positions this offseason
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) The Cubs will talk with infielder Mike Olt about learning the corner outfield positions this offseason, ESPNChicago.com reports.

"He's always a threat against left-handed pitching, so he can be a guy that covers the four corners and mashes left-handed pitching," team president Theo Epstein said Friday. "That's a nice default for him if the opportunity to play every day doesn't materialize."

Olt has hit .263/.370/.368 in 38 at-bats since rejoining the Cubs in September.


Josh Harrison extends hit streak to 14 games Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 1 for 4 in his team's 3-1 win over the Reds Friday to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

Though he hasn't managed to homer in September, Harrison has continued to be a tough out, hitting .344/.357/.417 in 96 at-bats. While he didn't enter the season as a starter, the versatile player has certainly worked his way into Pittsburgh's long-term plans moving forward. Harrison has hit .318/.349/.494 with 13 home runs, 52 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 512 at-bats.


Chris Johnson back in starting lineup Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson returned to the starting lineup Friday night against the Phillies, after sitting out Thursday with a back issue. The Braves slotted Johnson seventh in the batting order against Jerome Williams.

Johnson has six hits, including two doubles over his last 18 at-bats. He is hitting .265 with nine homers and 56 RBI over 570 at-bats this season.


Pedro Alvarez to meet with doctors Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez will meet with doctors Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Alvarez is dealing with a foot injury. The meeting will determine when Alvarez will be able to start baseball activities. He's hitting. 231/.312/.405 over 398 at-bats. 


Casey McGehee drives in three in home finale
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee proved to be the difference at the plate Thursday afternoon against the Phillies, plating three runs in a 6-4 home finale victory.

McGehee hit a sacrifice fly in the opening frame. He broke a 4-all tie with a two-run double in the seventh inning, securing the win for Miami. He finished 2 for 3 with three RBI. He is hitting .288/.356/.360 with four homers and 74 RBI over 600 at-bats.


Chris Johnson a no-go for Braves against Pirates
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) A back strain that knocked Braves third baseman Chris Johnson out of the game Wednesday has him sidelined Thursday with Pittsburgh in town.

Johnson is 9 for 26 in his last eight games, but has not driven in a run since Sept. 9.


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