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Cubs need to get offense going vs. Pirates

Cubs need to get offense going vs. Pirates

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September 25 The Chicago Cubs have always found reason to remain optimistic despite the times this season when they have struggled to score runs. The reason? Boasting the National League's best record and holding down the top spot FULL STORY

Cubs keep their focus while Bucs hope to play spoiler

Cubs keep their focus while Bucs hope to play spoiler

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September 24 But as the Cubs close in on what they hope is their third straight National League Central Division title, Hamels could be a major reason why. Coming off his worst start joining the Cubs, Hamels will attempt to keep Chicago moving in the right direction when he takes the mound Monday FULL STORY

Cubs look to extend Pirates' losing streak

Cubs look to extend Pirates' losing streak

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August 16 The Chicago Cubs have a chance to move further into uncharted territory this season and push the Pittsburgh Pirates further from the possibility for a playoff berth Friday as the teams continue a four-game series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. FULL STORY

Giants host Pirates in clash of wild-card hopefuls

Giants host Pirates in clash of wild-card hopefuls

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August 10 The Pirates (60-56) helped their National League wild-card chances while hurting those of the Giants (57-59) with a three-homer assault on San Francisco pitching in a 10-5 victory in Thursday night's series opener. FULL STORY

Archer to make debut for Pirates vs. Cardinals

Archer to make debut for Pirates vs. Cardinals

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August 02 The Pittsburgh Pirates beat out other teams to land right-hander Chris Archer at the non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday, and now they will get to see him in action. FULL STORY

Pirates, Cubs continue important NL Central series

Pirates, Cubs continue important NL Central series

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July 31 Pittsburgh (56-52) won the opener of a two-game series between the clubs at PNC Park 5-4 Tuesday to move to within six games of the Cubs (61-45) in the National League Central. FULL STORY

Cubs aiming to keep slim NL Central lead

Cubs aiming to keep slim NL Central lead

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July 30 Although there is speculation that Chicago (61-44) might seek a reliever, it opens a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park a few hours after the deadline with its sights on solidifying its hold on the NL Central and honing its game. FULL STORY

Surging Bucs aim for three straight over Mets

Surging Bucs aim for three straight over Mets

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July 28 A few weeks after it appeared the Pittsburgh Pirates would give the Cincinnati Reds a run for the cellar in the National League Central, they find themselves on a roll that has pushed them to within six games of the division-leading Chicago Cubs. FULL STORY

Pirates aim for 12th straight, sweep of Indians

Pirates aim for 12th straight, sweep of Indians

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July 24 The Pirates (53-49) have won the first two games of the three-game series and will take an 11-game winning streak into Wednesday's game. The streak is the team's longest since September of 1996. FULL STORY