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MLB Team Report - Pittsburgh Pirates - INSIDE PITCH

PITTSBURGH -- Last season, Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington made one of the largest splashes on the market with the pick-ups of Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau. And he got them a month after the trading deadline.

In 2014, it doesn't appear the Pirates will be as fortunate and will not be adding talent at the waiver deadline Sunday.

"We've been aggressive as has much of the industry," Huntington said. "So there's not a lot of players that we feel are significant additions for us available."

With Huntington's aggressiveness in recent years around this time, it appears general managers around the league have a heightened sense of a potential impact move the Pirates could make.

"It hasn't been for a lack of effort," Huntington said. "It hasn't been for a lack of interest. Nothing imminent at this point."

Byrd played a crucial role in Pittsburgh's run to the postseason as he batted .318 and drove in 17 runs in the final month of the season he spent with the Pirates. Impactful moves like that have put others on notice for what a player like that could do for a contender.

"It's been a lower percentage than ever for successful claims," Huntington said. "Meaning guys are getting claimed before us."


MLB Team Report - Pittsburgh Pirates - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 71-65

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Pirates (RHP Gerrit Cole, 7-4, 3.65 ERA) at Cardinals (RHP Lance Lynn, 14-8, 2.79 ERA)


--3B Josh Harrison would probably prefer the calendar does not change to September. He hit his third home run of August and racked up 39 hits in the month en route to a .342 batting average. Harrison also leads the majors with 26 extra-base hits since the All-Star Break.

--LHP Francisco Liriano allowed two runs on five hits and walked three in seven innings Sunday but was handed a no-decision. It was a second straight quality start for Liriano after he yielded nine runs in four-plus innings against Atlanta on Aug. 19.

--RHP Gerrit Cole is slated to start for the Pirates in Monday's Labor Day afternoon affair in St. Louis. In his rookie campaign last year, Cole went 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five September starts.

--RHP Jared Hughes gave up the game-winning home run to OF Chris Heisey in the ninth inning Sunday after working a 1-2-3 eighth. Hughes took a loss for the second outing in a row after he gave up three runs--two earned--Monday against St. Louis.