Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 23 hours ago

Alvarez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mets, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Alvarez will get a routine day off, as manager Clint Hurdle will use a lineup composed entirely of right-handers (minus starting pitcher Francisco Liriano) against Mets' southpaw Jonathan Niese. The absence of Alvarez is not performance-related, at least, as the 28-year-old has collected six base hits (including two home runs) in his last five games.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 days ago

Alvarez went 2-for-4 Saturday with two RBI and his eighth home run of the season.

As expected, Alvarez's .233 batting average isn't helping much, but with three home runs in his last seven games he's now on pace for his third 30+ HR campaign in the last four years.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 5 days ago

Alvarez went 2-for-5 with his seventh homer Tuesday against the Twins.

The third baseman is batting .250/.342/.490 against right-handed pitching (in 120 plate appearances) and is 1-for-15 against lefties. He became the third player in PNC Park history to hit a ball into the Allegheny River -- albeit into a boat -- Tuesday off of Ricky Nolasco. The Pirates are still waiting for one of his vaunted mid-season tears, he hasn't had one since 2013.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 1 week ago

Alvarez is out of Saturday's lineup against the Cubs, Jay Cohen of the AP reports.

The left-handed Alzarez is sitting along with Gregory Polanco against Jon Lester, so chalk it up to Clint Hurdle using matchups to find rest for his starters.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 1 week ago

Alvarez hit his second homer in 22 games Friday, going 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI.

He missed a catchable line drive at first base Friday and continues to display so-so instincts in the field. Alvarez entered Friday with a .169/.295/.277 line in his last 78 plate appearances. He could sit Saturday with southpaw, Jon Lester, on the mound for the Cubs.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 weeks ago

Alvarez is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.

Corey Hart and Sean Rodriguez will join the lineup, while Alvarez and Gregory Polanco are on the pine Wednesday night. Alvarez is hitting just .210/.304/.410 this season, but he's gone deep five times over 100 at-bats.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 weeks ago

Alvarez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Alvarez has made nine straight starts at first base, but will take a seat Sunday in favor of Corey Hart. With southpaw Tyler Lyons set to take the mound for the Cardinals, the timing was right for Alvarez to receive a day of rest.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 weeks ago

Alvarez went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a pair of walks Saturday.

The Cardinals have pitched Alvarez with kid glove care, walking him nine times in five games. After stroking three home runs in his first seven tilts, the first baseman is batting .179/.291/.328 with two dingers and nine RBI in 79 plate appearances.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 4 weeks ago

Alvarez is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs.

Just as he did last Tuesday when the Pirates squared off against Cubs starter Travis Wood -- whom Alvarez is 1-for-18 lifetime against -- Alvarez will be held out in favor of Corey Hart.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 1 month ago

Alvarez is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

Alvarez has just a 1-for-18 career mark against lefty Travis Wood, so it comes as no surprise that manager Clint Hurdle has chosen to start Corey Hart at first base instead. It appears Alvarez and Hart will be deployed in a fairly strict platoon at first base for the time being.