Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 1 day ago

Alvarez is not in the lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

Alvarez typically sits against left-handers, and Thursday will be no different with southpaw Kyle Ryan on the mound for Detroit. Sean Rodriguez will take over at first base, getting his second straight start after Alvarez served as the DH Wednesday.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 days ago

Alvarez collected two hits Wednesday, hitting a double and a long home run against the Tigers.

The dinger was his first since June 10 and second in 97 plate appearances. Alvarez hit .250/.320/.368 in 68 June at-bats. Fantasy owners have to hope Wednesday represents the beginning of one of Alvarez's patented hot streaks.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 5 days ago

Alvarez is out of the lineup Sunday against Atlanta.

With left-hander Alex Wood on the hill for the Braves, Alvarez will take a seat on the bench while Sean Rodriguez gets the start at first. Alvarez is hitting just .167 versus lefties on the season.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 6 days ago

Alvarez had two hits Saturday, including a two-run double against the Braves.

He also was credited with his first stolen base of the season. The double was just his third extra-base hit in his last 28 games. Considering Alvarez's defense is sub-par, Pittsburgh needs more consistent slugging from its first baseman, who has 10 homers and 34 RBI.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 1 week ago

Alvarez is batting .197/.258/.295 since May 28 (in 66 PA) with one homer and five RBI.

The Pirates can live with his league-leading eight errors among all first basemen, but only when his offensive production warrants. Alvarez has been the subject of trade rumors -- he'll be eligible for free agency after 2016, but a move most likely won't happen until the offseason. In the meantime, fantasy owners have to hope he gets on one of his patented hot streaks as Pittsburgh begins a six-game homestand Tuesday. For the season, he's batting .231 (identical to 2014) with 10 homers and 28 RBI.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 weeks ago

Alvarez is out of Sunday's lineup against the Nationals, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Alvarez has gone 0-for-6 over the last two contests, and will get the day off Sunday with the left-handed Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals. Corey Hart will start at first base in his place, batting seventh for the Pirates.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 weeks ago

Alvarez went 2-for-4 Thursday in his first start since June 13.

The Pirates have faced a plethora of left-handed pitching in recent days and manager Clint Hurdle has seen fit to give his first baseman time off. The move worked, as Alvarez came through with a big game Thursday, including a clutch single off southpaw Zach Duke in the eighth inning when Pittsburgh took the lead.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 weeks ago

Alvarez is out of the lineup Wednesday, ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla reports.

With the Pirates facing their third lefty in as many days, Alvarez gets another day off. Corey Hart will start at first base, but look for Alvarez to be available as a pinch-hitter in the right matchup.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 2 weeks ago

Alvarez is not in the lineup for the third straight day Tuesday.

Pittsburgh continues to shy away from lefty vs. lefty matchups, so Alvarez will take a seat against Tuesday with southpaw Jose Quintana on the mound for the White Sox. Jung Ho Kang will start at third base with Sean Rodriguez at first.

Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 3 weeks ago

Alvarez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox.

The Pirates have increasingly shied away from using their left-handed batters against lefty pitchers, relegating Alvarez, Gregory Polanco and even Neil Walker to platoon roles. The stance may be softened a bit this week, with the Pirates also scheduled to face southpaws Tuesday and Wednesday. It's also quite possible Alvarez won't rejoin the lineup until Thursday.