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(AP) -- With a 1 1/2-game lead for the NL's second wild-card spot, the Pittsburgh Pirates are turning to a starter who hasn't pitched in a month and hasn't won in more than two.

Charlie Morton will return Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game home series with the Boston Red Sox after being sidelined with a sports hernia.

Morton (5-12, 3.84 ERA) has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 17 and replaces Vance Worley in the rotation, who moves to the bullpen for the final two weeks of the season. Worley is 5-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 10 starts since the All-Star break, while Morton is 0-3 with a 5.09 ERA in eight since last winning on July 2.

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Leaders
AVG: J. Harrison.317
HR: A. McCutchen23
RBI: A. McCutchen75
SB: S. Marte26
W: E. Volquez12
ERA: E. Volquez3.27
Saves: M. Melancon29
K: F. Liriano161
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
St. Louis 8367.553-
Pittsburgh 7970.5303.5
Milwaukee 7872.5205
Cincinnati 7180.47012.5
Chi Cubs 6684.44017
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .260 (7)
Runs: 635 (10)
Hits: 1326 (8)
Home Runs: 141 (12)
Stolen Bases: 96 (10)
OBP: .331 (3)
SLG: .403 (7)
Total Bases: 2056 (7)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.58 (14)
Runs Allowed: 601 (15)
Saves: 42 (10)
Strikeouts: 1119 (20)
OpBA: .249 (13)
OBP: .321 (24)
SLG: .376 (11)
Run Support: 4.26 (8)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/8 E. Frieri Released
9/8 M. Martinez Outrighted to Minors
9/8 C. McGuiness Outrighted to Minors
9/2 J. Holdzkom Called Up from Minors
9/2 B. LaFromboise Called Up from Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/11 S. Marte Left elbow contusion (day-to-day)
8/26 A. McCutchen Left game - left rib discomfort (day-to-day)
8/16 C. Morton Sports hernia (on 15-day DL)
8/14 J. Mercer Right forearm tightness (day-to-day)
8/14 S. Pimentel off 15-day DL
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