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Alvarez was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Pittsburgh win over the Astros on Friday night.
After sitting Saturday with a lefty on the mound, Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI against the Mets on Sunday.
Alvarez is not in the Pirates' lineup Saturday at the Mets, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Alvarez went 2-for-4 with his sixth homer, a single and two RBI against the Mets on Thursday.
Alvarez has two hits in his last 30 at-bats after going 0-for-3 against Seattle on Wednesday.
Alvarez is out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday versus Washington, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Alvarez bopped his fifth homer of the year Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Brewers.
Alvarez is batting .313 (10-for-32) in his last eight games, including a 2-for-5 showing Thursday afternoon.
Alvarez is sitting Tuesday night against Phillies lefty Cole Hamels, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports.
Alvarez was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Pirates 6-0 win over Atlanta Friday night.
Alvarez hit a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Braves. It was his first homer of the season.
Alvarez connected for his first RBI single since Opening Day on Wednesday, going 1-for-4 to raise his batting average to .089 (4-for-45).
Alvarez snapped a 24 at-bat hitless skid Friday, going 1-for-3 with a walk against the Reds. He also avoided striking out at least once for the first time in 2013.
Alvarez has struck out 10 times in 22 at-bats after the first week of the season, compiling an .091 batting average with just two singles and one RBI.
Alvarez, who went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Saturday, has two singles in 18 at-bats thus far in 2013.
Alvarez knocked in the only run of the game for the Pirates on Opening Day, singling home Andrew McCutchen in the ninth.
Alvarez has limited his strikeouts to six in 31 Grapefruit League at-bats, though he's hitting just .161 (5-for-31).
Alvarez is batting .080 (2-for-25) in Grapefruit League action after going hitless in three at-bats Wednesday.
Alvarez could lose a bit of playing time if the Pirates decide Gaby Sanchez is capable of playing third base.
Alvarez hit his 30th home run of the season Tuesday against the Mets, going 1-for-2 with four RBI and two walks.
Alvarez (wrist) was scratched from Wednesday's lineup, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez was 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a losing cause against Milwaukee on Saturday night.
Alvarez hit his 26th homer Wednesday, a three-run shot off Cardinals starter Joe Kelly. He also added a double in the win.
Alvarez powered the Pirates on Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two homers, and four RBI in the team's dismantling of the Cardinals.
Alvarez broke open a 19th-inning tie game Sunday against the Cardinals with his 23rd homer of the year.
Alvarez didn't start Wednesday, but came in after Neil Walker was hurt in the first inning and took home a golden sombrero, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Alvarez will bat sixth and play third base for the Bucs on Friday, according to the Pirates' Twitter Feed.
After sitting out two games, Alvarez returned to the lineup Tuesday and went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Alvarez is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Reds, the Pirates' official Twitter page reports.
Alvarez went 2-for-3 for the second time in three games Tuesday after going through a bit of a rough stretch at the plate.
Alvarez broke open a one-run game Sunday with a two-run, seventh-inning dinger against the Marlins.
Alvarez hit a three-run, game-tying homer in the ninth inning against Rockies lefty Rex Brothers in Monday's loss.
Alvarez went 1-for-2 with two RBI and two walks Wednesday in his first start since leaving with leg cramps Saturday.
Alvarez (leg) remains out of the lineup Tuesday, the Pirates' official Twitter feed reports.
Alvarez (leg) is not listed in the Pirates' starting lineup Monday, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez continues to rake, driving in four runs for the second straight day against the Cardinals on Saturday with a grand slam.
Alvarez saw his six-game hitting streak end Wednesday, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against the Phillies.
Alvarez belted a pair of homers for the second straight game Sunday afternoon, going 3-for-4 with six RBI against the Indians.
The Pirates are expected to keep Alvarez on the bench for another game Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Alvarez might not get back into the starting lineup when the Pirates resume play Tuesday, the Pirates' official site reports.
Alvarez is back in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs, the Pirates' official Twitter page reports.
Alvarez is not in the lineup against lefty Jon Niese on Wednesday, the Pirates' official Twitter feed reports.
Alvarez doubled off Johan Santana on Monday to help keep his average above the Mendoza Line at .202.
Alvarez has zero home runs and two RBI since the Bucs moved him into the cleanup spot May 6.
Alvarez grounded out weakly to second base on the first pitch he saw as a pinch-hitter Wednesday.
Alvarez walked in four consecutive plate appearances between Saturday and Sunday against the Reds.
Alvarez cracked a two-run dinger off lefty Mike Minor on Monday for his fourth homer and eighth extra-base hit in the last 10 games.
Two days after smacking his second home run of the year - and coincidentally his second hit of the year - Alvarez was 0-for-3 with two more strikeouts Friday night.
Alvarez is on the bench against lefty Joe Saunders on Monday, the Pirates' official Twitter feed reports.
Alvarez is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants, according to the Pirates' official Twitter page.
Alvarez hit the ball hard twice Wednesday, but had nothing to show for it in an 0-for-3 night.
Alvarez is sitting against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee on Saturday, the Pirates' official Twitter feed reports.
Alvarez (knee) will return to the lineup Monday night, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Pittsburgh GM, Neal Huntington, said that a healthy Alvarez (knee) would start the season in the majors instead of Triple-A because of advanced learning challenges, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Alvarez will be sidelined through the weekend due to knee inflammation, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez had two hits -- including a homer -- in an intrasquad game Wednesday, but has struggled over the last week-plus.
Alvarez belted an opposite-field homer off Toronto's Kyle Drabek and went 2-for-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
Alvarez "will get the first shot" at third base, according to manager Clint Hurdle, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Alvarez is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds, according to the Pirates' official Twitter page.